Calvert Marine Museum special events focus on sea glass, slavery and oysters

Lure of Sea GlassAvid sea glass collector or oyster lover? Interested in the history of slavery? Mark your calendar for upcoming special events at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons to catch popular authors and local notables who will address these Chesapeake Bay area topics.

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016: The Lure of Sea Glass

Delve into the history and stories hidden within sea glass when Richard LaMotte, recognized sea glass expert, author and collector, returns to the Calvert Marine Museum Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m., for a free presentation and discussion.

LaMotte will discuss his latest book, “The Lure of Sea Glass,” and detail the role of sea glass in our past, present and future. A book signing will follow the presentation, which is in the Harms Gallery.

This awaited sequel to LaMotte's popular “Pure Sea Glass” features entertaining stories to inspire readers to continue their quest for these treasures and learn more about the history of sea glass.

LaMotte's Sunday lecture will include a brief overview of the key features of sea glass before discussing insights and images from his new book. He will explore what creates the strong emotional bond many have to sea glass. His talk will also touch on the nuances in collections around the U.S. and focus on some extraordinary shards from the Chesapeake Bay.

Guests are encouraged to bring in a few of their own shards for review and exploration.

Click Next for more special events including one with the nephew of "Roots" author Alex Haley.

Special lectures at the Calvert Marine Museum

Other special lectures and events planned include two focused on slavery — one with the nephew of "Roots" author Alex Haley — and another on oysters.

Monday, Jan. 18: The Local Legacy of Slavery

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Chris Haley, nephew of “Roots” author Alex Haley. Chris will talk at 3 p.m., following a meet and greet at 2:30 p.m. and an Aftrican American highlight tour of the Maritime Gallery at 2 p.m. Chris Haley, and an actor, performer, writer and speaker. The talk is in the Harms Gallery. The program is free with museum admission.

Sunday, Feb. 7: Uncovering Local History: Thomas McCreary and the Slavery Issue at the Mason Dixon Line

Listen to a talk by Milt Diggin, author of a new book titled “Stealing Freedom along the Mason-Dixon Line: Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland.” Based on modern-day historical sleuthing, Diggins tells the story of Thomas McCreary, providing a view of the toxic effects the debate over slavery had on the U.S. in the years leading up to the Civil War. Lecture is presented in partnership with the Calvert County Historical Society. Talk is at 3 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Admission is free.

Friday, March 11: Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay's Foundation and Future

Katie Livie of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum presents her new book of the same title, which explores the history, culture and future of the Chesapeake Bay oyster, from the Chespeake Indians to today's oyster farms. Livie's presentation will focus on the stories and in-depth interviews in her book, followed by a signing. Oysters will be available at the free event, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery.

For more information about these events, call 410-326-2750 or visit the Calvert Marine Museum website.

The Calvert Marine Museum is at 4200 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons. The museum is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $9 adults; $7 seniors, military with valid ID and AAA members; and $4 ages 5-12.