Maria Wood is newly appointed executive director of Historical Society

CHESTERTOWN — Maria Wood has been appointed executive director of the Historical Society of Kent County, the nonprofit announced in a news release.

She met Historical Society members at their annual holiday party on Dec. 15.

She will begin working full time Jan. 2, when the society’s office at the Bordley History Center (301 High St.) re-opens after a holiday hiatus.

A Chestertown resident with deep Eastern Shore roots, Wood brings a wealth of “relevant experience” to her new position, according to the news release.

“From her days at Smith College to founding a national non-profit for children’s music to producing a film about sea level rise on the Eastern Shore, Wood has covered the landscape of projects that reach deep into the community,” the news release states.

“Her course at Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, her occasional Chestertown Spy articles, and her leadership at RiverArts make her well-known in Kent County. We are very fortunate to have someone with her breadth of experience and talent join us as the Society strives to rebuild and expand after the pandemic,” Historical Society President Barbara Jorgenson said in the news release.

“History never feels very far away in Kent County, where Chestertown’s Historic District is also a present-day business district, generational family farms still dot the county’s landscape, and our towns and villages actively celebrate the roots of their Eastern Shore heritage,” Wood said in the news release.

She added: “I’ve long appreciated the Historical Society of Kent County for the way it makes our history accessible: from exhibits at the Bordley Building, to an extensive archive and library, to author talks, historic tours, and community events. It will be a real pleasure to work with the staff and board on continuing and expanding the programs, events, and exhibits. There is a lot to learn and discover here, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Beginning Jan. 2, Wood can be reached at 410-778-3499 or by email at

The Historical Society of Kent County office is open for phone calls and emails weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Its library and archives remain open only by appointment.

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