Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum CBMM Fall Speaker Series begins October

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. begins its Fall Speaker Series on October 5 and continues on select dates through November 9, 2016. Two of the sessions from the four-part series will explore topics related to CBMM’s latest exhibition A Single Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building, which will be on display in the museum’s Steamboat Building August 6 through November 27, 2016. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed, as seating is limited.

"Freedom", a 104 ft fantail motor yacht designed by John Trumpy and built in 1926 by Mathis Yacht Building Company in Camden, NJ

“Freedom”, a 104 ft fantail motor yacht designed by John Trumpy and built in 1926 by Mathis Yacht Building Company in Camden, NJ

Tracing the design and construction of the distinctive Trumpy wooden yachts, A Single Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building focuses its attention from 1909 through 1973, when the Trumpy Yacht Yard in Annapolis, Md. produced its last boat. The exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is made possible by the generous support of Dr. Jacob Deegan, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the Towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.

On Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 am, CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher will lead “Trumpy and Yacht Building on the Chesapeake,” and provide an illustrated overview of the development of yacht design and the yacht building business on the Chesapeake Bay as a background for the work of the John Trumpy & Sons yard in Annapolis, the subject of A Single Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building, an exhibition in CBMM’s Steamboat Building opening August 6.

On Thursday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. Donald Trumpy, former employee and grandson of the yacht designer who established the John Trumpy and Sons yard, will outline the history of the family business that constructed some of the finest wooden motor cruisers and houseboats of the 20th century in “The Story of Trumpy from Norway to Spa Creek: Five Generations with Donald Trumpy.”

“‘Tilghman Tales’ Filming, Filmmaker Talk & Watermen Panel,” will be held at 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 26. “Tilghman Tales”—a film documentary broadcast as part of MPT’s 2016 Chesapeake Bay Week, with commentary from CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher—shares the stories of a few of the island’s notables, recounted by colorful storytellers, local experts, self-taught historians, innovative boatbuilders, “jacks-of-all-trades,” self-reliant women, and indefatigable octogenarians. Join “Tilghman Tales” filmmaker Jennifer Shea and some of the Tilghman residents featured in the film as they share their island life experiences first-hand with the audience.

The final offering in the speaker series will be a “Working the Water” book event with photographer and author Jay Fleming on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 pm. Fleming’s first book, “Working the Water,” is a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay—America’s largest estuary. The book comprises photographs of seasoned watermen, scenic seascapes, weathered workboats and Bay bounty—a true and complete depiction of Chesapeake Bay life. Fleming will present many of the photographs in the book to the audience on the big screen, while offering commentary on the significance of his selected images. Book sales and signings will follow.

Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are at and are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $30 for all four sessions, with non-member tickets at For more information, call 410-745-2916 or email [email protected]