Claire Otterbein named CHF Executive Director

CHF_OtterbeinClaire1_2017CHF_OtterbeinClaire2_2017(CRISFIELD, MD – June 6, 2017) The Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently announced Claire Otterbein of Salisbury, Md. has been named Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Otterbein is responsible for managing all Foundation operations, including financial management, annual fundraising, and community outreach, along with the recruitment and retention of volunteers, and the coordination of education programs, private rentals, and special events.

Otterbein brings more than a decade of nonprofit leadership experience to her position, including serving as Executive Director of the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, Md. Otterbein is a magna cum laude graduate of Towson University, where she was a member of the Honors College, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in art history, minoring in English literature.

“As a longtime resident of Delmarva, I understand the positive impact of local cultural organizations on our communities,” commented Otterbein. “I look forward to making a difference in the way our local heritage is preserved, especially through our educational programming.”

“We are thrilled to have Claire at the helm,” said CHF Board of Trustees Chairman Jay Tawes. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm for history and non-profit management to the table. I think she’s one of the best thing that’s happened to the Foundation in the last decade, and I can’t wait to see what our future holds next.”

CHF’s Board of Trustees are planning a public reception and CHF friend-raiser on Friday, July 7 from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the Tawes Museum’s Chesapeake Room to help welcome Otterbein to the community, with details to be announced at a later date.

CHF is working in conjunction with Somers Cove Marina and the Crisfield Marketing Authority to host the annual Chesapeake Buy Boat Reunion this July 28-29, with dockside deck tours offered from 1–4:00 pm. on Saturday, July 29.

CHF’s 40th anniversary exhibition, Battles of the Bay, shares the stories of Chesapeake Bay conflicts and their connection to the Crisfield area through a collection of maps, illustrations, and stories, and can only be seen at the waterfront J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum in Crisfield, Md. through May 31, 2018.

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. Newly extended museum and Oyster Reef Gift Shop hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays, now through Labor Day, with other hours as announced for special events and educational programs.

100% of the proceeds from every purchase made at the Oyster Reef Gift Shop support CHF’s mission to preserve the heritage of Crisfield and its environs while educating the public about this heritage. 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





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