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An Evening on the Bay with Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV048
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"Oystering on the Chesapeake" is an exhibit that tells the story of how the oyster fishery affected the culture and fortunes of generations (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum)

Join Pete Lesher, chief curator of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, for a virtual exploration of collections that tell stories about the relationship between people and place in the Bay region—revealing how culture has been shaped by the delicate intertwining of land and water around America’s largest estuary.

He provides an overview of the facility’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures on the 18-acre waterfront campus and offers detailed looks at the museum’s permanent exhibitions. Explore Oystering on the Chesapeake and Maryland Crabmeat, exhibits in which working lives on the Bay are revealed in the words of mixed-race skipjack crews and African American women who traditionally picked crabs. The role of the Bay as a maritime highway that connects people and moves commodities is explored in part at the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a cottage-style historic structure moved to St. Michaels for preservation. And the transformation of the Bay into a place of recreation is told in At Play on the Bay through stories like the racing of sailing log canoes, a living tradition with roots among oyster tongers.

The Bay continues to provide meaning and inspiration to residents and visitors, as evidenced in rich art collections from 19th-century painters to contemporary photographer David Harp, whose environmental photojournalism is shaping the conversation around the impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake and its waterfront communities.

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