National Park Service Names Tangier Island History Museum
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Annapolis, MD (06/04/08) - Tangier Island History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center has officially joined the National Park Service’s Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. Captain John Smith discovered the Island, which he named “Russel’s Isles” on his 1607 voyage. Since that time, many of the Island’s day-to-day activities are centered on boats and access to the water. "The Tangier History Museum is honored to be designated a Gateway. The opportunity to experience the unique and disappearing way of life on an isolated island is precious,” said Dr. Neil Kaye, President of the Museum. “Watermen need to be protected, respected and celebrated, for all they do for our region." The Tangier History Museum serves as a visitor’s center for the Island and volunteers can direct visitors to a History Trail, Nature Trail and Water Trail.

“Linking the places people value to an understanding of the Chesapeake Bay as a watershed system is an integral part of the effort to conserve and restore the Bay environment,” said John Maounis, Superintendent of the National park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Bay Program Office. “We are proud to add Tangier Island History Museum to the Network and encourage folks to spend some time exploring it and the other Chesapeake Bay Gateways.”

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network (CBGN) connects visitors with the Chesapeake and its rivers through parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. These Gateways are the special places where people can experience the authentic Chesapeake – its spectacular natural areas, its unique contributions to America’s history, its maritime heritage. Authorized by the United States Congress in 1998 and created in 2000, the Network is coordinated by the National Park Service, a partner of the Chesapeake Bay Program, to inspire public appreciation of the Bay as a national treasure and to foster Chesapeake stewardship.

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