Welcome to the new home of a worldwide collection of beachcombed items from around the globe. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, originally founded as The Sea Glass Center, dedicated to education about worldwide shoreline finds and increasing awareness about eroding coastlines and marine debris.
We are planning to open a permanent space in which to exhibit a curated global beachcombed collection in Summer 2021 on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, close to the Eastern Shore Sea Glass Festival, the largest annual national ocean arts festival, which takes place at the historic Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in beautiful St. Michaels, Maryland, drawing over 10,000 enthusiastic beachcombers annually to the area, as well as the nearby Tilghman Watermen's Museum and many other area coastal attractions.
Our fundraising is focused on raising money for several major efforts: interior and exterior renovations, furniture, flooring, paint, signage, desk, point of sale equipment, storage supply, shop inventory, display/exhibit cases and educational interpretive materials for the collection of beachcombed finds from around the world. At this time we are also working with the Outer Banks Beachcombing Museum to feature an exhibit from the historic collection of Nellie Myrtle Pridgen, a lifelong beachcomber whose finds tell many stories.
We would love to have you join us in our efforts to offer access to an ever-growing one-of-a-kind world-class beachcombing collection, educational and craft workshops, and beachcombing events at the center. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation. We appreciate any and all support and are grateful for your efforts to spread the word about our important mission to preserve a world-class collection of international finds and promote awareness about coastal erosion and marine debris. Hope to see you soon on the Chesapeake Bay!
Note: Although our intial fundraising effort ended successfully and secured our startup funds for the museum project, we are now raising funds for the renovation and ongoing expenses of the historic ("Beach Bank") building and are grateful for your donation!
Meet Our Board:
About Our Executive Director
Mary McCarthy serves as Vice President of the North American Sea Glass Association where she is also Education Chair. A bestselling author and lifelong journalist, she has lectured, done educational exhibits/sea glass identification/contest judging at sea glass/beachcombing conferences internationally and coast to coast. Mary is a mother of four, beachcomber, kayaker, surfer, and candlemaker for her business whenslowtide.com at new Beach Bank building that benefits The Beachcombing Center.
About Our Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors includes Kim Hannon, President of the St. Michaels Business Association, President of the North American Sea Glass Association, and owner of Ophiuroidea; Richard LaMotte, founder of the North American Sea Glass Association and author of Pure Sea Glass, Kirsti Scott, Publisher of Beachcombing magazine, North American Sea Glass Association board member, and owner of Etched by the Sea; and Danielle Perreault, Owner of The Deep Blue, Inc. in Kennebunk, Maine, and Co-Founder of The Sea Glass Center, Inc. with Aimee Thorman.