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About The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council

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The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council is a grassroots, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the cultural, natural and historical heritage of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

Statement of Purpose
Through a variety of partnerships with individual citizens, representatives of various organizations, and public agencies, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council works to blend economic development at the local level with the conservation of the area's natural, cultural and historic resouces in a regional heritage area approach that will better serve all counties and municipalities on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.

Our Mission
Our mission statement is to preserve, promote, and protect the heritage and culture of Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. The key goal of the LESHC plan is to stimulate heritage tourism growth and the associated economic benefits, while preserving the area. LESHC serves as a regional partnership for interpretation, stewardship, and appropriate development of the area's natural, historic and cultural resources. The area municipalities within the three counties have amended their comprehensive plans to participate in the certified heritage plan implementation.

Heritage Partners
LESHC serves as a regional partnership for interpretation, stewardship and appropriate development of the area's natural, historic and cultural resources. Heritage area partners work together in ongoing stewardship of the region's land and resources. The LESHC recognizes the importance of supporting and working with these partners towards the protection of the fragile habitats for wildlife and aquatic life, as well as upholding the sustainability of heritage amidst intense growth and development. LESHC has been an active participant in the creation of numerous projects such as Delmarva Low Impact Tourism, Passport Program, Pocomoke River Projects, Salisbury Urban Greenway, Smith Island Cultural Center, Viewtrail 100, Plans for Maryland's Coastal Bays Conservation Plan.

Projects
A leader in the range of planning projects, the organization has sought grant funding through Maryland Heritage Area Authority for many successful projects. The Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke, restoration of the Teackle Mansion in Princess Anne, PASS IT ON Cultural Traditions of the Lower Eastern Shore: K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, restoration of Ratcliff Plantation in the Assateague area, Harbor Day at the Docks in Ocean City, to name a just a few.

LESHC has participated in a producing a series of brochures including the African American Historic Sites; Homegrown Farm Stands; Cultural Arts Tour; Adventures in Travel: A Cultural Crossroad, the Beach Boats, Boardwalk, Bathers a Town Rises From the Dunes; the Arts and Times; Snow Hill Historic Walking Tour Brochure to name a just a few.

Blue Crab Scenic Byway
The Maryland State Highway Administration also plays a critical role in grant funding for LESHC. As the managers of the Blue Crab Scenic Byway, our organization has been awarded many grants in conjunction with the development, signage and marketing of the Blue Crab Scenic Byway, an interactive kiosk project placing 6 kiosks at strategic locations along the Byway with an accompanying interactive website, a walking trail on Smith Island that will host viewing platforms and National Recreational Trail: Beach to Bay Indian Trail. http://bluecrabbyway.org/

Community Foundation
LESHC has been the recipient of grants from The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, including funds for Digitizing Delmarva Heritage Traditions, a successful oral history project with an accompanying website http://www.delmarvaheritageandtraditions.org, as well as technical grants.

Visitor Experience
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council looks to provide the heritage visitor a choice of attractions linked together to provide a broad understanding of the region's heritage and culture. LESHC recognizes the importance of creating a visible recognition of heritage treasures and seeks to educate both visitors and residents about its regional significance. We understand the importance of striving to maintain peaceful, relaxing and uplifting areas where the visitor, and local resident, can experience a slower pace. LESHC looks to help the visitor enhance their experience while traveling throughout the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area, along our roads, trails, and waterways.









 
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. AFRICAN AMERICANS
. BICYCLE TOURING
. BIRD WATCHING
. BOATING
. CAMPING
. ENVIRONMENT
. FISHING
. HERITAGE & NATURE
INTERPRETIVE SITES
. HIKING & WALKING
. HISTORIC BUILDINGS
. HUNTING
. KIDS STUFF
. LOWER SHORE ARTS
. MARITIME HISTORY
. NANTICOKE RIVER
. NATIVE AMERICANS
. TRADITIONAL FOODS
. WICOMICO RIVER

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