At The Water's Edge Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce “At The Water’s Edge,” a new lecture series highlighting how people enjoyed leisure time on the Chesapeake Bay from 1890 through the 1970’s. These programs span across Calvert County from the north to the south beginning on Thursday, September 14, 2017 through April, 2018 and are made possible by joint efforts of the Bayside History Museum, Calvert County Historical Society, Calvert Library, Calvert Marine Museum, and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum.

Beginning in the late 19th century, Calvert County saw a major transformation in the use of local waters and shoreline – from a place of work to a place of play.  These years witnessed a decline in the numbers of people making a living on the water, combined with a rapid growth in recreational boating. Fishing, boating and get-away amusements became popular with a burgeoning middle class.  Steamboats, trains from the Chesapeake Beach Railway, and improved roads for automobiles brought destination recreation on the bay and along Calvert’s waterways within reach for an ever-increasing number of visitors.

These programs made possible by the joint efforts of the Bayside History Museum, Calvert Library, Calvert Marine Museum, and the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum.

Special thanks to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and The Calvert County Historical Society.  

Board Walk in Chesapeake Beach
Thursday, September 14, 2017
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
Lecture provided by Calvert Marine Museum
African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D. C. presented by Patsy Mose Fletcher
Sunday, September 17, 2017
3 to 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
Lecture provided by Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
African American Leisure Destinations around Washington, D. C. presented by Patsy Mose Fletcher
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
Lecture provided by Calvert Library
A Day at Chesapeake Beach Park, 1946-1972 presented by Joan Kilmon
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum
Where Did We Stay?, 1890 to 1950 presented by Grace Mary Brady
Sunday, November 12, 2017
2 to 3 p.m. at the North Beach Town Hall
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum
Where Did We Stay?, 1890 to 1950 presented by Grace Mary Brady