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Eagle, wooden carving, from unknown tugboat, brought to St. Michaels by Robert Dryden, owner of Eagle House, and placed on the roof (c. 1908), where it remained for 57 years. The eagle was  restored in 1965. Collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD, 1966-78-1. 	A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting
OPENS MAY 23, 2015

With artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a sailmaker’s sewing machine, a log-built bugeye to an intimate scene of crabpickers, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting is a new major exhibition of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum that will open to the public on Saturday, May 23, 2015, when the museum hosts a festival to kick off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay.

A Broad Reach features 50 significant objects that have been accessioned into the museum’s collection over the past 50 years, and will be accompanied by a commemorative catalogue available for purchase that features photographs of each collection piece. Presented on both floors of the Steamboat Building, the exhibition continues through February 28, 2016.

The exhibition is generously underwritten by museum donors and 50th anniversary corporate partners, including PNC Financial Services Group, American Cruise Lines, Benson & Mangold, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Easton Utilities, Fairfield Inn & Suites Easton, Graul’s Market, Guilford & Company, Higgins & Spencer, Patriot Cruises, Tidewater Inn, and the Vane Brothers Company. CBMM’s 50th anniversary partners include the Academy for Lifelong Learning, St. Michaels Art League, and Christmas in St. Michaels.


 

Two boys ca. 1910 with swan hunted in the Easton, MD area, from the collection of C. John Sullivan. Chesapeake Swan Song:
From Commodity to Conservation

The story of the evolving relationship between the people and swans of the Chesapeake Bay will be told through a curated collection of decoys, photographs, and artifacts in this new exhibition.The exhibition is generously sponsored by Guyette & Deeter—the world’s leading decoy auction firm—Judy and Henry Stansbury, and Gourmet by the Bay in St. Michaels, MD.

Exhibition opens April, 11, 2015


Admiral Cockburn Burning & Plundering Havre de Grace. William Charles, c. 1813, aquatint. Courtesy of Maryland Historical Society, Hambleton Print Collection.Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake

Explore the impact of the War of 1812 on the people of the Chesapeake, black and white Americans, militiamen, Baltimore merchants, and British sailors who found opportunity and misfortune amid the conflict. This online exhibition features stories, artwork, and rare relics of the period.

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