Alongside event host Southern Maryland National Heritage Area, Preservation Maryland celebrated the premiere of “Grandma’s Hands,” a short film about Southern Maryland’s agricultural and food heritage, taking viewers along to six family kitchens and sharing the recipes passed down through generations.

“Voices of previous generations resound through our food,” said writer, director and host of the film, Craig Sewell, of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland. “Our Grandmas’ hands made the meals that touched our senses, kept alive our traditions, and nourished our souls.”

The film featured recipes from LaWann Stribling & Chris and Kayla Griffith

The film was funded through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, of which the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area (SMNHA) is a part. National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Contained within Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, and southern Prince George’s counties, SMNHA brings federal, state and private resources to promote heritage tourism, conserve natural landscapes and enhance the local economy.

Photos c/o Brandon Payne for the Southern Maryland National Heritage Area