Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 8, 2008
Marine Railways of Anne Arundel County subject of Museum’s Maritime Seminar on January 24
Historian Kevin Webb will review the history of marine railways in Anne Arundel County on Thursday, January 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This will be the second in the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s weekly 2008 Maritime Seminar Series covering a range of fascinating topics to commemorate our unique maritime heritage.
During the 20th century, many local working boatyards had a marine railway, but only a few still exist. Historian Kevin Webb will discuss the history of these primitive but effective devices, and what factors have caused them to disappear from the Chesapeake watershed.
Kevin Webb is a local historian and recent graduate from the Historical Studies program at UMBC. A native of Maryland, Kevin completed his bachelor's degree at Towson University in 1995, majoring in both History and Art, with a concentration in jewelry design and metal work. Following graduation, Kevin was offered a full-time position at Towson University, where he continues to work as Associate Director of Admissions. He is currently working on a book about the history of marine railways on the Chesapeake Bay.
Enrollment fees for Museum members are $75 per person for the full series or $12 per seminar. For non-members, fees are $135 for the series or $15 per seminar. To enroll, call the Museum at 410-295-0104. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
January 31 - The Capt. John Smith 400 Project
By Drew McMullen
Last summer, a dozen modern adventurers embarked on a difficult and daring recreation of Capt. John Smith’s 1608 exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. The crew rowed and sailed 1,500 miles in a small open boat called a “shallop.” The boat was built and the expedition organized by the non-profit Sultana Projects of Chestertown, whose president, Drew McMullen, takes us step-by-step through this remarkable adventure.
February 7 - Four Women of Annapolis
By Scotti Preston & Janice Hayes-Williams
This one-woman presentation, starring veteran actor Scotti Preston, in collaboration with historian and writer Janice Hayes-Williams of Our Local Legacy, celebrates Maryland Emancipation in November, 1864, and three centuries of Annapolis history as seen through the eyes of four women of color. Based on a presentation at St. Johns College in November, 2007.
(February 14 - Valentine’s Day – no seminar.)
February 21 - Over the Bridge: A history of Eastport at Annapolis, 1868-1968
By Ginger Doyel
Since January 2007, Ginger Doyel has interviewed more than 400 community elders and gathered more than 1,700 photographs — mostly from private family collections — for the book slated for publication later this year by the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Ginger will share the highlights of her research, including two remarkable finds: a set of journals kept by Annie Christensen, an Eastport midwife, from 1898-1908; and a bound ledger containing 291 previously unpublished photographs of Eastport and Annapolis, taken by Howard Hayman, in the mid-1930s.
February 28 - The Key to Annapolis History
By Jeff Holland
This slightly irreverent view of 400 years of Annapolis history from the waterside perspective by the director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum ties Annapolis in its “Golden Age” as a major tobacco-trading port to Annapolis as “America’s Sailing Capital.” And it’s all because the harbor’s only 12 feet deep.
March 6 - Oyster Recovery on the Chesapeake Bay
By Stephan Abel, Executive Director, Oyster Recovery Partnership
Since 2000 the Oyster Recovery Partnership has planted over 950 million disease-free spat oyster spat on shell oysters at over 60 locations. ORP Executive Director Stephan Abel reviews the non-profit organization’s strategies to work with local, state and national organizations to restore the native oyster population so vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
March 13 - Shuckin’ and Tongin’: a Day’s Work at McNasby’s
By Shari Valerio
As part of an oral history project for the Museum, Remember Inc. is collecting interviews with people who worked at McNasby Oyster Company. Their colorful memories are transformed into theatrical presentations. Two first person narratives debuted in the Grand Old Osprey presentation in December. Combining some details of gathered history and oral history, Artistic Director Sharie Valerio will bring to life this special time and place.
March 20 - Voices of the Bay
By Michael Buckley, with photographs by David Harp (more info to follow)
Michael Buckley is a 14-year veteran of radio and is host and producer of the multi-cultural music program called the “Sunday Brunch” on WRNR-FM of Annapolis. Over the past seven years, he has documented the lives of more than 250 people of this region through a series of audio interviews. For than fifty of these are now featured in the book Voices of the Chesapeake Bay, recently published by Geared Up Productions of Edgewater, MD. The interviews are illustrated with portraits by renowned Chesapeake photographer David Harp. Michael Buckley will discuss the Voices of the Chesapeake Bay and show slides of David Harp’s photography to introduce the audience to some of the Chesapeake’s most fascinating people. A book signing will follow the discussion.
March 27 - Carr’s Beach Legacy
By Vince Leggett, Executive Director, Blacks on the Chesapeake Foundation
More info to follow.