Carrying the torch


The history-loving crowd at the Captain Avery Museum

History is always with us, whether we know it or not, because history isn’t so much about what people did as about what people do. The past can give us a better understanding of the present, so it is always encouraging to find people and institutions keeping the past alive and accessible. Such a place is the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, Maryland, near Annapolis. Housed in a Chesapeake Bay waterman’s house that was later used as a weekend retreat for a Jewish organization, the museum hosts a series of luncheon lectures in the winter months.I was honored to be the first speaker of this year’s series and gave a presentation based on my book Death at the LIghthouse. This was a wonderful event, full of nice folks with a taste for history (and for the great food that was served.) Everyone was enthusiastic about the tales of rumrunners, bootleggers, murder, and mystery on the Chesapeake Bay. (Not to mention the flappers!) It was a bit crowded, with almost 100 people rubbing elbows, but it was more like a family, sort of the Waltons on steroids. A good and historic time was had by all.

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