National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows NEA National Heritage Fellows to be Honored in Washington, DC September 18 & 20, 2019

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation is PROUD to share this recognition of Rich Smoker with our followers:
It is with great humility that I share this great news with friends and family. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support over the years. 
I especially want to thank Chad Buterbaugh (MD Traditional Arts & MD State Arts Council), the Ward Foundation of Wildfowl Arts and The National Endowments of the Arts for the opportunities I have been provided.

Please visit the NEA website for the official announcement and information on all the talented and dedicated artists being awarded this year.

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2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows: (clockwise from top left) Dan Ansotegui (photo by Gregg Mizuta), Grant Bulltail (photo by Gary Wortman, EveryMan Productions LLC), Bob Fulcher (photo by Sarah Terpstra Hanson), Linda Goss (photo by Edwin Remsberg), James F. Jackson (photo by Adam Jahiel), Las Tesoros de San Antonio—(l-r) Blanquita “Blanca Rosa” Rodríguez and Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas (photo courtesy of Esperanza Peace & Justice Center), Rich Smoker (photo by Edwin Remsberg), Josephine Lobato (photo by Carol S. Dass), and Balla Kouyaté (photo by Brendan Mercure Photography).
June 18, 2019
Washington, DC—Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano singing, Basque music, and balafon playing; Spanish colcha embroidery, decoy carving, and leatherworking, as well as storytelling. Each fellowship includes an award of $25,000 and the recipients will be honored at two public events on September 18 and 20, 2019 in Washington, DC.
The 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:
Dan Ansotegui, Basque musician and tradition bearer from Boise, Idaho
Grant Bulltail, Crow storyteller from Crow Agency, Montana
Linda Goss, African-American storyteller from Baltimore, Maryland
James F. Jackson, leatherworker from Sheridan, Wyoming
Balla Kouyaté, balafon player and djeli from Medford, Massachusetts
Josephine Lobato, Spanish colcha embroiderer from Westminster, Colorado
Rich Smoker, decoy carver from Marion Station, Maryland
Las Tesoros de San Antonio—Beatriz (La Paloma del Norte) Llamas and Blanquita (Blanca Rosa) Rodríguez, Tejano singers from San Antonio, Texas
Bob Fulcher, folklorist and state park manager from Clinton, Tennessee
Fulcher is the recipient of the 2019 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship in recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.”
2019 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Events

The National Endowment for the Arts will collaborate with the National Council for the Traditional Arts on two events in celebration of the National Heritage Fellows, both of which are free and open to the public to attend:
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F Street NW in Washington, DC on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov. More concert details and ticket information will be available later this summer.
About the NEA National Heritage Fellowships

The National Heritage Fellowships are:
(1 )the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts – and –
(2)recognize the recipients’ artistic excellence and support their continuing contributions to the country’s traditional arts heritage.
Including the 2019 class, the Arts Endowment has awarded 440 NEA National Heritage Fellowships, recognizing artists working in more than 200 distinct art forms, including bluesman B.B. King, Cajun fiddler and composer Michael Doucet, sweetgrass basketweaver Mary Jackson, cowboy poet Wally McRae, Kathak dancer and choreographer Chitresh Das, and gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples. More information about the NEA National Heritage Fellows is available on the NEA’s website.
Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public, often by members of their own communities, and then judged by a panel of experts in the folk and traditional arts.
The panel’s recommendations are reviewed by the National Council on the Arts, which sends its recommendations to the Arts Endowment chairman, who makes the final decision.
The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2020 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows is July 30, 2019. Visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for more information and to submit a nomination.
About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
Visit arts.gov to learn more.

What IS There To Do in Crisfield ???

2019 Arts & Entertainment District Calendar Highlighted events – 

2nd Annual Marina Mac Fest,June 29 – 4 pm to 7 pm – Somers Cove Marina Charlie “Mac” McClenahan was a former mayor of Crisfield, state delegate, founding member of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce and the Somers Cove Yacht Club. We are hosting a celebration featuring Front Page News, vendors and food!

J. Millard Tawes Crab & Clam Bake July 17 – Somers Cove Marina
The J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake is a Maryland must-attend, see-and-be-seen political institution, equal parts seafood and schmooze.
The annual celebration is named in honor of Crisfield native, J. Millard Tawes, the 54th Governor of the State of Maryland. 
It is described in Frommers Travel Guides as “an outdoor all-you-can-eat affair featuring crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, and watermelon, and in election years, lots of politicians.”​Sponsored by the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce. More information here.

Dust & Bones ConcertJuly 20 – Somers Cove Marina
4th Saturday Bay StrollJuly 27 – 4 pm to 7 pmArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.4th Saturday Bay StrollAugust 24 – 4 to 7 pm – City DockArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.

National Hard Crab DerbyAug 26 – Aug 31 – Labor Day Week – Somers Cove MarinaCrisfield’s National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event. The unique crab themed festival features crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, arts and crafts, vendors, live entertainment, beauty pageants, a parade, fireworks and more.Sponsored by the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce
For a detailed schedule see nationalhardcrabderby.com

Shakespeake’s Measure for Measure Sept. 13 – Somers Cove Marina – FREE 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Brown Box Theatre Project’s 9th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare Tour, Measure for Measure will be performed under the stars in idyllic outdoor venues All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Measure for Measure It is performed outdoors and seating is on the lawn. For your comfort, feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For more information, including weather updates and rain locations, please visit the Brown Box website.

A Taste of Smith IslandSept. 14 – Smith Island Cultural CenterFor the cost of $55, guests receive transportation from Crisfield to Smith Island and back via the Chelsea Lane Tyler, and a menu consisting of Smith Island favorites, including the cake of course! The boat departs Crisfield at 3 pm. Proceeds benefit the Smith Island Cultural Center. To purchase tickets, call 410-425-3351. Sponsored by The Crisfield & Smith Island Cultural Alliance
4th Saturday Bay StrollSept. 28 – 4 to 7 pm – City DockArtists & vendors, save your space! Register for free here.  

Halloween Parade & PartyOct 26 – 12 pm – FREEMeet at City Hall parking lot, 319 W Main Street at noon for the paradeThen walk to Somers Cove Marina, 715 Broadway for the party & trunk or treat. 

4th Saturday Bay Stroll Eat Drink & Be ScaryOct. 26 – 4 to 7 pm – Location TBDCome in costume to compete for a first-place prize for both children and adults.  

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at Tawes MuseumDec 7, 2019 through Jan 18, 2020 – 3 9th St, Crisfield, MD 21817 The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. Save the date! More information coming soon at crisfieldheritage.org

Amazon Shopping Helps Local Non-Profit

DID YOU KNOW ….. that when you shop on Amazon, and use their Smiles app – 
YOU CAN HAVE PART OF YOUR MONEY GO TO THE CRISFIELD HERITAGE FOUNDATION?????? 
Isn’t that exciting?? Yes, Yes it is.

Just sign in and designate the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, and start shopping.
Valentine’s Day is a good time to start, but you can help each and every time you shop on Amazon.Please go to Amazon Smiles and add us in. Thank you.

GO TO THIS LINK TO CHOOSE THE DEVICE YOU SHOP ON:
http://bit.ly/Shop4HeritageFoundation

There is Excitement in the Air Here at the Museum

The atmosphere is really vibrating with excitement, as our Decoy Carving course is preparing for the kickoff on Sunday afternoon !
We have 9 attendees registered, and are so excited to Welcome each and every one from as close as Crisfield, to as far away as Anchorage, Alaska !
Very exciting week coming up, as our Master Carver, Rich Smoker has planned a carving project that, in 27 years – he has NEVER taught before. This group is eager to see what it is and get started.

Check back during the week, and I will post photos every day.
See you here on the Blog !!
Mary

Decoy Carving Workshop

BY REQUEST: Pricing Reduced for LOCALS who want to create a decoy in the way of the Old Masters who lived and carved right here in Crisfield

FOR LOCAL who will not be staying overnight, or having meals during this workshop – Pricing HAS BEEN REDUCED so you also will be able to drop in to learn this locally admired craft, from one of the premier Master Carvers – World Champion Rich Smoker !
For immediate information on registering and for pricing, so you can experience learning how to create your decoy in this workshop session.-
contact: marymazzullo@gmail.com

Battles of the Bay opens at Tawes Museum May 20

CHF_BattlesoftheBayMay20(CRISFIELD, MD – May 1, 2017) On Saturday, May 20, Crisfield Heritage Foundation members and the public are invited to the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. to celebrate CHF’s 40th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit entitled Battles of the Bay. Through a collection of maps, illustrations, and stories, the special exhibit shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay conflicts and their connection to the Crisfield area, including a 1635 naval battle on the Pocomoke Sound, Chesapeake pirates, and local conflicts in the Oyster Wars, among others.

Local historian Joe Paden is curating Battles of the Bay, and will share stories of the heroes and villains of the exhibit with guided tours during the May 20 opening. These guided tours are free, with space limited, and will be offered on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m., with sign-ups taken the day of the event at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop, located in the Tawes Museum.

At 4:00 p.m., CHF members and guests are invited to the waterfront lawn of the Tawes Museum for live music and light refreshments, with the reception generously sponsored by Tawes Insurance and the Pizza Shoppe in Crisfield. A 50/50 raffle will take place at the reception, with proceeds benefiting CHF. In the event of rain, the reception will move inside to the Chesapeake Room, located on the second floor of the museum with sweeping views of the marina.

The exhibit continues through May 31, 2018, and is open during Museum and Oyster Reef Gift Shop hours, which are 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, now through Labor Day, with other hours as announced for special events and educational programs.

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, Oyster Reef 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, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

 

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On Saturday, May 20, Crisfield Heritage Foundation members and the public are invited to the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. to celebrate CHF’s 40th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit entitled Battles of the Bay. Free guided tours will be offered on the hour from noon to 3:00 p.m., with sign-ups taken the day of the event at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop, located in the Tawes Museum. At 4:00 p.m., CHF members and guests are invited to the waterfront lawn of the Tawes Museum for live music and light refreshments, with more information at crisfieldheritage.org.

New Ward Brothers sign installed in Crisfield

(CRISFIELD, MD – March 13, 2017) On Saturday, March 4, a new sign featuring the Ward Brothers and proudly announcing the “Home of the Ward Brothers” was installed along Crisfield’s entrance corridor. Sponsored by the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and financed by a grant from Crisfield’s American Legion Post 16, this new sign replaces one that had deteriorated on the same site for more than 15 years.

The back of the sign includes a picture of the depot with a greeting to all departing Crisfield guests, “Thanks for Visiting, Come Back Soon.”  Built by local sign maker Becky Lowe of “Brushworks,” the new sign was installed with the help of CHF Executive Board members Doug Crockett and Terry Pehan.

CHF continues its focus on promoting the unique cultural and heritage tourism of Crisfield and nearby communities. The original Ward Workshop on Crisfield’s Sackertown Road is available for tours by appointment by calling 410-968-2501, and on special dates announced by CHF.

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, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

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Crisfield Heritage Foundation Treasurer Doug Crockett, left, works with Brushworks sign-maker Becky Lowe, right, to install a new “Home of the Ward Brothers” sign along Crisfield’s entrance corridor. Sponsored by the Crisfield Heritage Foundation and financed by a grant from Crisfield’s American Legion Post 16, this new sign replaces one that was on the same site for more than 15 years. 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.

 

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On Saturday, March 4, a new sign featuring the Ward Brothers and proudly announcing the “Home of the Ward Brothers” was installed along Crisfield’s entrance corridor.

 

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The back of the sign includes a picture of the depot with a greeting to all departing Crisfield guests, “Thanks for Visiting, Come Back Soon.”  Built by local sign maker Becky Lowe of “Brushworks,” the new sign was installed with the help of CHF Executive Board members Doug Crockett and Terry Pehan.

Crisfield Heritage Foundation recognizes Board Members

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(CRISFIELD, MD – March 8, 2017) The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently recognized new and retiring board members at its annual meeting, held at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. Also recognized were Mary Ann Peterman as 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Eddie Heath Crab Pot & Supply with the Heritage Award, and U.S. Coast Guard Station in Crisfield with the Chairman’s Award.

Retiring from the CHF Board are Beth Clough, Shawna Kearsley, Tom Shores, and Cindy Stevens. Each received a plaque recognizing their service and commitment to the non-profit foundation. Joining the Board are Barbara Kuebler—who is returning to the Board—along with Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks, Martin Schlegel, and Eddie Somers.

Crisfield native Beth Clough has served on CHF’s Board for eight years, serving a term as Secretary. For Clough, the inception of Dock Day as well as the purchase of the Custom House are noted accomplishments of CHF, as well as the continual success of the Road Scholar and camp and tour programs for the children. She hopes CHF will attract more of the public to the museum and gift shop in the future, along with the completion of the Custom House renovation project. Clough has worked with PNC Bank AVP Business Banking for more than 32 years, currently serving as Vice President Business Banking. She is on the Board of Amanda’s Mission for God and includes the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Crisfield High School Band Boosters, along with numerous church boards in her volunteer service.

Relocating to her hometown of Crisfield 10 years ago, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Client Services Coordinator Shawna Kearsley joined the Board in 2014, and feels the Road Scholar programming hosted at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum each spring and fall are highlights to the Foundation’s achievements. Her hopes for CHF moving forward include expanding program offerings to meet the interest of diverse audiences, including K-12 and adult education programs. Kearsley’s volunteer service includes working with Somerset County Arts Council and Crisfield Economic Development committee.

Serving on the Board since 2008, Tom Shores feels CHF’s most significant accomplishment during his tenure is the preservation of many of Crisfield’s most treasured places—including the Ward Workshop—along with the history of the seafood industry through the shanty at the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. The now-retired Crisfield native served 39 years to the local community through his work as a banker, starting at the Bank of Crisfield and continuing through at PNC Bank. Shores currently serves as Treasurer of the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Music Director and Organist at Crisfield’s Asbury United Methodist Church. His volunteer work includes serving on various committees and boards throughout the years.

Wilson Realty owner Cindy Stevens is a previous Secretary and Past-Chairman of the Board, having served in the position for four terms over 11 years and with deep ties to the organization’s beginnings. The Marion, Md. native’s father, Robert Wilson, was a founding member of CHF and the J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum. She is a Past President and Treasurer of the local Junior Auxiliary Board, and served on the Board and as Finance Committee Chair for the McCready Foundation. Stevens’ currently serves as Treasurer of Crisfield High School’s Band Boosters, and is active in the Athletic Boosters. Her volunteer work has served the Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Crisfield’s Asbury United Methodist Church, Junior Achievement at Woodson Elementary School, and Christmas in Crisfield. During her time on the Board, Stevens recalls a fundraising gala on the Manokin River that raised funds for the Cedar Marsh project and was widely supported by people in the community as a significant accomplishment, and hopes the Foundation will continue to focus on its mission looking forward.

Barbara Kuebler previously served on CHF’s Board from 2000 to 2005. Born and raised in Crisfield, Kuebler lived in northern Virginia for 31 years before moving back to her hometown in 1998, after selling her patent and trademark research firm, Landon, IP.  Now back on the Board, Kuebler says she hopes to see the economic success of the CHF and its commitment to keep our rich heritage alive during her tenure. Kuebler is a longstanding volunteer in the community, with her service contributing to the Crisfield Elks Lodge, Ladies of the Elks, Crisfield American Legion Auxiliary, Crisfield Community Beach Committee, Salvation Army, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and The Moving Wall’s appearance in Salisbury, Md. Her American Legion committee work includes Freedom Fest, Veterans Day breakfasts, special dinners, and numerous other functions and events benefiting the people of Crisfield, Md.

New CHF Board member Martin Schlegel grew up outside of Reading, Pa. before moving to Salisbury, Md. 28 years ago. Schlegel often stays in Crisfield aboard his boat The Lucky Dog at Somers Cove Marina, and hopes to help CHF create an environment and atmosphere that builds awareness of Crisfield’s rich heritage and history. Schlegel is the owner of Strategic Commerce Solutions, a merchant service company for Ignite Payments, having served on Easterseals’ corporate board for one term, and on its advisory board for more than 12 years. His volunteer work includes serving the United Way, Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

Also joining the Board is Eddie Somers, originally from Smith Island, and now of Crisfield, Md. Captain of the Maryland buoy tender and icebreaker J. Millard Tawes for 28 years, Somers is the current volunteer President of Smith Island United. In serving CHF, he hopes the organization continues to invest in the Road Scholar program and showcases the true character, knowledge, and integrity of Chesapeake Bay watermen to Crisfield’s locals and guests alike.

New CHF Board member Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks was born and raised on Tangier Island, and moved to Crisfield in 2004. Now a Special Education teacher at Greenwood Elementary School, Bradshaw-Parks began her 16-year teaching career in Virginia, and has served the last 13 years teaching in Somerset County Public Schools. During her time on the Board, she hopes CHF will help promote tourism and economic growth in Crisfield and its surrounding areas, while preserving and sharing the region’s rich history. Bradshaw-Parks has served 4 years as American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter Chairman, and is a past member of the McCready Memorial Hospital Junior Auxiliary Board. Her volunteer work has served Riverside Hospice and numerous charities benefiting women and children through Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

“We’re grateful for the work and vision of our retiring Board members to bring the Foundation to where it is today,” said CHF Board Chair Jay Tawes. “And we’re equally grateful for the commitment to Crisfield’s future with our new and returning Board members joining the Foundation.”

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 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, or by visiting the non-profit’s recently updated website at crisfieldheritage.org.

 

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The Crisfield Heritage Foundation recently recognized several Board members at its annual meeting, held at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum’s Chesapeake Room in Crisfield, Md. Pictured from left: Tom Shores, Jay Tawes, Beth Clough, Mary Ann Peterman, and Barbara Kuebler. Mary Ann Peterman was recognized as 2016 Volunteer of the Year, along with Eddie Heath Crab Pot & Supply with the Heritage Award, and Crisfield’s U.S. Coast Guard Station with the Chairman’s Award. Retiring from the CHF Board are Beth Clough, Shawna Kearsley, Tom Shores, and Cindy Stevens. Joining the Board are Barbara Kuebler—who is returning to the Board—along with Cathleen Bradshaw-Parks, Martin Schlegel, and Eddie Somers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.