St. Michaels Museum Announces its Annual Harvest Supper

The St. Michaels Museum will hold its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 20, from 5:00 -7:00 pm at the Union United Methodist Church Parish Hall located at 100 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels.

Well-known local organic farmer, Carol Bean of Know Good Farm in Wittman, will create a special soup featuring seasonal produce from her garden. The supper menu will also include a choice of salads and desserts. Drinks will also be offered.

After supper, John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, DC: The Lion of Anacostia, will speak on Douglass’ life in the capitol from 1877 until his death in 1895.  Douglas lived in a Victorian mansion in Anacostia named Cedar Hill, which is still open to the public today. Mr. Muller will provide details of the abolitionist’s life in Washington, DC where he was a noted speaker and civil servant.  Several photographs of St. Michaels from the museum collection will be on display.

The public is invited and the cost for the event is $30 per person.  Donations are also welcome. Please call 410-745-9561 to make a reservation and pay at the door. You can also go to www.stmichaelsmuseum.org and pay online.

The St. Michaels Museum celebrates the rich history of 19th century St. Michaels through informative guided walking tours and unique exhibits developed by museum staff. This year, we are celebrating Frederick Douglass’s 200th Anniversary.The St. Michaels Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is supported by donations and the volunteer efforts of our community. The Museum is open from May – October and a guided walking tour is offered Saturdays at 10:00 am. Free parking is available on town streets near the museum and the museum is handicapped accessible. For more information please visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.

St. Michaels Museum Raffle for a Pair of Tickets to Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour

Through the generosity of a board member, the Board of the St. Michaels Museum will hold a raffle for a chance to win a ticket for a pair (two) of tickets to Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour. This is Paul Simon’s his last concert at Washington, DC’s Capitol One Arena, 601 F St NW. Only fifty raffle tickets will be sold.

The concert on Friday September 14th will begin at 8:00 pm. The seats are ground level, section 3, row T, seats 13 and 14.  Face value of the pair of tickets was $350.00 each. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the St. Michaels Museum.

The Raffle will begin Monday August 9th. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, August 30th at 11:00 am at the Blue Crab Coffee Shop at 102 Fremont Street in St. Michaels.  

Please visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org to purchase raffle tickets online.

 

St. Michaels Museum Raffle for a Pair of Tickets to Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour

Through the generosity of a board member, the Board of the St. Michaels Museum will hold a raffle for a chance to win a ticket for a pair (two) of tickets to Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour. This is Paul Simon’s his last concert at Washington, DC’s Capitol One Arena, 601 F St NW. Only fifty raffle tickets will be sold.

The concert on Friday September 14th will begin at 8:00 pm. The seats are ground level, section 3, row T, seats 13 and 14. Face value of the pair of tickets was $350.00 each. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the St. Michaels Museum.

The Raffle will begin Monday August 9th. The winner will be selected at random on Monday, August 30th at 11:00 am at the Blue Crab Coffee Shop at 102 Fremont Street in St. Michaels.

Please visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org to purchase raffle tickets online.

Walking Tours Offered by St. Michaels Museum

Once again, the board of the St. Michaels Museum is pleased to offer its popular walking tours.  Every Saturday morning, docents lead tours beginning at 10:00 am.  The tours start at the Museum, at the corner of E. Chestnut and St. Mary’s Square. Two tours are offered, on consecutive Saturdays.

On the first and third Saturday, the tour topic is “Historic St. Michaels: Its People, Places and Events”. This tour is given on the 1st Saturday as a ninety-minute walking tour and in a shortened version with minimal walking on the 3rd and 5th Saturdays. The tour highlights life in St. Michaels during the 19th Century. Stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing the life of famous and typical residents of these times including Frederic Douglass.

On the second and fourth Saturdays, the tour topic is “Frederic Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels, 1833-1836”. This tour is given in a shortened version with minimal walking on the 2nd Saturday. On the 4th Saturday the tour is expanded to a ninety- minute walking tour and gives a view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War.

Cost of each tour is $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6-17). The tour departs from St. Michaels Museum. Tours are also available upon request for groups of five or more. For more information, please call 410-745-9561 or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.  Regular hours for the museum are Friday, 1:00 to 4:00, Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for youth (ages 6-17). All other times by appointment.  The museum entrance is ADA accessible.

St. Michaels Museum Open for the Season

The St. Michaels Museum opens for its 2018 season on Saturday, May 5 at 10am. The opening exhibit is “Business in St. Michaels, 1870-1900”.  The exhibit contains photographs and memorabilia that illustrate the commercial activities of the town including shipbuilding and the seafood industry.  During this important period of growth,the old St. Michaels brick yard and the flour mill were built.  Two landmark buildings were also built during this time frame.  In 1870 the Town Hall building opened on Talbot Street, followed by the founding of the Talbot Bank in 1890.

To celebrate the opening, the Board of Directors of the museum is hosting a reception in the Teetotem Building beginning at 4pm. Curator Kate Fones will lead a tour of the new exhibit and the expanded Frederick Douglass exhibit.  Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend free of charge.

The museum will be open Fridays from 1:00 to 4:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 until the museum closes on October 28. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children and youth 6-17 years of age. The museum entrance and main rooms are handicapped accessible.

The mission of the museum is “to celebrate and promote the unique history of St. Michaels and the surrounding area through preservation and education”.  For more information about walking tours and upcoming events including the annual 4th of July celebration, visit the museum’s website including the Museum Shop, at www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.

St. Michaels Museum Annual Meeting on April 8

The St. Michaels Museum Annual Meeting will take place at the Community Room of the St. Michaels Library on Sunday, April 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation by Harriette Lowery. Ms. Lowery is on the board of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and is the Chair of the Frederick Douglass 200th Anniversary celebration committee. Her presentation will include slides about the celebration activities and the Frederick Douglass Honor Society. After her presentation, refreshments will be served.

The public is invited to attend.The St. Michaels Museum promotes the unique history of St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area and is located at 201 East Chestnut Street. The Museum will reopen May 1st or by appointment for walking tours. For more information, please call 410-745-9561 or visit www.stmichaelsmuseum.org.

St. Michaels Harvest Community Supper Is Back by Popular Demand

After a successful first year the St. Michaels Museum will hold its second Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 21, at 4pm at the Union United Methodist Church Hall next to the church on Fremont Street in St. Michaels.

Chef and Spirit Grower, Jena Paice, will again provide a hearty autumnal soup, and Chef Jeannie Butler will provide fresh baked breads. Other volunteers will round out the meal with homemade salads and desserts.

Advertising and Folk Art on a building in St Michel in early 1900s.

This celebration of St. Michael’s past emphasizes the early 1900s.  There will be a collection of the museum’s historic photos of St. Michaels on display.  After the meal there will be a presentation that continues on the theme “St. Michaels, a Watermen’s Village”, delivered by local historian Betty Seymour and museum curator, Kate Fones.  Topics presented will include early maps of St. Michaels, town streetscapes, churches, schools, businesses, plus photos of early homes.

This event will be a wonderful way to learn more about St. Michaels lively history and to enjoy a gathering of old friends and new.

You can make reservations through our email address: stmichaelsmuseum@atlanticbb.net or by calling 410-745-0530.  Tickets are $25 per person and should be sent to:  St. Michaels Museum, Box 714, St. Michaels, MD 21663.  To become a sponsor of this event and receive two tickets, send $75.  Your contribution helps support the many programs of the museum.

St Michaels to Celebrate An Old Fashioned Independence Day

Join the festivities at St. Michaels Museum on Tuesday, July 4 at 10am in Historic St Mary’s Square in St Michaels.  Events begin with a Children’s Parade.  Patriotically dressed entrants are encouraged to bring decked-out bicycles, tricycles, wagons, and pets. Parade participants are asked to arrive at 9:30.

Uncle Sam leads the parade, followed by Maggie, an antique fire engine supplied by the St Michaels Fire Department.  Cars will be re-routed away from the five-block parade route through town.

Back at St. Michaels Museum the program will begin at 11am.  Boy Scouts from Troop 741 will raise the flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following a benediction, patriotic and folk songs will be performed by the Royal Oak Musicians.   Guest speaker, Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Maritime Museum Curator, will speak on “Independence and America’s Open Door”.  After we close the program, Magician John Dodge will perform, and the Phillips Wharf Fishmobile will be on hand to show the kids many of the creatures that live in around the bay.  The St Michaels Museum will be open free of charge, and refreshments will be available from the St Michaels Fire Department and the Highland Creamery.

For more information call 410-745-0530

St. Michaels Museum Opening on May 6

Betty and Gerge Seymour, 2016

St. Michaels Museum will open for its 2017 season on Saturday May 6th.  An official opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 PM and will include information of the events plans for the 2017 season.  This will be followed by guided tours of the Museum led by the Curator, Kate Fones.  There will be an old-time Social with light refreshments and time for neighbors, part time residents and visitors to get together with the Museum Board members.  This event is open to everyone and is free of charge.

The opening exhibit will be on George and Betty Seymour, two St. Michaels’ natives who have contributed so much to St. Michaels’ Museum and Talbot County.  The Museum and St. Michaels are fortunate to have two such talented and dedicated people in our community. This exhibit will be a chance to learn a great deal about St. Michaels and Talbot County.

George, born in St. Michaels, went to public schools in St. Michaels and Baltimore.  He graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1950 and earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. During his retirement George became fascinated with Frederick Douglass’s early ties to Talbot County especially his three years in St. Michaels (1833-1836) and his post Civil War visits to St. Michaels and Easton.  George researched and created a 2007 Frederick Douglass Walking Tour in St. Michaels under the auspices of the St Michaels Museum. It became a popular fixture for the museum and is still offered by the museum.  George went on to start a campaign in 2008 to have the State Highway Rt. 33 to be dedicated to Frederick Douglass.  The state officially adopted the dedication in October 2009 at the St. Michaels Museum’s fundraiser at Wye House (Frederick Douglass’ Return to Wye House).  At the same time George went on to write the 24 page booklet, A Walk With Frederick Douglass Around St. Michaels that was published in 2009. George paid for the printing and then gave the rights to the booklet and several copies of the booklet to the St. Michaels Museum. The Museum still sells the booklets.

Betty went to St. Michaels’ elementary school in 1938 when it was still on St. Mary’s Square and graduated from St. Michaels High School in 1949. She studied nursing at Easton hospital and graduated there with a nursing degree in 1952.  George and Betty married in 1952 after they received their degrees and worked on the western shore for nineteen years before they were able to move back to their hometown, St. Michaels in 1971.  They continued their careers here, George as a social worker and Betty as an operating room nurse at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

In 1984 Betty began researching her family history.  Betty’s family goes back to the early days of Talbot County.  She is a descendent of the Harrison Family, Blades family, and Morris family of St. Michaels, that intermarried with several local families.  Betty began volunteering for Talbot County Free Library’s Maryland Room in Easton.  During the 1990s she became involved with publishing historical records and became active in the Upper Shore Genealogical Society.  In 1999 she became active at the St. Michaels Museum.  She has served as a board member and curator.  She was a popular walking tour guide for the museum and created a St. Michaels in 1813 walking tour.  Recently she has put together a St. Michael’s Civil War walking tour.

Museum Entrance

During 2017 the existing Frederick Douglass Exhibit “Frederick Douglass – His World 1818-1895” will remain on view in the museum’s hyphen with a few minor changes.

Plans are underway for a summer museum exhibit that will deal with St. Michaels’ Dodson family (privateer William Dodson and his father, Robert A. Dodson, boat builder and packet operator) who were active in defending our town against the British in 1813.  We will also highlight the next generation of Dodson’s, two physicians (Dr. Robert A. Dodson and Dr. C. Marion Dodson) who fought to preserve the union during the Civil War, one in the army and the other in the navy.  We are hoping to have a civil war reenactment group camping on our Museum grounds sometime this summer to complement this exhibit.

Our walking tours will continue on Saturday mornings at 10AM with alternating themes:  “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” and “Frederick Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-1836.”  Special tours for groups will continue to be available for groups at $10 per adult.  There is a minimum of $50 for small group tours) Groups of more than ten can get special rates.  Please call 410-745-0530 for information.

St Michaels Museum Annual Meeting

The St Michaels Museum will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St Michaels Library.

The purpose of the meeting is to nominate and elect officers for 2017-2018 and to present an overview of activities for the upcoming year.  The museum opening will be Saturday, May 6.

Everyone is welcome to attend this informative meeting.  You do not need to be a museum member.

Our speaker for the annual meeting is Becky Riti, the Librarian of the Maryland Room at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library.

Becky will speak on the treasures of the Maryland Room and will teach us how to use them.

Some of the treasures include: a manuscript of James Michener’s CHESAPEAKE with detailed notes and drawings, an extensive collection of Maryland genealogy researched by people all over the country, and a robust vertical file that includes hard copies of local history, biographies, historic and current events.

A native of southern New Jersey, Becky has been the head librarian of the Maryland room since 2007.  She studied library science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Light refreshments will be served.  For further information contact museum president Lynn Freeburger on 410 745-4332 or at lsfrebgr@verizon.net.