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Meet: Spence Stovall, Friends Board

CBMM_StovallSpence_2017(St. Michaels, Md. – November 27, 2017) As a native to St. Michaels, Spence Stovall grew up with water less than 100-feet out his back door, spending much of his time fishing, boating, and skiing with his family. He later moved away to attend college in Fredericksburg, Va., but after graduating, was called back to what Spence refers to as ‘shore life.’

“It’s a very important heritage and way of life,” comments Spence. “Now, I enjoy sharing shore life with my wife, Kristen, and six-year-old son, Nathan.”

Spence currently serves as Vice President and the third-generation owner of Higgins & Spencer, Inc., an interior design and furniture business based in St. Michaels for more than 75 years. His volunteer work includes serving with St. Michaels Rotary, and as past president of St. Michaels Community Center, and past treasurer of St. Michaels Business Association, among others.

Spence’s connections to CBMM run deep. His grandfather, Alex Spencer, was instrumental in helping CBMM get its start, with Spence remembering attending knot-tying camps, sailing camps, and various other museum events as a child.

When it comes to CBMM’s work today, Spence enjoys seeing progress on the Edna Lockwood restoration project, and feels it’s very important that the area’s children have as much exposure to CBMM as possible, so that the heritage of the Bay and its importance to this area is understood and preserved.

Spence joined the Friends Board in 2016, bringing with him a passion for carrying his family’s legacy forward, while serving as an ambassador for CBMM.

“Being a part of something that my family has been passionate about for years, and the opportunity to be an ambassador for CBMM were major draws for me,” said Spence. “Many local folks my age don’t take enough advantage of CBMM, so I invite them to see all the museum has to offer, and does for this community.”

CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

We thank Spence for his time and dedication to CBMM!


A Broad Reach exhibition strikes at CBMM March 26

CBMM_BroadReach_Strikes(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 4, 2017) With artifacts ranging from gilded eagles to a silver lifesaving medal, a tugboat’s steam engine, to an intimate scene of crab pickers, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting will close to the public on March 26, 2017.

A Broad Reach opened on May 23, 2015, with the purpose of featuring 50 objects in CBMM’s collection with the richest stories to tell, from a humble fire axe to marine art—chosen from more than 68,000 objects in total. Some are arresting, some are transcendent—all explore the Chesapeake and its rapidly changing environment and culture. Others represent bygone Chesapeake trades that have all but disappeared in recent years.

“The public’s response to this exhibition has been outstanding,” said CBMM’s Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “It’s a rare opportunity to see such outstanding highlights from our collection, and this winter gives a great opportunity to visit us and take it all in, before we put our white gloves back on and meticulously store them all away. Winter is also the best time to visit the boatyard, especially with the Edna E. Lockwood log hull restoration now in full swing.”

A Broad Reach is made possible through the generous support of CBMM donors and 50th anniversary corporate partners, including PNC Financial Services Group, American Cruise Lines, Benson & Mangold, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Easton Utilities, Fairfield Inn & Suites Easton, Goetze’s Candy, Graul’s Market, Guilford & Company, Hambleton Inn, Hawthorn–PNC Family Wealth, Higgins & Spencer, Patriot Cruises, Maryland State Arts Council, 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.

CBMM_BroadReachCatalogueA Broad Reach is accompanied by a commemorative catalogue and online exhibition at abroadreach.cbmm.org. Both feature images and interpretive text of the objects in the exhibition, many of which were photographed by noted Chesapeake photographer David Harp. Limited-edition catalogues are available for purchase at the Museum Store and online at shop.cbmm.org, with proceeds benefiting the children and adults served by CBMM’s educational programs.

The exhibition is free for CBMM members and with general two-day admission. Situated on 18 waterfront acres with 12 exhibition buildings, CBMM is open daily except when Talbot County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. Charitable gifts to the museum’s Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

From now through 2018, CBMM guests can experience the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, with all work done in full public view and more information at ednalockwood.org. For more information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org.



The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibition, A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, as seen here in CBMM’s Steamboat Building, will close to the public in St. Michaels, Md. on March 26, 2017. The exhibition features significant objects in CBMM’s collection with the richest stories to tell, and is free for CBMM members or with general two-day admission.  For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

The works featured in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exhibition A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting and its commemorative catalogue, shown here, range from gilded eagles to a silver lifesaving medal, a tugboat’s steam engine, to an intimate scene of crab pickers. The exhibition closes to the public at CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. on March 26, 2017. The limited edition catalogue is available at the Museum Store or at shop.cbmm.org, with the online exhibition at abroadreach.cbmm.org