June 9, 2020
Maryland Day is Unpaused!
Maryland Day: Unpaused will take place through June 29.

The Maryland Day celebration event originally scheduled for March is now back with free events during the month of June. You can enjoy virtually with your family and friends at no cost. There are also a few in-person activities that you can enjoy with your family. This new collection of events is called Maryland Day: Unpaused.

With so many things placed on hold, we are here to highlight our Maryland Day partners’ re-openings post Covid-19, with new online content, virtual experiences, and outdoor places to explore. Please check back to the event website often as we update our Maryland Day: Unpaused page with great family activities to share. Note: some of our partners expect to present their originally-planned Maryland Day events later in the year; we will share that information as well, when schedules are determined.
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Resources for Nonprofits
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!

Paca Garden Plant Sale Tradition Continues
Through June 12

It’s the William Paca Garden Plant Sale – reimagined! A tradition for over 40 years, the William Paca Garden Plant Sale will still provide the opportunity to take home a piece of history, but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve had to get a bit creative.
The William Paca Garden Plant Sale will operate on a pre-order/curbside pickup model through June 12, 2020.
  • Online ordering is currently open! Ordering will be open through 12 pm on June 11th, or while supplies last. The link will be posted here and on our social media pages.
  • Orders will be scheduled for curbside pickup at 1 Martin Street from June 5th through 12th (M-F: 10 am – 12 pm, Sat: 10 am – 2 pm, Sun: 11 am – 2 pm). When you order, you’ll be able to select your date and time for curbside pick-up.
AASLH Conversation: Working with Boards During a Crisis
Wednesday, June 10
3:00 pm

Working effectively with boards is especially important during times of crisis. Join Cathy Fields, Irene Rodriguez, and Norman Burns as they discuss how they have been working with their boards to tackle the every-changing challenges of the current pandemic. They will discuss the importance of communication, adaptability, and the changing dynamics of how to govern properly moving forward.  Register here .

All webinars in this series are $5 members / $10 nonmembers, or can be accessed for free using the promo code 'FREEWBR20'. Please make sure you're logged in to a member or nonmember profile before registering and using the promo code.
New Virtual Tour Available -- William Brown House
We've added a new Virtual Experience to our webpage!

Between 1758 and 1764, William Brown, carpenter, ferrymaster and tavern keeper, built his large Georgian house to be a tavern. It overlooks the ferry landing in the busy port town of London on the South River. 
In the 1780's, Brown lost the house to his creditors, and it became a rental property as the town faded away. In 1828, it was purchased by Anne Arundel County as the almshouse. It continued to shelter those in need until 1965.
Today, the William Brown House is the heart of the historic area at Historic London Town and Gardens . Now a National Historic Landmark, you can take a virtual tour of this building to learn more about the people who lived and worked there.
Independent Artist Awards - Call for Panelists
MSAC relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects IAA panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 

Selected IAA panelists serve on one or two panels as described below. Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.

What does a panelist do?
Selected panelists: 
  • Attend one in-person or virtual training session.
  • Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
  • Attend one Regional panel meeting. Select panelists will also attend one State panel meeting. Regional meetings will take place in October 2020. The State meeting will occur in mid-November 2020. 

*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applicants per region. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time from late August 2020 through the panel meeting(s). 

Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews. Apply to become a panelist.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59 p.m.
Crew Needed for Annapolis Maritime Museum's Wilma Lee
Looking to spend more time out on the water this summer? The Annapolis Maritime Museum is seeking volunteer crew members to join their fun team on the historic Wilma Lee skipjack!

There will be an “Open House” on Tuesday June 9 th from 10am – 11:30am and 6pm – 7:30pm onboard the Wilma Lee , docked at the Museum Campus. Captain Rick will spend time explaining the various cruises that are planned each day and will be able to answer your questions about the role as Crew Member.

Please respond to Captain Rick to save your spot/register for the Open House.
New "How-to" Videos from Maryland State Archives
The Maryland State Archives has debuted two more new YouTube videos, an "Introduction to Vital Records" and a brief tutorial on Baltimore City Vowel Indexes, to better help you research indexes from home.

Along with assisting our users remotely and filling paid orders, they are still working hard on new YouTube tutorials, so stay tuned and subscribe at
Rescheduled #AAMvirtual Session: Reopening and COVID-19
"Reopening and COVID-19:
Insights from other sectors and regions"

Thursday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Reopening in the COVID-19 era presents an unprecedented set of challenges for cultural institutions: when to reopen, safeguards for employees and guests, and ensuring employees and guests feel comfortable returning. The goal of this session, led by McKinsey & Company, is to support leaders of cultural institutions in planning for reopening by highlighting insights from organizations in other sectors and regions, including those that have already started reopening. Attendees will leave with a practical set of frameworks and case study examples that they can apply at their institutions in planning to reopen.

Space is limited and at the request of the presenters, this session will not be recorded. Register for this webinar .
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