Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation has been awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will support a consultant to help staff prepare the library’s archives for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center to be built at the new regional library in 2020.
1958 was a hallmark year on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Shore saw the opening of a new Accomack County Health Department facility in Accomac, WESR coming on air, and the dedication of Chincoteague’s new high school. Construction projects were beginning with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel ($137 million), Wallops Island space launch facility ($24 million), and a new library ($60,000). That year Northampton and Accomack Counties formed a new Eastern Shore Public Library regional library system still in operation today and the library Board of Trustees and staff and the ESPL Foundation are celebrating.
Saving Eastern Shore history has become a focus of community support for the new regional library to be built in Parksley, Virginia. Eastern Shore Public Library Board of Trustees recently approved naming the addition to the former grocery store the “Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center” which will house archives, a research room, lecture hall, and makerspace.
We are closing our greatest fiscal year since our founding in November 2009, thanks to the July 2016 capital campaign. But before I get to the highlights, there is one critical fact I must assert: everything that we achieved at the end of our last fiscal year on June 30, was thanks to the support and generosity of each one of you.