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Maritime Expert to Speak May 5 at Jamestown Settlement in Connection With 'Chesapeake Log Canoe' Exhibition

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 24, 2015 – Lyles Forbes, chief curator at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, will speak at Jamestown Settlement on Tuesday, May 5, about the topic of the ongoing special exhibition “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe.” The free public lecture starts at 7 p.m.

Log canoe race, The Mariners Museum photo

This circa-1945 photograph of a log canoe race on the Chesapeake Bay shows four vessels, from left, Magic, Flying Cloud, Mystery and Jay Dee. From the collections at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Va.

The yearlong exhibition, at Jamestown Settlement through September 8, 2015, traces the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats.

“The Chesapeake Log Canoe” presentation on May 5 will look at the traditions and evolution of the log canoe from a humble dugout to a racing sailing class on the upper Bay. Forbes spent much of his youth on or near the water and developed a natural affinity for sailing and boating. Formerly an assistant curator with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., Forbes came to The Mariners’ Museum in 2000 to develop and open the museum’s renowned International Small Craft Center. He is a graduate of the University of Montevallo.

The lecture complements the ongoing exhibition curated by The Mariners’Museum that features more than 100 objects from its collection, including a dugout canoe, wood samples, photographic images, woodworking and boatbuilding tools, and scale models to illustrate the fabrication, employment, sailing and racing of the Chesapeake Bay log canoe.

Portraits of Regional Oystermen by Photographer Glen McClure Added to Exhibition

Allan West, Glen McClure oysterman portraitThe addition of eight black-and-white portraits of oystermen by Norfolk photographer Glen McClure will offer a perspective of life living and working on the Chesapeake Bay. The portraits, most three-by-four feet in size, feature people from Gloucester, Newport News and Surry illustrating various aspects of oyster harvesting, including farming, combing, tonging and culling.

Born and living in Norfolk, McClure photographs people and landscapes in the United States and Europe. Influenced by early 20th-century photographers Josef Sudek and Paul Strand, McClure had his first solo exhibition in 1997. Now, more than 50 solo and 40 group exhibitions later, his work can be found in private collections and museums, including The Chrysler Museum, The Mariners’ Museum, and the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.

Guests to the lecture will have an opportunity to visit the special exhibition, including the oysterman portraits, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and following “The Chesapeake Log Canoe” lecture. Admission to the lecture is free, and advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or emailing rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

Jamestown Settlement, located at Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, with expansive gallery exhibits and outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort. For more information, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.