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Waterfowl Festival Features Decoys of Dorchester County

Sep 26, 2011 11:34PM ● Published by Anonymous

CBMM’s Decoys of Dorchester County exhibit featured at Waterfowl Festival’s Artifacts Exhibit

Decoys of Dorchester County, a special exhibit featuring decoys from the private collections of East Coast Decoy Collectors Club members and the permanent collection of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD will be featured as part of the Waterfowl Festival’s Artifacts Exhibit in Easton, MD. The special exhibit will be on display at Easton High School during the November 11-13 event.

Dorchester County historically offered vast expanses of marshland as shelter and food for migrating ducks and geese along the Atlantic flyway. This translated into rich hunting grounds for area waterfowlers and a high demand for decoys. These gunners made their own decoys or often obtained them locally, producing some of the greatest variety of North American decoys, including some of the crudest to a few of the most refined.

The exhibit will include decoys along with a boat, some firearms, and a gunning light with Dorchester County associations, and is free with Waterfowl Festival admission. Many of the artifacts are on permanent display in the museum’s Waterfowling Building where visitors can discover why the Bay attracts flocks of migrating birds and about the sport, industry, and art of waterfowling. The museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus is open daily 362 days a year. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or www.waterfowlfestival.org.

For more information, contact:
Tracey Munson
Vice President of Communications
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
410-745-4960, tmunson@cbmm.org

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