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Snapshots to Selfies opens May 22 at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

(ST. MICHAELS, MD) Through a collection of submitted photos covering the last 50 summers on the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be opening Snapshots to Selfies: 50 Years of Chesapeake Summers as its first community-curated exhibition on May 22, 2016, when the museum hosts its Community Block Party event. The exhibition runs through November 30, 2017, and features more than 240 photos of people living, working, and playing on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

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The Museum invited the public to submit their personal photos as part of CBMM’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015. The goal was to use the submitted images to create an exhibition of photos documenting people’s memories from the last 50 summers spent around the Chesapeake Bay.

“The response from the public was overwhelming,” said Director of Education and exhibition curator, Kate Livie. “We received an incredible number of submissions documenting people’s treasured memories on the Bay–so many more photos than we could ever house in any traditional on-site exhibition. Thus we decided that the best way to share these intimate, beautiful photos is to display them somewhere everyone can see them all–online. We’ve developed a truly world-class online exhibition, making sure these photos and the memories they represent are available for anyone, anytime, to be shared and enjoyed. For our guests at CBMM, we’ll also have a kiosk set up so visitors can explore the entire collection of photos.”

For the May 22 event, the exhibition will be on display at a kiosk in the At Play on the Bay exhibition building, and found online at

As part of the exhibition’s opening, CBMM will also unveil three new cut-outs for people to take photos in, much like what guests are used to seeing at the museum’s entrance. The new cutouts will include a scene of crab pickers, a giant pair of waterman’s boots to climb into, and a giant crab pot where visitors can be the crab. Using the hashtag #CBMMsnapshots, festival goers and CBMM guests will be encouraged to take their photos in the new cutouts and submit their photos online to the exhibition.

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“The photos in this exhibition capture the magic and the joy of Chesapeake summers,” continued Livie. “Snapshots to Selfies shares these intimate moments-and for those that submitted to the exhibition, provides an opportunity to be a part of Chesapeake Bay history that will live with the museum and through this exhibition.

“Photos in Snapshots to Selfies include images of people crabbing, sailing, and working on the water. It also captures watershed moments in people’s lives, from the first ever Bay Bridge walk to images of marriages, babies, and even a few in dedication of a lost loved one, all connected in some way to the Chesapeake Bay.”

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“Having Snapshots to Selfies online means that everyone will have access to the exhibition, not just our physical guests,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “This is extremely important as accessibility to the museum for everyone is one of our key focus areas. We also wanted to be innovative and engaging with today’s audiences, many of whom spend time online. Having Snapshots online achieves this, and represents the forward-thinking approaches CBMM is taking in all of its initiatives.”

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the 18-acre waterfront campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will transform into festival grounds as the museum hosts its Community Block Party. Underwritten by a large number of generous community sponsors, the Block Party is offered free of charge and open to the general public. It will feature several performance stages, free boat rides, live music, regional foods and libations, Chesapeake-related family activities, and more.

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The Block Party’s presenting sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Community Health Services, Phyllis and Marc Castelli and the Carla Massoni Gallery, the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s Sink or Swim Program (SOS), and media sponsors What’s Up Magazine and 96.7 WCEI, which will be broadcasting live throughout the event.

Activities are exclusively presented by Ouvert’s “Out of the Box” Gallery, Fitness Rx, Blackwater Paddle and Pedal Adventures, Talbot Watermen’s Association, Ben Franklin Crafts, Kiln Born Creations, Beat the Rush Delivery, BJ’s Wholesale Club of Easton, McHale Landscape Design, Rising Tide Partners, and San Domingo Fair Trade Coffee and Goods. Youth performance stages are sponsored by The Talbot Bank, Mid-Shore Dance Academy, Sherwood Auto of Salisbury, The SRVP Group – A Baird Financial Company, Tri Gas & Oil, Ewing Dietz Fountain and Kaludis, P.A., and Hair O’ the Dog Wine & Spirits. The performance programs are sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funding from Talbot County and the Towns of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels. In-kind event sponsors include Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Bay Hundred Covenant Churches, Rommel’s Ace Hardware, AskNeal AV, Imagination Library of Talbot County, Talbot Optimist Club, Hog Neck Golf Course, and Peach Blossom Events.

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Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, the museum’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit