August 13, 2019
Reserve Now! Workshop, " Decolonizing our Museums: Diversifying Our Narratives"
Thursday, September 5
9:30 a.m. to Noon
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Hosted by Four Rivers Heritage Area and Historic London Town and Gardens

Act now, spaces are filling up!
In this workshop, a panel of museum professionals, volunteers, and consultants will discuss ways museums can offer their visitors history from diverse viewpoints, before participants brainstorm ways to bring new perspectives to their museum exhibits and programming.

Speakers include:
Nastassia Parker has been a historical character interpreter and reenactor since age 9. More recently, she has served as a museum program consultant and portrayed famous and little-known figures of African American history, such as Ona Judge and Sally Hemings, in one-woman shows and museum programming.

Crystal “Cryz” Nkechehosi Proctor is Executive Producer of Piscataway public programming for Living the American Indian Experience and CEO of Conoy Creations, LLC, the premier Piscataway Conoy education, entertainment, and catering company. Her mother, Natalie Proctor, is Tribal Chairwoman of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians Wild Turkey Clan.

Dr. Christopher Mielke has researched the history of enslaved people at the Hammond-Harwood House and developed a walking tour of Annapolis based on the history of LGBTQ people there. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Al-Quds Bard College in East Jerusalem and is now an AFHA AmeriCorps
Member at the Beverly Heritage Center in West Virginia.

Daniel J. Sieh is a living historian with over 8 years of experience working with living history museums, including Colonial Williamsburg and Claude Moore
Colonial Farm. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from American University.

Four Rivers also welcomes Omar Eaton-Martínez to the panel. Omar was recently selected to be an American Alliance of Museums Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion (DEAI) Senior Fellow, an effort which is dedicated to diversifying museum boards.

All are welcome to join this important conversation. For more information contact us at 410-222-1805 or . Or register here .
Wine Down Wednesday - The Full Moon Tour
Wednesday, August 14
5:30-7:00 pm
Collections talk at 6:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Enjoy the Hammond-Harwood House after hours for a fun collections–related program and happy hour!

Night was a perilous time in the early America as thieves, wayward travelers, and even evil spirits lurked around the corner for our early ancestors. Families in early America engaged in a process of shutting in barring the front door and retreating to the inner sanctity of family life. While others choose to frequent taverns and frolic in the night much to the distress of proper society. On this interactive tour visitors will learn about what night was like during the early 19th century when the beautiful Frances Townley Chase Loockerman lived on the property with her eccentric husband Richard and their young family. Visitors will hear about the rise and fall of this Annapolitian family while under the cover of twilight in the Hammond-Harwood House.

Mingle, meet new people, who share a love of art, architecture and historic culinary traditions. Support HHH with purchasing your drink for just $5!
$15 per person/Members Free. Buy Tickets

For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email

Learn more about other events taking place at Hammond-Harwood House this week here .
"The Global Garden" Exhibit Opens at Historic London Town and Gardens
Thursday, August 15
10:30 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
Join Historic London Town and Gardens for a ribbon cutting for the new exhibit, The Global Garden . Explore the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments inspired by the paintings, garden, and foodways of the colonial Chesapeake. ​
Enjoy tastes of the following historic recipes made from plants such as those found in the exhibit:

  • Beet Pancakes with Maple, Walnut, and Sage Topping
  • Succotash with Pita or Yam Chips
  • Bread and Butter Pickles
  • Herbed Lemonade
  • Apple Juice Shrub

The Global Garden is a new living exhibit in the historic area. Historic London Town and Gardens thank the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Four Rivers Heritage Area, Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and Level Green Landscaping for making this exhibit possible. Free to attend but RSVP required. 
HA Happy Hour: Young Professionals' Night
Thursday, August 15
5:00-7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Enjoy the William Paca Garden with other young professionals after-hours! There’s no better place to unwind after a busy week than in the relaxing Garden, enjoying drinks and light appetizers with friends – old and new! Come out to relax, mingle, network, and enjoy a Gardenside Grapefruit, the signature Stoli Vodka cocktail of the month.

Who’s considered a young professional? Generally, anyone between the ages 21 and 40, but guests of all ages over 21 are welcome. If you are looking to meet and connect with others in the junior to mid-levels of their career – this is a special happy hour for you!

Cost: $18 General Admission; $15 HA Members and Volunteers. Entry includes one drink ticket; additional drink tickets available for purchase.

SPECIAL TODAY: $10 per person - ONLY FOR A LIMITED TIME! Entry includes one drink ticket and light fare provided by Moe's Southwest Grill. Additional drink tickets available for purchase. Register here .
Tides & Tunes with Sean Hetrick and The Leftovers
Thursday, August 15
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 15 concert will feature Sean Hetrick & The Leftovers . Sean Hetrick and The Leftovers are an alternative rock band out of Annapolis, MD drawing influences from Classic Rock to modern indie, blues and rock.
Summer Concert at Historic London Town
Sunday, August 18
5:00-7:00 pm
Doors open at 4pm
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Historic London Town's summer concert series returns for a two week run! Enjoy music in our ornamental gardens overlooking the South River. Bring your family (and your dogs!) and spread out on our lawn for a relaxing time.​

Sponsor Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat will provide a self-serve “pup”-cession stand filled with tasty treats for your dog to enjoy. ​Visit a food truck! Drink purchases support London Town’s programming. Cash bar only. No alcohol is allowed to be brought on site but can be purchased at London Town.

​Rain or shine. Free with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Explore about this and other events at Historic London Town and Gardens here.
Day of Healing - Nationwide Bell Ringing Ceremony
August 25, 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in English-occupied North America at Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, now part of Fort Monroe National Monument, a unit of the National Park System.

The anniversary will be commemorated at Fort Monroe as a day of healing and reconciliation. The park and its partners are inviting all 419 national parks, NPS programs, community partners, and the public to come together in solidarity to ring bells simultaneously across the nation for four minutes--one for each century--to honor the first Africans who landed in 1619 at Point Comfort and 400 years of African American history.

The nationwide bell ringing will take place at 3:00 p.m. EDT on August 25, 2019. Choose a location that accommodates your audience comfortably and, ideally, is a place that has a connection to your group or community’s unique story. Your bell could be big, small, old, or new. It could be lots of little bells, one church bell, or a carillon. Make your connection--explore the messaging above about the symbolism of bells. Does your site feature a bell? Share a picture or story about a historic bell, maybe the bell of a ship, on a writing desk, in the collection, in a building, in transportation. What does your bell symbolize? Joy, work, celebration, time, education, technology? Can you connect it to the concept of healing and reconciliation? Learn more here.
Apply Now to Join Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's
Jazz Touring Network!
The Jazz Touring Network (JTN) is a group of presenting organizations committed to expanding the presentation of jazz in the mid-Atlantic region! JTN members exchange resources and strategies for presenting jazz and work together to identify artists and plan tours. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides members with administrative support, travel grants to attend an annual network meeting, and performance grants for JTN developed tours.
The JTN seeks applications from presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little or no experience presenting jazz as well as experienced jazz presenters looking for ways to strengthen their programming. New members are selected through a competitive application review process. Priority will be given to organizations that work with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.

The Application Deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019!

For program guidelines and application, click here . Questions about the JTN should be directed to Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts,
Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum -- This Week!
Each year, Congress recesses for the month of August, making it the perfect time to invite your elected officials to tour your site and learn how strong history organizations support strong and engaged communities. AAM has a how-to guide to help.

The Alliance “How To” Guide includes:

And check out #InviteCongress to see what advocacy in action looks like! Learn more here.
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