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Local History is the Focus of St. Michaels’ “Other” Museum by Dick Cooper

In the old towns and villages of the Eastern Shore, where cemeteries hold more names than the Census, the past cohabitates with the present. Historic ar tifacts are regularly uncovered in attics, barns and sheds, or simply float to the surface in backyards. The region abounds with museums ~ public, private and nonprofit ~ built to house and display those man-made fragments and turn them into new memories for future generations. They help anchor the lives of the living on the firm holding ground of their forefathers. Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street in the middle of St. Michaels’

resident ia l neig hborhood is a n eclectic collection of 19th-century buildings that make up the first museum in town. Unlike its nationally renowned neighbor, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the St. Michaels Museum on St. Mary’s Square, founded in 1964, does not have a parking lot full of tour buses off-loading visitors by the score. The buildings are in a serene setting with understated signage surrounded by native-plant gardens. On a weekday, it is as if they are hiding in plain sight, something the Museum Board hopes to change. “We just had the entire staff of the

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August 2016 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times August 2016

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