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Maryland's Heritage
"Acadians Were Here" website receives 2018 Maryland Historical Trust award
for Excellence in Media and Publications
Acadians Were Here Maryland Historical Trust 2018 Excellence in Media and Publications Acceptance Speech delivered by Marie Rundquist February 1, 2018 at the Maryland Senate Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Reference: for Dr. R. Martin Guidry, Contributor and Historian, Greg Wood, Author, Contributor and Historian, and Marie Rundquist, Author, Contributor and
Website Developer​.

Press Release:  2018-0201-Press-Release-2018-MD-Preservation-Awards.pdf
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About the Maryland Historical Trust 2018 Awards:​

"The website, Acadians Were Here, which receives today the MHT award for Excellence in Media and Publications, delivers the lesser-known history of Acadians in Maryland to new audiences: tourists and tour guides, researchers, historical societies and organizations, journalists, documentary producers, family genealogists, and regular people interested in traveling to the places where over 900 Acadians were exiled after being forcibly removed from their lands in Nova Scotia in November of 1755. They travel by bus, by car, by bicycle and on foot to visit the areas around the Chesapeake Bay where Acadian families lived – and they connect to the Acadians Were Here website from the US and Canada to plan their trips. ​​

Thank you, Maryland Historical Trust for this excellent recognition of the Acadians Were Here organization and thanks to all whose support and endorsement we are so grateful to have received, and thanks to our guests today, Lynn Wood, Sean Carney, and my husband Edward Nowicki for their support. We honor Nell Ziehl and the Maryland Historical Trust Program staff for elevating the vital role of Acadians In Maryland’s history to the mainstream, and through this MHT award, recognizing our project, and that Acadians Were Here."

Acadians in Maryland website:

For the first time ever, the official, Maryland Tourism website invites visitors to our State to "Experience the History of Acadians in Maryland" and our unique story-- that has over 900 Acadians deported by the British to the State of Maryland after 1755.  Thank you to the Tourism Office of the State of Maryland and to esteemed colleagues, R. Martin Guidry and Greg Wood, who collaborated with me to bring this challenging project forward to a successful outcome. Acadian cousins will now be able to follow ALL of their ancestors' footsteps -- and encounter some of Maryland's most picturesque and beautiful areas when they do!  Click here to visit the Acadians Were Here website and experience the history of Acadians in Maryland.
A Boy's Eye View of World War II Frank H. Pierce, III

​In honor of Frank H. Pierce III, his family is once again publishing his beloved story, A Boy's Eye View of World War II and Other Reminiscences of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. 

A Boy's-Eye View of World War II and Other Reminiscences of Maryland's Eastern Shore, by Frank H. Pierce, is precisely that - the warm but extremely accurate account of "home front" life in a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the War. Written as seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in the small town of Princess Anne, Maryland during the Second World War, Frank Pierce's detailed account of his experiences on the Eastern Shore of Maryland during wartime is invaluable for the historian and any others interested in how World War II affected small-town America.
In his remarkably engaging history, Frank Pierce relates how World War II touched on all aspects of daily life in Princess Anne, Maryland: how gasoline and food rationing worked, what it was like to have a garrison of American Infantry suddenly thrust into the middle of the peaceful and isolated life of a small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and how his close-knit community adjusted to several thousand German prisoners-of-war, camped not more than five miles away. In addition to recalling life on the homefront during World War II, Frank Pierce examines the isolated and insular nature of Eastern Shore of Maryland itself, a region either blessed or cursed by geography and the Chesapeake Bay to remain separate and distinct from the increasing urbanization of America's East Coast. With engaging insight, he analyzes the Eastern Shoreman's attitudes on race relations, on wetlands, farming, education, and even the controversial "right to bear arms." And he recounts the closure of this almost classic sociological isolation with the opening of the great Chesapeake Bay Bridge shortly after the War and the ultimate demise of what had become known as the "Eastern Shore Way of Life." 

Frank Pierce, in his book, A Boy's-Eye View..., provides primary source information for the historian and the sociologist about the geography, people, and places of the Eastern Shore, including Princess Anne, Deal Island, Salisbury, Ocean City, Pocomoke, the Wetlands, among other locations, and provides rare insight into the lives and character of true Eastern Shoremen. 

To inquire about ordering this wonderful keepsake book about life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore during the Second World War, in softcover or ebook formats, please contact Heritage Books
"Maryland's First Woman Mayor" ... by Nancy Pierce

Appearing in the December, 2010 edition of Shoreline, published for the Members of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University, is an article about my great grandmother, Anna Matilda Brown, known by friends and family as "Mom Till," Princess Anne's first woman mayor.  Mom Till was, in 1934, the FIRST woman elected mayor in the State of Maryland and the SECOND woman mayor elected in the United States!  Enjoy Nancy Pierce's latest article about Mom Till, and others about the local history of Maryland's Eastern Shore, by contacting the Nabb Center at 410-543-5312 or emailing