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History Comes Alive at the St. Michaels Museum
October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Visit the St. Michaels Museum to learn about the history of the town including the War of 1812, the life of Frederick Douglass when he lived in the town as a slave, and the commercial development of this busy town.
A new exhibit, “Business in St. Michaels, 1900s to 1940s” has opened at St. Michaels Museum. It continues the commercial history of the town covering the years 1870 to 1900 that opened earlier this year. During the 1900s to the 1940s, while the town still was dominated by the seafood industry and tourism, St. Michaels continued to grow with boarding houses and hotels in the town. Changes such as electric lights on Talbot Street in 1917, telephone service, boat maintenance instead of boat building and the advent of the automobile changed life in the town. The town weathered the depression by bartering and dealt with the hard years of World War II with victory gardens and careful living.
Additional information of civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells, with photos and updates to the museum’s Frederick Douglass exhibit are included.
Another way to explore St. Michaels is to take a docent-led walking tour of the town that begins at the museum at 10 a.m. on Saturdays through October 26.
Frederick Douglass, as a Slave in St. Michaels, circa 1833-36” will take place on October 8 and 20. This tour is given as a 90-minute walking tour. The tour 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.
“Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” will take place on October 13 and 27. This tour is given as a 90-minute walking tour. It highlights St. Michaels during the 19th century. Stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times including Frederick Douglass.
In other news, the museum will hold its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Union Methodist Church, located at 201 Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels. Well-known local organic farmer, Carol Bean, will create a special soup featuring seasonal produce from her garden to add to the supper. Salads drinks and desserts will be provided.
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 and operated by the National Park Service. John Muller will provide details of the abolitionist’s life in Washington where he was a noted speaker and civil servant. Cost for the event is $30 per person. Donations to the museum are also welcome.
Visit the museum at 201 East Chestnut Street on historic St. Mary’s Square in St Michaels from 1 to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, through October. Special openings and tours can be arranged during the regular and off season by calling the museum at 410-745-9561 or 410-745-4323.