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  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    Historic Jamestown Educational Resources

    Historic Jamestown Educational Resources

    Historic Jamestown is a partnership between Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. In preparation for the 400th Anniversary of the voyages of Captain John Smith new interactive materials were created for use in the classroom or at home.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    John Smith's Masterpiece and Copyright Nightmare

    John Smith's Masterpiece and Copyright Nightmare

    From the Library of Virginia: Virginia Memory The Age of Exploration ushered in the age of maps. Some maps became so important to travelers that many copies were made of them. These map copies were especially useful to the explorers and settlers of the New World. One such map was Captain John Smith's map of Virginia. Its importance and accuracy (for that time period) also made it one of the most copied maps.

  • Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

    We Have a Story to Tell: Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

    We Have a Story to Tell:  Native Peoples of the Chesapeake Region

    The Native peoples of the Chesapeake Bay region were among the first in the Western Hemisphere to encounter European explorers and colonists. Their stories, however, have usually been told by others. Their perspectives have been overlooked and ignored in exhibitions, the media, educational materials, and most histories of the region. This guide offers contemporary Native perspectives about the historical experiences of the Native Americans of the Chesapeake.

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    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum developed a set of ten Explorations designed to introduce students to different topics related to oystering.

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

    Marsh Muckers

    Marsh Muckers

    Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.

  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    This guide serves as a single-source text and reference for conducting classroom history lessons on the War of 1812, and the role that Marylanders played. It is especially organized for teachers of pre- and post-secondary grade levels.Information provided in this guide will help make teaching this important history easy and accessible. The guide presents the major players in the war, its major battles, direct quotes from eyewitnesses, and information on additional resources.

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    The Chesapeake's Best Crab Cakes

    The Chesapeake's Best Crab Cakes

    The Chesapeake’s Best Crab Cakes: A Study in Geography, Social Studies, and Economics, focuses on the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and the relationship between the natural environment and the way people live and work in Talbot County, Maryland. The program teaches about the watermen who catch the crabs, the seafood pickers and packing house operators who process the crabs, and the cooks who prepare crab dishes in local restaurants. This study was created by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Did You Know?

Satellite image of the Bay

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North American and the second largest in the world?