Historic St. Mary’s City wins Best Use of Social Media award
Historic St. Mary’s City was awarded “Best Use of Social Media” at the 41st Annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit
Over 250 tourism professionals gathered to bestow awards and celebrate an outstanding year throughout the state of Maryland and tourism industry. Maryland tourism shows resiliency and honors award recipients from counties across the state, including Howard, Anne Arundel, Annapolis, Washington, Talbot, Charles, Garrett, and St. Mary’s County.
The 41st Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) concluded on November 16, 2022, at the Ocean City Fontainebleau Resort in Ocean City, Maryland. Sponsored and managed by the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC), the summit brings together hundreds of public sector leaders in the hospitality industry each year to network and learn new strategies to benefit tourism businesses and the whole state of Maryland.
As part of the informative, three-day event, annual tourism awards were presented to many deserving recipients, including Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC). The outdoor living
history museum was awarded “Best Use of Social Media” for their “Larry of St. Mary’s” posts from 2021.
In December 2021, HSMC launched “Larry of St. Mary’s” on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). Using “Elf on a Shelf” as inspiration, HSMC staff put together a corn husk doll during a make-and-take opportunity for guests. With a little brown hat, leather pants, and blue shift, the doll echoes the costume of some seen on-site during
hours of operation.
Said Sharol Yeatman, HSMC External Relations Manager, “Our little Larry was able to entertain, teach, and bridge the gap to help make the museum relevant to today’s
audience as well as tomorrow’s visitors.”
About Maryland Tourism Coalition
For over 50 years, the Maryland Tourism Coalition has represented and united varied segments of tour and travel, bringing together the entire industry to enhance business growth and to promote the development of Maryland. They promote business, offer professional development of Maryland. They promote business, offer professional development activities, and enhance our economic impact for the benefit of all Marylanders. Maryland Tourism Coalition works on behalf of its members to affect positive change and defend the industry. Through direct advocacy, Tourism Day and educational sessions, and annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit, members inform and engage elected officials. Diversity is their strength, unity is their power. For more information on MTC and MTTS, please contact Executive Director, Ruth Toomey at 443-563-1315 or email@example.com.
For more information on the Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit, visit
About Historic St. Mary’s City
Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology dedicated to telling the diverse stories of those that lived in this place now called Maryland. For more information about the museum contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or firstname.lastname@example.org.