Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Awards
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council wishes to recognize exemplary individuals, organizations, exhibits, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and /or supporting our historical legacy. Each year LESHC looks to the public to submit nominations in Heritage Awards various categories. Nominations are reviewed and winning nominees are then chosen by a special Review Committee. The lucky winners are then revealed and honored at the LESHC Annual Meeting.
Past Heritage Award winners and Nomination form
A listing of past Heritage Awards winners is below. Additionally the new Heritage Award Nomination form is available for download. Nominations may be emailed or mail to the Executive Director at the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council's office.
Heritage Award Categories
Heritage Interpreter of the Year: This award recognizes a heritage interpreter-docent, educator, tour guide, volunteer-in a non-profit or for-profit heritage organization, who provides outstanding, factual, and educational information to the public. Only one person from each heritage site or organization may be nominated in this category.
Heritage Interpretation: This award recognizes outstanding heritage interpretation or a heritage tourism product and is awarded to the sponsoring organization. Eligible products include exhibits, self guided or guided tours, videos/tapes, interpretive brochures, publications and websites. Samples (or images if appropriate) of the nominated product must accompany the nomination.
Heritage Tourism Program/Event: This award recognizes an outstanding heritage event (annual, special or ongoing), lecture series, or other type of program that makes local heritage come alive; it does not necessarily take place at a historic site, but must have taken place within the past three years. A heritage program/event informs, educates, &/or celebrates some aspect of local heritage.
Best New Heritage Initiative: This award recognizes programs, events or products that represent new initiatives achieved in the last year by an individual or organization that educate the public by expanding understanding of, or access to, the area's rich heritage. The award will be made to the sponsoring organization.
Tee O'Connor Heritage Professional Award: This award recognizes an individual- author, archaeologist, architect, exhibits/publications designer, historian, landscape designer, preservationist, professional staff person, or researcher-for significant contributions to enhancement of local history and/or heritage tourism.
Nominees may reside outside the heritage area but the work must take place within and contribute to the heritage area. Supporting documentation for this award category should include a curriculum vitae/resume, a book, an article, or other appropriate work sample.
Legacy Award: This award recognizes an individual or group who continues or preserves a traditional craft or livelihood-a craftsperson, waterman, farmer, quilter, musician, boat builder, etc. Nominees may reside outside the heritage area, but the work must take place within and contribute to the heritage area.
Heritage Award: This award recognizes an individual or organization for significant and long lasting contributions to the community by interpreting, preserving, promoting, researching, and/or supporting local history and heritage. Nominees may reside outside the heritage area, but the work must take place within and contribute to the heritage area.
See list of all past Heritage Award Winners ALL_HERITAGEAWARD_WINNERS_2005-present.doc
Heritage Awards Nomination form LESHCHeritage_AwardFormDueApril_10_2017.doc