Thursday, August 24, 2017

Crabfeast Rescheduled to October 21, 2017

For a number of reasons, we have made the wise decision to reschedule the Crabfeast of August 27 to October 21.   
The original date conflicted for many and importantly, the crabs are scarce.  
Crabs in October, definitely, the best time of the season!
Saturday, October 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm under a tent 
at Long Wharf during the Schooner Rendezvous weekend.
Ticket price will remain the same. 
Beer will be cold and crabs will be hot!

Shall we hold your reserve on tickets for the new date?

We will be contacting those that have prepaid directly to discuss their preference.

Jane D
Executive Director

Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
P O Box 1198
Cambridge, MD 21613
443-521-0213 cell
410-221-1871 office

"Putting History on the Water"

Friday, July 28, 2017

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Join Us for an
Old Fashioned Crab Feast!

Sunday, August 27, 2017, 4-6 pm

Benefits the Richardson Maritime Museum
The J.M. Clayton Company
108 Commerce Street, Cambridge Maryland

$35 per person /$10 children under 12
Cash Bar

Tickets are limited!

For More Information, Contact:
410-221-1871 or

The Richardson Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization
making a portion of your ticket tax deductible. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The next meeting of the 
Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous Committee 
will be on 
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00 am. 

Please mark your calendars. 

I will send another reminder the week of.


Melissa T
Executive Assistant

Richardson Maritime Museum

401 High Street
P O Box 1198
Cambridge, MD 21613
410-221-1871 office

"Putting History on the Water"

Monday, June 19, 2017

Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace:” Sailing Into Slavery, Sailing Into Freedom,
a lecture at the Richardson Maritime Museum on June 24. 
The Choptank River Lighthouse to open a new exhibit the same day. 

John H. Miller, PhD*, will be the speaker at the Richardson Maritime Museum on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 1 pm - 2 pm at 401 High Street, Cambridge, MD. Admission is free, light refreshments will be available.

Miller’s talk “Amazing Grace:” Sailing into Slavery, Sailing onto Freedom” is based on research for a course he taught as one of some thirty-five faculty during the University Virginia’s Semester at Sea program aboard the student ship MV World Odyssey during its four-month 2015 voyage of Atlantic exploration.  During this journey some 400 undergraduate students from the USA and abroad took for-credit courses on various subjects while sailing to ports in the Mediterranean, West Africa, and across the Atlantic’s infamous “Middle Passage” to Brazil, and onward to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and ending in San Diego.

We are all familiar with then-enslaved Frederick Douglass’s famous ode to the white sails of vessels on Chesapeake’s Eastern Bay that he hoped would one day sail him into to freedom from bondage in Talbot County. But few of us are familiar with the lesser-known words of then-free Ibo tribesman Olaudah Equiano who later recorded his horror on being captured and then seeing the white sails of a large ship off the Bight of Benin, a ship that would sail him into slavery in the supposed “El Dorado” of the New World.

Miller will discuss the shared experiences that enmeshed all aboard these “Guineamen,” a euphemism for slave ships. From the ruthless, all-powerful captains of these vessels and their motley down-and-out crews to the enslaved African “cargo” held ‘tween decks, all aboard descended into hell. One of these captains was John Newton, a man who later repented of his voyages aboard slave ships, became an Anglican minister, and wrote the world-famous hymn, Amazing Grace.  “Whatever ‘amazing grace’ may have come from the international slave trade,” says Miller, “can be found in the even lesser-known and extraordinarily poignant stories about personal post-voyage encounters between slave ships’ crews and their ‘cargo.’” On a more local level, Miller will also explore aspects of the “maritime underground railroad” that operated along America’s mid-Atlantic during the 19th century.

*John H. Miller received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and his BA from Yale College.  He currently co-facilitates literature courses with his colleague, John Ford, at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where Miller formerly served as Vice President of Advancement. 

The presentation at the Richardson Maritime Museum has been planned in concert with the Choptank River Lighthouse, located just down High Street on the waterfront at Long Wharf Park. On the same day as Miller’s talk, the Lighthouse is opening a new exhibit titled, “View from the Lighthouse: The Underground Railroad.”

Housed on the second floor, that exhibit looks out over the scenes visible in all four directions from the Lighthouse and shows how they relate to the stories of Dorchester Country native Harriet Tubman and other passengers and conductors on the Underground Railroad with local roots.

The Lighthouse will be open to visitors on June 24 in the hours before and after “Amazing Grace” at the Richardson Maritime Museum. In addition, the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center at 424 Race Street, just two blocks from the Richardson, will be open to visitors that day as well. 
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Richardson Maritime Museum

401 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613


Richardson Maritime Museum
401 High Street
P O Box 1198
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Monday, June 5, 2017

Maritime History

"Amazing Grace:" 
Sailing Into Slavery, Sailing Into Freedom
John H. Miller, PhD, 
will be the speaker 
at the Richardson Maritime Museum 
on Saturday, June 24, 2017, 
from 1 pm - 2 pm 
at 401 High Street, Cambridge, MD.   
More information to follow.   
Admission is free. 
For more information, 
please call 410-221-1871. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Here is what's coming up in Dorchester County

Here is what's coming up in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
There are so many events going on in Dorchester in May that we decided to do a second events newsletter this month! Happy May!

Celebrating new additions at the Dorchester Visitor Center

Thanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate the great things going on at the Dorchester Visitor Center on May 8. We cut the ribbon on the new Welcome Sign created by Cambridge Architectural using revolutionary technology, the new “Ode to Watermen” mural created by local artist Michael Rosato, and the visitor center’s recent facelift that included replacement of the elevated walkway and fresh paint. Did you know that the tourism industry provides more than one-fifth of the employment in Dorchester County? And that the number of visitors here has been growing? All good news for Dorchester!

Movies, concerts, yoga, and more "At the Sail"

To make better use of our beautiful spaces at the Dorchester Visitor Center, we are lining up some great "At the Sail" events. Here's what's happening this month: 

Two marinas offering free slips in May

ATTENTION BOATERS! Both the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin and the Cambridge Yacht Club are offering free transient slip rental every Friday and Saturday night during the month of May (plus Sunday of Memorial Day weekend)! 
Harriet Tubman & Songs of Freedom
May 20
Listen to soul-stirring jazz, blues, and spirituals by the Marcus Shelby Quartet from California. Original music inspired by Harriet Tubman. At Layton's Chance Winery.
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Riverboat Cruises
Throughout May
Join the Choptank Riverboat Co. on a cruise on a riverboat while enjoying a crab feast, lunch, dinner, sightseeing, or murder mystery! Boats leave from Suicide Bridge Restaurant. Must register in advance.
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Chillin' on the Choptank
May 27
New event! Make your Memorial Day weekend fun and memorable with a wine, beer, oyster tasting and live jazz concert on the beautiful Choptank River waterfront.
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Cambridge HPC Awards
May 18: Awards ceremony to celebrate the extraordinary efforts made by local citizens to preserve their homes and businesses.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference
May 18-21: Scholars, historians, and Tubman enthusiasts gather for workshops and more.

At the Sail: Free Family Movie Night - Sing!
May 19: Bring the kids for a free movie on the Choptank River waterfront.

Relay for Life
May 19: Annual fundraising event to end cancer.

Cambridge Walking Tour
May 20: One-hour tour of historic High Street led by a costumed docent.

Skipjack Sail
May 20: Join a two-hour sail on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester. Must register in advance.

Afternoon Paint at the Wine Bar
May 20: An afternoon of painting and drinking wine. Bring home your work of art. No art experience required.

Strawberry Festival at Emily's Produce
May 20: It's National Pick Strawberries Day and the UPick patch will be open.

Music on the Nanticoke Concert
May 20: Mid-Shore Community Band performs on the waterfront in historic Vienna. Free.
Bird Walk
May 21: Join an expert birder for a bird watching trip through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. No experience needed.

John Wesley Wright Concert
May 21: Performance by Wright, a member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and students from Salisbury University.

At the Sail: Waterfront Concert with Blackwater
May 26: Local favorites Blackwater performs on the waterfront during this free, family-friendly concert. 200 U.S. flags from the Flags for Heroes program will provide a spectacular backdrop.

Friday Night Live Comedy Series
May 26: Amateur comedians will take part in an open mic challenge where the audience vote helps determine the winner.

Beckwith Strawberry Festival
May 27: Strawberries, strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake, homemade soups, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs and more. Large outdoor flea market and crafts, too.

Americana Pickers and Vendors Marketplace
May 27: Multiple vendors selling antiques, primitives, books, and more.

Memorial Day Tribute
May 29: Remember the reason for the holiday during an 11am service at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge with American Legion Post #91.

Holiday Inn Express Grand Re-Opening
May 31: Celebrate the just completed renovations and updates. Free and open to all. 
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