Manor House Lecture Series
William Ross Gentleman Farmer
Monday, November 4 • 7:15 PM
ACTS Manor House
1001 Middleford Road • Seaford • DE 19973
Mrs. Claudia Furnish Leister is currently the Executive Director of the Milford Museum. Since she grew up in Milford and went to school there from first to ninth grade, this has been a great opportunity to re-visit old memories and re-learn Milford’s interesting history.
Claudia retired from the State of Delaware in 2011. She worked as the Collections Manager for the State of Delaware’s Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs since 1980. Claudia is a graduate of Michigan State University, and later received her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware in 2000.
As President of the Seaford Historical Society from 1991 to 2000, Claudia was instrumental in restoration work of the Ross Plantation and oversaw the re-location of many of the out buildings to the property. This involvement led to her Master’s Thesis entitled “Four Centuries of Change On Land in Northwest Fork Hundred, Seaford, Delaware”. Her presentation on the life and times of Delaware’s antebellum Governor William Ross was gathered from her research. Tonight’s presentation is entitled “William Ross Gentleman Farmer”.