Dr. G. Ray Thompson holds a Master of Arts degree in Ancient history
and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ancient Greek/Roman History and
Archaeology, both with minors in American Colonial history, from the
University of Kansas. Having served as Associate Chair of the Department
for seventeen years, Thompson has served as Chairman of the Salisbury
University History Department from 1990 to August 15, 2002. Dr.
Thompson co-founded, and served as co-director, of the Research Center for
Delmarva History and Culture for many years. He has been
instrumental in initiating numerous research projects concerning Delmarva
history, including the first regional Family History Symposium on
"Delmarva Roots." In addition, Dr. Thompson has served on many
Maryland Humanities Council grant projects, and was co-coordinator of a
workshop on "Paper and Photograph Conservation." In May, 1995 he
directed a well-attended Symposium on "Historical Resources on Delmarva
for Family History." He served as Project Director of the "Wootten
on Delmarva" exhibit at SU (fall, 1995), which won a national award.
He also served on the supervising committee involved with the Maryland
Humanities Committee funded "Delmarva Quilts" exhibit held in conjunction
with a four-part lecture series on women on Delmarva and the Quilting
Tradition" sponsored by the History Department at SU. He is a
frequent speaker for local organizations, having spoken at public
presentations on local history, including, most recently, a presentation
entitled "Daily Life on Delmarva Mirrored in Early Records." Dr.
Thompson also serves on the Executive Boards of the Wicomico Historical
Society, the Pemberton Hall Foundation, the Nabb Research Center for
Delmarva History and Culture, the Delmarva Advisory Council, the Wicomico
County chapter of the Maryland Historical Trust (of which organization he
is currently president), the Pemberton Historical Park Board, the Lower
Delmarva Genealogical Society (past president), the Wicomico County
Historic District Commission, and the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage
Committee as well as the Wicomico, Heritage Committee. In 1994, he
received the Maryland Historic Trust Award. In 1999 he instituted the
daily radio program "Delmarva Flashbacks."
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