For several years the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) Speaker Series has delighted audiences throughout the local area with a mix of topics that are timely, widely varied and thought provoking. The 2017 JPPM Speaker Series continues this tradition offering an intriguing mix of accomplished individuals from a wide range of professions, industries and areas of expertise discussing various topics - something for everyone . All lectures start at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) and are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Lectures schedule:

May 4: Lisa Young , Smithsonian Institution Objects Conservator, on "Saving Space Suits: Balancing Conservation and Display at the National Air and Space Museum." Objects related to the history of spaceflight were built for one-time use. Their conservation, preservation, and display are challenging and require the collaboration of many experts. Lisa Young's lecture will highlight the history, conservation, and display of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit and look forward to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2019.

June 22: David Cole, Former Associate Director of Army Museums (Policy) and Chief of Collections for the US Army Museum System, on "The World War in Maryland: A Virtual Tour of U.S. Army Instillations and Facilities within the State, 1917 - 1919." After the United States entered the war on April 6, 1917, we immediately became a major provider of supplies, raw material, money, and troops for the war effort. Historian David Cole will present an overall picture of Army activity that took place in Maryland during World War I, including the Coastal Defenses of the Potomac and the Coastal Defenses of Baltimore.

September 28: Joyce White, Food Historian and Author, on "Chocolate Through Time." Learn about the history of chocolate from its ancient beginnings in Meso-America through the centuries to the modern day. Joyce White will discuss how the cultural value and production of chocolate has changed through time. After the presentation, enjoy tasting a variety of historic chocolate recipes. Registration required. Fee is $5.00 per person.

October 26: Dr. Torben Rick, Archaeologist, National Museum of Natural History, on "Evolution of a Fishery and the Decline of an Estuary: Historical Ecology and Archaeology of the Chesapeake Bay." The lecture will explore the archaeology and historical ecology of the Chesapeake Bay focusing on Native American exploitation of oysters, crabs, and other bay resources. These data provide important context and backdrop for the conservation and management of the Chesapeake and other estuaries around the world and also offer hope for future sustainability.

For more information about the speaker series or other park events call, 410-586-8501 or visit

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Maryland.