July 9, 2019
New African American Virtual Trail will launch on July 20th -- NOTE NEW LOCATION! PLEASE JOIN US!
On Saturday July 20, 2019 at 4 p.m., the public is invited to join Anne Arundel County Government, the Lost Towns Project, and the Four Rivers Heritage Area at Annapolis High School (2700 Riva Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 -- NOTE NEW LOCATION!) for the public reveal of "African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.”

Anne Arundel County’s Office of Planning and Zoning and the Lost Towns Project will launch a new ‘virtual’ trail, exploring the county’s African American heritage, entitled, “African-American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail." This resource highlights nearly 200 historic sites in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. 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. 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.

Download the press release here .
The Campaign for Historic Trades
Across the nation, thousands of construction jobs go unfilled – a quiet crisis that grows each day. The problem is only magnified for the historic trades which also suffer from a lack of new entrants into the workforce. 

In order to address this challenge, the National Park Service and Preservation Maryland are partnering on  The Campaign for Historic Trades  to increase opportunities for all Americans to enter the trades and help restore the nation’s vast and irreplaceable heritage. The Campaign for Historic Trades will support the diverse needs of the National Historic Preservation Training Center, with a central focus on the Center’s work to train skilled preservation tradespeople through its Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP).

Preservation Maryland was selected by the National Park Service to act as the official charitable partner of the National Historic Preservation Training Center, which is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, due to the non-profit’s nearly nine-decade long commitment to preservation in Maryland and beyond. The Campaign will be administered as a program of Preservation Maryland, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with a uniquely national focus. In Maryland, and beyond, The Campaign for Historic Trades will seek out philanthropic support to support the Center’s mission and specifically to engage at-risk youth, young adults and recent veterans in the Center’s well-proven apprenticeship programs. 

There are many ways to get involved in The Campaign for Historic Trades . There are opportunities for potential apprentices, foundations, companies, organizations, and property owners to be a part of the Campaign.
Tide & Tunes with Dublin 5!
Thursday, July 11
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 July 11 concert features Dublin 5 , a high-energy Irish rock band. They have taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist.
Using Digital Books in Genealogical In Research: HathiTrust and Genealogy Connect
Thursday, July 11
7:00-9:30 pm
Cade Bldg, Room 207
Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society is pleased to introduce guest speaker Cindy Steinhoff, director of the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College.

Cindy will introduce researchers to HathiTrust, a collection of more than 17 million digital books, and Genealogy Connect, a database of books available through the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL).

More than 6.5 million of the books in HathiTrust are in the public domain and available free of charge for anyone to use. The HathiTrust began in 2008 as collaborative project sponsored by the largest university libraries in the United States. Learn about materials in the HathiTrust database that can be useful in researching genealogy and how those resources not openly available can also assist in research.

Genealogy Connect contains hundreds of books, many published by Genealogical Publishing Company and not openly available online. Learn how to access and search this valuable collection of research materials.

For more information about this meeting or AAGS, go to .
Summer Concert for the Rivers - Friday!
Friday, July 12
8:00-10:00 pm
Galesville Memorial Hall
952 Main St., Galesville

Chesapeake songster Janie Meneely and internationally touring musician Rob van Sante will appear with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland and That West River Band at the Galesville Memorial Hall on Friday, July 12, from 8 to 10 p.m. in a musical celebration of the Chesapeake Bay to benefit the Arundel Rivers Federation. 

Ticket sales will help the Arundel Rivers Federation keep the South, West and Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, crab-able and kayakable. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $20 and are available here .

Beer and wine will be served to those over 21 years of age for a modest additional charge. For more information, call 443-758-7797 or email .
Artisans of a Great House – Silhouette Making
Saturday, July 13
1:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

To celebrate the 2019 exhibition, A Perfect Profile: Miniature Portraits, Silhouettes, and Landscapes of Early Annapolis we are proud to present an afternoon filled with American silhouettes. Learn the basic history of the silhouette from ancient times and cultures, to their prime at the turn of the 18 th and 19 th centuries, to their revival in the 1920’s, to their interpretation today. The numerous methods and materials used to create profile images will be explored. Discover how the camera obscura was used to create silhouettes by artists in America and how it influenced portraiture. Those attending the presentation will have the opportunity to have their profile likenesses preserved as a hollow-cut silhouettes using a replica camera obscura. This presentation will be led by Brian Miller, Historic Odessa Foundation Associate Curator.

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email Find more information here.
Rockhold Creek Barn Ribbon-Cutting Event
Friday, July 19
10:15-10:45 am
Rockhold Creek Barn
5349 Sudley Road, West River

On behalf of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, you are cordially invited to the Rockhold Creek Barn Ribbon-cutting Event.

The event serves as the official opening of this renovated facility. When fully restored and operating, the barn will be an important resource in educating more youth and encouraging their interest in agriculture. Please click here for more details on this project.

The event will also include an opportunity to hear from students who participate in the livestock program.

RSVP required. Click here to register.
Volunteer for Environmental Archaeology!
Become a citizen of science with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)!

SERC is exploring the beautiful and historically rich Sellman Plantation at their campus in Edgewater. Helped by volunteers, SERC’s archaeologists research erosion and sedimentation, species diversity, and coal usage.

Volunteers help by excavating areas that may contain important artifacts, sifting soil to find artifacts, washing and identifying recovered artifacts and more! Digs are hosted by SERC’s archaeology group every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers are not required to stay the entire day, but must commit to at least one three-hour visit. Some weekend dates are also available. Volunteers must be 16 years or older.

Email Alison Cawood or call 443-482-2271 to sign up as a volunteer or for more information. Learn more here .
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