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Friday Focus: Historic St. Mary's City

By Monica Meinert • March 20, 2015

Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in the 17th century? Visitors to Historic St. Mary’s City have the opportunity to do just that! Located on the St. Mary’s Peninsula, Historic St. Mary’s City brings the early colonial experience to life day in and day out. With a number of interactive historical sites staffed by costumed interpreters, visitors to the museum learn the stories of the earliest settlers of Maryland’s first capital. This week’s Friday Focus takes an inside look at the museum with help from Executive Director Regina Faden.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

A: Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum at Maryland’s first capital. For the past forty years, the museum has been a leader in research and education about Maryland’s early history. Archaeologists and historians have rediscovered Maryland’s 17th century city. Programs and costumed interpreters provide a hands-on history experience for approximately 25,000 Maryland school children annually. We are also educating the next generation of archaeologists, historians and museum professionals through our programs, archaeological field school and Museum Studies program through St. Mary’s College.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

A: We love to see that children and adults are enjoying the entire experience at HSMC. St. Mary’s City is set in some of the most beautiful landscape in the Tidewater region. Families can have fun together learning about people who lived in earlier times and make meaningful connections to their stories.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: The biggest challenge is making sure that we are serving our entire community. There are many people who love and visit the museum often, but we know there are people we don’t reach. As the first capital and a state museum, Historic St. Mary’s City belongs to all Marylanders and we want to make sure we serve the whole state. We also want to educate visitors from outside Maryland about St. Mary’s City about what life was like for people in colonial days. Of course, we love to see visitors from every state and other countries!

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

A: They can volunteer in a variety of capacities, serve on our Foundation to help support the museum, join us for an internship or see what jobs are available.

Volunteers often like to support events like our annual Beerfest or Indian Discovery Day. They also serve as crew on our replica seventeenth century ship, help maintain gardens and trails or staff exhibits. Many of our volunteers get to do the things they love!

The easiest way to find information is to visit our website: www.HSMCdigshistory.org and click on “Support”. You can also call our Volunteer Coordinator at 240-895-4977 or email Volunteers@HSMCdigshistory.org.

We’re proud to support our friends at Historic St. Mary’s City as they bring the history of the region to life. Learn more in this week’s Friday Focus interview.