Tubman and 2013 Mini-Grant recipients announced!
The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Management Board announces the recipients of their 2013 mini-grants. This year the board also designated special funding to support programs relating to Harriet Tubman or the Underground Railroad.
These locally sponsored events will be part of the 2013 Centennial Celebration of Harriet Tubman.
• The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference received support to invite internationally known genealogist, Tony Burroughs, to be the keynote speaker at the public symposium at Chesapeake College in June.
• Malone Cemetery received a grant to conduct research into the church and cemetery, which have been associated with Tubman’s early life in the Madison area.
• Dorchester County Historical Society will use its grant money for an event highlighting Harriet Tubman’s activities as spy and nurse during the Civil War.
• Nanticoke Preservation Alliance will use their grant to develop a special program at their River Jamboree, about the lives of African Americans living on and around the Handsell plantation.
The Management Board also awarded mini-grants to these six local, non-profit organizations.
• The Nause Waiwash Band of Indians accepted an award for their 20th Annual Native American Festival.
• The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance received funding to develop an interpretive program about Native American life.
• The Friends of Anna Ella Carroll applied their mini-grant to Anna Ella Carroll Day activities.
• The Harriet Tubman Organization will use the funds to make a portable marker to attract visitors to their Race Street location.
• Dorchester County Historical Society will develop new signs and rack cards for the museum and gardens.
• A mini-grant will help fund the East New Market Heritage Committee’s “Strengthening Knowledge through Heritage” program at their annual event in October.
All projects support the heritage area’s mission to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s diverse cultural, historic, and natural resources and stimulate economic development through heritage tourism.
The Tubman mini-grants were made possible by a special fund, established by the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area for one-time-only awards, to help establish programming related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
To learn more about the heritage area’s programs visit: www.tourchesapeakecountry.com.