Nancy Robertson, Chair
Nancy E. Robertson was born and raised here in Wicomico County. She attended Pemberton Elementary School, Wicomico Jr. High (Wicomico Middle),Wicomico Senior High(Wicomico High). She worked various jobs in Salisbury, Peninsula Regional Med Ct. and Salisbury State University. While working in Salisbury, she became interested in volunteering at the Nabb Research Center searching her Ancestors and history of Wicomico Co. She belongs to various organizations including American Legion Post 194, VFW Post 94, Friends of Wicomico Library, Ward Museum, Nabb Center, and Poplar Hill Mansion and Past President of Wicomico Co. Womens Slow Pitch Softball League. She attended Civil War Re-enactments and Native American Pow-Wows’ which are wonderful. She has been searching Robertson/Huston records for her personal connections to the Mansion. It would be awesome to have ties there for she can be proud. George W. Robertson was an Orphans Court Judge around the 1870’s . She is fascinated by the history of the mansion. It would be so exciting to learn more about it would love for the community to know more about this historic showplace in our area.
Jeanne Mears, Vice Chair
Sharon Murphy, Treasurer
Sharon Murphy attended Wicomico County Schools and is a graduate of Wicomico Senior High School. She retired from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office with 35 years of service. Sharon is a past president and member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 237 in Hebron, Maryland. She is currently the treasurer at Camp ESPA, located in Rhodesdale, Maryland. This camp is a non-profit run by the Eastern Shore Police Association for children between the ages of 9 and 12 at no cost to the campers. Sharon is a member of the local AARP Chapter and a Maryland licensed Realtor since 2008. While researching Revolutionary War ancestors; she volunteers with the DAR making lap robes for veterans. Sharon is a docent at PHM conducting tours and also volunteers to help prepare and serve teas. Her hobbies include crocheting, knitting, cross stitch, quilting and visiting historical properties. She lives in Salisbury with her husband, Bill, has two (2) children and seven (7) grandchildren. Sharon feels that it is our responsibility to future generations to preserve our history. How lucky we are to have such a fine home, as Poplar Hill Mansion to show and inform visitors of that history.
Hsin Cheu, Corresponding Secretary/Membership Chair
Hsin (pronounced “Shin”) Cheu is our youngest board member. Hsin is an avid photographer and recently won a prize from Wicomico County Tourism for his entry into their photo contest for best representation of Wicomico County. He will be bringing this passion to PHM and will be taking professional grade pictures at most of our events. Hsin also specializes in graphic design, website design, and social media. He will be working with us to increase our presence on social media, utilizing sites like Instagram. Hsin has done websites for other non-profits, civic organizations, and public figures. Hsin has also worked with Camp Odyssey in Salisbury, known for their outstanding programs and leaders that keep families returning year after year for amazing experiences and all around fun. A member of the Eastern Shore Running Club, in what spare time he has, Hsin participates in several charitable running events throughout the year in Salisbury.
Ginny attended Salisbury University, where she met her husband of 41 years, Bill; her studies were in American History & American Literature. She was a “stay at home Mom” and reentered the work force when her children (3) were in school. She worked as the head teller for Maryland State Bank, now BB&T, Secretary at Hess Apparel, Office Manager Valley National Gases, Office Manager Barton Malow Construction Company and is currently the Administrative Support Technician to the Director of Community Development for the City of Salisbury. She earned her Certified Administrative Professional–Organizational Management designation in May 2006 and recertified in May 2011. She is the current Delaware-Maryland-District of Columbia Division Vice President of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and was the local chapter’s (Tri-County Chapter) delegate to the Association’s Annual Meeting which was held in Anaheim California in July. She has six grandchildren and in her spare time enjoys sitting on the beach, reading mysteries, and counted cross stitch.
Carol Smith, Grants Chair
Carol is a former Board Chair at PHM. Carol has a long history of public service. She has worked for different government agencies, including the U.S. Courts and U.S. Marshalls, in the capacity of administration, program logistics, and grant writing and fundraising. She brings this specialty to PHM and will be the new Chair of our Grants Committee. Carol also has a special place in her heart for and contributes to the arts, cultural programs, and historic preservation. She has a passion for the meticulous care of historic buildings and making sure that every detail is attended to. Carol is also a Member of Parsons Cemetery Advisory Committee in Salisbury, and during her tenure, they have continued and expanded in their efforts to beautify the cemetery. Carol and her husband, Darryl, are enjoying retirement by spending time doing the things they love, such as boating, and being with the people they love, such as their friends and grandchildren.
Betsy was PHM’s very first President in 1975 and helped to organize the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion to make sure that PHM would be preserved and maintained as a museum. She is a long time Newtown Neighborhood resident and has held PHM near and dear to her heart for a very long time. She and her husband, Wirt, own several properties throughout Salisbury. Wirt specializes in historic renovation and preservation and has helped to restore, among other buildings in Salisbury, the Charles H. Chipman Center. Betsy has always had a special love of history and has made contributions to historic organizations on the Delmarva Peninsula. She is also a member of many historic, cultural, and civic organizations, including the Samuel Chase Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Salisbury. Betsy also worked for many years with pre-school education and hopes to bring in more children’s activities to the Mansion. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys spending time with her granddaughter and doing homeschool activities.
Shanie was a longtime City Council member in District One and has remained active in City, still looking out for those who need a voice. She devotes her time to public service and actively works with local civic and church organizations to be sure community needs are being met. Shanie especially works with Salisbury’s African-American community to bring awareness to their needs, make sure that their communities throughout the city stay safe, and eradicate any injustices that they may be facing. Her strong ties to cultural awareness can also be seen in her capacity as the Board Chair of the Charles H. Chipman Center in Salisbury. As many of you know, this is the former John Wesley M.E. Church, founded by former slaves, including Levin Huston from PHM. Shanie wants to create stronger ties between communities throughout Salisbury and make sure that everyone knows of the rich and powerful history that African-Americans have contributed to Salisbury. Shanie also has a passion for youth activities and spends much of her spare time with youth, especially her own grandchildren.
Sarah Meyers, Curator
Sarah has lived on the Eastern Shore for over 27 years and is a 2001 graduate of Salisbury University with a BA in History, specializing in military history. In college, she served as an intern for the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, MD, where she had a paper published, Smoke on the Pocomoke: Military Activities on the Pocomoke River 1635-Present. She also worked part time for a local archaeologist and eventually became the Assistant Director of the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, DE. During her tenure, she participated in underwater archaeological digs, researched and built numerous exhibits, lectured to many civic organizations and adult classes, wrote interpretive media, and did artifact restoration. Sarah then became the Executive Director at Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, before working briefly in politics as a Constituent Liaison for State Senator Jim Mathias. She joined the staff at Poplar Hill Mansion in July of 2013.
The City of Salisbury is now accepting applications for new board members for Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion. If you are interested, and have a desire to use your talents and skills on this working board, please send a letter of interest to:
Mayor Jake Day
City of Salisbury
125 N. Division Street, Room 304
Salisbury, MD 21801-4940