J. Millard Tawes Open House 2019

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation will be hosting its Annul Open House for the J. Millard Tawes Museum on Saturday, May 4th 2019 at 4:00 pm. The museum will be inviting Crisfield High School Students to present the YES Stories Project. The YES Stories Project provides digital technology and skills for Students in our Community to explore local history and gain professional expertise by creating online stories.  The Crisfield Heritage Foundation has worked with local Crisfield High School Teacher Brandon Austin’s 9th and 10th grade U.S History classes on the YES Stories Project.

During the J. Millard Tawes Museum’s open house the museum’s Exhibit Hall will be open, showcasing all of our exhibits including our newly added “Seafood Packaging Houses of Crisfield.” For our open House admission will be free and we will also have refreshments during the presentation. Come on down to the J. Millard Tawes Museum on Saturday, May 4th 2019 at 4:00 pm for a great time and some local history.

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Rich Smoker to Teach Decoy Carving Class in Crisfield at the Crisfield Heritage Museum in February 2019

The Crisfield Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that they are hosting a week of instruction in Decoy Carving with Award-Winning Carver, Rich Smoker.
This class will be held at the Crisfield Heritage Foundation, the Tawes Museum in Crisfield, MD. FEBRUARY 3rd – 8th

Students arrive from all around this country, with dedicated carvers from as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, to beginners as close as Dorchester County, MD. ALL are welcome. 
Rich Smoker’s fun and interactive manner of teaching makes it possible for everyone to stay on task and take home their decoy, completed and ready to brag about.
LOCALS WHO DON’T STAY OVERNIGHT ARE $350 LESS !

What is Included:
Our program is all-inclusive. From expert carving hands-on instruction to lodging, all meals and gratuities — we handle all the details and costs incurred during our programs
What kind of accommodations are provided: 
Lodging at Somers Cove Motel overlooking Somerset County’s Largest Bird Sanctuary

All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom.
Free WiFi in all rooms.
The rooms have a seating area, air conditioning, and provide a desk and a coffee machine. 
A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property.

THIS WEEK INCLUDES ~
5 nights of accommodations at Somers Cover Motel
15 Meals (5B, 4L, 5D)
Featuring Award Winning & Renowned Decoy Carver Rich Smoker
5 Day workshop with Rich Smoker, creating and completing your carving
Cancellation Assurance:
(If you have to cancel, they can attend another time. No Added fees for cancellation, 
A credit issued towards your future attendance)
Customary Gratuities and Taxes during the week
** Transportation from Salisbury Airport to Crisfield

COST TO ATTEND THIS DECOY CARVING EXPERIENCE:
$849 Tuition per person $1099 for Single Room
LOCALS WHO WANT TO COMMUTE DAILY 
w/No room, Breakfast or Dinner – Lunch is Included $500
Next – after enrollment:
After you enroll, we’ll email you an informational enrollment packet. Included will be information about your chosen program, your accommodations and payment information.
You will also receive an email from our CHF Program Admin, welcoming you and assuring that you have all of the travel and contact information that you will need.
EMAIL: marymazzullo@gmail.com

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 crisfieldheritage.org.

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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.