Courtney Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, will be at the Oakland B&O Museum on Tuesday August 26th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm to talk about the John Work Garrett era of the B&O and the Deer Park & Oakland Hotels as part of the museum's Speaker Series.
Mr. Wilson holds two Master's Degrees in American History with specialized post-graduate work in American decorative arts, design and museum administration. He served with the National Park Service until his departure in 1983 to begin a career in the field of antiques. A lifelong student of furniture and decorative arts he specialized in American military material culture, arms and armor as well as political and patriotic Americana. Mr. Wilson was the president of a private museum consulting, exhibit design and object conservation firm completing hundreds of contracts for national, state and local institutions. In 1997, he joined the staff of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland as chief curator. In 2000 he was selected to be Executive Director of the institution, a position he holds today. In addition to his museum duties, Mr. Wilson continues to work in his field of expertise doing appraisals and consulting work for numerous museums, private clients and the auction houses of Christie's, Sotheby's and is on the firearms staff for James D. Julia's Auctions in Maine.
He serves the Baltimore community as a board member of several non-profit institutions and consortia and has been a member of the Mayor's Commission on Culture and Tourism, a trustee of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the president of the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. He is the only two time winner of the Academy Award for Tourism & Attractions Professional of the Year (2004 and 2007). He has written numerous articles and two books on history and heritage related subjects and is the winner of three Telly awards for educational video programming.
Reservations are $25 per person and seating is limited. The cost includes appetizers and desserts.
Reservations can be made by calling Michelle Ross (301-334-2691) or Terry Helbig (301-616-0661).