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The James B. Richardson Foundation's archive of activities, press releases and photos. Visit our News page for more recent news.

   Restoration of the Flora A. Price

The 98-year-old “Flora A. Price” is the largest surviving skipjack in the Chesapeake Bay and was recently named one of the 11 Endangered Sites by Preservation Maryland. The skipjack was built in Chance, Maryland in 1910 and was recently given to the Museum by the Old Hartford Town Maritime Center in Caroline County.

The Flora A. Price

The "Flora A. Price"

The Museum is currently working on a restoration plan and plans to raise the money for the restoration through grants and donations. The Museum hopes to someday use the skipjack for tours and educational programs.

 

May 2009

2009  Youth Build-a-Boat students

For the sixth year in a row, the eighth-grade class of Philadelphia’s Springside School visited the Ruark Boatworks. This year each girl built a skipjack model and stand. With supervision each girl learned to use a hand jigsaw, plane, drill press and sanding blocks to refine the precut parts made by the Ruark Boatworks volunteers. Twenty-two girls participated over three days, each taking home their model as a memento of their trip to Dorchester County. We thank the following Ruark Boatworks volunteers for helping with this event: Frank Antes, Dave Bodey Jim Leech, Tom Gaspar, Guy Gray, Ken Guelta, Ray Henderson, Paul Wolfert, Willem Zijp and Dan Cada.

December 8, 2008 Our sixth annual Mr. Jim’s Birthday Party was held at the Richardson Maritime Museum and served as a venue for expressing our sincere appreciation to all our volunteers at both the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks.  Each volunteer was presented with a Volunteer Recognition Certificate and a gift certificate to show the Foundation’s appreciation.
Oct. 25-26, 2008 The public kickoff of the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous on October 25th was bright but breezy and included opening remarks by Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. The winds blew the rain in - then out- of Cambridge harbor. But the weather didn't deter the many visitors who stopped by to tour, gawk or even sail on some of the magnificent ships at Long Wharf. Participation from 15 vessels total and an Eastern Shore style dinner with a concert afterwards kept spirits going.

Schooner Rendezvous
From far left to right: Mystic Whaler, Pride of Baltimore II, Virginia and Amistad.  Photo credit: Dave Linthicum
October 25, 2008 At the seafood dinner for the Schooner’s Captains & Crewmembers at Long Wharf the James B. Richardson’s raffle winner was drawn by the Captain of the Mystic, Amy Bloomberg. Crystal Dilley of Vienna, Maryland had the winning ticket for the $10,000 raffle.
October 24, 2008 A welcome reception for the captains and crews participating in the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous on Oct 24th at the Richardson Maritime Museum saw the venue filled to the rafters with folks. The official proclamation from Governor O'Malley was read, indicating October as "Schooner Month in Maryland".

Captains at RMM
From l-r: Capt. Jamie Trost, Pride of Baltimore II; Capt. Hank Moseley, Virginia; Capt. John Eginton, Mystic Whaler; and Roger Worthington, founder of the Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous and skipper of the schooner Prom Queen.  Photo credit: Dave Linthicum
August 4, 2008 Ruark Boatworks volunteers begin restoration of the Jolly Dolphin, a 42’ bateau built by “Mr. Jim” Richardson (Click here to read full article.)
 
July 12, 2008
Second Saturday featured Power Boat Exhibit
The Richardson Maritime Museum has opened a new exhibit featuring highlights of powerboat racing on the Choptank. Photos, memorabilia, such as driver's suits and trophies cover part of the wall in the main gallery. Tommy Thompson's unprecedented run of six consecutive national championship trophies run across the top of the display, with photos of local drivers, mechanics and racing scenes interspersed with other items of interest.

New powerboat exhibit
 
June 25, 2008 Richardson Maritime Museum opens new Cambridge Classic Exhibit (Click here to read article and picture.)
June 2008 The James B. Richardson Foundation was awarded a grant of $4,000 to assist with the cost of a preservation plan for the skipjack Flora A. Price.
Click to read more.
May 14-16, 2008 For the fifth year in a row, Philadelphia’s Springside School girls visit the Boatworks. This year’s class built a skipjack model complete with stand. (Click to read full article.)
 
March 7, 2008    The James B. Richardson Foundation hosted a Friend-Raiser reception at the Richardson Maritime Museum.
Friend Raiser
Friend Raiser Reception
February 2008 Flora A. Price named as one of the 11 Endangered Historic Sites by Preservation Maryland (Click here for Web site.)
December 8, 2007 Our fifth annual Mr. Jim's Birthday Party served as a venue for expressing our sincere appreciation for all of our volunteers at the Richardson Maritime Museum and the Ruark Boatworks. Instead of individual awards this year, all the Volunteers were honored at a Volunteer Recognition Dinner held at the Canvasback Restaurant and Pub in Cambridge on January 18th, 2008. Mary Alexander from the Maryland Historical Trust was the guest speaker.
November 6, 2007    James B. Richardson Foundation acquires Flora A. Price, the largest surviving skipjack in the Chesapeake Bay.
(Click here to view newspaper article.)
October 20, 2007 During the crab dinner for the Schooner's Captains & Crewmembers at Long Wharf the Museum's raffle winners were drawn by the Captain of the Mystic, Amy Bloomberg. Brandon Stice of York, Pennsylvania won the 1st place $10,000 winning ticket and Merri-Ellen James of Cockeysville, Maryland won the 2nd place $5,000 winning ticket.
October 19, 2007 The Richardson Maritime Museum hosted a reception at the Museum for the Captains and Crewmembers of the 2nd annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous. Our many volunteers, J M Clayton & Sons, Kay's at the Airport, Ocean Odyssey, Millie's at the Point, Super Fresh, Giant and Food Lion provided the outstanding and delicious food for the event while Candi Rabbit entertained everyone with her music.
August 15, 2007
A 'Rolling out the Hilda' party was held at the Ruark Boatworks. Among the crowd of people where the volunteers who restored the 38-foot dovetail built by Reese Todd in 1952 and two of the previous owners, Billy Insley who crabbed and oystered from the Hilda near Kent Island and another Kent Islander, Glen Murphy. The dovetail was set on blocks for the final stages of restoration.

Hilda

Rufus Todd standing next to the Hilda, built by his father Reese Todd.

July 26, 2007 James B. Richardson Foundation obtains Brannock Maritime Collection Archives.
Click here to view attached newspaper article.
May 12, 2007
Richardson Maritime Museum participated in Dorchester County's 3rd Annual Heritage Day at both the Museum and the Ruark Boatworks. Featured guests at the Museum included: Don Willey who demonstrated nautical knot tying and displayed his model boats; Ed Theiler who talked about Howard Chapelle who was a national maritime historian, Dorchester County native and friend of Jim Richardson. Also on hand were noted authors Helen Chappell and Ann Foley. Musicians included the Royal Oak Musicians, Baroque Jam and Chesapeake Wind.
April 24, 2007
The Richardson Maritime Museum and Ruark Boatworks dedicated and hardworking volunteers were treated to a Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast. The owners, Dana and Jody Zarbano, hosted the reception.
February 28, 2007
Richardson Maritime Museum's Board of Trustees requests audit to be done by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
Read the entire report.
Read the City of Cambridge letter.
Read Letter to the Editor.
December 8, 2006
The fourth annual Mr. Jim’s Birthday Party was held at the Boatworks. The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the volunteers, both individuals and organizations, who have made significant contributions of time and services to the Museum and Boatworks over the past year.
October 23, 2006
A generous grant from the Choptank Electric Trust will fund part of the cost of much needed repainting of the exterior trim on the Museum’s High Street Building.
October 20, 2006
The Richardson Maritime Museum hosted a reception at the Museum for the first annual Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous. While one of the Schooners home is Cambridge, other Schooners came from St. Michaels, Edgewater, Chestertown, Galena, Galesville all in Maryland and as far away as Sea Isle City, NJ.  We look forward to the Schooner Rendezvous becoming an annual event.
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August 31, 2006
The Museum hosted the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce After Hours. During the evening, the Museum’s $15,000 raffle ticket winners were drawn by Cambridge Mayor Cleveland Rippons. The 1st place $10,000 winning ticket was won by Talbot County resident Doug Renshaw and the 2nd place $5,000 winning ticket was won by Dorchester County native Carol Baker-Jones. Molly Meredith, Portside Seafood Restaurant, Canvasback Restaurant & Pub, Crab Boy Seafood, Kay’s at the Airport, Super Fresh and Food Lion provided the outstanding and delicious food for the event while Linda Andrews entertained everyone with guitar music.
June 27, 2006
Richardson Maritime Museum is recognized for their support and Partnership with the Cambridge C-SAFE Safety Team
July 27, 2006
The Richardson Maritime Museum is again recognized for its continued partnership with the Department of Juvenile Services in support of the youth of Dorchester County.
June, 2006
Volunteer Maryland accepts the Museum into its program for an additional year, honoring us with the continued services of Pat Murphy as our Volunteer Maryland Coordinator. 
May 13-14, 2006
The Richardson Maritime Museum Creekside Boat Show is held at the Boatworks, spotlighting area boatbuilders and other vendors. 
May 13, 2006
Richardson Maritime Museum participates in Dorchester County’s 2nd Annual Heritage Day, celebrating with activities for children and adults at both the Museum and the Boatworks.
May 10-12, 2006
For the third year in a row, Philadelphia’s Springside School girls visit the Boatworks to build two skiffs in three days.
March, 2006
A generous donation received from the Nathan Foundation will fund part of the cost of much needed repainting of the exterior trim on the Museum’s High Street building.
January 14, 2006
New interpretive panels, created with the help of a Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network grant, are unveiled at the Museum.  The evening is an opportunity for history to come alive, as a number of individuals portrayed in the panels attend and share their stories with guests.
December 8, 2005
The third annual Mr. Jim’s Birthday Party is held at the Boatworks. The event gives us the opportunity to recognize the volunteers, both individuals and organizations, who have made significant contributions of time and services to the Museum and Boatworks over the past year.
September, 2005
The Museum is welcomed into the Volunteer Maryland program and in turn welcomes Pat Murphy as our new Volunteer Maryland Coordinator.  Pat will be spending a year with us focusing on recruitment, training and retention of the all-important volunteers who are the lifeblood of the organization.
August 17, 2005
The Richardson Maritime Museum is recognized for its partnership with the Department of Juvenile Services in support of the youth of Dorchester County.
August 5, 2005
The tall ship Kalmar Nyckel is welcomed to Cambridge. Guests at a Museum dockside reception are treated to food, music and a sunset sail.
July 18-21, 2005
The Richardson Maritime Museum begins a cooperative program with the Dorchester County Department of Juvenile Services to work with DJS teens on boatbuilding and other projects at the Boatworks.
July 6-8, 2005
Kids from the University of Maryland's Horn Point Summer Camp program visit the Boatworks and spend three days building a boat.
June 2, 2005
The Founders of the Richardson Maritime Museum were honored at a special Founders' Day reception.
May 14, 2005
Richardson Maritime Museum participates in Dorchester County's Heritage Day, celebrating with activities for children and adults at both the Museum and the Boatworks.
May 11-13, 2005
For the second year in a row, Philadelphia's Springside School girls visit the Boatworks to build two skiffs in three days.
April 5, 2005
The winner of the Museum's $10,000 'Tax-Relief' Raffle is Dorchester County resident, Shirley Kailianu, who purchased the winning ticket with four other lucky individuals.
December 4, 11 & 18, 2004
The Museum hosts a three-part book-signing series, including pictorials, regional history books, illustrated children's books and a cookbook. The events are held in conjunction with the City of Cambridge's Main Street holiday hours to bring more shoppers downtown.
December 8, 2004
The second annual Mr. Jim's Birthday Party is held in the newly renovated Boatworks second floor. The event honors our volunteers and thanks them for their efforts over the past year.
December 7, 2004
We complete renovations to the second floor of the historic Boatworks building on Maryland Avenue into expanded working space. Contributions from local businesses under the Community Investment Tax Credit Program (formerly the Neighborhood Partnership Program) helped fund the effort. Further renovations continue on the first floor and exterior of the building.
September 22, 2004
The Richardson Maritime Museum receives a model of the log canoe, Edmee S, newly built by Robert P. Mason of Bozman, MD, and donated by Mr. William H. Combs.
July 19, 2004
A Riverboat Fun Cruise has guests playing classic riverboat games and bidding on auction items, all to benefit the Richardson Maritime Museum.
May 12-14, 2004
The Boatworks hosts 52 girls from Philadelphia's Springside School, who teamed up to build two 16-foot pulling skiffs in three days.
April 14-15, 2004
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network holds interpretive design workshop at the Museum, helping us to plan for significant exhibit enhancements.
April 13, 2004
Volunteers finish building the Boatworks' first boat, a skiff commissioned by Judy Friis of Queenstown, Maryland, begun by her late husband.
April, 2004
Renovations begin at the Museum to create new office space and stairway access to our unused third floor.
March, 2004
Renovations begin at the Boatworks, with the rebuilding of a brick wall, thanks to a generous contribution from the Nathan Foundation.
February 20, 2004 Former Maryland Governor and current Comptroller William D. Schaefer tours the Museum and Boatworks, expressing interest in our plans for the Cambridge Creek site.
December 8, 2003
Mr. Jim's Birthday Party is inaugurated as an annual event to honor the organization's volunteers.

 

 

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