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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

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Pass It On: Cultural Traditions of the Lower Eastern Shore

A K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide



The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art seeks to deepen and extend its educational offerings to the Lower Eastern Shore and the state of Maryland by offering a K-12 curriculum and activities guide. The children of the Lower Eastern Shore are growing up in a rich and unique cultural landscape, with history and tradition embedded in their daily lives. This heritage-centered curriculum prepares students for life as citizens who understand the importance of this place and its people as part of the larger world.

In 2011, Pass It On was awarded the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council's "Best New Heritage Initiative" Award. In 2013, the project won the American Folklore Society's Dorothy Howard Prize for Folklore in Education.

Pass It On: Cultural Traditions of the Lower Eastern Shore links the resources of the Maryland Heritage Authority, the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area (LESHA), Maryland Traditions, the Ward Museum, the Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, public and private schools, and other cultural agencies to enrich student learning experiences with traditional arts and cultural heritage themes into K-12 classrooms. Pass It On gives schools and teachers the tools to initiate quality cultural heritage programming in their classrooms. Pass It On Educator Kits are available to trained teachers to keep at no cost thanks to grant funding.


Table of Contents

Unit 1: Following the Water

Unit 2: Living off the Land

Unit 3: Sporting and Playing

Unit 4: Folklore and Folklife

Outline Map of the Eastern Shore



MSDE Standards

Links to Cultural Resources

The curriculum has been synchronized with Maryland state content standards for social studies. The museum offers teacher training sessions to facilitate the incorporation of the curriculum into classrooms. For more information on the Ward Museum’s Lower Shore Traditions program, visit Research Projects.