July 30, 2019
Events at Hammond-Harwood House this Week!
Exploring Botanical Art in the Museum with Titian Peale

Wednesday, July 31
10:00 am
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
The interests of the Peale family painters expanded beyond the canvas and out into the natural world. Patriarch Charles Willson Peale inspired a love of science in his youngest son, Titian, when he established his natural history museum. Titian Peale became a noted naturalist and botanical artist. In this hands-on program participants will learn what herbs were cultivated in 18th and 19th century Maryland and how they were used for cooking and medicine. The program features a scavenger hunt and tour of the museum. Children will make their own botanical drawing. Learn more here .
William Buckland’s Annapolis Walking Tour

Saturday, August 3
10:00 am
Ridout House
120 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
Join a walking tour of downtown Annapolis to celebrate William Buckland’s birthday, and learn about his life, see firsthand his designs, and explore the unique features he created. Tour will start at Ridout House at 120 Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis. Learn more here.

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
The MCAAHC Congratulates the 2019 "We Rise!" Legacy Award Recipients
Our colleagues at the MCAAHC would like to extend a special thank you to the recipients of the 2019 "We Rise!" Legacy Awards for their exemplary service and for upholding the Commission's mission of preserving black history in Maryland. Awards were presented during the recent Legacy Symposium at Morgan State University. For photos from the event, click here .
2019 We Rise! Legacy Awardees

  • Welcome Legacy Award: the Honorable Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Emerging Welcome Legacy Award: the Honorable Julian Ivey, Maryland State Delegate
  • Quarles Legacy Award: Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • MCAAHC Chairman’s Award: John W. Franklin
  • Stewardship Award: Harriet Tubman National Park and Angela Crenshaw
  • Ambassador Award: Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither
  • Philanthropy Award: Eddie & Sylvia Brown
  • Preservation Award: Friends of the Stanley Institute, Inc. and Herschel Johnson

Congratulations to all!
Explore the New African American Heritage Trail
Anne Arundel County Government, the Lost Towns Project, and the Four Rivers Heritage Area are pleased to introduce African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail . The heritage trail acknowledges and celebrates contributions by African Americans over the County’s 370-year history; its families, people, historic places, events, struggles, and accomplishments through, slavery, emancipation, voting rights, desegregation and the continued fight for Civil Rights today. 

This Storymap website was developed by the Lost Towns Project, a county nonprofit, with Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources department professionals, community historians and partners, and numerous others. It was funded in part by a grant by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Congratulations to all involved for an invaluable new resource!
Website visitors to the virtual heritage trail will discover local history through videos, images, and maps, sources which reveal information about the lives of African Americans in the county. Unique historic sites, places and buildings serve to document the communities and special places significant to African American heritage (some still standing, and others now gone.) The sites highlighted in this virtual trail also touch on sometimes challenging histories, which can help us all better understand both our past and the present. 
Tides & Tunes Continues with the Eastport Oyster Boys
Thursday, August 1
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis
The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.
The August 1 concert will feature The Eastport Oyster Boys , a troupe of Chesapeake Bay Troubadours celebrating life here in the “Land of Pleasant Living” and along the shores of the Chesapeake… through song and story, and mirth… The Eastport Oyster Boys have been acclaimed as the Musical Goodwill Ambassadors from the City of Annapolis, the Maritime Republic of Eastport and the Chesapeake.
Save the Date! Exhibit Opening: Doing The Work, Celebrating 50 Years of MCAAHC
Saturday, August 10
3:00-5:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture’s mission to discover, document, preserve, collect, and promote Maryland’s African American heritage is demonstrated through its educational and public programs, preservation and funding programs, and the collections housed by the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM).

This exhibit showcases ephemera, photographs, and archival documents to detail the history and impact of MCAAHC. Doing the Work invites visitors to learn about the Commission’s impact on their local communities and consider their personal role in preserving Maryland’s African American heritage. Click here to register for the exhibit opening.
Coming Soon! Celtic Weekend at London Town
Saturday - Sunday, August 10 – 11
Visit London Town for a one-of-a-kind Living History Weekend: Celtic Weekend. We will be celebrating Celtic heritage all weekend long with live music, with Tweedsyde and the Devil’s Tailors, black powder demonstrations, hearth cooking with the Appin Regiment, woodworking with Seneca Creek Joinery, The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis wearing kilts and sashes, showing examples of tartan, and doing a poetry reading. Learn more here .
Join Annapolis Green - It Starts with a Straw
In the next few weeks you’re going to hear more about plastic pollution as Annapolis Green partners with the City of Annapolis on a late-summer campaign to reduce single-use plastics of all types. Stay tuned and do your bit right now:

  • Say no to throw-away plastic water bottles; fill up your reusables instead.
  • When shopping, choose products that are not packaged in plastic.
  • Take plastic bags (bread wrappers, newspaper bags, plastic film (such as Saran Wrap) to grocery stores for proper recycling.
  • Are you still using plastic straws? Really? If so, bring them to Annapolis Green (92 Maryland Avenue) or to Hobo Bags (194 Green Street) for proper recycling in our TerraCycle boxes. If you put them in regular recycling they will end up in the landfill. Don’t let your straw add to plastic pollution. Learn more here.
Final Call for Six-to-Fix Projects -- Friday!
Deadline - Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5PM EST.
If you are engaged in preserving a special historic place and could use some help, Preservation Maryland encourages you to apply to be part of the next class of Six-to-Fix projects!
The goal of Six-to-Fix is simple — but the work is hard. Preservation Maryland will select six threatened historic sites around the state that could benefit from the organization’s assistance, and through a cooperative partnership with the applicants, we help put these sites on a new trajectory towards a better state of preservation.
In evaluating potential projects, Preservation Maryland will consider how submitted projects address topics of representation and diversity open space conservation and smart growth, using new technologies, and a project’s overall impact on the community.   Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Jessica Feldt , Preservation Initiatives Manager before submitting an application. Learn more here
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