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ot Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 59 I The Lewes Historical Society announces its History Happy Hour series Fridays through Sept. 27. The presentations will be of- fered free of charge at 4 p.m. for 20-30 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. During the presentations, a glass of wine will be served by the Rose & Crown, Lewes's upscale British pub. Due to the pub- lic's overwhelming support, the Lewes Historical Society has relocated these programs to the Hotel Rodney, at 142 Second St. On Friday, Sept. 6, Jim Bert- holet will present "The Life and Work of a Surfman in the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1870s -1915." Bertholet is a Vietnam veteran who retired after 40 years in sales. He is a lifelong history buff who grew up on the Jersey shore and always had a particular inter- est in maritime history, especially the U.S. Life-Saving Service and U.S. Lighthouses. He moved to Delaware in 2010, where he cur- rently conducts Lewes Historical Society Maritime Tours, presents at the Lewes Life-Saving Station and works on the Wooden Boat Building Volunteer Crew. History Happy Hours con- tinue Friday, Sept. 13, as speaker William H.J. Manthorpe Jr. pres- ents "A Century of Service." This presentation documents the presence of the U.S. Navy on Cape Henlopen from 1898 to 1996. It highlights the principal U.S. Navy installations that were on the Cape, and illustrates what the facilities looked like when they were operational and what they look like today. It pictures the equipment used and the daily life of the sailors. Manthorpe is a retired U.S. Navy captain, government senior civilian executive and university professor. He currently teaches at Delaware Technical Commu- nity College. In recent years he has been researching, writing and speaking on naval history with a focus on Delaware's naval heroes and their battles, naval activities in Delaware Bay and at Cape Henlopen, and Delaware's ships and shipbuilding. During a special History Hap- py Hour Friday, Sept. 20, speaker lames Morrison will present "The 1769 Transit of Venus: Part Science, Part History and Part Mystery." Morrison will discuss the importance of the rare event when Venus passes over the sun's disk and why it was particu- larly important in 1769. In that year, the American Philosophical Society sponsored three obser- vatories, including a temporary facility in Lewes. Morrison and a colleague in England are the first to have studied the historical records and presented a detailed description of the Lewes obser- vatory. Morrison is retired from a career in the computer industry that spanned 37 years, including Boats, Trailers, RVs, etc. Reasonable Rates Fenced & Gated Security Lighting Conveniently located on Rt. 113 across from Grainery in Frankford, DE Rt. 1 ] 3 south lane. call 302-981-4389 30 Years with IBM, where he held a variety of technical and management positions. After leaving IBM, he formed a sys- tems software consulting firm from which he retired in 2000. He also worked as an engineer on the Apollo program. He is the author of "The Astrolabe," the most complete treatise on the history, theory, design and use of all types of astrolabes and related instruments. He and. his wife Lynne have lived in Rehoboth Beach since 2000. On Friday, Sept. 27, the last His- tory Happy Hour of the season, Paul Collins and William H.J. Manthorpe Jr. will collaborate for a special two-part f'male presen- tation, "Exploring and Charting the Delaware Bay." Collins will begin with a lec- ture on the early explorers of the region and the charters of the Delaware River and Bay, their na- tionality, sponsors and missions. Collins will also speak about the geopolitical impact on the region from the Dutch, Swedes, English, and William Penn and the Duke of York, and the pirates in the region and their roles. Manthorpe will pick up the story in the 1750s. He will il- lustrate, highlight some details and discuss the significance of the first reliable chart of the Delaware River and Bay cre- III IIIIIIIIII III I II IIII I II I O iona Groome United Methodist Church Savannah Road & Dewey Avenue Lewes, Delaware 302-645 -6256 GOOD FOR ONE FREE ITEM AT,THE YARD SALE (More coupons available at the Yard Sale) CG ated by Joshua Fisher of Lewes ' & Crown also graciously support and Philadelphia. That chart re- this program, Thanks also go to mained the basis for subsequent community members, visitors navigational charts produced for and most of all, the speakers that the next 100 years, made the History Happy Hours The Lewes Historical society a success. extends thanks to the History Go to www.HistoricLewes. Happy Hours' sponsor, Hotel org for more information and Rodney. R&L Liquors and Rose upcoming events. I II I I I I I II I' Ill U Saturday & Sunda September,4 & 5 Check Ou Our Churd Web.site