August 20, 2019
Call for Nominations for Four Rivers Heritage Awards
Do you know a great heritage practitioner? Perhaps a valuable staff member or dedicated volunteer you would like to publicly acknowledge?

Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Sixteenth Annual Heritage Awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

In 2019, nominations are invited in ten categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, Legacy Award, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office (410-222-1805). The nominations deadline is October 11, 2019. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers Annual Awards ceremony in November. Thank you!!
Decorative Arts Tour at the William Paca House
Wednesday, August 21
1:30-3:00 pm
W illiam Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street
Colonial Annapolis was home to a number of highly-skilled craftsmen. The work of artisans like John Shaw and William Faris would have sat alongside imported pieces from around the world. This tour delves deeper into the fine pieces on display at the William Paca House.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 HA Members and Volunteers. Register here .
Curator’s Talk: Hammond-Harwood House & the Great British Country House
Thursday, August 22
12:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Part of the Cathleen H. Farr Lecture Series

Our colleague, Curator Rachel Lovett, recently attended the Attingham Summer School, an 18-day residential study program in England focusing on the great British Country houses. In this hour-long lecture, she will draw architecture and collection connections between the great British country house and the Hammond-Harwood House.

Free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Cathleen H. Farr. Light refreshments included. Reservations encouraged but not required. Please call 410-263-4683×10 or email  i

Learn more about other events taking place at Hammond-Harwood House this week here .
Tides & Tunes with the Grilled Lincolns
Thursday, August 22
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 22 concert will feature The Grilled Lincolns , a Rock, Hip-hop, Funk band from Baltimore, Maryland.
Next Week! Lunch and Learn: Baltimore Women and Benevolence During the Civil War
Wednesday, August 28
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Dr. Robert W. Schoeberlein, Baltimore City Archivist

Want to know more about the largely untold story of Maryland Women and the Civil War home front? In commemoration of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, please join us for an overview of the wartime roles of women. Dr. Schoeberlein, the Acting Archivist of Baltimore, will examine activities that range from nursing care and charitable work to smuggling and spying, with a few female soldiers stories as well. You may have heard of the Cary sisters of “Maryland, My Maryland” fame but what about Mary Prout? Come learn about women that you may have never heard about before who all deserve to be known and celebrated. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions to this free program!

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building. Please contact to reserve your seat. Learn more here .
August 29–October 27
The Mitchell Gallery
St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

American art changed significantly between the late 19th and early 20th centuries when artists moved from European-style landscapes and monumental portraits to intimate subjects of the American countryside and portraits of those around them. This exhibition of over 40 works highlights this shift through the visions of artists Arthur Bowen Davies, Henry Ward Ranger, George Inness, Ernest Lawson, Willard Metcalf, Edward Redfield, Charles Hawthorne, Georg Luks and John Sloan. Also included in the exhibition are “The American Ten,” a group founded by John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir and Childe Hassam, who were dissatisfied with the conservatism of the American art establishment, and “The Eight,” a group of urban realists led by Robert Henri. Learn more here.
Plan Now for the Day of Healing, Sunday - 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.
American Association for State and Local History 2019 Online Conference
Want to participate in AASLH Annual Meeting sessions without leaving your office? The AASLH Online Conference consists of six hot-topic Annual Meeting sessions, re-formatted for an online audience. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting every year. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real ideas, tools, and solutions to help you do good history.
Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event.

Deadline: Register by August 23, 2019
Registration: Individual registration starts at $60, group registration starts at $120.

Learn more here.
Echoes of the Enslaved: An Immersive Experience through History and Archaeology
September 6 & 7
Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park
16801 Mount Calvert Road, Upper Marlboro

All Events are FREE and open to all ages
This unique, two-day commemoration will highlight decades of archaeological discoveries and lasting legacies of chattel slavery in Prince George’s County.
This event series will be held with the generous cooperation of The Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit whose vision is to encourage a “more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people.”

Joseph McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, has taken his message of historic preservation and heritage to over 23 states and Washington, D.C., ensuring that the places where enslaved families lived and passed on their culture will be here for future generations. Learn more here.
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