April 2, 2019
"Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern" Starts this Week !
The year is 1763. You and your travel companions wake to find yourselves locked inside Ferguson Tavern. While your memories of the prior evening are a little fuzzy, you quickly realize that your travel papers and money are missing and that your ship is leaving in just one hour! Can you make it out in time?

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern   is the first escape room experience created by Historic London Town and Gardens. Escape rooms are real life interactive games where players must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes if they hope to escape in an hour or less. For this experience, we have turned the Lord Mayor’s Tenement (one of our reconstructed colonial buildings) into Elizabeth Ferguson’s tavern. Working in groups of 4 to 10 players, you will have the opportunity to match wits against Elizabeth to see if you can escape her tavern.

Cost: $30 per member or $35 per non-member.

Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 5, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 5:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 7, 5:00 (Sold Out!) and 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 13, 5:00 and 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 21, 5:00 and 7:00 pm
Lunch and Learn Goes to the Movies: Mr. Besley’s Forest
Wednesday, April 3
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Ms.Cheryle Franceschi

In honor of Arbor Day, please join us for a screening of a film documenting Maryland’s deep roots in conservation, forestry, history, and the National Big Tree program. In 1906, the State Board of Forestry in Maryland was third in the nation to establish a system of forests, parks, and selected natural resource open-spaces. Fred W. Besley was appointed by Governor Edwin Warfield to become Maryland’s first State Forester. Mr. Besley served for 36 years. Today, Marylanders are learning his lessons of forest conservation, and listening to the music of the trees. Please join us for a screening of the beautiful documentary, Mr. Besley’s Forest and hear from the film’s writer, producer and director, Ms.Cheryle Franceschi. For more information, view the  trailer of the film.

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions. Learn more here.
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society Presents " Ethics and Genetic Genealogy"
Thursday, April 4
7:00-9:30 pm
Severna Park United Methodist Church
731 Benfield Road, Severna Park

Featuring guest speaker Andrew Hochreiter

Taking a DNA test and looking at your matches is easy. But the ethical questions that can arise are not. Andrew Hochreiter will help us navigate the minefield of ethical considerations associated with DNA testing – taking the test, asking others to test, revealing unexpected discoveries, and the use of DNA databases by law enforcement.

Andrew Hochreiter, MEd, MIS, is a genetic genealogist with over 28 years of experience in genealogical research and 12 years involved with genetic genealogy. He manages multiple DNA surname projects and has successfully applied DNA to trace several related family branches overseas. Mr. Hochreiter instructs continuing education courses in basic and advanced genetic genealogy at
Howard and Anne Arundel Community Colleges, and is a facilitator for the genetic genealogy module of the on-line Genealogical Research Course at Boston University. He has been a speaker for numerous organizations and belongs to numerous genealogy organizations. Mr. Hochreiter was featured on two Bavarian TV programs for his genealogical work tracing relatives in Germany using DNA. He is a great enthusiast and user of genetic genealogy as a valuable method to trace family history and solve genealogical problems.

For more information about this meeting or AAGS, go to Or call the Kuethe Library 410-760-9679 (Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10 am – 4 pm)
Hammond-Harwood House offers John Shaw Walking Tour in Downtown Annapolis
Saturday, April 6
10:00 am
Tour meets at the Old Treasury Building in State Circle, Annapolis

This tour explores the fascinating life of acclaimed 18th century Scottish-born cabinetmaker John Shaw. The tour visits his workshop, church, and the homes of his clients. The tour meets at the Old Treasury Building in State Circle.

$15 per person/$10 Members
For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email

Difficulty level: 4 out of 10; some steps required. Learn more here.
“Bates, Center of Excellence: Memories of Bates Teachers” will appear on DCTV!
This documentary was created by the Kunta Kinte – Alex Haley Foundation as part of its ongoing effort to promote legacy endeavors in the city of Annapolis and throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The documentary is based on the reflections and recounting of memories from interviews of 15 former teachers of Bates High School. It tells the story of Bates from the prospective of educators who had firsthand experiences in teaching at this secondary school prior to the integration of public schools in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1960s. Wiley H. Bates, the only high school for African-Americans in the era of segregation, remains a source of honor and pride for generations of city and county residents.

The airing schedule is below. See more here.

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 1

Bates Center of Excellence Pt 2
Celebrate Poetry Month with the Annapolis Arts Alliance: "The Poetry of Pictures"
April is National Poetry Month!

To celebrate, poets will pair with a 2D/3D artist to create or select an original poem and painting on a similar subject.

To coordinate with the ongoing city-wide "Maritime Week" celebration, we will loosely aim to comply with a maritime theme.

EXHIBIT: April 22-30, at Wimsey Cove Framing & Fine Art Printing, 209 Chinquapin Round Rd. Suite 101, Annapolis, MD 21401

RECEPTION: April 28, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

POETRY / ARTWORK DROP-OFF: April 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

POETRY / ARTWORK PICKUP: May 1 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

POETS: Work needs to be completed and matted/framed before 4/20 drop-off date. $10 CHARGE FOR POETS (This will cover the matting of poetry for display.)

2D ARTISTS: Work needs to be completed and matted/framed before 4/20 drop-off date.  All 2D Artwork will need to be framed for display. 

There will be two meetings prior to hanging: the first to pair artists and poets, and the second to check on progress. OPEN TO ACTIVE AAA MEMBERS. Register here.
"Verda's Place" Exhibit -- See it at Banneker-Douglass!
On View until December 28, 2019
Hours: Mon - Sat, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman elected to a State Senate. Later, she became the legislative backer for the United States’ first ethnic commission, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary we are launching a new exhibition, Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman.

This cafe-themed exhibition is a direct response to places where Verda Welcome was unwelcome. Through memorabilia, photographs, and archival documents, Verda’s Place encourages interaction and participation to move beyond the exhibition space and into the communities of those who visit. Come learn more about this valiant woman and her politics in this new, interactive exhibition. Learn more here.
Preservation Maryland is Hiring: Development Associate
Preservation Maryland is currently recruiting for a full-time development associate to join their growing organization. The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and provides a wide range of supporting services that raise the funds needed to achieve their goals. 

Preservation Maryland is the first and foremost historic preservation organization in the state. Founded in 1931, it has been a leader in the preservation movement of our state and nation ever since. Our mission is the preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy.

The deadline to apply for the position is April 20, 2019. Read the job description here .
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