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Formal Opening and Gallery Talk on 2014 Special Exhibit

Dedication of the new Handicap Ramp, Porch and Entrance

An opening reception will be held at St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square on Sunday, May 25 from 3 to 5p.m. Highlighted will be the Formal Opening and Gallery Talk for the new 2014 Special Exhibit “The Hambleton’s of Martingham and Perry Cabin.”

The event will also include the dedication of the new Handicap Ramp, Porch and Entrance. The new entrance from E. Chestnut St. is now in use and the Porch serves as a stage for outdoor events such as this. The public is invited to experience the new welcoming face of the Museum and honor all of the people and organizations that made it possible.

Everyone is welcome. The event is free. Come and meet your neighbors and make new friends. St. Michaels Museum is the Town’s Museum and strives to collect, display, and protect St. Michaels’ rich history.

2014 - New Special Exhibit at St Michaels Museum

“The Hambleton’s of Martingham and Perry Cabin”

Portrait of   Samuel Hambleton, 1806 done by artist Charles Fevret de Saint-Memin 1770 - 1852

St Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will open its 2014 Season with a special exhibit: “The Hambleton’s of Martingham and Perry Cabin.” It features several generations of Talbot County’s Hambleton family, from the first Hambleton, William, who arrived on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the mid-17th century. William purchased 200 acres of Martingham in 1659. This was the family seat then and throughout the 18th century. The property remained in the family until 1945. The Perry Cabin property is linked to the family’s most famous member, Samuel Hambleton (1777-1851), first Purser of the US Navy and a hero of the Battle of Lake Erie (September 10, 1813). Samuel purchased 175.5 acre tract in 1813. It soon became his home along with his younger brother John Needles and his two younger sisters, Lydia and Louisa.

The exhibit will display numerous photographs of Martingham, Perry Cabin and 19th century members of the Hambleton family.  We are fortunate to exhibit a ca. 1825 oil portrait of Samuel Hambleton and a copy of a 1813 letter Samuel wrote to his mother, Nancy Hambleton after the Battle of Lake Erie. The impact of Samuel, his brother John Needles and his two sisters will be covered. The family connection to Frederick Douglass during Frederick’s residence in St. Michaels and outlying farms during 1833 – 1836 will be presented.

The Museum’s 2014 programs will run from May through October with hours: Fridays 1-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for youth (7-17). For information visit our website at stmichaelsmuseum.org or email stmichaelsmuseum@atlanticbb.net.

Other 2014 Activities

Docent Led Walking Tours Learn about your town and treat your visitors to one of our docent led walking tours on: 1) “Historic St. Michaels: Its People, Places and Happenings” or 2) the life of young Frederick Douglass as a slave in St Michaels and Talbot County. Tours are given by appointment for groups of 5 or more.

Volunteer Activities Become a volunteer and help with the variety of activities that are critical to the Museum. Meet new friends and participate in educational and social activities throughout the season.