Annual Brick Sale Happening Now
Chicken and Fish Dinner Fundraiser (May 31st)
Extension of Faith Praise Choir : “It’s A Celebration” ON November 11, 2023 @ Chesapeake Arts Center
Book Signing and Reading by Harriet Tubman Descendant @ THE WILEY H. BATES LEGACY CENTER on Oct 8th, 2023 @ 2pm
BLC QUILTING PROJECT Seeks Former Students and Supporters @ THE WILEY H. BATES LEGACY CENTER: Aug 9th, 2023 @ 4pm
WHBLC Presents – All White Affair – Friday, Aug 25, 2023 @ 5PM
BLC QUILTING PROJECT Seeks Former Students and Supporters @ THE WILEY H. BATES LEGACY CENTER: July 11th, 2023 @ 4pm
You’re Invited to the Celebration : May 9th, 2023 – 5pm @ Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park Courtyard.

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center is a Proud Grant Award Recipient

Hogan Administration Announces $5 Million in Grants to be Awarded to Heritage Projects by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

(July 14, 2022) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Hogan administration announced today that 107 matching grants totaling $5.1 million were awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). Grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that attract visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland.
“Heritage tourism is an economic development tool that creates jobs and brings visitors to the state while making our communities better places to live and work,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration is proud that this funding will allow for 107 projects to move forward and congratulate Maryland’s Heritage Areas and their tourism partners for their support in changing Maryland for the better.”
Organizations receiving grant awards include museums, parks, educational organizations, and other entities that steward and celebrate the unique cultural and natural resources located within one of Maryland’s Heritage Areas.
MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 13 locally-administered, certified Heritage Areas. Today, all Maryland counties and Baltimore City have at least part of a state-certified Heritage Area within their boundaries. Heritage Areas foster broad public-private partnerships to preserve and enhance the best of Maryland’s historic sites and towns, unspoiled natural landscapes, and enduring traditions. These tangible links to both place and past remind residents that they have a special piece of the American story to treasure and share with others and that, in doing so, are contributing to the economic well-being of Maryland’s communities.
Maryland’s Heritage Areas contribute to Maryland’s economy by preserving and enhancing the places that attract cultural and heritage tourists – people who focus their travels on historic sites, museums, cultural activities, or the natural beauty of Maryland’s Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay coastal areas and unspoiled scenery of Maryland’s mountains. The Maryland Heritage Areas Program provides $2.4 billion in annual economic impact and MHAA grants generate $319.8 million in state and local taxes and supports 33,815 full- and part-time jobs annually. A full economic impact study can be found here:
MHAA is an independent unit of government chaired by the Secretary of Planning and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. Since its creation in 1996, MHAA has awarded more than $57 million dollars in grants and helped leverage more than $1.63 billion in non-state funding for heritage tourism projects and activities in Maryland’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas.
To learn more about the Maryland Heritage Areas Program and the state’s certified Heritage Areas, please visit