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MINI-GRANT SPOTLIGHT


New Exhibits Coming to Taylor House Museum

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area is pleased to announce that there were six recipients of our annual mini-grant program. These mini grants are given to promote heritage tourism and community involvement on local cultural heritage projects on the lower shore. This month’s feature is the Berlin Heritage Foundation (Taylor House Museum).

The Taylor House has been awarded funds to create two new exhibits for the Reverend Dr. Charles Albert Tindley and Briddletown. The Taylor House Museum will be researching, creating, and installing these two exhibits to amplify the stories from the African American communities in Berlin. The first will be about Briddletown, which refers to the east end area of Flower Street that was established in 1866 by free blacks and formerly enslaved people who settled there in the years following the Civil War.

The second exhibit will revolve around the history of Reverend Dr. Charles Albert Tindley, an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer who was born in Berlin, MD and whose composition "I'll Overcome Someday" is credited as the basis for the U.S. Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." You can find out more about the Taylor House Museum and this exciting project here.

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The Beach to Bay Heritage Area
This video shares a bit about our Beach to Bay Heritage Area. "This is our way. A trove of ancient paths and trails. Cultural traditions and stories of the people who shaped this place from the past to the present and from the beach to the bay." The video was funded by the Humphreys Foundation and produced by Unscene Productions.

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Help us to 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 new African American Heritage Tourism products, including more interpretive signs at key sites, murals, and public art – and tying it all together through our app with a self-guided driving tour experience.

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. Join Beach to Bay Heritage Area.

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GRANTS

EDA Grants Available to Maryland’s Travel & Tourism Industry 

As part of the federal American Rescue Plan, $9.6 million has been made available to support the Maryland tourism industry through the plan’s Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program. The funding, which originates from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA), is available through OTD and the Maryland Department of Commerce through grants aimed at places where the travel, tourism, and outdoor recreation industries were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about the funding including funding eligibility and to apply, follow this link to OTD’s industry page. This grant has a rolling deadline (applications will be reviewed monthly).

MARYLAND TRAVEL & TOURISM GRANTS

Deadline is March 15 for Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program  

The Maryland Historical Trust's FY2022 Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program round is now open! The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program promotes the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Eligible properties are limited to those listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A total of $600,000 is available for grants each year. Only online applications are accepted. To apply or view grant documents, or for more information, visit their website. Deadline is March 15.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION CAPITAL GRANT PROGRAM
NEWS



Chesapeake Country All-American Road Interpretive Planning Process to Begin in March
  

Federal Highway Administration officials announced last February that the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway was designated an All-American Road. The 417-mile Chesapeake Country All-American Road links together the region’s most unique resources and provides travelers with the opportunity to learn about the area's rich history and culture while gaining appreciation for the traditions and working life of our local watermen, farmers, fishermen, artisans and merchants.

The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway Alliance was awarded funding last year to develop an interpretive plan to provide the group with the tools to position the Byway as a gateway to the region and improve local capacity to interpret and showcase its unique history and culture.

An interpretive plan was seen as a priority project essential for strengthening the Byway’s identity and improving the visitor’s experience. The Byway Alliance has hired Conservation by Design, a consulting firm who has experience here on the shore, to create an interpretive Plan for the entire byway. The consultants will begin next month with site visits to familiarize themselves with all sites as well as a review of all existing relevant plans and to enlist community engagement as much as possible.

Additional site visits will take place this summer, with a draft of the interpretive plan to be completed in July. With continued stakeholder engagement, the final draft of the interpretive plan should be completed by November of this year.

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area has four key sites along the Byway, including Pemberton Historical Park, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Smith Island, and the Delmarva Discovery Center.

Our hope is to develop themes that highlight important people, places and events in our region and develop strategies for strengthening authenticity and continuity. Strategies include enhancement of existing interpretive sites, interpretive programming, and creating new interpretive sites.  

To learn more or to be included in the interpretive planning process email Lisa Challenger at info@beachesbayswaterways.org.


Maryland Coastal Bays Program Education Coordinator Receives Award    

At this year's MAEOE (Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education) conference, MCBP's Education Coordinator, Liz Wist, was honored with the Robert Finton Outdoor Educator of the Year award! This distinguished award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership and innovation in environmental and outdoor education, and Liz is incredibly deserving of this award. Liz is also a board member of the Beach to Bay Heritage Area and we are so happy to share this good news! Congratulations, Liz!
EVENTS

Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend

Ocean City Film Festival
March 3-6
Watch 100+ independent films from all over the world. Featuring in-person screenings in local theaters and special events all weekend long. Plus, virtual access to the film catalog available exclusively to all-access passholders.

Exhibit: Delmarva: People, Place and Time 
Ongoing
This online exhibit presents an introduction to the region and showcases a small sampling of the archival and artifact collections that are stored on-site and are accessible for students, staff faculty, and members of the community for their research. Brought to you by the Nabb Research Center at Salisbury University.

Exhibit: "Another View" From Patrick Henry
January 28-May 15
Local painter, Patrick Henry, has gained a reputation as one of the Shore’s most influential artists. For decades, his snapshots of life on Delmarva; seascapes, landscapes, local attractions from the boardwalk and small-town living, have been highly sought after by both local fans and collectors from all over the world. But from the events of 2020, a shift in perspective and a new body of work evolved. This exhibit focuses on the generational history of black families and their communities on the lower Eastern Shore. Using archived black and white photographs as reference, the paintings will be translated through the style and use of color that has come to define Henry’s work. At the Ward Museum.

Exhibit: Unmentionable: The Indiscreet Story of Artifacts
January 31-June 5
“Unmentionable” explores some of the unusual, scandalous, disturbing, awful, discriminatory, uncomfortable and surprising artifacts in the Nabb Research Center’s collection. Artifacts can help tell the history of a community, but that story is not always a pleasant one. Conversely, some artifacts are just downright gross, uncomfortable or controversial, and they are rarely, if ever, displayed because of that. At the Guerrieri Academic Commons’ G. Ray Thompson Gallery at Salisbury University.

Delmarva Heritage Festival
March 26-27 
Join the Delmarva Discovery Museum as they welcome well-known carvers, painters, and authors from all over the Eastern Shore who will share their work and their stories. 

Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 20-25
The 26th 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. For a full list of adventures and registration visit here.
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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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