The Chestory Virtual Archive (CVA)

CHESTORY COLLECTION

The Center for the Chesapeake Story (Chestory) Collection represents the life work of Tom Wisner. Tom was an artist and scientist, songwriter, storyteller, performer and educator, who was focused on developing interdisciplinary approaches to environmental education and literacy. The Center for the Chesapeake Story Collection represents the life work of Tom Wisner, which was focused on developing interdisciplinary approaches to environmental education and literacy. Who was Tom Wisner?

The Chestory Collection is currently housed at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD. This collection contains many types of items, including personal journals, lesson plans, artwork, and more. Some of the slides, photographs, and audio/visual materials housed in this collection are not found in the Virtual Exhibit digital format. These can be found at the Calvert Marine Museum, and our staff would be happy to share the collection with you.
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VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

The virtual exhibit is a sample of the large and diverse Chestory Collection of personal papers, artwork, photographic and audiovisual materials, documentation, lessons plans, and more. The transference of the physical materials to digital format allows us to share the work of Tom Wisner with a larger audience and make the resources accessible and available to the public.



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COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

Chesapeake Environmental Literacy (CHEL) provides educational and outreach opportunities for students, educators, and parents to learn, teach, and connect with their home watersheds and everyone who lives in it. Click to read more...
What is the Chesapeake Environmental Literacy project?


CHESTORY

As the year 2000 opened, a group of Chesapeake artists, scientists, and citizen activists, educators, poets, writers and waterfolk gathered around a hope: That it is possible to change the quality of the story driving us and our culture toward a deeper, more joyful and life-giving relationship with the place in which we live.

We think that art, song, and story can help us connect with the deep spiritual experience of the Chesapeake chapter in the on-going story of the Universe.

The Center for the Chesapeake Story (Chestory) was co-founded by Tom Wisner and Sara Ebenrech Leeland in 2000, and in 2010 transitioned to sponsorship by CHEARS.