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News & Press > Heritage Area Recognizes National Park Service, Flag House Director as Partners of Year

November 20, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland
United States

The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) recognized Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Executive Director Amanda Shores Davis and two National Park Service units — Fort McHenry and Chesapeake Bay Office — as its 2016 Partners of the Year. The awards were presented at the BNHA annual meeting reception on November 17 at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center.

“Heritage areas have always been envisioned as partnerships. Our success is in large part due to our strong partners,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Today we take a moment to thank the people and organizations that have helped promote, preserve, and enhance this city’s cultural and historic legacy”

2016 Organization Partner of the Year: National Park Service
Even before 2009, when the heritage area received its federal designation, BNHA worked with staff and leadership of the region’s two National Park Service units: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis. These units were critical in the successful establishment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails as well as the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations. This strong partnership with NPS 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 and learn about the natural resources and history of the Chesapeake Bay. NPS staff from both Annapolis and Baltimore provided on-the-ground support for learning stations that tied together the environment and history of the Patapsco and the Chesapeake.

BNHA Executive Director Jeff Buchheit (left) and BNHA Chairman James Piper Bond present the Organization Partner of the Year to Jonathan Doherty of the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office and Fort McHenry Superintendent Tina Capetta.

2016 Individual Partner of the Year: Amanda Shores Davis
Amanda Shores Davis, who serves as the Executive Director of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, was recognized for her hands-on support of BNHA’s Kids in Kayaks program. She was also honored for being a constant friend of the heritage area and champion of the Historic Jonestown neighborhood.

2016 Urban Ranger Awards
The heritage area named Monty Phair as the 2016 heritage area urban ranger of the year. Through his work guiding visitors along BNHA’s urban trails, Phair has garnered exemplary praise for his professionalism and enthusiasm. The heritage area also recognized rangers Doris Sharkey and Andy Stritch for their decade-long commitment to providing tours and serving as ambassadors of the heritage area and Baltimore City.  

Ranger of the Year Monty Phair poses with BNHA's Jeff Buchheit, Shauntee Daniels, and James Piper Bond.


Rangers Doris Sharkey and Andy Stritch honored for their years of service with the heritage area. 


The mission of the Baltimore National Heritage Area is to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historic and cultural legacy and natural resources for current and future generations. Visit for more information about the Baltimore National Heritage Area.


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