Steam Locomotive Print – Artifact of the Month

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Steam Locomotive Print

One of the unfortunate circumstances of a museum is that in most cases only a tiny fraction, about 3% in our case, of the collection is able to be displayed at a given time. To help combat this, we’ve decided to include an object of the month blog post that will highlight artifacts not on display in an effort to allow our readers to become more familiar with our collection. Besides that, all of our objects deserve to be in the limelight at some point!

For our first object of the month, I have chosen an eye-catching lithograph print showing a steam locomotive of the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad Company, ca 1859-1860. The museum purchased the piece in September of 1945, and it appears that the print has only been on display once, for a quick exhibition on October 6-7, 1956 that honored the visit to The Mariners’ Museum of the Mid-Eastern Region National Model Railroad Association (what a title!) convention.   Read more

Welcome to Hidden in the Hold

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Entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Gallery
Entrance to the Chesapeake Bay Gallery with our beautiful lighthouse lens

Welcome to the Collections Department’s blog, “Hidden in the Hold”!  This is your chance to get an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes in our storage areas and workrooms.  Whether the artifacts are old or new, in storage or on display, each one has a story to tell.  And so do the three staff members who are responsible for the care and feeding of all the items!  So let’s get started!

Meet the staff…   Read more