The SlackWater Center at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a consortium of students, faculty, and community members focused on documenting, understanding, and interpresting the region’s changing landscapes.
The name, SlackWater, comes from a term used by watermen in the region to describe the stillness right before the tide changes. “Slackwater is when the tide is changing from one to another,” fisherman Neal Robrecht told the Center’s foudning director, former Professor Andrea Hammer. Slackwater is that moment of calm before the tide reverses course.
For nearly two decades, students at St. Mary’s have been compiling oral histories of Southern Maryland’s residents. Other students have documented the region’s landscape through photographs, and still others have undertaken research on the region’s history and environment.
The SlackWater Center aims to provide undergraduates with meaningful research experiences that make full use of the College’s unique historic and geographic location; to promotes information sharing and dialogue on regional issues from different disciplinary perspectives; and to foster public outreach and debate.