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History Preservation of Delmarva Chicken

21 October 2014

US - Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) and the Edward H Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University have joined forces to preserve the history of Delmarva’s chicken industry.

DPI is the 1,800-member nonprofit trade association for the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University works to cultivate and sustain the advancement of scholarly research through collecting, preserving, disseminating and providing access to records and artifacts that illustrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the greater Delmarva region, according to a DPI news release.

DPI’s collection of tens of thousands of newspaper and magazine stories from the early 1950s to 2001 was transferred to the Nabb Center for proper storage and accessibility to the general public, reports The Star Democraft

These clippings contain stories about chicken industry events, news, activities, recipes and much more in which Delmarva Poultry Industry is mentioned.

This collection provides a history of the local chicken industry. Because of the lack of space and proper storage conditions needed to avoid deterioration, DPI approached the Nabb Center about taking the collection. Nabb Center representatives readily agreed, according to the release.

“The history of Delmarva’s chicken industry reflects the history of the entire peninsula and is worthy of preservation,” DPI Executive Director Bill Satterfield said. “We do not have the facilities or ability to preserve these documents as they should be preserved and we are delighted that the Nabb Research Center was anxious to take custody of them.”

Additionally, the Nabb Center has agreed to help preserve mementos from the Delmarva Chicken Festivals from 1948 until 2014. Annually, DPI displayed at the Delmarva Chicken Festival historical memorabilia from prior festivals. With the elimination of the DPI-sponsored Delmarva Chicken Festival, there are limited opportunities to share these memorabilia with interested persons.

The Nabb Center has taken ownership of the original materials on the large display easels familiar to many chicken festival visitors and they will eventually be available to researchers at the centre.

“The Nabb Center is pleased to receive the significant Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. collection,” Nabb Research Center Director, Dr Ray Thompson said in the release.

“Both students and extramural researchers will find the materials to be of great value in documenting an important era in Delmarva’s economic history.”

Once the documents have been organized and preserved, they will be available for viewing at the Nabb Research Center on the campus of Salisbury University.

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