Skipjack Sigsbee in St. Michaels July 9

Photo Courtesy of Living Classrooms Foundation

The skipjack Sigsbee can be seen at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., on Sunday, July 9, 2017, with dockside tours available from 1-3 pm. Tours are free with general admission to CBMM, which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6-17, and free for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under.

A historic oystering skipjack reconstructed for students, Sigsbee is operated by the Living Classrooms Foundation, with programs that engage students with hands-on activities, such as raising sail, testing the water with scientific equipment, trawling for marine life, and observing firsthand the factories, shipping, natural resources, and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, or to learn about any of the vessels visiting CBMM’s waterfront campus this summer, visit

CBMM Acknowledges Volunteers for Generous Service

On June 15, 2017, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recognized a dedicated team of more than 385 volunteers aboard the Patriot for their combined 27,552.5 hours of service towards the museum over the past year. Several volunteers were recognized by CBMM for their work in boat restoration and maintenance, boat donations, buildings and grounds, education, exhibitions, museum store, and volunteer programming. The river cruise reception was generously sponsored by Patriot Cruises of St. Michaels, Md. and Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

Special recognition was given to volunteers with the highest hours of cumulative service, including John Hawkinson with 10,000 hours; Ellen Plummer, Norman Plummer, and Mike Sweeney with 8,000 hours; Paul Ray with 7,000 hours; Lloyd Devigne, Roger Galvin, and Don Parks with 5,000 hours; and Jerry Friedman and Bob Petizon with 4,000 hours. Many other volunteers were recognized for reaching several milestones of 100 hours and above in their volunteer service toward CBMM.

“The engagement and service from our volunteers is such an extraordinary part of what makes CBMM a very special place to visit,” says CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The effort our volunteers put forth each and every day to ensure a great experience for our guests is quite remarkable.”

CBMM is always looking for volunteers to help throughout various areas of its operations, including front desk assistants, interpretive educators, festival helpers, buildings and grounds assistants, and more. For more information, contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941 or visit

Open House at Easton Family YMCA at Washington

The YMCA at Washington, formerly Cross Courts, opened its doors on Saturday to invite everyone to see what the Y has to offer. Staff gave tours, held clinics and everyone had the chance to try tennis, pickleball, fitness classes, great food and games. Wendy Palmer, the new Operations Director, was on hand to greet everyone and make them feel at home.

The Y on Washington gives the YMCA of the Chesapeake more opportunities to make a difference in our community. It also opens up the door for the members to experience everything the Y’s have to offer. As a YMCA of the Chesapeake member you can frequent any of our eight locations. Carol Fegel, Easton Family YMCA on Peachblossom member,  said that she was pleasantly surprised at how nice it is. “It has such a warm, homey atmosphere and everyone was nice. Its beautiful.”

The kids had a great time. It was a hot day and an impromptu water balloon battle was born out of a water balloon toss. Nobody cared, it was fun. And when you have snow cones after a good water battle, the day is just about perfect.

The wellness area and fitness classes were open for everyone to try. Regina Elliott has been a group fitness instructor and a member there for over 20 years. She said it is very much a family. She said “ the transition from Cross Courts to the Y has been successful. There is new equipment and with Wendy, and the new leadership, the heart is coming back into the facility. With the Y focus we can help the community and families”.

Clinics for tennis and pickleball were well attended. Tennis has been a long standing tradition on the Eastern Shore. Now that the Y has indoor and outdoor courts, we can involve the members of all ages in the game. Anytime you go to the Y on Washington, you can see how much the members love the game. If tennis may be a bit much, Pickleball can be played at both Easton locations.

The Open House may have ended at 4:00pm on Saturday, but you are always invited to come by for a tour and see what you can do there.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits and the largest Human Service organization on the Eastern Shore of Maryland; strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Shore Ys engage over 27,000 members; men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the shore’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  In 2016, the YMCA of the Chesapeake provided over $1,226,000 in assistance to over 12,422 community members, turning no one away due to inability to pay.

New Physician Assistant Rotations in Progress at UM Shore Regional Health

UM Shore Regional Health has welcomed five physician assistant students for clinical rotations with UM SRH physician preceptors, William Huffner, MD, senior vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, has announced.

The students — Rhavi Dholokia, Emmy Estrada, Chidex Eugene-Francis, Kulvinder Singh and Emily Tull — began their first of eight, five-week rotations on May 22, 2017. The physician preceptors and their specialties are: Eric Anderson, MD, Psychiatry; Walter Atha, MD, Emergency Medicine; Kim Herman, MD, Family Medicine; Mark Langfitt, MD, Pediatrics; Andrew Pelczar, MD, Surgery; Aisha Siddiqui, MD, OB/GYN; Myron Szczukowski, Jr., MD, Orthopedics (offered as an elective); and Elena Tilly, MD, Internal Medicine.

UM SRH has welcomed five physician assistant students for nine-month clinical rotations. Shown are (back row, L-R): Emily Tull, Chidex Eugene-Francis, Ravi Dholokia, Kulvinder Singh and Emmy Estrada; and (front row, L-R) William Huffner, MD, UM SRH chief medical officer and senior vice president, Medical Affairs, Kim Billingslea, regional director, Medical Staff Services, and Jennifer Kaminskas, executive assistant, Medical Affairs.

“We are delighted to host this second group of students from the Physician Assistant program offered jointly by Anne Arundel Community College and University of Maryland at Baltimore,” says Huffner. “According to reports from our physician preceptors and from the seven PA students who were with us during the past year, the first round of rotations was highly successful. In fact, a few of those students, who graduated in May, have indicated that UM Shore Regional Health is their first choice for employment once they pass their PA licensing exams. We could not have asked for a better outcome and we are hoping this new group will have an equally good experience with our physicians and their practices, and in our hospitals and outpatient services.”

Mary Jo Bondy, administrative program director of the M.S. in Health Science/Physician Assistant Porgram, shares Dr. Huffner’s enthusiasm. “We are so very grateful to the physicians and hospital leaders at Shore who have welcomed our PA students,” Bondy says. “The first group of students, who are now graduates studying for state licensure, greatly appreciated the opportunity to become embedded in the local community and to work with one physician practice at a time, which enabled them to really focus on their learning. I also was very glad to hear from some of the physician preceptors how much growth they observed in the students over the course of the rotations.”

According to Bondy, most of the students accepted into the AACC/UMB PA program have some work experience, very often in the field of health care. “We find that candidates with a bit of work history and life experience are most likely to succeed in the program, which is very demanding,” she says.

The demand for certified physician assistants continues to grow, especially in rural communities. PAs work in virtually every area of medicine and surgery in the full array of health care settings — hospitals, private and employed physician practices, outpatient services, and long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. PA duties include taking histories and conducting physical examinations, ordering and interpreting tests, diagnosing illnesses, developing and implementing treatment plans, and assisting in or even performing surgery.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members, and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Nathan of Dorchester launches 2017-2018 Fund-Raising Program

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, a not-for-profit organization, which owns and operates the Nathan of Dorchester, seeks to promote the heritage of skipjacks, oystering and the ecology of the area.  The Nathan, built in 1991-1993,  needs continuous repair and restoration as with any aging wooden boat.  Last year, funds were raised through the generous support from the Nathan Foundation, the Pauline Foxwell and William David Robbins Charitable Foundation, the Waddell Foundation, many local businesses and private supporters.  These funds were used for major cabin repairs.  Efforts to preserve her for future generations continue through the Skipjack Nathan Preservation Fund.

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee launches fundraising for 2017-18! Accepting a donation from Waddell Foundation member, Julia Moore, are Dan Cada, Maintenance Chairman, and Lou Marseilles, President of the Dorchester Skipjack Committee.

The Dorchester Skipjack Committee, also supports the Choptank Heritage Skipjack Race.  This year the race, will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 off Long Wharf in Cambridge.  Last year twelve skipjacks and two buy boats participated.  Spectators gathered along the wharf for  a “time gone by” experience as they watched these magnificent boats race for pride on the Choptank River.  Over the past six years, the Choptank Heritage Skipjack race brought in over $100,000 from both private and public donors.  These funds were distributed among the fleet participants for more restoration and repairs of these iconic boats.

As the official state boat of Maryland, community pride and support are key to maintaining the aging skipjack fleet  You can show your pride and support through a donation to the Skipjack Nathan Preservation Fund or Choptank Heritage Skipjack race.   These can be be mailed to P.O. Box 1224, Cambridge, MD 21613 or at   It’s all about supporting skipjacks so become a supporter now!

Hudson River Sloop “Clearwater” at CBMM this July

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater will arrive at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. on Wednesday, July 5, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through Friday, July 7, 2017.

The replica sloop will be available for deck tours on Thursday, July 6 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Deck tours are free for CBMM members or with general museum admission,which is good for two days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 6–17, and free for active military, CBMM members, and children ages 5 and under.

The sloop Clearwater, a replica vessel modeled after the Dutch vessels that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries, was launched on May 17, 1969, from Harvey Gamage Shipyard in South Bristol, Maine. Those early cargo vessels were specially designed for the variable winds, currents and depths of the Hudson. Sailing from town to town today, the Clearwater models her course after that of the historic Dutch sloops.

Clearwater is recognized as America’s Environmental Flagship and is among the first vessels in the United States to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship. In 2004, Clearwater was named to the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the environmental movement.

The replica 17th century trading ship Maryland Dove will be arriving at CBMM’s docks on Thursday, July 6 and is in St. Michaels through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., July 8 to 10. The public is invited for free public access to Maryland Dove while at CBMM on July 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II will be at CBMM on Friday, August 11, and remain dockside along CBMM’s campus through August 13, with deck tours offered from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay, with values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. More information about CBMM and these visiting vessels can be found at For more information about Clearwater, visit

Maryland Humanities’ 2017 Chautauqua Living History Series July 5-14

Maryland Humanities, with local partners, will present Chautauqua, its annual living history series, in seven Maryland counties from July 5 through July 14.

For its 23rd season of Chautauqua, Maryland Humanities is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War as three World War I-era figures come to life on the Chautauqua stage. Free and open to the public, each show begins with live local musical and theatrical acts. Question and answer sessions follow living history performances by actors/scholars, which spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun. Audiences will meet one of the most important African-American activists of the early 20th Century, W.E.B. Du Bois; the commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I, General John Pershing; and the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

Chautauqua performances will take place at: Garrett College in McHenry; Montgomery College, Germantown Campus; the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville; the Cecil County Public Library in Elkton; Harford Community College in Bel Air; the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels; Cecil College Elkton Station in Elkton; and the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. The full schedule is available on our website at

Chautauqua is supported in part by Old Line Bank, Baltimore County Commission on the Arts & Sciences, and Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council. Host partners include Cecil College Elkton Station; Cecil County Public Library; Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (with support from Karen & Langley Shook); College of Southern Maryland; Community College of Baltimore County; Garrett College and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival; Harford Community College; and Montgomery College, Germantown Campus.


Maryland Humanities is a statewide, educational nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. For more information, visit www.mdhumanities.orgMaryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.


William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868–1963) was a sociologist, author, historian, and prominent civil rights activist of the early 20th century. Born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in an integrated community thanks to the presence of a small but influential free black population. Du Bois attended Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee. After graduating in 1888, Du Bois attended and obtained two additional degrees from Harvard University – a bachelor’s in history and a Ph.D. in sociology, making him the first African American to obtain a doctorate degree from the University. In the early 20th Century, Du Bois emerged as an unofficial spokesperson for African Americans. In 1910, he co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, where he took the position of Director of Publicity and Research and served as editor of the monthly magazine, The Crisis. Du Bois used this platform to speak out against various issues, including the failure to integrate civil and non-civil service positions, a campaign promise of President Woodrow Wilson. By mid-century, Du Bois became a dedicated Pan-Africanist and anti-war activist. On August 27, 1963 at the age of ninety-five, W.E.B. Du Bois died in Accra, Ghana. He was survived by his second wife, Shirley Graham, his daughter, Yolande Cullen, and his stepson, David Graham Du Bois.

John Joseph Pershing (1860–1948) was a United States Army officer who gained fame during World War I. Born on September 13, 1860 in Laclede, Missouri, Pershing entered into military life as a West Point cadet in 1882. At West Point he was singled out for leadership roles, including First Captain, the highest possible cadet rank, and after graduation in 1886, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army at the age of 26. Over the next thirty years, Pershing led a storied military career. During the Spanish-American War, he commanded the all-African American 10th Cavalry and was later awarded the Silver Citation Star—later upgraded to the Silver Star—for his valor. After the defeat of Spain, Pershing was stationed in the Philippines from 1899 to 1903 and during his tour led American forces against the Philippine resistance. In 1916, Pershing was tasked to lead a raid against Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa after Villa raided a town in New Mexico, leading to the deaths of eighteen Americans. After the United States declared war against Germany in 1917, President Wilson selected Pershing to serve as commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force to assist the Allied powers in Europe during World War I. The combined efforts of American, British, and French forces led to the Germans accepting an armistice in 1919, ending the war. Pershing then served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff until his retirement in 1924. On July 15, 1948, at the age of 87, Pershing died in Washington, DC. He was survived by his son, Francis Pershing.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) was an American academic and politician who served as the 28th President of the United States. Born in Staunton, Virginia, on December 28, 1856, Wilson was raised in Georgia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1879, studied law at the University of Virginia from 1879 to 1880, and did graduate work in history, economics, and political science at Johns Hopkins University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1886. While teaching at various colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr College and Princeton University, Wilson emerged as a leading political scientist, historian, and author. In 1902, he was elected President of Princeton University, a position that he held until his resignation in 1910, when he successfully ran for Governor of New Jersey. His reputation as a reformer led to his nomination for President by the Democratic Party in 1912. During his first term from 1913 to 1917, Wilson oversaw the New Freedom program, which aimed to expand economic opportunity and encourage competition. This included the establishment of the Federal Reserve System, new antitrust legislation, the first child labor act, federal rural credits, and the eight-hour work day for railroad workers. As the leader of the only great neutral power, Wilson sought to mediate an end to the First World War, only to see his own country drawn into the conflict in April 1917. When the war ended in November 1918, Wilson helped negotiate a peace treaty that included a plan for the League of Nations, a precursor to the United Nations. In response to the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusal to ratify the treaty, Wilson embarked on a month long speaking tour across the country in an attempt to rally support for the treaty and the League.  Exhausted by the strain of the tour, Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke that left him infirm. Wilson finished the rest of his term, relying on the assistance of his wife Edith. On February 3, 1924, at the age of sixty-seven, Woodrow Wilson died at his home in Washington, DC. He was survived by his second wife, Edith Bolling, and his daughters Margaret Wilson, Jessie Sayre, and Eleanor McAdoo.


Judd Bankert had just moved to Staunton, Virginia in 2000 when the curator of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace approached him and pointed out that he bore a striking resemblance to the 28th President. Ever since Bankert has portrayed President Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace’s living history program.  He has performed in scores of special interpretive programs and spoken at both public and private receptions.  As a Staunton resident, he has access to one of the best research facilities for Wilson scholarship in the country.  This, combined with an interest in history and experience as an educator (he was a certified K-8 teacher), has enabled him to create unique programs drawing from Wilson’s writings and speeches.

Bill Grimmette is a living history interpreter, storyteller, actor, and motivational speaker who has worked in film, television, and on stage throughout the United States and abroad. He has appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and Benjamin Banneker at Chautauquas in Maryland, Colorado, and South Carolina and at schools in the Northern Mariana Islands. He has also performed at the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, and on National Public Radio. Grimmette has an M.A. in psychology from the Catholic University of America and has done post-graduate work in education at George Mason University.

Doug Mishler is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Nevada and Western Washington University. He is the author of a history of the Ringling Brothers Circus and has consulted on several public television and Chautauqua programs. Since 1995, Mishler has appeared in Maryland Humanities’ Chautauquas as P. T. Barnum, Theodore Roosevelt, William Lloyd Garrison, Henry Ford, Jefferson Davis, George Wallace, Upton Sinclair, and Major General Robert Ross. He also portrays Ernie Pyle, Billy Sunday, William Clark, Andrew Carnegie, Edward R. Murrow, Thomas Hart Benton, and Nikita Khrushchev. Mishler has a Ph.D. in American cultural history from the University of Nevada, Reno.

AAM and THS Sponsors Lecture on Maryland’s Black Soldiers During the Civil War

On Tuesday June 27 at 6 p.m., the Academy Art Museum and the Talbot Historical Society will host a lecture, “Forgotten Warriors: Maryland’s Black Soldiers During the Civil War,” by noted Maryland historian Daniel Carroll Toomey.

During the Civil War 186,000 Black men served in the Union Army. The small state of Maryland, divided in its loyalties, contributed six regiments or about 9,000 men to the Union war effort. An additional regiment was organized in Norfolk, Virginia, but composed mostly of men from the lower Chesapeake Bay region and those who served in the United States Navy. Approximately half of these men were free when they entered the service, the other half slaves who gained their freedom as a condition of enlistment.

Segregated into regiments known as United States Colored Troops and commanded by White officers, these Marylanders of Color forged combat records equal to any units formed after the Emaciation Proclamations took effect. Of the 16 Black soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, seven were Marylanders. Toomey will explain the evolution of these men from slave to soldier and recount their many accomplishments both as soldiers on the battlefield and veterans after the war.

Daniel Carroll Toomey is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the author or co-author of over a dozen books including “The Civil War in Maryland” and “Baltimore During the Civil War.” He has lectured for a number of historical organizations and colleges including the Smithsonian Institution and Johns Hopkins University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information and to register, visit

Edna E. Lockwood progress continues

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports work continues on the historic restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with each of the nine-logs making up her new hull pinned together and shipwrights moving on to fitting chunks in her bow and stern over the summer.

Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman works on driving the final pins into Edna E. Lockwood’s nine-log hull.

This past spring brought much progress to the project, with the hull flipped via crane in April and the two wing logs pinned to the rest of the assembled hull in May. In September, Edna’s topside will be moved to the new hull so shipwrights can begin to marry the two, an important step in the restoration project. New stems, hatches, and additional structure will be installed this fall, with sails to be sent out for new ones to be made.

The team is restoring CBMM’s queen of the fleet and National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood by replacing her nine-log hull, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project are generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation. All work takes place in full public view through 2018, when Edna will be placed on the marine railway and launched at CBMM’s OysterFest in October.

To keep up with the project, visit CBMM in St. Michaels, Md. or go to

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Celebrates New Maryland Bar Foundation Fellows

Mid-Shore Pro Bono and other Mid-Shore legal professionals were proud to celebrate with Andie Ross and Maureen Keough as they became Fellows of the Maryland Bar Foundation at the organization’s annual meeting in Ocean City. This honor recognizes legal professionals for their outstanding dedication and contribution to maintaining the honor and integrity of the legal profession, the improvement and facilitation of the administration of justice, and the work of the organized Bar of Maryland and civic leadership. Just 2.5 percent of the membership of the Maryland Bar Foundation are welcomed as fellows. Pictured are Cappy Callahan, Christine duFour Esq., Sandy Brown, Maureen Keogh Esq., Andie Ross Esq., Judge Karen Murphy Jensen, Connie Kratovil Lavelle Esq., Robin Henley Esq. and Tom Yeager Esq..