Recently the Oxford Museum unveiled a new exhibition: Rooted in the Land: A Tribute to Eastern Shore Farmers.  This exhibit allows renowned photographer Edwin Remsberg to tell the story of multigenerational family roots in agriculture and pay tribute to the farmers of the Eastern Shore through striking and poignant images of the agricultural community.  Curator Stuart Parnes commented: “Most of us on the Eastern Shore tend to focus our attention on the water, even as we drive by acres upon acres of active farms.  Edwin Remsberg does not. His gorgeous portraits of today’s farmers are literally eye-opening.”  This exhibit opens August 13.

Rooted in the Land kicks off another major 2022 exhibit for the Oxford Museum, culminating in the arrival of  Crossroads: Change in Rural AmericaCrossroads is a Smithsonian Institution Mainstreet traveling exhibition that explores the changes in rural population, land use and traditions over the past century. The Oxford Museum, working with local and regional partners will present a series of public programs throughout the Fall.  Crossroads opens at St. Pauls Church in Oxford on October 29.  Major support for the initiative comes from Maryland Humanities and Stories of the Chesapeake.

Information on activities and programs in celebration of local farming and our rural community will be released as details are finalized.  Plans include a Farm to Table dinner and an on-site visit to a local farm with owner/farmer Steve Cox and his neighboring friends.  This visit provides a first hand opportunity to hear their perspective on the impact of agricultural transitions from a family business to an agri-business, learn how they have met the changes and challenges along the way, and better understand how today’s farms work with state and local government to protect the environment for the benefit of all.

Crossroads is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and has been made possible by Maryland Humanities.  Support for Museum on Main Street is provided by the United States Congress.

All exhibits at both the Museum and St. Paul’s location are open from 10 am to 4 pm, free of charge, on Mondays, Fridays, Saturday, Sunday from opening day through December 16.

Questions should be directed to the Museum at 410-226-0191 or visit the Museum website at https://www.oxfordmuseummd.org/