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.
Samuel Hambleton: Hometown Hero in the Battle of Lake Erie
Thursday, September 19
5:30pm in the Bay History Building
Free for CBMM Members. RSVP by September 17 to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4991.
Local historian Tom Stevenson explores the history of this Talbot County naval hero and his part in one of the largest and most significant battles of the War of 1812, the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron. Learn about Hambleton’s role in the creation of one of the most inspiring battle flags in history, “Don’t Give Up the Ship.”
9th Maryland Lighthouse Challenge
September 21 & 22
Ten lighthouses. Two days. This September, the Maryland Lighthouse Challenge will open the doors to lighthouses of all shapes and sizes — including one lightship — as hundreds of people flock to remember and explore maritime heritage on the Chesapeake Bay. The Challenge is a driving tour, sweeping down (or up) both sides of the Bay on the weekend of Sept. 20–21. You can start or end your tour at any point, visiting as few or as many lighthouses as you like. Each stop includes a free Lighthouse Challenge souvenir, but only those who reach the 10 mandatory stops will receive a special souvenir that says, "I've Seen the Lights!"
The War of 1812 Speaker Series: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Circumstances
September 20, October 18 & October 24
$10 for CBMM Members or $14 for non-members per session OR buy a three-session pass for $25 for CBMM members and $34 for non-members. Pre-registration required to Helen Van Fleet at 410-475-4941
The Internal Enemy with Dr. Alan Taylor
Friday, September 20 from 6-7:30pm
OFF-SITE LOCATION: Christ Church, St. Michaels. MD
Join us as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr. Alan Taylor, discusses the slaves who sought freedom by escaping to the British, offering a dramatic instance of the persistent interconnections between American slavery and American freedom. The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832, Dr. Taylor’s newly published book,
re-creates the events that inspired black Virginians, haunted slaveholders, and set the nation on a new and dangerous course.
Stories of Everyday People and the War of 1812
Friday, October 18
10-11:30am in the Van Lennep Auditorium
When war came to the Chesapeake in 1813, what was it like for the everyday people in tidewater towns who both feared and anticipated the arrival of the British on their shores? Join University of Delaware adjunct professor Mike Dixon as he explores the conflict through the eyes of women, militiamen, slaves, and other ordinary citizens impacted by the chaos of war.
The Music of Conflict: Songs from 1812
Thursday, October 24
2-3:30 in the Van Lennep Auditorium
The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics, the traumatic effect of the Embargo, through the triumph at Fort McHenry and the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponenets, to dramatize the great sea battles and to laud batlle heroes like Hulland Perry. This program tells the true story of the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner, dispelling several lingering myths along the way. Live musical selections accompanied by images.
The Boating Party Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, September 7
5:30 - 11pm, $175 per person. SOLD OUT
Be a part of the Museum’s fall gala fundraiser which includes cocktails, dinner, and dancing on Navy Point. Funds raised support the Museum’s mission to inspire an understanding of and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal reaches, together with the artifacts, cultures, and connections between this place and its people.