February 4, 2020
The Black Vote Mural Project – Opening Reception, Save the Date!
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Saturday, February 15
VIP Reception: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Reception 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

This exhibit explores the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote. 

Artists: Steuart Hill Academic Academy, Ryan Allen, Bowie State University (Public Arts Class), Nikki Brooks, Jay Coleman, Brandon Donahue, Olivia Gittens, Jabari Jefferson, Gina Lewis, Megan Lewis, Greta Chapin McGill, Future History Now, Latoya D. Peoples, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell, James Terrell, and Ernest Shaw. To register, click here .
Make Your Reservations Now for Annapolis Restaurant Week
February 29-March 8

Get your friends and family together for a fun time surrounded by great food in Annapolis!

The first week in March participating Annapolis restaurants offer prix fixe menus for you to enjoy. You can indulge in a two-course breakfast, two-course lunch or three-course dinner. Some restaurants even have bonus specials! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to treat yourself or your friends to delicious meals at reasonable prices. Reservations are recommended as this is a popular week to dine out. Find a list of participating restaurants .
Projectile Point Workshop: The Bob Ogle Collection
Thursday, February 6
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab is hosting free workshops for volunteers to help with processing the Bob Ogle collection, which includes 13,000 years of Maryland artifacts, especially Native American projectile points and ceramics. Come learn how to identify and classify these fascinating remnants of Maryland’s past!

Did you know? The Lost Towns Project , in conjunction with Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division, accepts volunteers of all ages to help process artifacts from across the county in the Anne Arundel Archaeology Laboratory. Email for more information.

​Free to participate. Sign up online . No experience is necessary; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Come when you are available!
Lecture on Bay Ridge – “Queen Resort of the Chesapeake”: The Victorian Years (1880-1903)
Thursday, February 6
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues with Bay Ridge – “Queen Resort of the Chesapeake”: The Victorian Years (1880-1903)

  • A detailed account of the turn-of-the-century decades when Bay Ridge flourished as a grand Victorian resort served by steamship and train
  • Transition from post-Civil War to Victorian Resort to First 2 Anne Arundel County Fairs, along with the developments in between

Presenter: Carol Patterson | Author and Local Historian

Carol Cushard Patterson received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She and her husband, Noel, live in Bay Ridge where they raised two children and now enjoy three grandchildren. Carol is co-author, along with Jane Wilson McWilliams, of Bay Ridge on the Chesapeake, 1986. Over the past 25 years she has given talks and slide presentations about the Bay Ridge Victorian resort to various heritage organizations and as guest speaker aboard the schooner Woodwind during summer evening cruises near Bay Ridge.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door.
United States Naval Academy Band: Blues & Gold
Friday, February 7
7:30 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Open Seating
In the Main Theatre 

The Naval Academy Band's newest ensemble, Blues & Gold, will perform at Maryland Hall. Under the direction of Chief Musician Rory Cherry, Blues & Gold will perform classic blues and blues-infused music from artists such as B.B. King and Muddy Waters, and contemporary hits by guitar virtuosi Joe Bonamassa and Eric Clapton.

The Naval Academy Band has been providing music for the Brigade of Midshipmen and the surrounding community since 1852. Located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, this premier military band offers world-class ensembles which perform a variety of musical styles, ranging from classical to contemporary.

Naval Academy Band concerts are free and open to the public. For more information about the band, including its history and performance schedule, please visit .
Lecture Series Begins: LGBTQ+ History in Maryland: Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality in 2020
Saturday, February 8
10:00 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Each Saturday at Historic London Town and Gardens, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region.

On Saturday, February 8, Dr. Christopher Mielke will present “More than Friends: The Queer Chesapeake in the 18th, 19th, & 20th Centuries.” This will be a stationary version of his Three Centuries of Queer Annapolis walking tour, including stories of Revolutionary War generals, African-American schoolteachers, a quack doctor called the “monopolize of her own sex,” and many more.

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.
State House Celebration Coming up on Feb. 15!
10:00 AM Invocation and Welcome: Rev. Tamara D. England Wilson, D.Min., followed by Millicent Sparks, A Living History Portrayal of Harriet Tubman

11:00 AM Ken Morris, Jr. Descendant of Frederick Douglass, History, Human Rights and the Power of One

12:00 PM Musical performance by The Extensions of Faith Praise Choir 

1:00 PM Kate Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero followed by Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, author of If I Survive: Frederick Douglass and Family in the Walter O. Evans Collection

3:00 PM Panel discussion with speakers Ken Morris, Jr., Kate Larson, Celeste-Marie Bernier, and Tubman descendant Tina Wyatt, moderated by Chris Haley of the Maryland State Archives

10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Children’s Activities provided by National Park Service 

Download the flyer here.
Next Week! Lunch and Learn – Overlooked Stories from the Archives
Wednesday, February 12
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Retired State Archivist of Maryland

Join the next Lunch and Learn at the Maryland State Archives . What do the first fugitive returned under the infamous 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the daughter of an English convict destined for Annapolis have in Common? Focusing on the lives of two under appreciated Maryland residents, one of 19th Century Baltimore and the other of 18th Century Annapolis, former State Archivist Ed Papenfuse will lead the lunch and learn audience on his journey through local and British archives in search of their stories.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this free event at  or  410-260-6443 .

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.
African American Heritage Walking Tour
Special Tour Offered During Black History Month! Retrace the journey from the first ships of slavery to the stories of success. 

February 16th
$20/Adults, $10/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tour Annapolis with a period-dressed guide on this unique walking tour that explores African American heritage. African Americans have, for over 300 years, comprised a significant portion of the population of the state of Maryland, our county and the city of Annapolis.

During colonial times, the labor of both slaves and free blacks was the cornerstone upon which the tobacco economy was built. In the nineteenth century, Maryland was home to more free African Americans than any other state. Twenty-first century Maryland continues to grow because of the important contributions made by her African American citizens. This tour is an award winning African American tour in Maryland.

Trace the rich and authentic journey of African Americans in Maryland exploring their global contributions. Annapolis is a microcosm of Maryland African American heritage, a long hidden treasure reflecting this important facet of our history and culture. Annapolis Tours by Watermark offers visitors an opportunity to explore "Another Side of the Story" on this Annapolis tour .
Chesapeake Bay Storytellers Training
The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the National Park Service are partnering to provide free training for Chesapeake Bay guides, watermen and women, and water-based tour providers . Enhance your tours or create new ones. Engage with experts about Chesapeake Bay nature, heritage, ecology, and stewardship. Improve your presentation skills. Discover how to make your tours interactive and engaging for your customers. 

Upon completion of the training and preparation of a water-based tour with Chesapeake Bay thematic messages, participants will receive official recognition and promotion of their tour business or organization as a Chesapeake Bay Storyteller. A $400 stipend per participant will be provided to help defray costs of attendance, travel and meals. Each session is limited to 20 participants . Once the first 20 spots are filled, other registrants will be put on a wait list.
Save the Dates for Maryland Day Weekend!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations.

Save the date now! If your site wants to participate this year and hasn't already signed up, please contact the event Coordinator, Cindy Borchardt . Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
Four Rivers Heritage Area | 410-222-1805 | |