Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 22, 2008
Ginger Doyel presents History of Eastport at Museum’s Maritime Seminar on February 21
Author and historian Ginger Doyel will discuss her upcoming book, Over the Bridge: A History of Eastport at Annapolis, 1868 - 1968, on Thursday, February 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Barge House. This will be the fifth in the Museum’s weekly 2008 Maritime Seminar Series covering a range of fascinating topics to commemorate our unique maritime heritage. Note that this seminar and all the rest of the seminars in the series will be held at the Barge House on the Museum campus.
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journals kept by Annie Christensen, an Eastport midwife, from 1898 - 1908; and a bound ledger containing 291 previously unpublished photographs of Eastport and Annapolis, taken by Howard Hayman in the mid-1930s. The book will be published by the Museum in November of this year.
Ginger Doyel is a fourth generation Annapolitan. She received a B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond in 2001 and returned to Annapolis in 2002. Since then, she has authored over 120 articles about local history for The Capital newspaper and several magazines. She is the author of Annapolis Vignettes; Gone to Market: The Annapolis Market House, 1698 --2005; and The Annapolitan Club: A Tradition of Hospitality Since 1897. Ginger serves on the City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission, and on the Hammond-Harwood House Board of Trustees, and lives in the city’s Historic District near her family.
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. The Barge House is located at 723 Second Street in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis, MD 21403.
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
Since 2000, the Oyster Recovery Partnership has planted over 1 billion disease-free oysters and rehabilitated or created 60 large oyster bars. Stephan Abel, Executive Director of the Oyster Recovery Project, 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 Sharie 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 ole Osprey presentation in December, 2007. Combining details gathered from different historical sources, Artistic Director Sharie Valerio will bring this special time and place to life.
March 20 - Voices of the Bay
By Michael Buckley, with photographs by David Harp
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
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, founder of Blacks on the Chesapeake Foundation, shares this legacy through photographs and film.