Since 1986, Americans have been celebrating the life, work, and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. More recently, it’s become more than a day off, but a day on — the National MLK Day of Service.
The Phillips Packing Company began in Cambridge, Maryland in 1902 with a single plant and went on to become the largest employer in Dorchester County and one of the most recognized names in seafood. As the company expanded, so did its legacy on the Eastern Shore through both buildings and stories. A former Six-to-Fix program project, Preservation Maryland supported the effort to revitalize the Packing Company by identifying funding to support the critical repair of the iconic smokestacks and increasing public awareness of this important preservation project on Maryland’s eastern shore.
Our Vice President Katie Parks is featured in this Maryland Public Television (MPT) special that tells the story of Cambridge, Maryland – “from boomtown that went bust to a modern hub for innovation poised to revitalize the landscape and economic future of the region.”
Preservation Maryland staff and partners with a UMD Terp at the Hornbake Library, 2017.
Why are Maryland’s Sports Teams Called Terps?
05/23/2017 By Waxter Intern
The history of the diamondback terrapin turtle in Maryland can be traced at least as far back as the Native Americans with two important contemporary milestones that led to the University of Maryland mascot and team name – the Terps.
What’s a terrapin? These turtles can be identified by their beautiful and unique shells, marked with a pattern of concentric circles. They thrive in brackish water, like the Chesapeake bay, hence their abundance along Maryland shorelines.
MAKING IT OFFICIAL
While the state made it official in 1994 when the diamondback became Maryland’s state reptile, the terrapin’s relationship with the University of Maryland began in 1933. The senior class that year decided the school needed a mascot, after having gone by a number of names over the years – the Aggies, the Farmers, and the Old Liners, to name a few.
Vice-President of the University, Harry Clifton Byrd, was well aware of the terrapin’s Maryland connection, as a native of the Eastern Shore, where they were numerous. He wrote to Holland Sea Food Company of Crisfield, Maryland, and requested a true Maryland diamondback terrapin to be sent for use as a model for a new campus statue. Archbishop, or “Archie,” as the turtle was known, then traveled to Rhode Island, where artist Aristide Cianfarani sculpted his likeness in bronze. Archie even returned for the unveiling of the statue, which became known as Testudo.
Today, Testudo holds court outside McKeldin Library, where students rub his nose for good luck, and leave offerings during finals. Although the real Testudo passed away just two days after the unveiling of the statue, his taxidermied remains belong to the University of Maryland archives, and can be visited at any time.
This post was written by Maggie Pelta-Pauls, a Waxter Intern with Preservation Maryland. A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Maggie is primed to research and write about Maryland history – especially culinary history. Learn more about Maggie and our The Waxter Memorial Internship program here: presmd.org/waxter.
A legacy gift from William D. Waxter, III established the Waxter Memorial Internship to help Preservation Maryland support the next generation in historic preservation.