NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
March 12, 2019
Coming Soon -- Maryland Day Celebration 2019!
Get ready for Maryland Day Celebration Weekend 2019! Celebrate the State of Maryland at more than 40 historic and cultural sites in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County.
This year the Maryland Day Celebration is March 29-31.


12th Annual Event! Every year Maryland's birthday weekend is marked with family-friendly activities celebrating its rich history and culture. Experience Maryland's history and culture at more than 40 sites between Annapolis and South County with a special admission price at each location of $1 or FREE. For details, visit the event website here .
Maryland History Lecture Series at St. John's College TONIGHT!
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 pm
Francis Scot Key Auditorium
St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

Lecture, Photos and Stories by Stephanie Sperling and Jay Fleming

Archeologists throughout the Chesapeake are in a race against time to record sites that are threatened by the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, eroding coasts, and intense storms have washed away countless resources, some dating back thousands of years. Sinking land and rampant development have exacerbated the problem. Throughout the region, professional archaeologists are working with concerned citizens to excavate sites and record data before much of our coastal history is lost forever.

Stephanie Sperling, former director of archaeological research for Anne Arundel County Archaeology Group/Lost Towns Project, will discuss work she has undertaken to combat this problem over the last decade and share stories from other archaeological digs throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Jay Fleming, noted local Chesapeake Bay author and photographer, will present feature stories and photos from the making of his book Working the Water , a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay—America’s largest estuary. He will also be sharing photographs from his forthcoming book Island Life , which uses photography and prose to explore the rich environment and culture of Smith and Tangier, the last two inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay.

A question and answer period will follow. Learn more here.
Women in William Paca’s Life - Lecture Thursday!
Thursday, March 14
10:00 am-12:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Some of these women will be familiar to you: Mary Chew Paca, his wife; perhaps his mother-in-law, Henrietta Maria Lloyd Chew Dulany; maybe his niece, Henrietta Maria Dorsey. But his daughter Henrietta Maria? Less likely. These three women and some forty-odd others whom we can identify by name will be the subject of historian Jean Russo’s presentation. Learn more here.

Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission
Free Lecture - Pirates and Privateers on the Chesapeake
Wednesday March 20
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis

Speaker: 
Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist 

Join the Maryland State Archives to learn who were motivated by religion and who by politics; who was a surgeon, an anthropologist and the founder of one of the most respectable colleges on the East Coast, and who guided and influenced geographers, naturalists, explorers, and even the Royal and American Navies for centuries.

Bring your lunch and your questions. All are welcome! Learn more here.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP at  emily.squires@maryland.gov  or  410-260-6443 .
Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

Also, be sure to sign up for the next Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00, featuring the free lecture "Maryland: A History" with Dr Jean Russo!
Captain’s Canvas at the Captain Avery Museum
Thursday, March 14
7:00-9:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E. West Shady Side Road, Shady Side

Discover your inner ‘artiste’ with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other!
Two-hour class includes a glass of wine, all art materials, an apron, and expert instruction.

New Canvas for March –  Parker’s Creek, Deale
Bring a Friend ! Cost: $40. Register here.
Sign up Now! Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse – 2019 Tour Dates
Built in 1875 and now a National Historic Landmark, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (TPSL) is the last "intact" lighthouse of its kind left in its original location. The lighthouse has been beautifully restored by the U.S. Lighthouse Society, which operates tours in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum. These excursions provide the only exclusive interior tours; guests are guided by an experienced lighthouse docent as they learn the history of the light, the life of a keeper in the early days, and the role of our modern-day Coast Guard.

2019 Tour Dates
June 8 & 15 ∙ July 6, 13, 27 ∙ August 3, 17, & 31 ∙ September 7 & 28 ∙ October 5
 
Details:     Two tours are offered each day, at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Tours are two hours and include 30 minute boat rides to and from the lighthouse, with opportunities to photograph the lighthouse from every angle, and a one-hour interior tour.
 
Location:  Tours depart from the docks of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
(723 Second St., Annapolis)
 
Tickets:     $80.00 per person
(Funds are used for the continued restoration of the lighthouse.)
 
Additional Information: For more information on the tours or to purchase tickets, please visit amaritime.org or uslhs.org .
Special Exhibition: Artwork by Joanne S. Scott: 60 Year Retrospective
March 7 - April 26, 2019
Chaney Gallery, 2nd floor
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Joanne S. Scott was one of the cofounders of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in 1978. Her career as an artist and poet spans 60 years and includes mediums from acrylic and watercolor to lithography, etching, and various other printmaking techniques. This retrospective reflects Scott's love of the outdoors. Her poetry, which will be showcased in the exhibition, was inspired by her time spent in Annapolis raising her family and sailing its' waters. 

Joanne S. Scott shares through her work a sense of the beauty and mystical essence that she finds in nature. In addition to the paintings in opaque and transparent media, in watercolor, inks and oil, she also works in various print media, which includes drypoint, aquatint and monotype. Learn more here.
Veterans Sought for Traditional Trades
In partnership with the National Park Service's National Historic Preservation Training Center based in Frederick, Preservation Maryland's newest effort, The Campaign for Historic Trades, is assisting with the recruitment of post-9/11 veterans to participate in a dynamic trades apprenticeship program.
The Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP) provides an immersive, six-month experience for veterans to develop historic preservation trade skills as they maintain and care for monuments, memorials, and structures in our national parks.
Candidates are being recruited right now for apprenticeships that will begin in April 2019.

Program participants can expect to:
  • Make a meaningful impact on our national parks and historic communities that will last for generations.
  • Develop highly-marketable job skills for the construction trades industry.
  • Receive a National Center for Construction Education and Research graduation certificate.
  • Work with a team of individuals who share a similar passion for history and craftsmanship.
  • Have a fun, paid experience.

Applicants must be 18-35 years of age, a United States citizen or legal resident, and be in possession of a certificate of release or discharge from active duty with a discharge status of honorable or general under honorable conditions. Learn more here.

Funding for the National Capital Region cohort of veterans was generously provided by  Tauck  through a grant to Preservation Maryland’s The Campaign for Historic Trades.
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