William Donald Schaefer at the National Aquarium
(Maryland Historical Society)

William Donald Schaefer would have loved Maryland Day this year.

It's all about him!


A year after of his death, Maryland Historical Society will celebrate Schaefer's memory Thursday with a roast.

They'll also be showing off a few Schaefer artifacts including the famous striped swimsuit he wore for that dip at Baltimore's National Aquarium and the rubber ducky he brought along for the swim.

The roast will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and it could be worth every penny -- and not just to see the bathing suit.

The lineup of roasters includes political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher, who made a career of ruffling the feathers of the forrmer mayor goveror and comptroller. Also appearing are retired State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick, former Baltimore Sun reporter Barry Rascovar, Maryland Morning's Sheilah Kast, State Archivist Ed Papenfus, WYPR's Fraser Smith.

"It will not be overwhelming praise," says the Historical Society's Marc Apter. "There will be those that were thorns in his side as well as his long-time allies."

People will also be able to have a look at Schaefer's World War ll dog tags and his city council gavel.

Schaefer died last year at 89.

Maryland Day commemorates March 25, 1634, the day, settlers set foot in the state on what is now St. Clement's Island in St. Mary's County.

For reservations or more information visit www.mdhs.org or call contact 410-685-3750.