On Saturday, 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 Teetotum Porch with a benediction, patriotic and folk songs by the Royal Oak Musicians, and a speaker. This year Pete Lesher, Chief Curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will speak. Music will be provided by the Royal Oaks Musicians. Following the program the magician John Dodge will perform for everyone. The Phillips Fish Mobile will be available to entertain and educate the children. St Michaels Museum will be open with free admission. Refreshments will be available from the St. Michaels Fire Department and the Scottish Creamery.
2015 Special Exhibit
Frederick Douglass: His World 1818-1895
This year’s special exhibit “Frederick Douglass: His World 1818-1895“ will be available at the Museum when it opens on May 2. There will be a special opening event held at the Museum on Sunday, May 17 at 3 PM. The Curator, Kate Fones, will lead groups through the new exhibit and light refreshments will be available. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
This exhibit will complement the Museum’s permanent exhibit on the life of Young Frederick Douglass in Talbot County and the Docent led Walking tour “Young Frederick Douglass, a Slave, In St. Michaels 1833 – 36.” The walking tour will continue to be offered in 2015. See the Walking Tours page for dates and times. It can also be offered at other times to groups of 5 or more with one weeks notice. Contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-745-0530 for information.
The annual meeting was held on April 12. The entertainment a repeat of the hilarious monologue “Can’t You Take Joke?” by Carlton Spitzer first presented in 2013 as part of the Profiles in Courage Program. This re-enactment will feature Bruce Grove as Jacob Gibson, a St. Michaels landowner who plays a joke on the local people. His “Joke” is to stage a mock assault on St. Michaels down Broad Creek at a tine when the town was preparing for a real battle with the British during August 1813. Town resident were not amused and Gibson attempts to explain and tamp down their anger. The audience was enthusiastic and amused.
The business meeting featured the election of Officers and Board Members.
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.