The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 22, to celebrate the grand opening of the new and improved Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM) gift shop renamed “Past and Presents.” After three months of renovations, this new store highlights Calvert County’s rich history and culture, and features works made by local artists as well as historic keepsakes.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the unique items purchased from Past and Presents support education programs at the park and museum.

Visit the newly renovated gift shop Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pictured with the board in the front row from left are Calvert County Administrator Terry Shannon, Calvert County Deputy Administrator Wilson Parran, President of Friends of JPPM Bonnie Barrett, JPPM Acting Executive Director Rachelle Green, JPPM Public Services Provider Desi Smith and Secretary of Friends of JPPM Delores Hill Brown.

In the back row from left are JPPM incoming President Tuane Young, Friends of JPPM Director Autumn Phillips–Lewis and Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President Bob Carpenter.