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St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square Opening Reception

St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will celebrate the opening of their 2016 season with a reception at the Museum on May7, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM with light refreshments and Free Admission. Everyone is welcome and time will be available for socializing with your neighbors, new residents and visitors. Part time residents are particularly encouraged to come and learn more about the unique waterside village that has become their adopted community. For information call 410 745 0530.

The program will include a preview of this year’s events and special exhibits. The curator will lead a tour and discussion of the 2016 highlights including the continuing popular 2015 exhibit “Frederick Douglass: His world 1818-1895 “ and the introduction of a new exhibit “St. Michaels African-American Community”.

The Exhibit St. Michaels African-American Community will highlight and honor three of the communities’ civic leaders: Judge James E. Thomas, Rosella Brooks Camper and George W. Wilson, Jr. All three served as town Commissioners. Judge Thomas and Mr. Wilson were elected Chairmen of the C0mmissioners during their terms. Mrs. Camper acted as town Treasurer during her term (1986-1990). All three were also active in other community organizations.

The Exhibit will emphasize the importance of Fremont St. as an early center for the schooling of the youth. The first black school was on Fremont St. in the 1860s. The first Methodist Church for the community was on Fremont St. dating back to 1852. The growth of Union United Methodist Church will be covered. The social center of the community on Fremont St. was consolidated with the establishment of the Freedom’s Friend Lodge in 1867. The lodge had an active women’s group there with the Household of Ruth. Fremont St. had a bustling commercial life from the early 1900s to the mid-20th century with an assortment of restaurants, bars and grills and beauty shops. Homes of the community with photographs will also be included.

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.