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Chautauqua 2018

Chautauqua 2018: Seeking Justice, with Frederick Douglass

This summer, join Maryland Humanities at its 24th annual Chautauqua living history series, with three performances at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The theme of Chautauqua 2018 is “Seeking Justice.”

Frederick Douglass, a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century. During the “Year of Frederick Douglass,” the bicentennial celebration of his birth, this Maryland icon will be portrayed by Bill Grimmette, a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauquas in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina.

All performances will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held outdoors. Please bring a folding chair. In case of severe weather, program will be held in the Steamboat Building auditorium.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916. Additional information about the Chautauqua Summer Series can be found at mdhumanities.org.

ALL Course: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
With John F. Ford & John H. Miller

Dates: Five sessions on Wednesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, CBMM



Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln are the two preeminent self-made men in American history. Lincoln was born dirt-poor and became one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Douglass spent the first twenty years of his life as a slave and became the most famous black man in the Western world.

John F. Ford and John H. Miller will facilitate the reading and discussion of selected writings and speeches of two of our nation’s greatest spokesmen. These two men did not always see eye-to-eye, however, and their relationship to each other developed and changed over the years as part of the country’s debate over slavery, abolition and emancipation. In 1924, W.E.B. Du Bois described Lincoln this way: “He was a man – a big, inconsistent, and brave man.” These words describe Douglass as well. Both were brave men. Both were inconsistent. Both human.

Note: In advance of the class, students are strongly encouraged (but not required!) to read John Stauffer’s Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

About the Instructors: John Ford majored in literature in college. He currently is Facilities Manager at CBMM and President of the Easton Town Council. John has taught literature courses for ALL for more years than he cares to remember.

John Miller, Ph.D., is former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University and lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. John received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. from Yale University. Recently, John taught literature at Washington College, American University, and the Semester-at- Sea program. John is a long-time course leader for ALL.

Members $30 | Non-Members $45

STEAM Team – Digging into the Past: Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!

This February bring your little mariner to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to join our STEAM Team! Each week, STEAM Team participants will join instructor Martha Hamlyn in a hands-on exploration incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with the arts.



Two sessions each day: 10-12pm for 4-6 year olds; 1-3pm for 7-9 year olds.
Feb. 17 – Digging into the Past: Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!
Feb.  24 – Lab Kids: Toy-making

Cost: $12 per class for CBMM members and $15 per class for non-members. A special four-session pass is available at $40 for CBMM members and $50 for non-members. Scholarships for individual classes are available for qualifying students.