June 2016 Scholars Gild Discussion

The History and Future of the Wilmington Waterfront

Tuesday, June 21
Lower Arden Gild Hall
7:30 PM

Sally O’Byrne

Sally O'Byrne

Sally O’Byrne

The final Scholars Gild discussion of the season will be lead by Sally O’Byrne, author and longtime city activist. This discussion will focus on the historical role of the Wilmington waterfront in the development of the City of Wilmington into the city of today. We will use this rich history to lead into a discussion of the future of the city’s relationship to the waterfront, the role of the Riverfront Development Corps (RDC), the money being spent in support of the RDC vs. downtown Wilmington, and other topics impacting the future of the city and the waterfront. All are invited to attend and join our discussion about the Wilmington waterfront history and the potential role of the waterfront in the future.

There is no fee to attend Scholars Gild discussions; please consider making a donation at the door to help cover the costs of putting on these events and to support the Arden Club.


A lifelong Delawarean, Sally O’Byrne has lived in the City of Wilmington since 1977, when she and her husband Terry were awarded an urban homesteading house in the Cool Springs Neighborhood. After earning a Masters in Regional Planning, Sally became very interested in urban issues, becoming president (circa 1980 – 85) of Cityside, Inc, an organization dedicated to living in the city. Her interest in the rivers of the city go back to that time, when, in 1979, Cityside was awarded a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation under their Maritime Preservation funds, to do an inventory of waterfront properties.

Still living in downtown Wilmington, Sally has also pursued her lifelong interest in natural history as a teacher/naturalist for over 25 years for the Delaware Nature Society. She coordinated the avian survey at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge in 2000 and is currently working on bird issues in the state and region. Sally is past president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society and has served on the Boards of both Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Delaware Nature Society.