Museum of Eastern Shore Life opens Saturday
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.