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Harry M. Walsh Waterfowling History & Artifacts

Easton High School Cafeteria

(Additional Waterfowling Artifacts Exhibits located at The Country School)

723 Mecklenburg Ave

Blue Bus Line

Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Learn about the evolution of waterfowling, from an economic necessity to the sport of today.

Some of these seldom seen treasures, on loan from private and museum collections, date back hundreds of years, and include decoys, guns, gunning boats, and countless related items. Many are priceless rarities offered up by collectors.

About Harry M. Walsh

Dr. Harry M. Walsh (1924-2009) was one of the people whose vision gave wings to the Waterfowl Festival and who served as its first president and chairman from 1971-1974. His book, “The Outlaw Gunner,” remains in print today and tells the tale of market gunners, hunting guides and outlaws who were engaged in an occupation unique to the Shore. It has been considered one of the most authoritative and comprehensive studies of its time on the art of waterfowling.

Dr. Walsh amassed a collection of decoys, waterfowling firearms, gunning accoutrements, and historic photographs of waterfowling over many years. In addition to displaying parts of his collection annually at the Waterfowl Festival, he gave or loaned these artifacts to various institutions in the region. Walsh’s collections can be seen in museums around the region, from he Chesapeake Maritime Museum to the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, and the Eastern Neck Island Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Be sure to stop by the Ward Foundation table to see the entries in the Sam Dyke Memorial “Old Bird” Antique Decoy Competition

Sponsored by the Delmarva Decoy Collectors Association

2023 Exhibitors

Bruce & Rose Baynard

Delmarva Decoy Club

Edward Bain Dean, Sr.

Phil & Beverly Ryser

Robert Jester

Rod & Gail Benjamin

Ron Lewicki

The Ward Foundation

Will Fran

The Country School Exhibitors

C. John Sullivan

Henry & Judy Stansbury

Ronnie & Kim Newcomb

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