Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

April 2013 Events
at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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The Museum’s event calendar is your guide to educational classes, lectures, programs, exhibits, and concerts. Each year, the Museum also hosts annual special events tied to the seasons on the Chesapeake Bay. For information on
St. Michaels events,

Blessing of the Fleet
Wednesday, April 17
Free. 5pm under the Hooper Strait Lighthouse
RSVP to Debbie Collison at 410-745-4991

Celebrate this year’s boating season with members, volunteers, and boatyard staff for an official ceremony honoring our own floating fleet of Bay boats, as well as local work boats. Ceremony will be performed by Reverend Kevin M. Cross. Refreshments served.

How Escaped Slaves Liberated the British
Wednesday, April 10
6-8pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium
$8 for members, $10 for non-members
Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Join Pultizer Prize winning author Alan Taylor as he speaks on his current book-in-progress about the impact of the War of 1812 on slavery in the Chesapeake region, the role of British soldiers as liberators, and the invaluable services runaway slaves provided to the British campaign.

Members Preview –Crisfield Carvings, Bird Hunting on Broad Waters
Friday, April 12
5:30pm, Waterfowling Building
Free, refreshments served. Pre-register with Cheryl Miller at 410-745-4943 or email
Join CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher for a special member's preview opening of the new special exhibit Crisfield Carvings, Bird Hunting on Broad Waters.


Boater Safety Classes
April 17 & 18, May 15 & 16
June 12 & 13 July 17 & 18, August 15 & 16 6-10pm
$25 per two-evening session. Pre-register with Helen Van Fleet at 410-745-4941

Individuals and families with children over 12 are welcome to participate in our Boaterís Safety certification program and learn the basics needed to operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. MD boaters born after July 1, 1972 are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Graduates of our two-day Department of Natural Resources-approved course are awarded a certificate that is good for life.

Lighthouse Overnight Adventures
Select Friday & Saturday nights in April, May, & June
6pm and ends at 9am the following morning
Contact Director of Education Kate Livie at or 410-745-4947 for more information and to register

Your group can spend the night in our 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. Travel back in time to experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper with hands-on, interactive activities, games, and stories. The program is designed for youth groups, children’s organizations, and scouts, ages 8-12 (and their chaperones). The cost is $600 for up to 15 participants and chaperones and includes the overnight program fee, two day’s admission, an official lighthouse patch, a copy of “From a Lighthouse Window,” and a Miles River boat ride on the Mister Jim (subject to seasonal availability).