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Til-Made: Remembering the Tilghman Packing Company

“Til-Made” is the latest video produced by the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum. It is the first film to explore the Tilghman Packing Company’s history on Tilghman Island and in the Bay Hundred area. Founded in 1897 by the Harrison brothers in an oyster-shucking house on pilings on a steamboat wharf, the Tilghman Packing Company grew to include multiple operations and employ the majority of men and women in the area. In its heyday, it employed more than 600 people, the largest employer in Talbot County. It closed in 1975, and today not a vestige remains. This once thriving enterprise has vanished. The video weaves together the story of an island-wide “working family” through the voices of people who worked there, vintage video and photographs from the Talbot Historical Society’s H. Robins Hollyday Collection. Created by Jennifer Shea and Peter Carroll through a grant from Maryland Humanities, with additional support from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, it joins their previous productions about this watermen’s island — “Growing up on Tilghman,” “Another Dawn — Tilghman in Transition” and “Tilghman Tales: Building Boats, Lives and Memories on the Chesapeake Bay.” Some of the participants will be present for a Q&A afterwards. The Tilghman Watermen’s Museum is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2007 with the mission of celebrating the heritage and culture of the Eastern Shore watermen and Tilghman Island.