At The Water's Edge Lecture Series

Recreation on Calvert County’s Waterways 1890 through the 1970’s

Presented by Calvert County Museums and Library

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

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 number of people making a living on the water along with rapid growth in recreational boating. Fishing, boating and family 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.

The lecture series features 12 opportunities to explore this unique history:

Board Walk in Chesapeake Beach
Thursday, October 19, 2017
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
"A Day at Chesapeake Beach Park, 1946-1972"
presented by Joan Kilmon
Lecture provided by Calvert Library
Thursday, November 9, 2017
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
"Where Did We Stay?, 1890 to 1950"
presented by Grace Mary Brady
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum
Thursday, January 18, 2018
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
“The Happiest of All Showboat Stories: The James Adams Floating Theatre” presented by Patricia Samford
Lecture provided by Calvert Marine Museum
Sunday, February 18, 2018
2 to 3 p.m. at the North Beach Town Hall
Topic to be announced
Lecture provided by Calvert Marine Museum
Sunday, March 25, 2018
3 to 4 p.m. at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
“Boats, Roads, Trains and Planes: A Look Back in Calvert County” presented by Dr. Ralph Eshelman
Lecture provided by the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Thursday, April 12, 2018
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
“Boats, Roads, Trains and Planes: A Look Back in Calvert County” presented by Dr. Ralph Eshelman
Lecture provided by Calvert Marine Museum
Sunday, November 12, 2017
2 to 3 p.m. at the North Beach Town Hall
"Where Did We Stay?, 1890 to 1950" presented by Grace Mary Brady
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum
Sunday, January 14, 2018
2 to 3 p.m. at North Beach Town Hall
“Gambling” presented by Grace Mary Brady
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum
Saturday, February 10, 2018
3 to 4 p.m. at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick
“The Swimsuit Edition: Where We Swam and What We Were Wearing” presented by Joan Kilmon
Lecture provided by Calvert Library
Thursday, March 22, 2018
7 to 8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum
“Gambling” by Grace Mary Brady
Lecture provided by Bayside History Museum

For more information about the series, please contact Carey Crane at 410-326-2042, ext. 25 or email Carey.Crane@calvertcountymd.gov.