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Beach to Bay Annual Meeting is October 28 

The BBHA Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 28 at the Henson Center on the Campus of UMES from 11:30am to 1pm. Our featured speaker is widely acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author, Kate Clifford Larson. She’ll be discussing her book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.  Reserve a seat or a table.

Seeking Partners for Cultural Tourism Project

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area is looking for partners in our African American communities here on the lower shore to help guide the research and placement of additional interpretive markers at historically significant sites of African American heritage. Sites already included in our interpretive sign placement include:

  • The Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center 
  • Germantown School Community Heritage Center
  • Sturgis One Room School Museum
  • Reverend Dr. Charles Albert Tindley
  • The Henry Hotel
  • San Domingo School and Community Cultural Center
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • St. James Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Samuel Robert Bowen Boulevard
  • Briddletown 

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area received a grant from Rural Maryland Council to create new interpretive markers and tie all sites on the lower shore into a self-guided driving trail using both a brochure and Beach to Bay app.  

Interested in being part of these projects? Email us at


Worcester County Museums Launch First Annual History Week

The Worcester County Museums Consortium is hosting the first annual Worcester County History Week from October 10-16. Events include a week-long photography competition, museum tours and lots of special events, including:

Homecoming Harvest
October 10. Celebrating the past, present and future generations of families in Berlin. Calvin B. Taylor Museum, Berlin.

Storytelling with Cheryl Doughty of the Pocomoke Indian Nation
October 13. Learn about the indigenous roots in Worcester County through storytelling. Delmarva Discovery Museum, Pocomoke City.

Harbor Day at the Docks
October 16. A waterfront festival celebrating our rich maritime heritage. West Ocean City Commercial Harbor. 

Moondance at Rackliffe
October 16. Dancing and libations under the night sky at Rackliffe Plantation, Berlin.

Fiberfest! Traditional Arts & History Festival
October 16. Discover local traditional arts, history and culture. Julia Purnell Museum, Snow Hill. 

For more information and additional events, visit the Worcester County History Week Facebook page.
Mini-Grants Program Opens Oct. 1

It’s that time of year again! We’re opening our mini-grants program on October 1. The mini-grant program is designed to further the Beach to Bay Heritage Area mission by providing grant funding to non-profit organizations, heritage sites and local jurisdictions within the heritage area covering Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. Funding can be used for small, non-capital grant projects to develop innovative heritage tourism related services, exhibits, tours, signage, etc. These projects shine a spotlight on heritage tourism and our scenic byways. They also foster collaborative partnerships, both of which help BBHA achieve goals set forth in the State, County and city Heritage Area Certified Management Plan.

Learn about Crisfield at the Tawes Museum

The Tawes Museum highlights the heritage of Crisfield and surrounding areas. The museum shares the story of Chesapeake life starting with the first humans to inhabit the area to the era of when Crisfield was the seafood capital of the world.  
A Refresher on Additional Grant Opportunities 

There are multiple grant programs that fall under the Maryland Historical Trust:

African American Heritage Preservation Program
The African American Heritage Preservation Program provides grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). The program disburses $1,000,000 for grants per year with grant request amounts between $10k-$100k. Applications for the AAHPP are typically available in early April and due July 1, with decisions made by December every year. The property does not need to be historic and is not required to be eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If the property is individually listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, a term preservation easement on the property must be conveyed to MHT. Please review the program's Grant Guidelines for more information. 

Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program
The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program is an extremely competitive grant program that focuses on urgent, historic preservation projects which protect historic architectural features, and that demonstrate a strong public benefit and educational component. Eligible applicants include nonprofits, local governments, business entities, and individuals. All applicants, except for nonprofit organizations, are required to provide match, either cash, in-kind or a combination (same for AAHPP).  I recommend reading through our Grant Guidelines for more information on the grant program's requirements. 

Structures used for religious purposes are generally eligible for assistance only for exterior and structural work (same for AAHPP). Spaces used primarily for religious / worship purposes or elements bearing religious imagery are not eligible for funding. 

The next grant round for HP Cap launches this Fall with the start of webinars and workshops. The application goes live on their website in February 2022. Grants are available between $10k-$100k (there is only $600k to award per grant round). Please know, if your project were to be awarded a Historic Preservation Capital Grant it would require conveying an easement to MHT and grant funds wouldn't be available until at least the fall of 2022, at the earliest. 

The first requirement of the HP Capital grant program is that the historic property needs to be either eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our National Register Specialist makes that determination. Please send me a few photos of the interior to include in my email to our Specialist, which will help him make a determination.

Maryland Historic Revitalization Tax Credit
The Maryland Historic Revitalization Tax Credit program (Contact: Bonnie Baden, ) and our Loan Program for Capital Projects (Contact: ). Both programs may provide more immediate financial assistance to your project. MHT also has other grant programs, which you can learn about here

Oliver "Tuts" Lawson

Exhibit: Delmarva: People, Place, and Time, Salisbury University
This self-guided exhibit highlights various aspects of Delmarva history, including Native Americans and early settlers, agriculture and water, military contributions, and an early 19th century home. At Guerrieri Academic Commons, Niemann Gallery. Open During GAC hours.

Chesapeake Ghost Tours 
Prepare to be intrigued on one of these spooky nighttime ghost walks. Multiple locations make it easy to catch one near you. Walks are usually one-and-a-half to two hours long and take place throughout the summer and fall. Join guides in Crisfield, Berlin, Salisbury, Ocean City, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne and Snow Hill for some fun storytelling and quirky events from a large collection of historic properties.

Oliver “Tuts” Lawson: A Retrospective
September 24 – January 23
Featuring pieces that tell the story of a living legend among decoy carvers. From his days as a teenager carving birds using strawberry baskets found while working at a grocery store in Crisfield, MD, to eclectic commissions and the many masterful birds made over a lifetime of dedication to craft, this exhibit in the LaMay Gallery is rich with beautiful work and a unique history rooted in local cultural tradition. Ward Museum, Salisbury. 

Good Beer Festival
October 8-9
Unlimited tastings of American craft brews. Pemberton Park, Salisbury.

Downtown Pocomoke's Fall Festival
October 9
Fall family fun with costume contests, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more. Downtown Pocomoke.

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Help preserve, protect, and promote the Lower Eastern Shore's cultural traditions, historic sites, and natural landscapes by becoming a member of the Beach to Bay Heritage Area! Stay connected to our exciting projects and programs, learn about funding opportunities and ways to get involved.

We are partnering with the Rural Maryland Council to create online virtual tours of our historic sites, attractions and museums in order to encourage folks to get back to visiting when the time is right.

We are partners with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to encourage and enable all of our heritage area stakeholders here on the shore to apply for capital improvement projects, whether it is façade improvements, building a new exhibit or creating handicap accessibility.


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