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Deadline for Heritage Nominations April 10,2017 !
LESHC recognizes yearly 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.on May 3.
Nomination forms are found via this link as well as a list of past winners Deadline April 10 by 5pm! Hurry and nominate
 
Registration Open for LESHC 17th Annual May 3 Luncheon Meeting & Heritage Awards.


We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker on May 3, 2017 will be - International photographer and author Edwin Remsberg. Topic is "Through the Lens - Cultural Adventures"

Join us May 3, 2017 in the Flanders Room at the Wicomico Civic Center on Glen Avenue in Salisbury, MD. Doors open at 10:15 for seating and program starts promptly at 11am, Event is open to the public but by advance paid reservation only. Deadline is April 26.

A delicious lunch will be catered. The prestigious Heritage Award winners will be announced and honored. Deadline to submit a Heritage Award nomination is April 10

Our silent auction fundraiser will be held and you can shop items prior to the event starting at 10:15am. Be sure and bring cash or check payable at the end of the event! Our wonderful mini grant projects will be on display and along with a spokesperson from the winning organizations.

As a special addition this year Maryland Traditions /Maryland State Arts Council, has requested to join us for them to present a special award at the end of the program honoring the Trimper family/Timper's Amusements in Ocean City.

Doors will open at 10:15 am for silent auction shopping and check in. So make sure to get there early to find your seat. All seating is open seating unless purchase a Sponsor table.
Cost is $30 per person or you may purchase a Sponsor table of 8 for $300. All reservations are payable in advance only. Additional Sponsorship levels of $100 and $500 as well as a new Heritage Awards Sponsorship of $900 is available.

Deadline for all reservations is April 29. Just click on the secure Eventbrite reservation system right here on our website to make your reservation by credit card. A small processing fee applies. You may also mail in your check payable to LESHC at 212 W Main Street Suite 309 / Salisbury / MD / 21801
 
$10,000 of LESHC Mini Grants Awarded!
The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area Council is pleased to announce they have just awarded $10,000 in grants in the recent FY17 mini grant round. These awards represent a dollar for dollar match from the awardees, resulting in a economic leverage of $20,0000 which stays in our lower shore heritage area communities.
 
This Month
In Delmarva History
May 1, 1774
During this month, a commercial British vessel the Severn, on its way to Philadelphia sank during in a storm in the Roosevelt Inlet at Lewes, Delaware.

May 6, 1916
First ship-to-shore radio telephone voice conversation from USS New Hampshire off Virginia Capes to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels in Washington, DC.

May 7, 1779
Continental Navy sloop Providence captures British brig Diligent off Cape Charles, Virginia.

May 14, 1963
Gloria Richardson, one of the founders of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, was arrested for trespassing when attempting to be served at a local restaurant in Cambridge, Maryland. This and other events set off a series of riots which resulted in the Maryland National Guard being brought in through May 1965.

May 20, 1815
Commodore Stephen Decatur native of Berlin (Sinepuxent), Maryland, sails with 10 ships to suppress Mediterranean pirates' raids on U.S. shipping.

May 23, 1774
Chestertown Tea Party! In solidarity with Boston's response to British taxes, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland enacted a set of "Resolves" forbidding all sale and use of tea in Chestertown. In broad daylight and without disguise they boarded the British brigantine the Geddes and dumped her cargo of tea in their harbor.

May 25, 1798
The HMS DeBraak, a Sloop-of-War of the Dutch Royal Navy, sank off Cape Henlopen after "a sudden flaw of wind" losing thirty-five of her crew, and twelve Spanish prisoners.

May 30, 1814
The Battle of Pungoteague or the Battle of Rumley's Gut was fought by Lower Shore Virginia militias against the British who had occupied Tangier Island and were said to be training slaves to invade the mainland.
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