Snapshots to Selfies: 50 Years of Chesapeake Summers is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's first community-curated digital exhibition. As part of CBMM’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, the museum invited the public to submit their personal photos and memories from the last 50 summers spent around the Chesapeake Bay. The result is an exhibition built on the summertime moments of our community, past and present.
About the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay. It was founded in 1965 on Navy Point in St. Michaels, a Talbot County riverfront village on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus was once the site of a busy complex of seafood packing houses, docks, and workboats. Nearly 70,000 annual guests, members and students come to the Museum to experience a tangible connection with the Chesapeake Bay. We view education as a key responsibility. Children, and adults, have the opportunity to explore and connect to the Bay’s environment, culture, and people. From learning to pick crabs from a professional crab picker; or holding a wriggling blennie on an ecology cruise on our 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle; in our exhibition Oystering on the Chesapeake, crawling through the belly of a skipjack that once plied the waters of the Bay in our Chesapeake’s Crab Cake program; in our working Boatyard—the only graduate level apprentice program in the country—handling tools of the trade, feeling the grain of wood, and watching as Museum shipwrights demonstrate wooden boatbuilding techniques, before trying it themselves; at Waterman’s Wharf, sorting the inhabitants of oyster reefs, bringing the subject of environmental science to life—our mission is to provide experiences that inspire wonder, curiosity, and a lifelong passion for the Chesapeake.