Library Brown Bag to Feature Pete Lesher, CBMM Museum Curator

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bugeye EdnaELockwood by Steve Aprile

The bugeye Edna E. Lockwood

Pete Lesher, the chief curator for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be the Brown Bag speaker for the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Monday, March 7, 2016 at noon. The bugeye Edna E. Lockwood will be the subject of the talk.

Built on Tilghman Island in 1889, the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood dredged for oysters for 78 straight years before coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. She was saved in the late 1970s, when her topsides and deck were rebuilt, and now that she is 127 years old, her lower hull needs attention. In this talk, the Museum’s chief curator Pete Lesher will describe the preparations for this next restoration, from documenting her shape with laser scans to a training exercise in traditional Chesapeake Bay log boat construction techniques.

Mr. Lesher has served on the staff since 1991. In addition to overseeing museum exhibits, programs, and the restoration boat yard, he is responsible for the museum’s collections – ranging from floating watercraft to photographs and oral history archives. He graduated Lafayette College and holds an MA in history from Columbia. His research specialty is the history of wooden shipbuilding on Chesapeake Bay. Outside of work, he is serving his second term as an elected member of the Easton Town Council, he is active in historic preservation as chairman of the St. Michaels Historic District Commission, and he is a sailor, taking particular pleasure in his role as jib tender on one of the Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes, the 1882-built Island Bird.

The Friends of the Library are sponsors of the speaker series and everyone is invited to bring their lunch or a snack and enjoy coffee and dessert provided by the library. All library programs are free and open to the public. For more information you can check the library website at www.tcfl.org or call (410) 745-5877.

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