NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
April 7, 2020
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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!
 




MSAC Opens Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations and Independent Artists
In response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) has created special grant opportunities that provide emergency funding to arts organizations and artists in Maryland as they adjust to losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled. Full guidelines and rubrics are available here .

Please note:

Due to limited funding, grant requests will be prioritized to assist artists and organizations whose needs cannot be met through funding from other relief sources. To help with this process, applicants will be asked to upload evidence that their funding requests from the State and Federal relief sources above have been accepted, denied, or deemed ineligible.

For updated information about MSAC’s response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and resources for organizations and artists, please visit our websit e . For specific questions about your artistic practice or organizations, please contact the relevant MSAC program director via the staff page .

Grant applications are available to arts organizations and independent artists through Smart Simple . Applications will be reviewed upon submission, and Emergency Grants will be awarded throughout the fiscal year until allocated funding is depleted. Note that the timeline between approval and payment may be 90-days.
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.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
The mission of Ch esapeake Children’s Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and for the children in us all.

Visit animals, create works of art, make-believe with props and dress-ups, explore a creekside nature trail.
Historic Village – Deale Area Historical Society
The Deale Area Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret documents, images and artifacts related to the history of the Deale, Maryland area in order to share its history and culture with the local community and the general public. On site, you’ll find a 19th-century village featuring Deale area exhibits, a one-room school, African-American beneficial society meetinghouse, a dwelling, and outbuildings.
Beyond the Ramp: Making Your Heritage Site Accessible -- Programming
Please join Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area for a free Zoom workshop, "Beyond the Ramp: Making Your Heritage Site Accessible." This free workshop features Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who will lead a discussion on the various aspects of accessibility. The workshop will focus on raising the visibility of audiences with special needs, the ethical and legal requirements to serve the public, and how these efforts could improve the visitor experience for all. Rather than emphasizing the physical plant, Mr. Forloney will explain in this session how sites can incorporate programming in innovative ways that are experiential but not all costly, and offer cases studies of past projects.

This workshop will be offered via Zoom on April 10 at 11 a.m. To Join the Workshop, please contact the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area - info@storiesofthechesapeake.org or 410-778-1460.
Collecting in Quarantine - Share Your Story!
Right now, Marylanders are living through a unique moment in history, and our stories need to be captured. Future generations may look back and wonder what life was like in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.

The Maryland Historical Society has launched a new initiative called Collecting in Quarantine and they invite you to participate. How is the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic impacting your life?

Submit your stories and photographs, and help them document history in the making. Some of MdHS’s submissions to the Collecting in Quarantine initiative will become part of future collections. One hundred years from now, present-day essays and photographs will grant historical perspective for the next challenge to the nation. MdHS invites you to be a champion of history and participate in this collective work to preserve the Maryland experience.
Network for Good Webinar: Amplify Your Fundraising on Facebook
Wednesday, April 8th at 1:00 pm

Martha Peña, Blueprint Live Education Partner for North America, will discuss how nonprofits can engage with their Facebook audience, how to amplify your current efforts on Facebook, and how to weave Facebook into your fundraising.  Register for the upcoming webinar to learn how to optimize your fundraising on Facebook and utilize the tools available. 

You'll come away with an understanding of how to: 
  • Reach your supporters where they are
  • Target new audiences
  • Tap into your supporters’ networks
  • Utilize free tools, built into the platform
Creative Conversations with the Maryland State Arts Council
Creative Conversations are discipline-specific virtual gatherings to give updates, hold the space for peer-to-peer sharing, encourage updated recommendations for action by the Maryland State Arts Council, and envision the resurgence of arts activities while dealing with the state of emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
Open to the public, no registration is required. 

The Maryland State Arts Council is accessible to all patrons. Guests with accessibility questions or who require additional assistance may call 410-767-6476 or email  precious.blake@maryland.gov .
Digital Resources at the Maryland State Archives
Even though the Maryland State Archives is currently closed to the public, these digital resources are still available online. If you have a research project you've been waiting to undertake, now is the perfect time to get started!

Historical documents that enable users to research topics on Maryland's constitutions and proceedings, session laws, proceedings of the General Assembly, governors' papers, military records and more.

Digitized Newspapers -The Digital Newspapers of what the Archives makes available online.

Governor's Office Photo Gallery - The Governor's Office Photo Gallery showcases photographs taken at events around the state of Maryland.

Historical Photographs of Maryland -Highlighting the photographic collections of the Maryland State Archives.

Maryland Historical Magazine -Original issues of the Maryland Historical Magazine that have been scanned and made text searchable by the Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland State Archives. Note this link will take you to the Magazine on the Maryland Historical Society Website.

Maryland Land Records -Digital image retrieval system for land record in Maryland. Deeds, Mortgage and Deeds of Trust, and Land Records

Baltimore City Death Index 1875-1880, 1943-1949 -Search death Indexes for Baltimore City by first or last name and year for a window of about 11 years.

Plats & Surveys -Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats

Search Online Databases -List of available online indexes and searchable databases
Announcing More "AASLH Conversations" Webinars for COVID-19
To help the history community address the COVID-19 crisis, AASLH has developed the "AASLH Conversations" webinar series. We hope these topic-focused webinars will provide an interactive space for history practitioners and institutions to share ideas, learn from one another, and keep the field moving forward. They've shared additional crisis resources for historical organizations here .
Next week's events:

If you missed their live events earlier in the week, access the recordings here:
Captain Avery Museum Past Winter Luncheon Lecture Highlights
This year, Captain Avery Museum had six excellent speakers at their annual Winter Luncheon Series. They invite you: while spending more time at home, why not take some time to learn more? 
 
From a series of e-blasts, Captain Avery Museum will provide links to further information on our speakers and topics. This week, here are links provided by Dr. Bert Drake, Plant Physiologist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Susan Langley, Ph.D., Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust.

Susan Langley, Ph.D., Underwater Archaeologist spoke on the subject of "Pirates of the Chesapeake":

Susan sent this link about the Maryland Dove and the new replica being constructed. Susan also sent this story about a site in Maine that a colleague recently identified: Click Here To View Story


Dr. Bert G. Drake spoke about climate change and the world's food supply:

The winter luncheon presentation by Bert Drake elicited lots of questions from the audience. One of the websites offered for study is:  Climate Change: Evidence, Impacts and Choices, National Academy of Science 2012, Division of Earth and Life Sciences, National Research Council  
Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce Virtual Connection Series Begins Today
Every Tuesday at 3pm the Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a virtual “meet up” to bring the business community together online via Zoom. 

Each week you will have the opportunity to virtually connect with other business owners while also gaining insightful knowledge about how to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

The first Meet Up will be today, April 7th, with a focus on how you can use technology to keep your business moving forward during the COVID-19 crisis.
Maryland Historical Trust is Hiring!

This contractual position serves as one of the three reviewer positions for the Historic Tax Credit Unit within MHT's Office of Preservation Services. Responsibilities for this position include providing technical and logistical support for owners of historic properties regarding appropriate historic rehabilitation treatments, participating in the review of the approximately 350 State homeowner rehabilitation tax credit applications received annually, the review of applications for the four million dollar small commercial tax credit, as well as the statutorily required promotion of both programs. Additionally, this position maintains and updates all application forms, instruction materials and web site updates.
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