Behind the scenes – Push and Pull: The Tugboat Exhibit
When any cultural institution undertakes the creation of a new exhibit, an entire world of activity ensues. And when that institution is a cutting-edge maritime museum, known throughout the country as demonstrating best practices in exhibits and education, the activity takes a long and focused effort.
Behind the scenes in the Steamboat Building at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) during recent weeks, a team of curators, exhibit designers, scholars and volunteers moved quietly and efficiently, in and around photographs, tools and placards with quotes piled all over the floor. The team has been busy placing objects, photographs, models and interactive elements into position for “Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats”, a new exhibit that opened on Saturday, April 21 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels.
The concept for a tugboat exhibit was born long ago at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. And ever since then, a team of academic and professional staff – accompanied every step of the way by dedicated and multi-talented volunteers – have built a fantastic exhibit.
If you think about it, a celebration of the tugboat seems kind of unlikely – they’re not the grand giants in the harbor like container ships or mega-yachts. Tugs are the scruffy worker-bees, hustling to and fro, day in and day out in the background of the harbor. Leave it to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to highlight this aspect of the Bay’s maritime culture – one that’s hidden in plain sight.
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