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Harry M. Walsh Waterfowling Artifacts Exhibit

Exhibit Hours:
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Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Easton High School

Part of the mission of the Waterfowl Festival is to preserve and promote the heritage that has made Maryland’s Eastern Shore unique. The annual displays of Waterfowling Artifacts are must-see exhibits for visitors. In Artifacts, one can trace the evolution of waterfowling from an economic necessity to the sport of today. Some of these seldom seen treasurers loaned from private and museum collections date back hundreds of years, and include decoys, guns, gunning boats, and countless related items, some of priceless rarity.

2014 Highlights & Exhibitors

"Carvers at the Crossroads: Sharing Ideas, Techniques and Styles Across the Chesapeake's Susquehanna Flats" - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

In this exhibit the stories and connections between these early 20th century carvers will be told through artifacts, photographs, and above all, the decoys they created. Leonard Pryor, a Chesapeake City carver whose elegant birds communicated influences both deeply local and surprisingly distant, "Carvers at the Crossroads" will connect visitors with a period in Chesapeake history when the carving techniques and skills of the Susquehanna Flats were as abundant and nomadic as the canvasbacks, pintails, and blackheads they artfully rendered.

Eilliot Brothers Exhibit

Twin brothers born in 1904, Chank and Bill Elliot of Easton were perhaps the last of the commercial makers of wood and cork decoys in Talbot County. Their legacy consists of some very good swan, goose and black duck decoys that were made to stand the test of time. 

This is the first time their work and this collector's decoys have been on display at the Waterfowl Festival.

 
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Exhibitors

 

Bruce & Rose Baynard – Trappe, MD

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michaels, MD

Scott Cronwshaw - Easton, MD

Edward Dean – Church Creek, MD

Samuel H. Dyke – Salisbury, MD

Bob  & Cindy Jester – Ocean City, MD

Rick & Connie Kellam – Exmore, VA

B. Douglas Megargee, The Megargee Collection – Kennedyville, MD

Lawrence Myers – Oxford, MD

Ronnie & Kim Newcomb – Church Creek, MD

Henry H. Stansbury – Catonsville, MD

C. John Sullivan Historic Decoys – Fallston, MD 

Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art - Salisbury, MD