Bayside History Museum collaborated with Calvert Library to present “Dinosaurs of Maryland” on February 21 at North Beach Town Hall. Dr. Stephen Godfrey, Curator of Paleontology at Calvert Marine Museum discussed the importance of natural history and current research projects in the field. This seminar was one of many in a series of natural history community education events by Bayside History Museum, Calvert Marine Museum, and Calvert Library.
Bayside History Museum and Calvert Marine Museum are two organizations that aim to preserve the history of Calvert County, Chesapeake Bay, and Patuxent River. Bayside History Museum’s mission is “to provide all citizens with an understanding of the role the Chesapeake Bay environment had in shaping the cultures of the bayside communities.” While Bayside’s primary focus is on human culture and stewardship, Calvert Marine Museum documents the physical and biological history of the Chesapeake & Patuxent through “regional paleontology, estuarine life of the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay, and maritime history of these waters.” The Calvert County sister museums collaborate to develop engaging community education seminars with natural history experts.
Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey is a leading paleontologist in mideast United States, curating at Calvert Marine Museum and conducting groundbreaking research that answers questions about the lifeforms that existed before human history. Godfrey’s current work explores the fact that there are “several ways to study extinct animals” other than fossils. In the Atlantic Plain region that encompasses Calvert County, Godfrey reports that it is rare to see many biological fossils, like the more familiar bone fossils. Godfrey’s hour-long seminar highlighted two innovative projects that will be published soon for further research and expansion across the globe. Boy Scouts Pack #1806 of Huntingtown, MD were among those who attended “Dinosaurs of Maryland,” proving that the youth are invested in preserving the culture and history of Calvert.
Bayside History Museum is located in North Beach, MD, and Calvert Marine Museum is located in Solomons, MD. The upcoming seminar is “Fossil Club Public Lecture – Realm of the Tyrant King: Last Days of the Dinosaurs in the American West,” a lecture by Dr. Thomas Holtz, Jr., professor at University of Maryland on March 5 at Calvert Marine Museum from 2:30 to 4 pm.
Alexya Brown / Calvert Beacon Intern