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Heritage Day to showcase Shore's canning industry heyday

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Heritage Day to showcase Shore's canning industry heyday

The canning industry on the Eastern Shore in the 20th century will be the focus of the Federalsburg Historical Society’s Heritage Day on Saturday Oct. 19. Pictured is a vintage label from a Federalsburg cannery.

FEDERALSBURG — The Federalsburg Historical Society's annual Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum, 100 Covey Williams Alley. This year's event will showcase local canneries.

At 1 p.m., guest speaker Ed Kee will discuss the robust rise of the Eastern Shore canning industry and its slow decline. Kee is the former Secretary of Agriculture for Delaware and author of "Saving Our Harvest."

In "Saving Our Harvest," Kee writes about the Mid-Shore canning and freezing industry during its heyday from about 1925 to 1965. The canning industry on the Eastern Shore started in the 1890s, but by 1925 it had become an integral part of the Shore’s agricultural economy.

Alan Kenton and Jimmy Phelps will have canning house memorabilia on display. In addition to the cannery showcase, there are many new displays including an armed forces exhibit showcasing local veterans.

Admission is free and the museum is handicapped accessible. For more information please call 443-434-3114, email or visit the website

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