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St. Michaels Traditional Independence Day Celebration
On July 4, 2016 starting at 10 AM


On Monday, July 4th, St Michaels Museum will again sponsor a traditional Independence Day Celebration at the Museum on the corner of East Chestnut Street and St. Mary’s Square.

Events will start at 10 AM with a Children’s Parade. Children and parents should arrive at 9:30 AM. We encourage festively dressed participants with decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and pets. Uncle Sam will lead the parade followed by the St. Michaels Fire Dept’s Antique Fire Engine, Maggie. The emphasis is having a good time and showing off for your parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends. In order to simplify and accommodate the younger children we will again use last years shorter route. The parade starts at St. Michaels Museum and the route is East Chestnut west to Talbot, Talbot north to Willow (just past Christ Church), Willow to Church, Church. to Mulberry, Mulberry to St Mary’s Square and back to St. Michaels Museum. Additionally there will be no floats or other vehicles. It will truly be an event for the kids.

At 11AM the Traditional Program will begin with Boy Scout Troup 741 raising the flag and leading a Pledge of Allegiance at the Flag Pole in front of the Museum. A formal program will follow on the new Teetotem Porch with a benediction, patriotic and folk songs by the Royal Oak Musicians, and a speaker. This year’s speaker, Robert Forloney, will deliver a talk titled “Freedom Lies in Being Bold.”

Following the program the magician John Dodge will perform for everyone. St Michaels Museum will be open with free admission. Refreshments will be available from the St. Michaels Fire Department and the Scottish Creamery.

For further information call 410 745 0530.

St Michaels Museum to host an information meeting for docents and walking tour guides

Do you like to interact with interesting, diverse groups of people? Do you enjoy learning more about the colorful history of our unique little town? If so then please come and join existing docents and walking tour leaders for a session on Town and Museum history at St. Michaels Museum on April 16, 2 to 4 PM at the Museum.

This information meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in possibly becoming a docent or tour leader, anyone curious about the Museum programs, or anyone who might just like to get some background on the Museum programs and local folklore.

Docents are expected to be the welcoming face of the Museum for a 3-hour monthly session. Or possibly to be a substitute when needed. Tour leaders are expected to lead a tour a month or one of the special tours requested by small groups. There are currently 2 approximately 90 minute tours available. They cover Frederick Douglass and the St Michaels Waterfront. These tours include 1/2 to 3/4 mile walking. We also offer 2 other 60-minute tours, which involve the Museum and a minimal walking in St. Mary’s Square. One tour focuses on St. Michaels’ history using the Museum’s collection and the structures and stories of St Mary’s Square. The other tour uses the special Museum exhibit on Frederick Douglass and various stops in St. Mary’s Square to tell the story of Frederick Douglass’ youth as a slave in St. Michaels.

Anyone interested in becoming a tour leader will pair with an existing tour leader to get started. You do not have to be an expert to do this, just have an interest in St Michaels and it’s past. Becoming a docent or tour leader can be a good opportunity for new arrivals or weekenders to get involved with the town’s history. There will be follow-on meetings for those interested in pursuing these opportunities further.

For further information please contact Chip Britt at 410 745 0530 or stmichaelsmuseum@atlanticbb.net

Other 2016 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,” 2) "Frederick Douglass, a slave in St Michaels 1833-36," 3) "St. Michaels During the Civil War," or "St. Mary's Square," a shorter tour. 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.