Bordley History Center to reopen in April; new exhibit features architect/builder Walter Pippin

CHESTERTOWN — The Historical Society of Kent County is poised to reopen to the public after closure during the winter months.

Beginning Friday, April 5, the Bordley History Center’s museum and shop at 301 High St. in downtown Chestertown will be open for regular hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Docents will be in place to welcome visitors, the shop will be stocked with unique Kent County-related books and gifts, and a new exhibit featuring the work of architect and builder Walter T. Pippin will be on display.

With the reopening of the museum and shop, and with plans for events and programs in the works for the coming year, the historical society is calling for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. All are welcome, from students to retirees, with a wide range of skills, interests and availability.

If you are a people person who is available on a regular schedule who would like to welcome visitors to the Bordley History Center and answer questions, you might be a great docent.

If you like to do research, writing tickles your fancy and you would enjoy going to different parts of the county to interview people, you might love being an exhibit volunteer.

If you’re a TIPS-trained food maven or a sparkling host, event/hospitality volunteering might be up your alley.

If you’re a digital native with Instagram ingenuity and a flair for Facebook, you could find a niche as a social media volunteer.

In addition to these immediate needs, the Historical Society of Kent County also is collecting names for upcoming volunteer opportunities, including guiding themed walking tours, assisting with archives digitization and handyperson projects — among many others.

Email or call 410-778-3499 for more information or to sign up.

A volunteer training and information session will be held in the near future.

The Historical Society of Kent County invites everyone to consider getting involved as a member.

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.

For more information, visit or email

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