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Captain Avery Museum Exhibit Features National Geographic Photojournalists

Tom and Lynn Abercrombie spent decades taking photos around the world for National Geographic before later settling down in Shady Side.

The following post was submitted by Mavis Daly and edited by Patch.

A new exhibit, Traveling the World, featuring the photographs of National Geographic photojournalists Lynn Abercrombie and her late husband Tom will open on Nov. 2 at the Captain Avery Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Rd.

Guests are invited to arrive at 7 p.m. for refreshments. At 7:30 p.m., their daughter, Mari Abercrombie, will describe the process of bringing her mother’s book, Traveling the World for National Geographic, to print, compiling decades of photographic history, family anecdotes, and memories. There is no admission charge and everyone is welcome.

The exhibit will feature some of the favorite photos from the book. In it, Tom was described as the epitome of the National Geographic journalist, possessing all the talent and guts to take on any situation.

From the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the jungles of Venezuela, and from the white sands of the Fiji Islands to sailing the Baltic Sea, Tom’s ingenuity and adaptability were demonstrated many times. The photographs in the exhibit reflect that talent.

Lynn, a photographer in her own right, traveled with her husband to many isolated places. Women and children felt more at ease being photographed by Lynn, and she was allowed to visit harems and other places off-limits to men.

During their career, the Abercrombies created more than 150,000 images. They met at Stillwater High School. In 1956 he joined the National Geographic, and after 38 years of adventures, they retired to their home in Shady Side.

The exhibit will be on display until spring 2013.

Copies of the book will be for sale, and Lynn will be available to autograph them. For more information, call the museum at 410-867-4486, or visit www.captainaverymuseum.org. Corporate sponsors of the museum are BayVue Consulting Inc. and Greenstreet Gardens.

In other news, the museum is in need of adults to serve as docents. They would escort visitors through the museum from 1-4 p.m. Sundays and at special functions. On some occasions they would be dressed in costume typical of the 1860’s. Training will be provided.

The museum is the home of Capt. Salem Avery who worked the waters of the Chesapeake as a buy-boat captain in the late 19th century. He is typical of the watermen of that era whose history the Museum seeks to preserve.

For further information, please call museum Director Vicki Petersen at 410-867-4486.

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