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Meet: Sumner Parker, Board Emeritus

Parker_SumnerSumner Parker first experienced the Chesapeake Bay on a family vacation in 1934, when they took a ferry from Baltimore, MD to Norfolk, VA. Sumner was only in preschool at the time, but the trip made a lasting impression! He returned for college at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and sailed competitively during his four years there.

Upon retirement, Sumner and his wife Fran returned to the Chesapeake Bay. After living aboard a boat for a year, they moved back to dry land once construction was completed on their Easton home. Once settled, Sumner looked for ways to give back to his new community in meaningful ways. In 1988, he and Fran discovered the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, became Life Members, and have been heavily involved ever since.

Sumner was elected to the Board of Governors in 1989, and joined the Board’s Investment Committee. Over the years he served in various roles on the Board, including Treasurer and Chair, and was elected Board Emeritus in 2001.

In his time on the Board and as Emeritus, Sumner has seen great changes at the Museum. His passion lies in the growth of the Museum’s endowment. “The endowment is the life blood of any nonprofit, and CBMM has done an excellent job in building and managing its endowment in order to secure its financial future.”

Sumner also believes that CBMM does a wonderful job preserving artifacts relating to the Bay’s history, and presenting them as a story for guests to learn about the region’s history and importance—from early America to today.

“The Museum is constantly changing. It’s noticeable when new buildings go up or exhibitions change, but there are small changes too. New programming and activities are always taking place in the Boatyard. It’s such a great place for families—there’s something for all ages and interests here.”

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