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Berlin Heritage Foundation receives mini-grant for oral histories

The Berlin Heritage Foundation / Calvin B Taylor House Museum is creating an archive of local oral histories through audio and video recording of people's stories related to their life and experiences living in Berlin. From these oral histories the museum curator will identify areas for future exhibits. The curator will also look for connections between existing artifacts in the collection and experiences shared in these oral histories. The second phase of the project will consist of creating interactive exhibits allowing visitors to interact with the oral history recordings at various displays throughout the museum. 

The project will start October of 2021. The museum is hosting an event called Berlin Homecoming Harvest on October 10. During this event, which is focused on telling the historical stories of the Berlin community, the museum staff will be collecting oral histories in recording stations. Community members will be recorded sharing their experiences of living in Berlin. This will allow the museum to archive a cross section of the diverse residents of the Berlin area.

The project will build collaborative heritage partnerships with a variety of communities in Berlin and specifically with the Germantown School Community Center. That partnership will enable both the Taylor House Museum and the Germantown School Community Center to ensure a more inclusive history telling of the diverse communities of Berlin.


Chesapeake Country becomes All-American Road

We are proud to say Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway has been elevated to All-American Road status!

Federal Highway Administration announced on February 16, 49 new designations to the America's Byways collection, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states. 

We are celebrating the designation of the Chesapeake Country All-American Road, a more than 400-mile route from Chesapeake City to Smith Island (pictured above), with side routes continuing onto many key places of interest throughout the shore.

The inclusion of the Chesapeake Country All-American Road in the National Scenic Byways network will open new doors for federal funding that can help our communities preserve, showcase and monetize our historic, cultural, natural, recreational and tourism resources. 

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Thanks to these new members for their support!
Geraldine Bell
Russ Blake
Carolyn Fitzgerald
Anne Gee
Emril Getcher
Kimberly Linton
Mona Margarita 
Stacey Pixley
Mary Raley
James Rosenberger
Carrie Samis
Clarissa Shoen
Clinton Sterling
Kristin Sullivan
Cheryl Vincent
Liz Wist
Dee Dee Wood
Weston Young
Ocean City Development Corp
Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum
Princess Anne Main Street 
Ward Museum
Wilson Realty - Cynthia Stevens
Lee Whaley Associates

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Skipjack Heritage Museum
If you’ve thought about a trip to Deal Island, this virtual tour of the Skipjack Heritage Museum is really going to make you want to go! In this new museum located in Chance, you'll find skipjack models, boat models, boat builder tools, historic photos, anchors, dredges, and more. Thanks to the Rural Maryland Council for helping make the video possible. 
Grants available for properties important to African American history and culture in Maryland

The Maryland Commission on African American Heritage and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust are hosting webinars for prospective applicants for the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP). Grants are competitively awarded for construction projects on properties important to African American history and culture in Maryland. Learn more about the program at their website.

Applications will be available April 1, 2021 on MHT's website and will be due July 1, 2021.

They will host three workshops – two general program overview sessions and one proposal-writing 101 session. Webinars are free and open to the public. 

- Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 10-11:30am: General Overview
- Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 1:30-3pm: General Overview
- Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 1:30-3pm: Proposal-Writing 101

Visit the AAHPP website to register for a webinar. Access links will be emailed to registrants the day before each session.

For more information, contact Dr. Charlotte Lake at or Director Chanel Compton at

Birders explore Nassawango Creek during the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend.

Exhibit: Signs of Spring in the Welcome Gallery, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
Now-June 6
Visit this spring to view a range of vibrant works of art and learn about the beautiful migratory birds that will visit us this season, and resident birds about to show off.

Downtown Pocomoke Spring Festival
March 27
Kids get ready to meet the Easter bunny with photo ops, and bring your baskets for the Easter Egg Loop. Antique car show, sidewalk vendors and lots of space to stay safe. 10am-2pm.

Explore the Estuary: An Adult Learning Series with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program
This education series offers the unique opportunity for adults (+18 years old) to continue to broaden their knowledge of the Maryland Coastal Bays watershed. The four themed programs will provide an in-depth look into the natural world and conservation issues in the Coastal Bays. Each program is a hybrid, with a webinar component and a field experience. The webinars will feature a talk with an expert in the field. The field experiences will be led by MCBP staff and held locally around the Coastal Bays watershed. It is not required to attend the webinar in order to sign up for the field experience.
The four programs will be offered in April, June, September, and October, respectively.
Program 1: Restoration in the Coastal Bays
Program 2: Wings on the Water: A closer look at our coastal birds
Program 3: Biological Monitoring: Fish, oysters, grasses, and more
Program 4: Watershed Forests
For more information on these programs, contact Education Coordinator, Liz Wist,

Spring Celebration
April 3
Enjoy a safe Easter Egg hunt in downtown Berlin and visits with the Easter Bunny starting at 10am at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling and continuing along the Main Street Bunny Trail until 4pm. For Bunny Meet and Greet locations and times, see the Bunny Trail Map printed in the Bayside Gazette and OC Today newspapers on April 1 and 2 or in participating downtown Berlin businesses. Look for plastic egg recycling bins around town to deposit empty eggs. Wear your homemade Easter Bonnets and take a selfie at the Berlin Spring Celebration of Hope Selfie Display at Artisans Green, next to House and Health Freedom. All CDC guidelines still in place. Practice physical distancing and mask up. 

25th Annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 21-25
The 25th annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the amazing warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors that visit and live here on the peninsula. Since 1995, the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend has combined boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions on foot when migrating birds are arriving and passing through the peninsula for nesting season. The Delmarva region possesses an extensive variety of environments, including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval forests. Late April is a great time to explore the shore to tally late-leaving winter species and newly arrived migrants. All trips are guided, so novice birders are welcome!

Virtually Modified Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 23-25
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Ward World Championship will be hybrid event with virtual demonstrations, talks, celebrations, and a week-long Benefit Auction – as well in-person judging of limited categories.  Entries into the judged portion of competition will only be accepted via mail and drop-off (during the Museum’s hours of operation) and must be received at the Ward Museum by April 19. Entries will NOT be accepted during the Ward World Championship weekend. If you are dropping off your carving(s) at the Museum, Treetops is not registering the carvings only accepting carvings in a box with the completed paperwork and payment inside.  Judging may be viewed live online on Facebook. See rules and registration for more competition details. Online virtual programming schedule to be announced.
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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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