Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Feb. 5, 2008
Jeff Holland presents the Key to Annapolis History at Museum’s Maritime Seminar on February 28
Jeff Holland, Director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, will present a unique maritime perspective of Annapolis history on Thursday, February 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Barge House. This will be the sixth 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.
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,” Holland says.
Jeff Holland has served as the Executive Director of the Annapolis Maritime Museum since 2001. His key accomplishment has been working with the volunteers and board of directors to transform the Museum from an all-volunteer neighborhood historical committee to a regional educational institution with a professional staff of three. The current goal is to complete the renovation of the historic McNasby Oyster Company building and the “Oysters on the Half Shell” exhibit. He is also a member of the Chesapeake Bay musical group Them Eastport Oyster Boys, and was designated “Poet Laureate of Eastport” by Annapolis Mayor Al Hopkins in 1994.
Enrollment fees for Museum members are $12 per seminar and $15 per seminar for non-members. 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.
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.
April 3 - Chesapeake Sailing Craft
By William Fox
Author and Naval Architect William Fox presents a rare photographic record of sailing craft from log canoes to four-masted schooners, showing the vessels in all phases of their activities on the Bay, including loading and unloading cargoes; under sail and in port; in shipyards; details of rigging, fittings, and decks; interior views; as powerboats; and abandoned hulks. The photographs were taken between 1925 and 1975 by Robert Burgess, curator of the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and published by Cornell Maritime Press in 1975. The recently re-released edition, edited by William Fox, brings alive the author's photographs and recollections for a new generation of readers.