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Meet the Staff: Tracey Johns

Name: Tracey Johns
Title: Vice President of Communications
Year you started at CBMM: 2010
Hometown: District Heights, Md.

1. What can you be found doing for fun on a typical weekend?
Weekend fun comes in exploring the Bay region, or cooking up something good to eat.

2. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, especially with camera in hand, from a helicopter flying low.

3. What’s your favorite song to listen to on repeat?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, generally sung at the top of my lungs, with daughter Riley, in the car.

4. What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Working at a bowling alley in my early teens. Selling lottery tickets with everyone waiting until the last minute was not fun. Selling ice at the snack bar for those folks bringing their own booze and the tips that came with it made up for it though.

5. What’s your favorite spot on CBMM’s campus and why?
Fogg’s Cove, because I imagine it as my own piece of waterfront. I like the way Watermen’s Wharf reflects in the water and the living shoreline in particular.

6. What is your earliest connection with the Chesapeake Bay?
Playing on Chesapeake and Mayo Beaches with my cousins as a young girl, and crossing the Chesapeake to go to the ocean throughout life. Lived on South River in Edgewater and the Magothy River in Arnold.


It’s #MeettheStaffMonday and we’re introducing you to the faces behind the scenes at CBMM! Hop over to our Instagram page (@chesapeakemaritime) to see some of Tracey’s favorite sights from around campus, and come back next week to meet another member of our staff. 

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Hands-on fun at CBMM’s Family Day this spring

CBMM_FamilyDay2 (ST MICHAELS, MD—Thursday, February 15, 2018) On Saturday, April 21, the public is invited to Family Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. From 10am-2pm, guests can follow a special Quest Card to explore family-friendly exhibits and enjoy hands-on activities along CBMM’s 18-acre campus.

Families can examine the critters living on an oyster reef, learn to take photos like Robert de Gast, and help construct a dugout canoe. Guests can dress as a lighthouse keeper and explore what life was like for those who worked in the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, before climbing to the top for a bird’s-eye view.

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All of the day’s activities are free for CBMM members and are included with regular admission for museum guests, with no advanced registration needed. Educators can receive free family admission for the day by registering at cbmm.org/familyday. All pre-registered educators must provide credentials at check-in, such as certification or school/employer ID, to receive complimentary family admission.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to The Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through October, CBMM guests can see the log-hull restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

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Families will have the opportunity to explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s St. Michaels, Md., campus through hands-on activities and family-friendly exhibits, perfect for a day of family fun on Saturday, April 21. To learn more about Family Day, visit cbmm.org.

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Recommission your engine at CBMM in April

CBMM_InboardMotor(ST MICHAELS, MD – Wednesday, February 14, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has planned two workshops in April to help boaters ready their engines for boating season.

On Wednesday, April 25, from 5:30–8:30pm, Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor will lead participants through checking the engine’s running condition and temperature, ignition and starting systems, and demonstrate how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. A second workshop, from 9am–noon on Saturday, April 28, will do the same for boats with inboard engines.

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Both workshops will be led by Josh Richardson, CBMM’s marine mechanic. Richardson has 15 years of experience working in marine mechanics, and is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Fla.

Each workshop costs $25 for CBMM members and $35 for non-members. To register for the outboard motor workshop, visit cbmm.org/outboardrecommission. To register for the inboard workshop, visit cbmm.org/inboardrecommission. For a list of all upcoming shipyard programs, visit cbmm.org.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson will lead a workshop on recommissioning outboard motors for the spring from 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, April 25. To register, visit cbmm.org/outboardrecommission.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson will lead a second workshop on recommissioning inboard gasoline engines from 9am-noon Saturday, April 28. To register, visit cbmm.org/inboardrecommission.

Supporting CBMM, by Jenifer Dolde

February 14, 2018

Dear Friend,

Discovery and Challenge. Those are the words I use to describe each and every day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum—and I wouldn’t have it any other way! As Collections Manager, I am immersed in organizing, protecting, and learning about the objects, watercraft, photographs, archival materials, and more, that are the foundation of our mission. This is not “my stuff.” I am merely the caretaker of our shared heritage. This world class collection belongs to YOU—our members, supporters, and the public.

But what is the point of having a collection if we can’t share it? We do our best to provide you access to over 70,000 items, through our social media channels, research library, and, most importantly, our one-of-a-kind exhibitions, including our current special exhibition Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake.

CBMM_deGast_rowingI hope the objects you see online or in-person can help you to understand the history of the Chesapeake Bay and, perhaps, remind you of your own personal history. My favorite objects in CBMM’s collection bring back fond memories of experiences on the Eastern Shore. A photograph in Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake shows a girl and a boy in a rowboat, which reminds me of summer afternoons on the Little Choptank River near my childhood home in Church Creek. My brother and I would row a skiff down the river much like the children de Gast captured in his photograph, or creep along the shoreline in search of crabs.

Preserving a world-class collection of well over 70,000 items takes a tremendous amount of resources, from HVAC systems which maintain ideal temperature and relative humidity parameters, to endless numbers of acid-free boxes and Mylar envelopes, to compact storage shelving units, to the cases which display our most valuable artifacts. Our growing collection has our facilities nearly bursting at the seams, thus we are constantly working to improve and maximize the use of our limited storage spaces. Equally important are human resources, and our staff relies upon a dedicated group of volunteers who provide expertise, and thousands of hours of their personal time.

The most exciting project going on behind the scenes at this time is the upgrade of our collections software to a new program called Proficio. This will allow us to begin to make our collections available online through a user-friendly web module for casual browsing, as well as serious research. As more and more of our collection is digitized, we can upload more images, documents, and other media, bringing to light items rarely seen by the average visitor. The only limit to how much we can share is the funding needed for the equipment, services, and skilled labor needed to catalog and digitize our collections. Your contribution to The Annual Fund will help us expand accessibility for all to our collections!

As I celebrate my one-year anniversary at CBMM, I continue to affirm that this new phase in my career has been like coming home. That is not just because I interned here right after college 25 years ago, or because my family has a long history on the Eastern Shore, but because I am drawn to the passion and commitment for preserving and interpreting Chesapeake Bay history and culture that is evident among my colleagues, our volunteers, and our supporters. History collections are what give museums their authenticity; they support everything we do, from educational programs to boatyard projects to exhibitions.

Thank you for supporting this treasure, and please continue to help us to preserve and make our collections more accessible, by contributing to The Annual Fund.

Yours sincerely,
Jen Dolde

PS. Double your impact with a donation to CBMM—anonymous donors have agreed to match gifts made today through February 28, 2018, up to $50,000!

Meet the Staff: Carly Faison

Name: Carly Faison
Title: Development & Membership Manager
Year you started at CBMM: 2016
Hometown: Western Springs, IL

1. What can you be found doing for fun on a typical weekend?
Depends on the season! This cold and snowy winter, I’ve been cooped up working on my latest embroidery projects and watching copious amounts of Hulu.

2. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
Churchill, a town in northern Canada where you can swim with belugas (they’re my absolute favorite animal, and not just because I’m as pale as them.)

3. What’s your favorite song to listen to on repeat?
My most played Spotify song in 2017 was “It’s a Vibe” by the one and only 2 Chainz. But I’ll pretend to have more discerning tastes and choose the infinitely replayable “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

4. What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
In college, I briefly worked for our athletic department. I had to wipe the ballplayers’ sweat off the basketball court. I didn’t last long, as I kept getting yelled at by coaches that I had “missed a spot.”

5. What’s your favorite spot on CBMM’s campus and why?
Under the lighthouse—the view is to die for, and I always meet new visitors, members, and volunteers when I’m there!

6. What is your earliest connection with the Chesapeake Bay?
I first found the Bay when I moved to the Eastern Shore from the Midwest—and got to upgrade from a lake to a Bay, woot woot! Since then, I’ve tried to spend as much time on the water as possible and earn my sea legs.


It’s #MeettheStaffMonday and we’re introducing you to the faces behind the scenes at CBMM! Hop over to our Instagram page (@chesapeakemaritime) to see some of Carly’s favorite sights from around campus, and come back next week to meet another member of our staff. 

Build a half-hull model in St. Michaels this March

(ST MICHAELS, MD — Tuesday, February 6, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Model Guild is offering a beginner’s model boatbuilding workshop from 9am—5pm on March 3 and 4, with limited participation and advanced registration needed.

The weekend workshop includes instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. This model is band-sawed from a two-tone wood block and carved to the rounded shape of the Delaware’s hull. The cabin and pilot house are cut from the same pieces. The pieces are then shaped and sanded to a fine finish and then mounted on a baseboard to form a wall display piece.

The workshop is taught by the skilled craftsmen of CBMM’s Model Guild, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and techniques with CBMM members, visitors, and students.

Built in Bethel, Del. by William H. Smith, 1912 tug Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek-often laden with lumber-and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a floating exhibition along CBMM’s waterfront campus.

Adults and children 12 years of age and older can participate in the workshop, with all tools and materials supplied, as well as some use of the Model Guild’s power tools. The two-day workshop takes place in CBMM’s Bay History building and is $80 for CBMM members or $110 for non-members, with participants taking home their half-hull model at the end of the workshop.

Registration is required to cbmm.org/delawarehalfhull, with more information about CBMM’s Maritime Model Guild and Sailing Club at bit.ly/CBMMModelGuild, or by contacting Bob Mason at 410-745-3266 or at bobmason@atlanticbb.net.

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CBMM Maritime Model Guild President and volunteer Bob Mason holds an example of the half-hull model participants 12 years of age and older will make during a March 3-4 weekend workshop in St. Michaels, Md. The beginner’s workshop includes all materials and instruction on carving a solid half-hull model of the historic Chesapeake Bay tugboat Delaware. Participation is limited, with registration at cbmm.org/delawarehalfhull.

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Meet the Staff: Kristen Greenaway

Kristen GreenawayName: Kristen L. Greenaway
Title: CBMM President
Started at CBMM: 2014
Hometown: Tauranga, NZ

1. What can you be found doing for fun on a typical weekend?
Sailing on the Bay, with friends or family, on our Cape Dory 32, Magdalena.

2. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
South Georgia Island and Antarctica. I’m a lifelong fan of Earnest Shackleton and Edmund Hillary. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) was on the list, but I visited last year!

3. What’s your favorite song to listen to on repeat?
For Today, by Netherworld Dancing Toys

4. What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Working at Sanford’s fish factory (NZ) one summer, to help pay for varsity. I was on the fish guts packing line. Twelve hour days, and mum wouldn’t allow me to wear any clothing into the house when I returned home each night.

5. What’s your favorite spot on CBMM’s campus and why?
Our working Shipyard: the smells, the buzz of a thicknesser or scrape of a spokeshave, the voices of our shipwrights, apprentices, volunteers, and Rising Tide students passionately connected to and committed to building new water craft, or restoring our heritage water craft—answering queries from inquisitive guests, and helping them personally experience what it means to be associated with this exquisite maritime past, present, and future.

6. What is your earliest connection with the Chesapeake Bay?
Physically, early Spring 2014, when visiting for my first in-person interviews for the presidency position, with the family. We drove over the bridge on a beautiful morning, and were absolutely gob-smacked. But as a child, my father and I would marvel at old B&W photos of log canoes racing on the Bay. Who would have thought!


It’s #MeettheStaffMonday and we’re introducing you to the faces behind the scenes at CBMM! Hop over to our Instagram page (@chesapeakemaritime) to see some of Kristen’s favorite sights from around campus, and come back next week to meet another member of our staff. 

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NOW FULL: Bronze casting workshop March 15-17 in St. Michaels

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CBMM_BronzeCasting12/14/18 Update: This workshop is now full.

(ST MICHAELS, MD – Thursday, February 1, 2018) From Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering a three-day bronze casting workshop in its working shipyard. Held from 9am-4pm on all three days, the workshop is for participants ages 16 and older, with class-size limited and advanced registration needed.

Participants will join nationally renowned sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel as he teaches the intricacies of casting bronze and aluminum, including creating molds, working the sand and furnace, and pouring molten metal. Participants will take home a working knowledge of casting metal along with their own creation.

The workshop is $425 for CBMM members, and $475 for non-members, with materials included in the registration fee. To sign up, visit cbmm.org/bronzecasting.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is hosting a three-day bronze casting workshop March 15-17 at its waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. The program takes place from 9am-4pm daily, with participants learning the intricacies of casting bronze and aluminum under the direction of renowned sculpture artist and Shepherd University professor Christian Benefiel. Registration is required to cbmm.org/bronzecasting.

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CBMM offers highlights tours on weekends this February

CBMM_HighlightsTours_LighthouseFloatingFleet CBMM_HighlightsTours_OysteringChesapeake(ST MICHAELS, MD — Wednesday, January 31, 2018) Each weekend this February, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering guided highlight tours of its exhibitions, with the tours offered free for CBMM members or with general admission. CBMM is also offering free weekday admission—including President’s Day-throughout the month of February.

Guided by an interpreter and offered at 1pm every Saturday and Sunday in February, these hour-long tours explore CBMM’s can’t-be-missed exhibitions and objects, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Edna E. Lockwood restoration and floating fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay boats, Oystering on the Chesapeake, Waterman’s Wharf, and more.

In addition, admission will be free Monday to Friday throughout the month for all CBMM guests. This program is offered through the generous support of Free in February sponsors Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md. CBMM guests visiting in February will also receive a discount card for 15 percent off all meals at Awful Arthur’s, which will be redeemable through March 15, 2018.

General admission is otherwise good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children 6-17, and free for CBMM members and children 5 and under. During the winter months, CBMM is open 10am-4pm seven days a week, with inclement weather closings announced at cbmm.org.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s annual fund enable the museum to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering Highlights Tours on Saturdays and Sundays in February, which explore CBMM’s can’t-be-missed exhibitions and objects, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, Edna E. Lockwood restoration and floating fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay boats, Oystering on the Chesapeake, Waterman’s Wharf, and more. Weekend tours are free with general admission and offered at 1pm each day. Through the support of Shore United Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, Md., CBMM is also offering free weekday admission throughout February, including President’s Day. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.