Meet: Allie Tyler, Board Member
Allie Tyler grew up on the Chesapeake Bay. A Baltimore native, he spent summers with his family on Gibson Island and has many fond memories of boat trips and other adventures on the Bay—especially nights spent on the boat with his father.
With his partner, Cleo, Allie moved to the Eastern Shore full-time in 1997. Having previously served on the Board of Pride of Baltimore II for 10 years, Allie quickly became connected to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a member and supporter, and ultimately serving on the Board for the past five years. “It was just a natural fit,” said Allie, whose extensive Board experience and expert advice are invaluable assets for the Museum.
Allie takes great pride in the Museum. The breadth of subjects covered on campus ensures “that you can find out just about everything you want to know about the area,” he explains. “CBMM connects people to the Bay, whether through festivals, special events, and even day-to-day operations. It keeps learning about the Chesapeake Bay alive for guests of all ages, particularly the K-12 school students enrolled in CBMM’s curriculum-based programs.”
Recalling a time when he worked alongside an oyster tonger, Allie says that he feels a special connection to the Museum’s hands-on exhibition Oystering on the Chesapeake. Although he quickly points out that he enjoys every aspect of the Museum, and couldn’t have a favorite. And that’s the point, he says: “CBMM pulls together people from all walks of life who have an interest in the Bay—this is where we live, work, and play.”
Allie believes that bringing the importance of this unique estuary to the forefront of people’s minds is a great need today, and that the sense of history that the Museum provides anchors us in our present, and sets us on our path for the future. “We all need to support the Museum, to help make sure that it carries on its mission in perpetuity.
“The Eastern Shore is a unique area, and the Museum is a major attraction. It’s a way for people to learn about the area, and the Bay as a whole. CBMM is an incredible asset to the region.”
CBMM would like to thank Allie for his time and dedication to the Museum!