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Mathews Maritime Foundation

Keeping the Past in the Present Preserving it for the Future

Mathews, VA   |  www.mathewsmaritime.com

Mission

The Mathews Maritime Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and protecting Mathews County's rich maritime and cultural heritage through research, conservation, documentation and education.

Ruling year info

1999

President

Ms. Marcy Benouameur

Main address

P.O. Box 1201

Mathews, VA 23109 USA

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EIN

54-1927067

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Mathews Maritime Museum

Our museum houses artifacts, documents, and photographs depicting the history and legacy of Mathews County, the Middle Peninsula, and the Chesapeake Bay. We currently provide numerous products and services to the Community. All offerings are designed to preserve and educate the public on the maritime history and heritage of Mathews County. Many of these programs and services are designed specifically to cater to a wide rage of age groups and interests. It is our intent to broaden these offerings to attract additional interest segments and new prospective donors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our monthly lectures are held on the third Thursday in the months of September thru May. The lectures are maritime related covering such topics as boat design, Bay ecology , menhaden fisheries, transatlantic sailing, multihull boat design and construction, and lighthouse keepers to name a few. The lectures are offered to the community free of charge, though we do ask for donations to help support the program.
Program has been suspended during the Covid 19 Pandemic. However, we expect to resume these lectures in the Fall of 2022.

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Adults
Families

Mathews Maritime Heritage Day is a weekend celebration of the maritime heritage of Mathews County designed to educate and allow visitors to experience the diverse culture inherent to the County. Through exhibits, attendees learn about the watermen and the means by which they earn a living, including: constructing nets, crab pots, engine mechanics, navigation, boat building, fishing, clamming, and seamanship. Program is held on the odd numbered years.

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Adolescents

The Mathews Maritime Heritage Trail (MHHT) is a partnership project established in 2009 to preserve the coastal landscape and tell the history of Mathews County's maritime heritage. It follows the existing Mathews Blueways Water Trail, a 100 mile recreational water trail which is a component of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.  The MMHT differs from the Blueways Trail in that it includes educational historical information about the County's historic wharves, fish and crab packing houses, shipyards, plantations, and environmental sites. To date, it has completed the maritime history of the East River section. The next section to be completed will be Milford Haven.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adolescents

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Mathews Maritime Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
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Board chair

Mrs. Marcy Benouameur

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2025

Marcy Benouameur

Retired

Dennis Crawford

Retired

Dave Machen

Retired

John Bonner

Retired

Don Good

Retired

Ian Pierce

Devorian Marine LLC

Cindi Hodges

Retired

Anne Buhl

Self Employed

Mike Moore

Self Employed

Peter Hall

Retired

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

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