The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, has received an $80,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority program. The grant will help fund a new Small Craft Heritage Center project, projected to begin in 2017.
The Small Craft Heritage Center will preserve and house the majority of CBMM’s smaller historic vessels currently stored in locations not accessible to CBMM members and guests. The museum preserves the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of the region’s watercraft, approximately 90 boats ranging in size from small gunning boats to the 65-foot 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.
“With the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay water craft, CBMM is responsible for the maintenance and physical status of these crafts,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “This Center will bring more of CBMM’s collections to the public while expanding our educational programming opportunities and additional exhibition space.”
“We are beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to share the majority of our Chesapeake Bay vessels with our guests and visitors, as only 45% of our watercraft collection is currently accessible to the public,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The Small Craft Heritage Center will allow us to tell a more authentic and complete story of Chesapeake heritage.”