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August 28, 2023

Skipjack Heritage Museum

Skipjack Heritage, Inc. was formed in 2007 as a non-profit organization with a goal of preserving the maritime history and the cultural heritage of America’s oldest working sailing vessel, the Skipjack. The heritage includes the people who built, owned, captained or worked on those majestic vessels and all the other work boats built and used by the watermen. Their mission...

August 28, 2023

Pocomoke River Canoe Co.

See the sun-dappled surface glisten as you paddle past fallen logs, clusters of pink or white blossomed water lilies, or the exposed “knees” of the bald cypress. The Pocomoke River corridor is home to the northernmost reaches of the cypress and provides a selection of various wildlife species that are usually found only in more southern regions. Watch carefully to...

August 28, 2023

Pocomoke Indian Nation

Composed of descendants of one of the Indigenous populations of the Delmarva Peninsula, the Pocomoke Indian Nation is a large, widespread group that exercised significant influence in the region as they lived along the Annemessex, Manoakin, and Pocomoke rivers and bays, and Chincoteague Bay. Today, the Pocomoke pass on the heritage and lifeways of Delmarva’s Indigenous peoples offering oral presentations...

August 28, 2023

Maryland Traditions Archives

Housed in Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at UMBC since 2014, the Maryland Traditions Archives (MTA) is a partnership with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. The collections are administered using a “shared stewardship” model, in which MTA staff collaborate with members of the communities represented within the collections...

August 28, 2023

Trisha Gupta

Trisha Gupta is a contemporary artist, community activist, and educator. Her work is heavily influenced by her Indian-American heritage and explores themes of social inequality, colonialism, mental health, and immigration. After being trained in the Western tradition of woodblock printing, Gupta returned to her home in Rajasthan to learn about Indian Woodblock carving. In particular, she learned about Indian block...

August 28, 2023

Alla and Milana Borovskaia

Alla and Milana, an interdisciplinary visual artist duo based in Maryland, are celebrated for their beautiful large-scale wall sculptural compositions created using thousands of ultrathin shapeless strands of natural wool fibers, freestanding sculptures, and mixed media works that incorporate natural flowers and plants. Their creative muse is deeply rooted in the intricate patterns and breathtaking gradients in the natural world,...

August 28, 2023

Beach to Bay Heritage Area

The Beach to Bay Heritage Area (BTBHA) is one of thirteen Maryland-certified heritage areas. Located on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, this three-county, parallelogram-shaped area is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, Delaware, and Virginia rivers. It is a place of incomparable 'shore-scapes,' storied spiritual history and culture defined by water. Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore is a rural region...

August 28, 2023

Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither

From emancipation in Maryland, to life as a young woman in the 1960s, to Black watermen of the Chesapeake—the story quilts of Dr. Joan Gaither tell powerful biographical stories of her life, the lives of those around her, and the lives of those who came before her. An artist, educator, and 2017 Maryland Heritage Award winner, Dr. Gaither is a...

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