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Library of Congress image: Picking crabs for market, on banks of Chesapeake Bay, Md., U.S.A.

Crab cakes, Old Bay, and Special: The Diverse, Delicious History of the Iconic Chesapeake Blue Crab

May 6, 2023 1:00 PM

In-person in the BMI’s Communications Gallery

Join Chesapeake historian and author Kate Livie as she explores the rich history of the Chesapeake Blue Crab, and how enslaved watermen and cooks, migrants, immigrants and free Black people created an icon of Chesapeake tradition, culture, foodways, and industry.
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About the Presenter

Kate Livie is a professional Chesapeake educator, writer and historian. An Eastern Shore native, Livie is passionate about the Chesapeake Bay’s culture and landscape. A chronicler of regional travel, history, environment and foodways, Livie is a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Baltimore Magazine and Edible Delmarva, and has hosted programs for MPT, NPR and the History Channel.

Her 2015 book, Chesapeake Oysters: The Bay’s Foundation and Future, won the Maryland Historical Society’s Marion Brewington prize for Maritime History.

Formerly the director of education and associate curator at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Livie serves as humanities faculty at the Center for Environment and Society at Washington College in hometown of Chestertown, Maryland, where she teaches courses about the Bay’s environment, arts, economy, tradition and culture.

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