Founder’s Week at UMES September 11-17 includes church service and ghost walk


PRINCESS ANNE – Discover the history of UMES and its secrets before and since its founding in 1886 by taking a ghost walk on campus on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 p.m.

Meet in front of Kiah Hall and you might want to bring a flashlight.

Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, Ph.D., a longtime associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences, will again lead the tour. She will talk about buildings and people long gone from the institution. If you can’t come in person, register online.

Founders Week at UMES begins September 11 with a church service this Sunday at 11 a.m. at the nearby Metropolitan United Methodist Church. Reverend Jamar Jackson is the host pastor.

The university, founded as the Delaware Conference Academy, and the church both date from 1886.

On Tuesday, September 13 at the small cemetery on campus, UMES President Heidi Anderson will lay a wreath at 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, in recognition of the first three leaders: First Principal Benjamin O. Bird, Her wife Portia Lovett Bird, the second principal, and Thomas Henry Kiah, an Eastern Shoreman who was the first alumnus to serve as general manager.

On Friday, September 16, UMES students, friends, and alumni are invited to the Founders’ Week Carnival from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Student Services Center. There will be music, fun and games for participants.


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