Howard retires from Crisfield Heritage Foundation

CHF_HowardTim1_2016(CRISFIELD, MD – November 19, 2016) Crisfield Heritage Foundation Curator Tim Howard recently announced he is retiring at the end of 2016, with plans to continue serving as a speaker and contracted administrator of the local Road Scholar program the non-profit organization facilitates each spring and fall.

In Crisfield, CHF facilitates Road Scholar week-long adventures, including “Maritime Heritage in Crisfield, Maryland and the Chesapeake Islands,” and “Woodworking: Decoy Carving like the Old Masters.”

A Crisfield native, Howard joined CHF as a volunteer around 2004, sharing his love and knowledge of the area’s history as a walking tour guide for groups visiting the area. He officially joined the staff as Curator in 2007, where he has continued as the face of the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum and local Road Scholar program to many locals and guests alike.

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“I have very much enjoyed meeting people and introducing them to the area and our culture,” commented Howard. “What I’ve enjoyed most, however, is giving locals an opportunity for their heritage to be shared and appreciated by shining a light on their memories, and their stories. It’s like giving locals their fifteen minutes of fame, with recognition they truly deserve.”

Over the years, Howard has introduced thousands of guests to Crisfield, through his walking tours and curated exhibitions at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. To Howard, his most meaningful contributions include the 88 Photographs and the Alive & Dead Box exhibitions. Displayed in 2010, 88 Photographs showed professionally produced images of Crisfield during the 1938 crab pickers’ strike and the beginning of the Congress of Industrial Organization’s (CIO) collective bargaining agreement with local crab packers.

“The journey of the original negatives from Crisfield to the West Coast and back over a 50-60 year period is nearly as interesting as the story the images tell,” commented Howard.

Opening in 2011, the Alive & Dead Box exhibition displayed photographs taken over a lifetime by Gordon’s Confectionery owner Kenny Evans. Patron’s photographs were stored in a cigar box but as the box could no longer contain all the photos, a second box was commissioned to hold those photos of individuals who had passed away.

“The Alive & Dead Box exhibition brought so many new faces to the museum—many who may have thought they weren’t interested in museums. To have more than 150 people contribute and attend—many stepping foot in a museum for the first time—has been a highlight of my career.”

Howard has deep roots in Crisfield, with his family involved in the seafood business for many years.

“Tim’s work with the Foundation comes out of his love of history and the area,” said CHF Chair Jay Tawes. “Over the years, he has stepped in to cover many roles beyond Curator, and with his even-keeled manor and knowledge, has done a great job. His heart is in the museum, and we are extremely grateful for his years of service, and the opportunity to continue working with him.”

Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Salisbury University and plans to continue being a lifelong learner and participating in the Foundation’s Road Scholar program.

Road Scholar was founded in 1975 as Elderhostel, with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover, and travel. A not-for-profit education organization, Road Scholar has guided generations of knowledge seekers on transformative learning adventures from Greenland to Cuba and nearly every locale in between. Elderhostel was rebranded Road Scholar in 2010 to reflect the growth and evolution of the organization and of the legions of loyal lifelong learners who rely on its programs for an in-depth study of the world. More information is at roadscholar.org.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum & Gift Shop, Ward Brothers Workshop, J. Millard Tawes Library, Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, and the Crisfield Customs House.

The second floor, waterfront Chesapeake Room at CHF’s Tawes Museum is now available for private rentals, with more information at 410-968-2501.

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Tim Howard recently announced he will be retiring at the end of the year as Curator of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, where he has worked furthering a mission of preserving the heritage of Crisfield and its surroundings since 2004. Howard plans to stay on as a speaker and contracted administrator of the local Road Scholar program the organization facilitates each spring and fall. The non-profit organization operates and supports the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, Ward Workshop, Crisfield’s Customs House, Oyster Reef Gift Shop, and the Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary.

Foundation hosts dinner for UMES students

(CRISFIELD, MD – October 1, 2016) On Friday, September 23, Board members and volunteers from the Crisfield Heritage Foundation hosted a waterfront cookout for University of Maryland Eastern Shore students who spent the following weekend rehabilitating, documenting, and mapping the Nelson graveyard plot and homestead in Hopewell, Md.

The Nelson homestead was designated one of Maryland’s top 10 endangered historic sites by Preservation Maryland in 2014. The graveyard rehabilitation project is part of an effort to preserve the physical and historic integrity of the Nelson plot.

Among others, The Crisfield Project Story’s historian and local storyteller Joe Paden spoke to students about Somerset County history and the families associated with the homestead. The event took place at Somers Cove Marina’s pavilion nearest the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md.

In addition to the reception, UMES students stayed the weekend at Janes Island State Park and worked at the homestead clearing brush and grounds, cleaning and repositioning fallen headstones, and painting the wrought iron fencing.

Partnering on the project were the UMES’s Office of Engagement and Lifelong Learning, the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, and The Crisfield Story Project.

The Nelson homestead was designated one of Maryland’s top 10 endangered historic sites by Preservation Maryland in 2014. The graveyard rehabilitation project is part of an effort to preserve the physical and historic integrity of the Nelson plot.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. CHF’s entities include the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum, the Ward Workshop, and the Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, among others. For more information about CHF, call 410-968-2501 or visit www.crisfieldheritage.org.

 

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UMES students working on Hopewell’s Nelson homestead and graveyard rehabilitation this past September 24 and 25 attended a waterfront cookout on Friday, September 23, hosted by volunteers and Board members of the Crisfield Heritage Foundation. At the reception, stories about Somerset County history and the families associated with the homestead were shared by a number of speakers, including The Crisfield Project Story’s historian Joe Paden. Partnering on the project were the UMES’s Office of Engagement and Lifelong Learning, the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, and The Crisfield Story Project. The event took place at Somers Cove Marina’s pavilion nearest the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md.

 

Crab & Oyster Feast set at Crisfield’s Tawes Museum for October 1

(CRISFIELD, MD – September 2, 2016) On Saturday October 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Crisfield Heritage Foundation is hosting a “Pick & Shuck” crab and oyster feast on the waterfront lawn of the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md.

Along with live music, guests will enjoy steamed local crabs, shucked oysters, beer, wine, and other foods and drinks. Volunteers from the Crisfield Police Department will be grilling oysters for the waterfront event, which also features a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, including a Smith Island Cake.

“You pick, and we’ll shuck,” commented CHF Board member and event chair Mary Ann Peterman. “All you need to bring is your own mallet and crab knife to this important fundraiser.”

Tickets are limited to the first 100 people, with all proceeds benefiting the Foundation and its entities, including the Tawes Museum, Ward Workshop, and Cedar Island Marsh Sanctuary, among others. Local businesses are supporting the fundraiser through generous in-kind and cash donations, and will be acknowledged at the event.

Tickets are $40 per person, and include live music and a menu featuring raw and roasted oysters on the half shell, steamed crabs, corn on the cob, hot dogs, beer, wine, soda, and water. In the event of rain, the crab and oyster feast will be moved under the large pavilion at Somers Cove Marina.

Tickets can be purchased at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. during business hours, or by contacting Event Chair Mary Ann Peterman at 443-783-3619.

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s mission is to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs; to educate the public concerning this heritage; and to serve as the central hub around which tourism in the Crisfield area revolves. For more information about CHF, call 410-968-2501.

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The Crisfield Heritage Foundation is hosting a “Pick & Shuck” crab and oyster feast on Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The fundraising event takes place on the waterfront lawn of the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. with tickets limited to the first 100 people. Tickets are $40 and include live music and a menu featuring raw and roasted oysters on the half shell, steamed crabs, corn on the cob, hot dogs, beer, wine, soda, and water. In the event of rain, the crab and oyster feast will be moved under the large pavilion at Somers Cove Marina. For tickets and more information, contact Event Chair Mary Ann Peterman at 443-783-3619.