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Baltimore Heritage > Heritage Area Names Tourism Leader, City Agency Partners of the Year

November 17, 2015

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The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) recognized Visit Baltimore’s Executive Vice President Sam Rogers and the city’s Department of General Services as its 2015 Partners of the Year. The awards were presented at the BNHA annual meeting luncheon on November 17 at historic Westminster Hall.

“Heritage areas are only successful with strong partners, and today we pause to thank the people and organizations that have helped promote, preserve, and enhance this city’s cultural and historic legacy” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Baltimore has an outstanding network of individuals, institutions, associations, and agencies. Their strengths allow us to work to create better and safer neighborhoods through heritage tourism.”

2015 Individual Partner of the Year: Sam Rogers
Sam Rogers, who serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Visit Baltimore, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, was recognized for his constant advocacy for the heritage area and its mission to promote heritage tourism.

2015 Organization Partner of the Year: Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
The heritage area has increasingly partnered with the incredible staff and resources of the city agency. This strong partnership was showcased during the launch of the Kids in Kayaks program, which brings eighth-grade public school students to the Patapsco’s Middle Branch to learn how to kayak as well as learn about the natural resources and history of the Chesapeake Bay.

BNHA honored Janet Caslow as the organization’s 2015 volunteer of the year. Caslow has been instrumental in PortFest, an annual week that shines a spotlight on the Port of Baltimore and encourages young people to explore careers in the maritime sciences. She has worked tirelessly to connect students to history through service projects and creative learning opportunities. The heritage area named Claire Corcoran as the 2015 heritage area urban ranger of the year. Through her work guiding visitors along BNHA’s Fell’s Point and Heritage Walk trails, Corcoran has garnered exemplary praise for her professionalism, enthusiasm, and knowledge of Baltimore history.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake received a certificate of appreciation for her constantly strong advocacy for the heritage, cultural, and museum communities of Baltimore. She was honored for her support of the arts and humanities for residents and visitors and her understanding of the economic impact that a thriving arts and culture community bring to the city.

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