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Virtual Lecture - Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: The Oyster Wars

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm

The story of Chesapeake pirates and patriots begins with a land dispute and ends with the untimely death of an oyster dredger at the hands of the Maryland Oyster Navy. From the golden age of piracy to Confederate privateers and oyster pirates,20210202-Pirates the maritime communities of the Chesapeake Bay are intimately tied to a fascinating history of intrigue, plunder and illicit commerce raiding. Author Jamie L.H. Goodall introduces those whose tales of piracy are legendary from the harbor of Baltimore to the shores of Cape Charles. Her talk will focus specifically on the Oyster Wars, which began in the 1830s and lasted until 1959 with the death of Berkeley Muse. 

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers; $40 for the Lecture and Book Package


Lecture and Book Package
This ticket includes admission for your household to the Virtual Lecture on February 2, as well as one copy of Dr. Goodall's book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars. The book will be shipped to you following your ticket purchase. (Please note, it's not a requirement to read the book to enjoy this lecture!)

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.

20210202-Pirates-JamieAbout our Presenter: Jamie L.H. Goodall, PhD, serves as a staff historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She has a PhD in History from The Ohio State University with specializations in Atlantic World, Early American, and Military histories. She is also a first-generation college student. Her publications include a journal article, “Tippling Houses, Rum Shops, & Taverns: How Alcohol Fueled Informal Commercial Networks and Knowledge Exchange in the West Indies” in the Journal of Maritime History and Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two dogs. Living near the bay, she developed a deep interest in the region and merged her doctoral research on pirates of the Atlantic world with her love of the bay. 


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