Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life opens Satur­day

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CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life will be­gin vis­it­ing hours for 2016 on Satur­day, April 2. The mu­seum will be open to visi­tors the first Satur­day of each month from April to Oc­to­ber plus dur­ing spe­cial events held at the 4-H park, such as the county fair, mu­sic festival, and ar­ti­sans festival.

There is no spe­cific ar­ti­fact or dis­play that is be­ing fea­tured for April, but a general over­view is be­ing pre­sented to re­fresh the pub­lic im­age and to pub­li­cize plans for re-or­ga­ni­za­tion and an­nounce plans for sev­eral new ex­hibits to be added.

The general pur­pose of the mu­seum is to dis­play ar­ti­facts of tools, equip­ment and house­hold items that were part of ev­ery­day life in the county many years ago, plus a dis­play of archival photos of peo­ple, places, and things re­gard­ing life and ac­tiv­i­ties in Queen Anne’s County from the 1880s through the 1960s.

The mu­seum has a short­age of photos re­gard­ing the north­ern parts of Queen Anne’s County and re­quests that peo­ple pro­vide photos of peo­ple, places and ac­tiv­i­ties in and around Church Hill, Sudlersville, Bar­clay, In­gle­side, Price, and other ar­eas. The photos would be copied and the orig­i­nals would be promptly re­turned to the donor.

One ma­jor change in the works is to re­design the mu­seum’s floor plan. One new ex­hibit be­ing planned re­gard­ing World War II. Many Queen Anne’s County cit­i­zens served in the var­i­ous branches of the mil­i­tary dur­ing the war. The mu­seum is re­quest­ing that peo­ple who have or had close fam­ily mem­bers or more dis­tant rel­a­tives who served dur­ing World War II pro­vide in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing those peo­ple and their mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ences. The mu­seum is ac­tively seek­ing photos of those peo­ple, in uni­form if pos­si­ble, and any ac­tiv­i­ties they may have been in­volved in at the time.

The mu­seum is ask­ing that peo­ple with such photos al­low the mu­seum to make copies of those photos then the orig­i­nals would be promptly re­turned to the donor.

An­other new ex­hibit be­ing planned re­gards the life of the late John W. Selby, com­monly and fondly re­mem­bered as “Farmer John” due to his 50 years of pro­vid­ing fresh pro­duce to the peo­ple of Queen Anne’s County, spe­cial­iz­ing in lo­cally grown corn, toma­toes, can­teloupes, water­mel­ons, and more. He is well re­mem­bered for his many years as head coach of the var­sity base­ball teams at Centreville and Queen Anne’s County High Schools.

His con­tri­bu­tions to the youth of the county in­volv­ing sports ac­tiv­i­ties were phe­nom­e­nal. He and the late vet­eri­nar­ian Dr. Arthur Blaney were cru­cial in the cre­ation of the county’s Depart­ment of Parks and Recreation and the sub­se­quent sports com­plex at the Route 18 Park be­tween Centreville and Queen­stown, mu­seum of­fi­cials sai. The sports com­plex was named the John W. Selby Sports Com­plex in a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony in April 2007.

An­other new ex­hibit is be­ing planned to fea­ture an over­view of the his­tory of Queen Anne’s County, which held its tri­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tion in 2006.

The mu­seum is also seek­ing new mem­bers for the board of direc­tors. Peo­ple who feel qual­i­fied and are in­ter­ested should con­tact the mu­seum at P. O. Box 525, Centreville, Md. 21617.

The mu­seum will be open to visi­tors from 1 un­til 4 p.m. on Satur­day, April 2. Ad­mis­sion is free though do­na­tions are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated. The mu­seum is lo­cated at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park on Route 18 at Dulin Clark Road be­tween Centreville and Queen­stown.

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