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Kristen Greenaway

Paddling with CBMM’s President

Saturday, June 2; Rain date: June 9
10am-noon, Foggs Cove

$44 CBMM members; $55 non-members-Paddle w/rental
$24 CBMM members; $30 non-members – Paddle w/out rental



Join CBMM President Kristen Greenaway for a demonstration on how to use a Greenland paddle, followed by a paddle on the Miles River. Greenaway is a frequent participant in the annual WaterTribe Everglades Challenge, a 300-mile, day/night small craft paddle from Tampa, Fla., to the Florida Keys.

Kristen Greenaway

Meet the Staff: Kristen Greenaway

Kristen GreenawayName: Kristen L. Greenaway
Title: CBMM President
Started at CBMM: 2014
Hometown: Tauranga, NZ

1. What can you be found doing for fun on a typical weekend?
Sailing on the Bay, with friends or family, on our Cape Dory 32, Magdalena.

2. What’s one place you’ve always wanted to visit?
South Georgia Island and Antarctica. I’m a lifelong fan of Earnest Shackleton and Edmund Hillary. Rapa Nui (Easter Island) was on the list, but I visited last year!

3. What’s your favorite song to listen to on repeat?
For Today, by Netherworld Dancing Toys

4. What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Working at Sanford’s fish factory (NZ) one summer, to help pay for varsity. I was on the fish guts packing line. Twelve hour days, and mum wouldn’t allow me to wear any clothing into the house when I returned home each night.

5. What’s your favorite spot on CBMM’s campus and why?
Our working Shipyard: the smells, the buzz of a thicknesser or scrape of a spokeshave, the voices of our shipwrights, apprentices, volunteers, and Rising Tide students passionately connected to and committed to building new water craft, or restoring our heritage water craft—answering queries from inquisitive guests, and helping them personally experience what it means to be associated with this exquisite maritime past, present, and future.

6. What is your earliest connection with the Chesapeake Bay?
Physically, early Spring 2014, when visiting for my first in-person interviews for the presidency position, with the family. We drove over the bridge on a beautiful morning, and were absolutely gob-smacked. But as a child, my father and I would marvel at old B&W photos of log canoes racing on the Bay. Who would have thought!

It’s #MeettheStaffMonday and we’re introducing you to the faces behind the scenes at CBMM! Hop over to our Instagram page (@chesapeakemaritime) to see some of Kristen’s favorite sights from around campus, and come back next week to meet another member of our staff. 

Kristen Greenaway

Supporting CBMM, by Kristen Greenaway

Kristen GreenawayDecember 8, 2017

Dear Friend,

How do you de-stress in a world filled with chaos and uncertainty? For me, getting out on the Miles River with family and friends, enjoying the Chesapeake’s waters, does the trick!

Thank you—our members, volunteers, and supporters—for sharing our love of the Bay. Thank you for joining us in preserving and celebrating its history, environment, and, most importantly, its people. After all, it is you who lives, works or plays here—that helps create the rich tapestry of life that CBMM is honored to protect.

This past year, I’ve had the fortune to do some travel, most recently to Valparaiso, Chile for the International Congress of Maritime Museums’ conference. There is no better feeling than returning to St. Michaels to enjoy everything CBMM with you, your family, and your friends.

School GroupI love the moments when a guest stumbles upon something extraordinary, and I have the opportunity to hear their unbridled reaction. Often, laughter flows through my office window when Miss Freedom is discovered for the first time—almost always accompanied by, “hey, take a photo of me in front of her!” Or, better yet, I look forward to the joyful chatter of students walking along the pathway outside my office as they escape the classroom to experience one of our K-12 education programs.

Perhaps you were one of the guests I heard outside my window!

Perhaps you, your child, or grandchild were one of the 6,000 participants to attend our K-12 guided tours this year, which we are working hard to expand, to reach even more schoolchildren across Delmarva and beyond.

Perhaps you attended one of our yearly festivals—Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival is my favorite!

Perhaps you brought a friend along with you, to drink and be merry at our Member Night beer tastings in the Boatyard in May and October.

Or, maybe you saw—in person or live on Facebook—our shipwrights marry Edna E. Lockwood’s topsides to her new hull as part of her restoration; a nerve racking yet fascinating process!

We are very grateful to be able to share these experiences with you, and to offer opportunities to enjoy and celebrate a very special way of life on the Bay with your friends and loved ones.

And we can’t do so without your continued support! Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to The Annual Fund today, and help us continue to celebrate, educate, and inspire.

Thank you for your support!

Yours sincerely,

Kristen L. Greenaway,
CBMM President


Byrnes joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

CBMM_ByrnesSteven_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – November 1, 2017) Steven Byrnes, of Easton, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Vice President of Operations. In this position, Byrnes serves on the senior management team and is responsible for oversight, implementation, and management of CBMM’s strategies for its guest services, marina, Museum Store, charity boat donation program, and boatyard operations.

Byrnes has more than 33 years’ experience in operations management, most recently serving as Senior Director of Capgemini America, a leading global consulting firm. Byrnes brings international experience to the position, from business and IT strategy development, through to the operational transformation necessary to achieve those strategies.

“I’m an avid boater and CBMM member who loves getting out on the Bay,” said Byrnes. “This is a great opportunity to join the CBMM team, and make a difference in a meaningful way.”

Byrnes grew up on Long Island and spent many hours boating and clamming on the Great South Bay. He views returning from the Chicago area to the Chesapeake Bay region like ‘coming home.’

“We are delighted to have Steve working with us,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “His management experience and collaborative work with all departments will be key in helping CBMM achieve high standards of excellence in all our operations.”

Byrnes holds an MBA in banking and finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. He served on the board of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, and is a past member of the Auto Finance Council and the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association’s International Committee. He has published more than 25 articles on operations and technology topics, and has served as a speaker at numerous industry events, including the ELFA annual convention, CFO roundtable, and a Global Strategies webinar.

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. 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.



Steven Byrnes of Easton, Md. recently joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as its new Vice President of Operations.

CBMM receives grant from Grayce B. Kerr Fund

(ST MICHAELS, MD – August 22, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently received a $100,000 grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, an Easton-based philanthropy that supports educational achievement and growth.

“The Grayce B. Kerr Fund is pleased to support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,” said John R. Valliant, president of the fund. “Planning has always been a cornerstone of CBMM’s growth and we are happy to participate in this important effort.”

CBMM has recently commissioned a Master Plan to help guide the museum’s future growth. The grant will help underwrite the cost of the Master Plan process, an integral part of CBMM’s five-year comprehensive campaign to allow the development of a number of long-term campus enhancements, including the locations of four new buildings.

In 2015, CBMM launched its comprehensive campaign to support museum improvements and grow its endowment, with a goal of securing the future of CBMM, and thus the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign aims to solve challenges in dealing with older facilities while creating new opportunities to engage with its more than 80,000 yearly guests.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, which will allow us to commission a Master Plan to guide our long-term plans,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “It’s been almost 15 years since CBMM last held a campaign. In that time, a great deal has changed in the life of CBMM’s infrastructure, as well as expectations of the 21st century museum guest. We’re ecstatic about what the future holds for CBMM.”

Thanks to generous community and state support in these endeavors, CBMM has been able to install upgraded campus-wide alert systems, make improvements to many of its exhibition buildings, and support the historic two-year restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood. It has also allowed CBMM to expand its Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program, whose participants launched a boat of their own creation during this year’s Community Day celebration.

Upcoming priorities include expansion of CBMM’s shipwright apprentice program, the completion of various deferred maintenance projects, and a push to double the number of K-12 students visiting CBMM’s campus over the next five years.

To learn more about the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, visit gbkf.org. 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. To learn more or to support CBMM, visit cbmm.org.


John R. Valliant, president of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, and Kristen Greenaway, president of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum smile in front of CBMM’s 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. CBMM was recently awarded a grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund to support its future growth.


CBMM earns TripAdvisor 2017 Certificates of Excellence

2017_COE_TripAdvisor(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 25, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently received two TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards. These awards celebrate excellence in hospitality and are only given to establishments consistently achieving great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. In addition to winning for CBMM as a whole, the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse was also recognized this year.

“TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is a badge of honor our staff and volunteers proudly earn,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “CBMM has achieved this recognition for six consecutive years, and we look forward to continuing to earn this kind of feedback while bringing a transformative Chesapeake experience to each of our guests, year after year.”

CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus3 CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus1 CBMM_TripAdvisor17_Campus2When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity, and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as the business’s tenure and ranking on the site’s Popularity Index. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions,” said Vice President of Industry Marketing, Heather Leisman.

Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries, and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered superior guest experiences.

TripAdvisor is an online travel site offering advice from travelers, with nearly 390 million monthly online visitors and more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering more than 7 million attractions, accommodations, and restaurants. To read recent CBMM guest reviews, visit bit.ly/reviewcbmm. For information about the museum, visit cbmm.org.


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse in St. Michaels, Md., recently received TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards, which honor hospitality excellence throughout the world, and are only given to establishments consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. This marks the sixth consecutive year the non-profit has earned the award, with reviews seen and made online at bit.ly/reviewcbmm.


CBMM welcomes summer interns

CBMM_SummerInterns1_2017(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 18, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently added five summer interns to its team: Michael Barone of Buffalo, N.Y.; Kathleen DeMeritte of Silver Spring, Md.; Kelsey Neuenswander of San Diego, Ca.; Erin Russell of St. Louis, Mi.; and Alexa Wichowsky of West Winfield, N.Y. Barone and DeMeritte are working in the curatorial department, Russell in education, Wichowsky in development, and Neuenswander in communications, marketing, and event planning for the St. Michaels, Md. nonprofit.

“CBMM’s primary focus is education,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Not only with our 80,000 guests and program participants each year, but also through our apprentice and intern programs.”

Barone is currently enrolled in the Cooperstown Graduate Program focusing on museum studies. He will help with the management of acquisitions and collections inventory for CBMM, with a focus on cataloging the Trumpy Yacht Archives.

DeMeritte is reconnecting with the Chesapeake Bay after many years of being a Sea Scout. Currently studying history with an emphasis on museum studies at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, she will help with the rehousing of collections and research requests.

Neuenswander is an undergraduate at University of California, Davis studying communications and psychology. She is assisting in CBMM’s communication efforts, with a focus on social media, and is also helping with the planning and execution of special events.

Russell, a museum studies student in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, will assist with CBMM’s educational and outreach programs, to create interactive, early-education activities for families with young children.

Wichowsky, also enrolled in the Cooperstown Graduate Program, is working as CBMM’s development intern. She is concentrating her internship on researching funding opportunities and outreach initiatives for CBMM.

Over 10 weeks, the interns will have numerous opportunities to observe and engage in field-related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by CBMM’s professional staff.

For more information about internships and employment with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, please visit the “About Us” tab at cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.



The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum welcomes five new interns for the summer season. Front row, from left: Kathleen DeMeritte of University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Erin Russell of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Alexa Wichowsky of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Kelsey Neuenswander of University of California, Davis. In back: Michael Barone of the Cooperstown Graduate Program.


CBMM Board holds annual fiscal review meeting

CBMM_BOG_Meeting CBMM_BOG_SeidelStaley CBMM_BOG_GabrielLinehan CBMM_BOG_HarrisBlitzer(ST MICHAELS, MD – July 4, 2017) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently hosted its annual Board of Governors’ fiscal review meeting, which included a reception along CBMM’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. The June 26 meeting included presentations from CBMM President Kristen Greenaway and Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman.

Updates were given on CBMM’s Boatyard and its major programming components, a look at CBMM’s finances for the prior fiscal year, progress on its comprehensive campaign, and information about the annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala.

Board of Governors, Friends Board, Board alumni, staff members, and their partners were invited, with a post-meeting reception held waterside on Fogg’s Landing and catered by Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

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 values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. For more information, visit cbmm.org.



Members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors gather on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing after meeting on June 26. To learn more, visit cbmm.org.

From left are James Harris, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board of Governors Chair, David Blitzer, a recent member of the Board of Governors, and Sherrill Lanthrop.

John L. Seidel, Mary Lou McAllister, and Diane Staley are pictured at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on June 26, 2017. Seidel is a recent addition to CBMM’s Board, and Staley serves as vice chair.

At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, from left, are Mary Lou Peters, Ed Gabriel, and Board member Kathleen “Buffy” Linehan.


Eckardt, Mautz recognize ACBF for 30 years

(ST MICHAELS, MD – JUNE 20, 2017)


Maryland Senator Addie Eckardt and Delegate Johnny Mautz were on hand in St. Michaels on June 17 to present citations to organizers of the Antique & Classic Boat Festival and Arts at Navy Point in honor of the event’s 30th anniversary.

Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this annual Father’s Day weekend event at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

Pictured with Eckardt and Mautz are Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum President Kristen Greenaway and festival organizers Stephanie Ryan, Jim Shotwell, Bob Hamilton, Maryann Fiaschetti and John Into. To see photos from the festival, visit bit.ly/CBMM_ABCF17. For more on the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, visit chesapeakebayacbs.org. For details on festivals and special events at CBMM, visit cbmm.org.