Founders' Week at UMES Sept. 11-17 includes church service, ghost walk

Posted 9/6/22

PRINCESS ANNE — Learn the backstory about UMES and its secrets before and since its founding in 1886 by taking a ghost walk on campus Wednesday, Sept. 14 starting 6:30 p.m.

Meet in front of …

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Founders' Week at UMES Sept. 11-17 includes church service, ghost walk

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PRINCESS ANNE — Learn the backstory about UMES and its secrets before and since its founding in 1886 by taking a ghost walk on campus Wednesday, Sept. 14 starting 6:30 p.m.

Meet in front of Kiah Hall and you may want to bring a flashlight.

Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, Ph.D., a longtime associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, will again lead the tour. She will talk about buildings and people long gone from the institution. If you can’t make it in person, join online.

Founders' Week at UMES starts on Sept. 11 with a church service that Sunday at 11 a.m. at nearby Metropolitan United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jamar Jackson is host pastor.

The university, founded as the Delaware Conference Academy, and the church, both date to 1886.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the small graveyard on campus, UMES President Heidi Anderson will lay a wreath at 12:30 p.m. weather permitting in recognition of three early leaders: the first principal Benjamin O. Bird, his wife Portia Lovett Bird, the second principal, and Thomas Henry Kiah, an Eastern Shoreman who was the first alumnus to be chief executive.

On Friday, Sept. 16, students, friends and alumni of UMES are invited to the Founders’ Week carnival from noon to 2 p.m. at the Student Services Center courtyard. There will be music and fun and games for those taking part.

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