FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 29, 2023
Contact: Bonnie Farmer, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
410-326-2042, ext. 8067 Email: Bonnie.Farmer@calvertcountymd.gov
CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM PUBLISHES LATEST BOOK BEFORE THE BASE
SOLOMONS, MD – August 29, 2023 – The Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) is proud to announce the publication of its latest book, Before the Base: Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center Property Condemnation Appraisals, 1942. This comprehensive work, meticulously researched, details the rich history of our region before the establishment of the naval base.
Before the Base sheds light on the documents and procedures the U.S. Navy used in acquiring the 6,000 acres of rural Southern Maryland to unify the military’s aviation testing activities. As a public, non-profit, educational, and regionally oriented institution, CMM is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of the culture and history of this area. This book offers a fresh perspective on the communities and activities that thrived in the area long before the naval base was established.
“This set of documents provides researchers with solid information on the vernacular farm building architecture, farm layout and contemporary valuation, as well as valuable genealogical information.” remarked Mike Smolek, Former Cultural Resource Manager, Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center.
The public is invited to join editors John Cook and Eve Love on Friday, November 10, 2023 in the Harms Gallery at CMM from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. for a special presentation uncovering the vast changes that occurred in St. Mary’s County during 1942. Following the presentation, a book signing will begin promptly in the Museum Store where attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the editors. Before the Base will be available to purchase at the Calvert Marine Museum Store for $100.
Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply curious about the remarkable transformation that altered this county’s cultural landscape, this collection will provide valuable insight to all.
Explore how the prehistoric past, natural environments, and maritime heritage come to life and tell a unique story of the Chesapeake Bay. The Calvert Marine Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $11.00 for adults; $9.00 for seniors, military, and veterans with valid I.D, AAA and AARP members; $6.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are admitted free. Proud participant in Museums for ALL. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com or call 410-326-2042. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Photo 1: Before the Base book cover. Photo courtesy of Calvert Marine Museum.
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