The Museum’s event calendar is
your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits,
and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts annual special
events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay. For information on
St. Michaels events, historic.stmichaelsmd.org.
Winter Speaker Series 2013: This Old Chesapeake House
Space limited and pre-registration is required for all events. Call 410-745-4941. Cost per session in this series: $6 for members, $8 for non-members, or register for all three sessions and save, $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
Old houses are part of the flavor of the Chesapeake landscape, and remind us constantly of the presence of the past in our day-to-day lives. Join us as the Museum explores the legacy, history, and stories of these historic structures throughout the Bay region. Through three sessions, the series will cover the intimate history, painstaking restoration, and ongoing preservation efforts of old Chesapeake houses, large and small, public and private.
Thursday, January 17
10am in Van Lennep Auditorium
Not all old Chesapeake houses are on land, plenty are also on (or over) the water. Bay lighthouses are some of the Bay’s most treasured but also most endangered "old houses." In this program, join Anne Arundel County’s Cultural Resource Planner Jane Cox as she talks about her career preserving some of the Chesapeake’s most iconic lighthouses, and her current efforts as a private owner to restore the Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse, one load of ferried-in supplies at a time.
Thursday, January 31
10am in Van Lennep Auditorium
Author and photographer Shirley Hampton Hunt will explore through story and pictures the process of writing and photographing images for her book, The Vanishing Landscape, which documents the history and collapse of abandoned old houses on the Eastern Shore, their relationship to a changing environment, and a population balancing the legacy of the past with the promise of the future.
Tuesday, February 5
1pm in Van Lennep Auditorium
Elizabeth Beckley of Preservation Maryland will discuss her career as a historical restorer, old house aficionado, owner, and preservationist. With a professional and personal life spent in, on, and under old Chesapeake houses, Beckley’s talk will be illustrated by the lively stories and photos of her restoration adventures.
Savoring the Bay: Marsh, Muskrats & Meals
Tuesday, January 22
5:30pm, Van Lennep Auditorium
Members FREE; Non-members $10. Reservations required. RSVP to Cheryl Miller at 410-745-4943 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20.
A skinny-tailed cousin of the beaver, muskrats make their homes around the many creeks that snake through the marshlands of the Chesapeake. Join us for an evening of muskrat talk and tasting to learn about traditional ways of trapping, cooking, and eating the furry creatures that some have called “Dorchester Marsh Rabbit.”
Leading the conversation will be mother and daughter Nellie Flowers
and Rhonda Aaron, along with Morgan Bennett, III of Maryland
Furtrappers, Inc., all natives of the marshy world of Dorchester County.
Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, and storytelling at the Museum’s ChesAdventures Program. Each Chesapeake-themed class has two sessions; 10-12noon for 4-6 year olds, and 1-3pm for 7-9 year olds.
Pre-registration is required, call 410-745-4941 to reserve a spot. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover accepted. Gift certificates available. $12 for members, $15 non-members. A six-session pass is available for $68 for Museum members, and $80 for non-members. Scholarships for individual classes are available for qualifying students.
Jan. 19 – Trees in Winter – make a book full of trees
Jan. 26 – Fish –make some fine, funny, finny, fabulous fish.
Feb. 2 – Snow! Fun to play in, fun to watch, fun to make.
Feb. 9 – Ducks, Geese, Birds of Winter - Feathers and Feeders
Feb. 16 – Chesapeake Critter Creations – put bits and pieces of animals together in crazy ways.
Feb. 23 – Rocks & Wool, Hard & Soft – Can you think of how to them together?