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Meet: CBMM Chair Jim Harris

Jim HarrisJim Harris fell in love with the Chesapeake Bay on his first visit here, more than 20 years ago. Jim and his family visited Annapolis from their home in Texas, and took a side trip to the Eastern Shore. They were immediately smitten with the area and began visiting regularly. It wasn’t long before they became connected with the Museum. They have been members for more than 15 years—the children took boater’s safety here, and Jim even remembers the time when his son took part in the crab races.

When Jim retired five years ago, the family purchased a home in St. Michaels so they could spend more time enjoying the Chesapeake region. Relative newcomers to the area, they have formed deep roots in the community while creating many wonderful memories here. Jim did not hesitate when asked about his favorite memory: it was his daughter’s wedding, held last summer on their front yard, overlooking the Tred Avon River.

Being able to spend more time on the Eastern Shore meant that Jim could finally become more involved in the Museum. He joined the Board in 2011, and now serves as its Chairman. He feels that his biggest contribution to the Museum and the Board is his experience in corporate management, as well as his focus.  Jim takes great pride in the Museum. When asked about his favorite part of the Museum, he has a tough time picking just one aspect: the Boatyard, the Oystering Exhibition, and the Waterfowl Building all spring to mind.

Jim sees CBMM as an integral part of the community. It enriches the life and experience of the Chesapeake Bay. He points to the launch of the Rosie Parks as an example of the Museum’s role as a focal point for activities. All of these roles help to make St. Michaels a more fun place to visit, helping to complete the experience.

Jim sees the unique mission and the staff as being the Museum’s greatest strength. He wishes everyone could have an inside look at the workings of the Museum to see how dedicated the staff is, and how well run of an organization CBMM truly is. He is especially impressed by the community outreach efforts, particularly to children. When asked about what would happen if the Museum went away, he responded immediately that it would leave a tremendous void in the life and vitality of the Eastern Shore.

CBMM would like to thank Jim for his time and dedication to the Museum!