Heritage Board announces new appointees

Newly appointed Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Board members, from left: Midge Ingersoll, at-large member; Sandra Snowden, at-large member; and Tom Bradshaw, representing the Town of Vienna.

Promoting, protecting Dorchester history, natural resources, culture

The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Management Board has announced appointments to two at-large seats on the Board. During the Heritage Board meeting in December, Midge Ingersoll was reappointed to a second term, and Sandra Snowden was appointed to her first term. Both terms are for three years and begin with the Heritage Board meeting on Jan. 23.

Additionally, the town of Vienna has appointed Tom Bradshaw as its representative, effective with the Heritage Board meeting this past December.

Ingersoll, Snowden and Bradshaw join the 13-member Heritage Board, whose mission is to protect and preserve Dorchester County’s history, natural resources and culture and to promote economic development through heritage tourism. The Heritage Board also administers grant programs to help local organizations and municipalities engage in projects related to heritage preservation, interpretation and promotion.

Midge Ingersoll

Ingersoll, who currently serves as chair of the Heritage Board, is president and a founding trustee of the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance, Inc. A self-employed fine artist specializing in architectural renderings, Ingersoll has an intense interest in historic research and genealogy.

Ingersoll served for 27 years on various committees for the Philadelphia Flower Show, and for many years she served on the Board of the Historical Society of Moorestown, New Jersey. In 2003, Ingersoll was awarded the honor of “Citizen of the Year” in Moorestown by the joint Service Clubs. She and her husband purchased a circa 1750 dwelling listed on the Maryland Inventory in Dorchester County in 1990, fully restored it and now live there full time.

Sandra Snowden

Snowden has a strong personal and professional history serving low-income communities as an ombudsman and a community activist, and she brings a commitment to ensuring the Heritage Board’s preservation and economic development mission. As a non-profit consultant specializing in small minority start-ups, she has completed and submitted applications for 501(c)3 approval from IRS, and provided capacity/infrastructure building, grant writing, management training, collaborative building and mentoring.

She moved to Cambridge about two years ago, and since then, she has designed and implemented a Water Walker Collaborative Program, which currently has four local non-profits, including one which has the mission of land and historic preservation.

Tom Bradshaw

Bradshaw previously served as a member of the Heritage Board for six years while on the Dorchester County Council and served as Heritage Board chair for part of that time. He also was the Maryland Association of Counties representative to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

A lifelong resident of Dorchester County, Bradshaw comes from a long line of farmers and watermen, and his family has Native American heritage as well. He currently works with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Forestry Division. Bradshaw also is an active historian, having done research on the eastern side of Dorchester County from Elliott’s Island to Indian Town, north of Vienna.

Board members

The Heritage Board includes eight governmental representatives and five at-large members. In addition to Bradshaw, the governmental representatives are Dorchester County Manager Keith Adkins and Dorchester County Councilman Ricky Travers; East New Market Mayor Caroline Cline; Cambridge City Planner Herve Hamon; Hurlock Mayor Michael Henry; Marlene Lashuk, representing the Town of Secretary; and Patti Tieder, representing the Town of Church Creek.

In addition to Ingersoll and Snowden, the at-large members are Blackwater Wildlife Refuge Visitor Service Manager Ray Paterra, Dorchester Skipjack Committee Member Louis Hyman and Bucktown Village Store Owner James Meredith. The at-large members are appointed by the board and serve staggered three-year terms.

Commitments, accomplishments

Heritage Board members attend at nine meetings per year, serve on committees as needed and support local heritage tourism programs. In this past year, Heritage Board members:

  • Reviewed and prioritized nine program and project grant applications, which resulted in more than $325,000 in matching grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority;
  • Awarded 12 mini-grants totaling $25,000 to Dorchester County non-profits and government agencies to help fund projects that enrich heritage resources and/or events in the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area;
  • Coordinated Dorchester County’s 350th Anniversary Celebration and related activities, including the opening of a 50-year-old time capsule and the creation of a new 50-year time capsule;
  • Helped with developing a local exhibit focusing on Dorchester County’s water story to complement the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit;
  • Presented the annual prestigious Heritage Area Awards, honoring four organizations and individuals for their roles in helping to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s local culture;
  • And supported Heritage Area staff projects, including the implementation of a monthly Heritage Partner Spotlight; a public presentation of archaeological findings from the excavation at the historic Bayly house; the loan of a unique selection of Dorchester County artifacts from the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory; and the development of a cell phone audio guide app, which features a suite of tour showcasing the unique history and heritage of Dorchester County.

More information about the Heritage Area program is available on the Heritage Area website at https://visitdorchester.org/about-dorchester/for-heritage-partners/

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