Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 8, 2008
Annapolis’ African-American Maritime Heritage subject
of Museum’s Maritime Seminar on February 7
Janice Hayes-Williams will discuss Our African-American Maritime Heritage on Thursday, February 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This will be the fourth in the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s weekly 2008 Maritime Seminar Series covering a range of fascinating topics to commemorate our unique maritime heritage.
Historian, author, playwright and columnist Janice Hayes-Williams shares the intriguing life story of her great-grandfather, William Henry Hebron, who was born into slavery and grew up to become one of Annapolis’ most successful businessmen. Like many local African-Americans after the Civil War, he earned a living in the oyster industry as a tonger and shucker, later owning and operating a stall in the Fish Market near the Market House at City Dock. Among his many protéges was Cap’n Herbie Sadler. Janice Hayes-Williams shares her family heritage and, with the aid of photographs and illustrations, makes it our own.
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.
Note: The following seminars will take place in the Barge House at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport, Annapolis.
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journals kept by Annie Christensen, an Eastport midwife, from 1898-1908; and a bound ledger containing 291 previously unpublished photographs of Eastport and Annapolis, taken by Howard Hayman, in the mid-1930s.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 1 billion disease-free oysters and rehabilitated or created 60 large oyster bars. ORP Executive Director Stephan Abel reviews the non-profit organization’s strategies to work with federal and state agencies, scientists, watermen and conservation 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, Founder, Blacks on the Chesapeake Foundation
What is now the gated community of Chesapeake Harbour was once known as Carr’s Beach, the premier African-American waterfront resort. In a time of segregation, this was a haven for Black families from throughout the region who flocked there to enjoy the Bay, the fishing, the attractions, but most of all, the music by such greats as Ray Charles, James Brown, Lionel Hampton, the Shirelles and Little Richard. Vince Leggett shares this legacy through photographs and film.