May 12, 2020
TODAY! Four Rivers Presents a Webinar about Accessibility
While our partners' sites are closed to the public, we know they have been hard at work planning for the future, including ways to fill accessibility "gaps" and welcoming all audiences.

Four Rivers is pleased to offer this FREE webinar TODAY, Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m.

This webinar features Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who will lead a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility. He will focus on the ethical and legal requirements of ADA  compliancy , strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY of planning for all audiences, and how these efforts can improve the visitor experience for all.

Use this link to register:  
This webinar will also be recorded . Thanks!
View Our Newest "Story Project" Video!
The Four Rivers Heritage Story Project tells the powerful stories of the volunteers who work at our heritage sites, to discover how and why they do what they do, knowing that our history is critical to understanding our future.

Our newest Story Project video is about the Model Boats in South County. Watermen have long been an integral part of life in Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the boats they used for their trade go hand-in-hand with their way of life on the water. A few months ago, several organizations from South County came together to showcase the intricate, hand-made wooden boat models that bring to life this key element of a waterman’s life and livelihood. This video features those boat models, as well as interviews with Dorothy Whitman of the Galesville Heritage Society and Peggy L’Hommedieu of the Deale Area Historical Society.

Check Out Our Recent Blog Posts!
During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are some posts you might have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!

Highlighting Our Four Rivers Heritage Sites, Continued
While our local sites are closed t o the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will take this time to highlight our some our attractions , and continue to do so each week until we're all able to explore our heritage area again.
Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park is a 786-acre Maryland state park located along the northwestern shore of the majestic Chesapeake Bay, about a ten-minute drive from downtown Annapolis. The park’s beach (the largest in the area) and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.
View of Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) provides science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems—where the land meets the sea—to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet. 
Mitchell Art Gallery at St. John's College
Mitchell Art Gallery

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery , located on the campus of St. John’s College, is a treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and dedicated to bringing art of world renown to Annapolis since it opened in 1989. It attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits which range in theme and diversity for a gallery of its size.
African American Heritage Preservation Program
Grant Opportunity Details Are Announced
Announcing the 10th anniversary of the African American Heritage Preservation Program grants!

The Maryland Commission on African American Heritage and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust are hosting webinars for prospective applicants for the African American Heritage Preservation Program. Grants are competitively awarded for construction projects on properties important to African American history and culture in Maryland.

You can learn more about the program here .
Applications are available on MHT's website here .

There will be four webinars - three with basics about the program and application requirements, and one with advanced tips for writing a compelling grant proposal.
For questions, please contact Charlotte Lake at or Chanel Compton at .
Upcoming "AASLH Conversations" Webinars
To help the history community address the COVID-19 crisis, AASLH has developed the "AASLH Conversations" webinar series, a space for history practitioners and institutions to share ideas, learn from one another, and keep the field moving forward. Upcoming webinars include:

TODAY, Tuesday, May 12 at 3:00 pm

As colleges and universities have closed for in-person classes in response to the pandemic, students needing hands-on internship experiences to complete their degrees are stuck. Looking to the summer and fall, some faculty have begun to develop protocols for digital internships. At the same time, many museums and historical societies have increased their efforts to digitize materials and curate them in new ways, making them more easily accessible to stay-at-home audiences, and have started COVID-19 related collecting projects. Our panelists will discuss setting up online internships from the perspectives both of academic and public history institutions.

Friday, May 15, 3:00 pm

As the nation is looking toward a gradual reopening of businesses, what should small to mid-sized cultural institutions consider to assure patrons your team is doing all it can to make it safe to return to your place of business. What precautions have you taken, and what procedures have you instituted going forward? How have you adapted your content to virtual platforms and utilized social media to engage your audiences? During this conversation, we hope to uncover solutions small to mid-sized organizations can implement as they begin to reopen their doors to the public.
Cuseum Webinar: Experimenting with New Digital Revenue Streams on the Road to Reopening
Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 pm

Join Brendan Ciecko (CEO and Founder @ Cuseum), Michelle Mileham (Director of Education @ Tracy Aviary), & Laura Houston (Director of Education @ Elmwood Park Zoo) as they explore various ways to monetize virtual programming and digital offerings. This webinar will explore ways to monetize traditional programming that has been shifted to digital platforms, as well as creative ideas that have generated new revenue streams. This discussion will also address some of the challenges related to reopening that cultural organizations are continuing to face.

All Cuseum webinars are FREE and are also recorded for later viewing. These attract a nationwide audience of several thousand for every webinar!

American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting Goes Virtual
American Alliance of Museums Virtual Annual Meeting
May 18 & June 1-4

#AAMvirtual Registration is Now Open!

Envisioning a new future after COVID-19 requires us to ask what decisions we can make that will not only help us overcome the immediate threat, but help us to rebuild a more sustainable, inclusive, and powerful museum field.

In this unprecedented time, many of us are experimenting with new ways to connect, stay engaged, and provide meaningful online experiences. The American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting is going virtual with their Annual Meeting ! Kicking off on International Museums Day, May 18, and continuing June 1-4, the AAM Virtual Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo (#AAMvirtual) will bring you networking opportunities, inspiring programming, and the MuseumExpo to a new virtual experience.

#AAMvirtual will include keynote speakers, over 30 breakout sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, and online networking events to connect with museum professionals from around the globe. Registrants will have access to transcribed recordings of the full program.
Network for Good Webinar: How to Crisis-Proof Your Nonprofit Social Media Strategy
Wednesday, May 13
3:00 pm

Human behavior is shifting towards online and digital as we social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19. People are staying inside, working remotely, and as a result, the in-person events and fundraisers that nonprofits count on have to change.

Nonprofits across the globe are asking:
  • How can we continue to post on social media during the coronavirus pandemic?
  • What's too much, too little, insensitive?
  • How can we stay focused on mission-related content while still addressing COVID-19?
  • How do we as nonprofit professionals start thinking about raising money and connecting with supporters in a different way, in this new environment?
This webinar from Network for Good will tackle all of these questions and more, and you'll be on your way to creating a crisis-proof social media strategy to guide your organization in years to come.
Learn about #MuseumSurvivalKit
You're invited to participate in a collaborative social media project designed to share tips, tricks, and tools rooted in the traditional skills and life ways found in our museums and cultural organizations.

#MuseumSurvivalKit is a collaborative social media project designed to share tips, tricks, and tools ​rooted in the traditional skills and life ways found in our museums and cultural organizations.

It was born from informal conversations about all the know-how our museums preserve and share. Many of the communities we work with and interpret are keepers of cultural knowledge and practical skills that have helped see them through tough times.

A goal of the project is to show how all communities have faced challenges creatively, so we want to feature a diversity of institutions and individuals that interpret many different people and ways of life.

Do you have a question or comment about the project? Contact .
Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit applications for its 2020 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives .

For the purposes of this call, community-based archives are defined as collections of materials gathered, collected, and shared primarily by members of a marginalized community to document their collective histories. These archives play an important role in combatting what UCLA Assistant Professor of Archival Studies Michelle Caswell calls the "symbolic annihilation" of marginalized communities from mainstream memory institutions, and in recognizing that they are essential to the creation of a more inclusive and polyvocal American story.

This year, $1 million in grants for a second cohort of archives will be given, and a third consecutive call for proposals is planned for 2021.
Announcing the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship
The National Park Service, in partnership with Preservation Maryland, is pleased to announce the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship to promote innovation and professional growth in the field of historic preservation. The fellowship is a short-term opportunity to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor. Fellows will receive recognition for a distinguished achievement while creating original preservation training content, performing research, or enhancing leadership and management skills.

This opportunity is aimed at both emerging and seasoned preservation professionals and graduate students enrolled at least part-time in a preservation-related degree program (historic preservation, museum studies, history, archeology, urban planning, architecture, preservation trades, etc.). Applications will be accepted from federal and non-federal applicants.
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