Maritime Traditions of Delaware Bay
Built around a wonderful collection of artifacts donated by L. Albertson Huber and photographs collected from Clem Sutton, John Dubois, Roger Allen, Don Pettifer and other preservation minded individuals and organizations; this exhibit was opened in 1991 with a dedication by Rita Moonsammy and started our tradition of presenting the bayshore history and issues using the voices of its people. This exhibit's primary topics were: Natural Resources as the starting point of all the ensuing stories; shipbuilding, oystering, commercial fishing, trapping, recreational uses and 'today on the bay'. An amazing mural painted by Glenn Rudderow served as the centerpiece, incorporating typical bayshore scenes including railbird hunting such as was done using the railbird skiff over which it was hung. There was a thread interpreting the Native American piece within each of the overarching topics. Though this exhibit is no longer presented in its original form, many elements of it remain in the interpretation of the Shipping Sheds and the current exhibits of the Delaware Bay Museum that they house.
We suggest a visit to the Delaware Bay Museum and Folklife Center to truly appreciate the exhibit.