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A celebration of Eastern Shore culture was on display at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury yesterday.

It was for the upcoming 78th National Folklife Festival that will be held later this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area and Stage highlight the music, rituals, crafts, foods and occupations of the Eastern Shore.

On hand at yesterday’s event were Rich Smoker who is a decoy carver in Marion Station along with Janice Marshall of Crisfield who tells stories of Smith Island.

Don Rush

The Salisbury University’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art has been awarded $30-thousand from the Perdue Foundation.

The money will go to support the Living Classroom and Environmental Education Experiences program.

Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, says the Ward Museum has been an important part of the Eastern Shore.

Don Rush

The rich history of the decoys for hunting reaches back to the earliest days in the Chesapeake Bay region. In part one of our series, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the history of the decoy as it was transformed from a useful tool into an art form -- most famously by the Ward brothers.

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The 20th annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo is taking place this coming weekend at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

The event sponsored by the Museum and Salisbury University says it will feature both modern and antique decoy carving competitions.

There will also be an antique decoy competition called the “Old Birds”.

The old decoys can also be appraised at the event.

There will be 30 vendors ranging from folk art and collectible hunting items to antique decoys.

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Brian MacIvor with the Ward Museum was killed after falling from a ladder at the facility on Saturday.  

A statement from executive director Lora Bottinelli said that the maintenance assistant was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he had worked at the museum for the last seven years.

Bottinelli said that MacIvor was popular with colleagues and volunteers and was always ready with a smile and a sense of humor.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health says it is investigating his death

Don Rush

On May 20th, the Ward Museum and Salisbury University will be celebrating the cultural history of the Eastern Shore ranging from the famed Skipjack to Smith Island living. It's called the Delmarvalous Festival. And, says Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that they may be famous for carving of decoys, but reminding us of a way of life.