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Talbot County Historical Society Builds New Museum in Old Space by Dick Cooper Larry Denton breaks into a kidon-Christmas-morning grin as he pulls on a pair of white cotton gloves and picks up the heavy baseball bat. The primitive bat looks more like an axe handle than a sacred relic of Major League Baseball. “This is Home Run Baker’s bat,” Denton says. “Feel how heavy it is.” John Franklin Baker, a Hall of Fame third-baseman and long-ball hitter, was a farm boy from Trappe, and the bat and his glove ~ on loan from his family ~ are featured in a new museum opened recently in Easton by the Historical Society of Talbot County. The museum on the first floor of the 1783 Mary Jenkins House, 30 South Washington Street, has been turned into a modern, multi-media exhibit that focuses on the people who have populated the count y since the mid-1600s. Baker’s baseball memorabilia is on display along with a copy of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, the Silver Medal awarded by Congress to Naval Officer Samuel Hambleton for his service in the War of 1812, paintings by renowned artist Ruth Starr Rose and a silver teapot owned by

Larry Denton holds Home Run Baker's bat. colonial planter Col. Edward Lloyd IV, builder of Wye House. Denton, president of the Historical Society, says the organization hopes to generate more interest i n t he c ou nt y ’s long a nd wel ldocumented past by sharing its collection in a more public way. He 23

October 2015 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times October 2015

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