Ananiadis awarded historical society’s Roger D. Brown Scholarship

CHESTERTOWN — Vagelis Ananiadis has been drawn to the stories that history has to share since childhood when he would spend long car trips listening to the “Stories of the World” audio curriculum. He took every history class he could in high school, and wrote his college essay about his interest in history.

Ananiadis is the 2024 recipient of the memorial Roger D. Brown Scholarship, awarded by the Historical Society of Kent County each year to a graduating Kent County High School senior for excellence in history.

He plans to attend the Honors College at the University of Lynchburg (Virginia) in the fall.

The scholarship is a tribute to Roger D. Brown, who served for more than 30 years as the Historical Society of Kent County’s treasurer.

Brown was a mainstay for many Kent County organizations, including the Lions, the Optimists and the Rotary clubs and the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation.

Phyllis Brown presented the award in her husband’s memory on Friday night, May 17 in a ceremony at the Bordley History Center in Chestertown. The award package includes a $500 scholarship, a plaque and membership in the Historical Society of Kent County.

Historical society board President Barbara Jorgenson and other members and directors attended the ceremony.

Ananiadis’ name will be engraved on the perpetual plaque at the Bordley History Center that recognizes all recipients.

The Bordley History Center at 301 High St. houses the historical society’s research library and its museum and gift shop. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays; and 5 to 7 p.m. on First Fridays.

The Bordley History Center will be open for extended hours on Saturday, May 25 during the Chestertown Tea Party Festival to host Colonial music duo Annie and Ridley Enslow in the museum at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Historical Society of Kent County invites the public to visit the Bordley History Center, attend events and consider getting involved as a member or a volunteer.

Membership benefits include unlimited use of the genealogy and research library (by appointment), a discount on books in the museum gift shop and invitations to members-only events. A donation of $25 is recommended for individual memberships, and $40 for families. Student memberships are always free.

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