Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

CBMM Speaker's Bureau

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Looking for a program for your civic organization or special interest group? The Speaker's Bureau at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is composed of experienced professionals who can bring the stories of the Chesapeake's history, culture, and environment to life at your venue or event. Presentations are approximately 60 minutes long. Presenters supply laptop and projector unless these items are already available at presentation site.


Interested in arranging for a presentation? Have a question about a specific topic? Need a customized presentation?
Contact Director of Education Kate Livie at or 410-745-4947 with inquiries or for more information.


The cost is $200 per presentation. Any program outside of a 30-mile radius of CBMM will also include a mileage fee of $0.40 per mile.
Partial scholarships are available. Please contact Director of Education Kate Livie at or 410-745-4947.

Request a Presentation: (Click here to download a Presentation Request form)

While every effort will be made to accommodate your request, presentation schedules depend upon the availability of the presenter.
At least two weeks notice is encouraged.

CBMM Speakers


Pete Lesher
Pete Lesher is chief curator for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where he has served on the staff since 1991.  In addition overseeing museum exhibits, programs, and the restoration boat yard, he is responsible for the museum’s collections – ranging from floating watercraft to sailmakers’ needles, photographs, manuscripts, and oral history archives. Lesher regularly lectures on maritime topics ranging from transportation and trade to resource use, recreation, and shipbuilding history.
Outside of work, he is an elected member of the Easton Town Council, he is active in historic preservation as chairman of the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, and he is a sailor, taking particular pleasure in his role as jib tender on one of the Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes, the 1882-built Island Bird.


Richard Scofield

Richard Scofield started working in boats yards as a rigger at the age of 12 , and has the majority of  his life building, restoring and sailing wooden boats.  He has been at the museum for 28 years as a shipwright, rigger, boat yard manager and currently as the Assistant Curator of Watercraft.  Richard helped restore 4 of the racing log canoes, and he was project manager for the restoration of the log hull crab dredger Old Point and the skipjack Rosie Parks.


Kate Livie
Kate Livie is currently the Director of Education at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where she shares the stories of the Bay’s history, culture, and environment with visitors of all ages in classes, workshops, tours, and presentations. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Kate has worked in Chesapeake non-profit education for 10 years, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Sultana Projects, and CBMM. Kate is also a regular contributor to the Bay Journal, and is the author of CBMM’s education blog, Beautiful Swimmers ( where she writes regularly about the Chesapeake’s landscapes, inhabitants, and wildlife.


Robert Forloney
Robert Forloney is currently the Director of the Center of Chesapeake Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  He has worked in the field a variety of ways for more fifteen years as a teacher for the New York City Museum School as well as an educator, administrator and consultant at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the South Street Seaport Museum.  Whether working at an art institution or a history museum, Robert attempts to make objects and images accessible to audiences through facilitating conversations as well as utilizing experiential learning techniques.








Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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