Public Encouraged to Donate Pieces of Local History During Community Day at St. Clement’s Island Museum

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

Leonardtown, MD – Have you ever wanted to contribute to an exhibit at a museum? The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD, is hosting a Community Day on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event encourages the public to get involved with the planning of new exhibits by sharing historic documents, photos and other significant objects related to St. Clement’s Island and the Colton’s Point area from the 20th century and earlier. Museum staff will be on hand to scan photos and documents, or photograph objects and people, with the permission of the owner, for potential new exhibits or collections. Staff will also be available to receive items from members of the public who wish to make a donation to the museum’s collection.

The museum seeks information and items from and about local boat builders; information about the Golden Hotel, the Shirley K Hotel, the Hotel on St. Clement’s Island and the Blackistone Island Canning Company; photos of the island and the Blackistone Lighthouse; information about living on St. Clement’s Island and/or living in Colton’s Point; any photos of steamboats at Colton’s Point landing; and more.

At the recently held Appraiser Fair on January 26, featuring six appraisers, over 160 attendees brought items ranging from artwork to farm implements. Some items of note were a one-of-a-kind set of World War II documents, a collection of cigarette tins from the 1890’s and a child’s toy sword from the 1860’s. The day also marked the opening of two new exhibits at the museum. Artist Nichole Stewart’s exhibit, Portrait of St. Mary’s, and Chopticon High School student, Josh Guy’s exhibit, “Businesses People Used and Loved in St. Mary’s County” are set to run until March 31, 2019.

For more information regarding Community Day, or if you have something not listed which relates to St. Clement’s Island or Colton’s Point, please call the Museum at 301-769-2222 to schedule an appointment.

For hours of operation, programs, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/SCIMuseum or www.facebook.com/1836Light or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.

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