Heritage awards nominations are underway

CAMBRIDGE — The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area is accepting nominations for the 2019 Heritage Awards to recognize and celebrate those individuals and organizations who have helped to preserve and promote Dorchester County’s cultural, historical and natural resources.

There are four categories:

• Individual Achievement, which recognizes a person for his/her contributions to the heritage community by interpreting, preserving, promoting, researching and/or supporting local history and cultural traditions.

• Business Partner, which recognizes a for-profit partner that demonstrates sustained commitment to heritage preservation and/or promotion, including historic preservation, cultural or natural resource stewardship, advocacy, or heritage tourism opportunities in the Heart of Chesapeake Country.

• Outstanding Project, which recognizes an exceptional project, event or activity conducted/sponsored by an organization, business, individual or local government that highlights Dorchester’s natural or cultural heritage and/or increases public awareness of its history, heritage and cultural traditions.

• Organizational Excellence, which recognizes an organization or local government entity that demonstrates sustained achievement in contributing to heritage preservation, promotion, interpretation or tourism efforts.

Nominations are due no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 16. Any individual or organization may submit an award nomination — and self-nominations also are encouraged. For more information about the criteria for each category, download the online guidelines from: visitdorchester.org/heritage-award-nomination-form.

There are three very simple ways to nominate someone:

  1. Complete an online nomination form (visitdorchester.org/heritage-award-nomination-form); upload any supporting documents and click “submit.”
  2. Request a paper nomination form by emailing julie@visitdorchester.org, and email the completed form to: julie@visitdorchester.org.
  3. Complete the paper nomination form, print and mail to the attention of:
    Julie Gilberto-Brady
    Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area
    2 Rose Hill Place
    Cambridge, MD 21613. The Heritage Area Board of Directors will review nominations and select the winners. The announcement of award winners will be at the Annual Heritage Awards Event on Oct. 24.
    These awards of distinction are made possible through the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area with the support of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
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