September 22, 2020
A Special Appeal to Our Stakeholders
Please help us get the word out -- share with colleagues and friends!

For the first time, under the direction of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), our state funding partner, we are offering Emergency Operating Assistance to our partner organizations as part of our annual Mini-Grants program. The amount of funding available ($25,000) is based on a budget planned before the pandemic, and our funds won’t go far. That’s why we are asking you to consider a timely donation to our FY2021 Mini-Grant Fund.

Read more about our Special Fall 2020 Appeal to our stakeholders:
Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Four Rivers Heritage Awards
Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Seventeenth 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 2020, nominations are invited in ten different 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.

The nominations deadline is October 9, 2020. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; our awards ceremony will be going virtual this year! Questions? Please e-mail us at, and our Eexcutive Director will schedule a call with you!

Thank you, we are looking forward to recognizing excellence at our 17th Annual Heritage Awards!
Tomorrow! Fall Mini-Grant Workshop
Wednesday, September 23
2:00-3:00 pm
Online Presentation via Zoom

DID YOU KNOW? 2 BIG CHANGES THIS YEAR! Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area for this FREE workshop to learn all about the FY2021 Mini-Grant Process. Mini-Grant Application deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020

**Workshop is MANDATORY for Fall 2020 Mini-Grant Applicants** -- Register today!

You will learn:
New Details
• New Parameters
• Key Application Pointers
• Grant Agreement Details
• How to Keep Grant Project Records
• How to Close the Grant

Please Note: You MUST attend or watch the webinar recording in order to submit an application. To register: please e-mail to get your name on the list to receive the Zoom link. Thanks!
Check Out Our Recent Blog Posts!
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 may have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!

Arias for the Autumnal Equinox
Thursday, September 24
5:30 – 7:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm)
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis

Enjoy a seasonal concert to welcome Fall in the beautiful surroundings of the museum grounds. Relax in the pleasure gardens and be transported by the ornate sounds of the Baroque Era. Join early music specialists Elissa Edwards, soprano & Paula Maust, harpsichord as they perform striking cantatas by Handel and poetic songs by Purcell. The Élan Ensemble is in-residence at the Hammond-Harwood House and performs music from the 17th–19th centuries in historic venues and museums, bringing modern audiences into the spirit of the musical and social world of past eras. Space is limited for the safety of the participants. Early booking is encouraged. Cost is $50 or $45 for members.

Virtual Lecture – Archaeology at the James Brice House
Thursday, September 24
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis

​​Since January, 2018, the Lost Towns Project, Inc. has been conducting archaeological digs around and in the 250 year-old James Brice House, helping the restoration team answer questions about the construction, and who may have lived in, worked on, or visited this House over its lifetime. Amelia Chisholm, Archaeological Laboratory Manager for the Lost Towns Project, will share some of the latest fascinating discoveries they’ve made right here at the Brice House! Learn more about the objects found under the basement floor, in the back yard, and under the front steps.

Registration is required. Cost is $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

Historic London Town's Fall Plant Sale
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 26
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Historic London Town
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

All proceeds from London Town’s Plant Sale go to support the gardens. What Will You Find at the Sale? Plants hardy to zone 7a and 7b and that do well in heavy clay and sand mix, plants that are well represented in the London Town gardens and are thriving in various habitats at London Town, including: woodland gardens (filtered shade); rain gardens and ornamental gardens, their stock comes from reputed vendors and is hand picked, part of their plant material is lifted and transplanted form the gardens and is well accustomed to clay/sand mix found at London Town, and 80% of their stock is exotic plants that are of high botanical and ornamental value. But they will have a few natives too. View the plant list.
John Shaw Walking Tour
Saturday, September 26
10:00 – 11:00 am
Old Treasury Building in State Circle
Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

This tour explores the fascinating life of acclaimed 18th century Scottish born cabinet maker 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. Buy tickets in advance. Price is $15 or $10 for Members.

Paint Annapolis Continues This Week!
For 19 years, Paint Annapolis has been a premier painting event, bringing artists and the community together to share in the beauty of outdoor painting.

Paint Annapolis is going to look a little different this year, but professional artists will still be painting in and around the beautiful historic city of Annapolis, Maryland, through September 24. Their art will be available in person at MFA Circle Gallery and online through October 4th.
This Week: AASLH's Annual Meeting Online
This week's 2020 AASLH Annual Meeting (the annual meeting of the American Association of State and Local History) contains lots of great content, including 6 General Sessions, 26 Pre-Recorded Sessions, 21 Live Concurrent Sessions, Brown Bag Lunches, Discussion Groups, and Happy Hours designed to connect you with your colleagues across the nation.

Not sure how you're going to retain all of this information? Don't worry. Full-access registrants will have access to all of the recorded content for six weeks after the end of the conference. You can catch some events live and watch others on your own schedule to craft a conference to suit your own pace.

The conference will address questions that are emerging from the pandemic, such as defining what history institutions will look like and how they will operate in and after the recovery. We will also continue to examine the unique roles that history museums, historic sites, historical societies, and other history organizations, including AASLH, must play in combating systematic racism, which is among the nation’s most deep-seated societal challenges.
Cohort Learning at AMM's Education Center
Bring your cohort to Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Education Center at the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park for full-day virtual learning support and engaging outdoor enrichment activities!

  • AMM’s Education Center provides a safe, structured environment where students can focus on their schoolwork, complete assignments, and receive virtual learning support from AMM staff. Online curriculum will be supplemented with fun and engaging outdoor enrichment activities with friends!
  • Cohorts of up to 10 students must be accompanied by a chaperone.
  • Monday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm
  • Cost: $220/members and $250/non-members.
  • AMM enrichment adventures will have students getting their hands wet and feet muddy exploring our 12-acre Park Campus along the shores of Back Creek. These activities will focus on environmental stewardship and maritime education, including nature play, art, and science!
  • They will continue to follow enhanced health and safety procedures to ensure the wellbeing of all students, adults, and staff. See their comprehensive COVID Response Plan for more information.

Contact for more information.
TODAY: MSAC Regional Arts Summit, Central Maryland
The Regional Arts Summits are back, and this year they are virtual! Join MSAC for statewide updates, arts content-specific breakout groups, community sharing, and more!

Join the Maryland State Arts Council on Tuesday (TODAY!), September 22nd from 4:00PM - 6:30PM for the Central Maryland Regional Arts Summit!

This Summit is a space for artists and arts organizations representing Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County.

Network for Good Webinar: Optimize Your Website for Year-End Fundraising
Tuesday, September 22
1:00 pm
Organization: Network for Good

Did you know, 60% of potential donors land on a donations form and don’t complete the gift?

Donors are giving online now more than ever before but how do you convert them?

Network for Good's special guest, Rachel Muir, CFRE will walk through how to improve your online giving process from your homepage to the donation form, to your email autoresponder (and everything in between).

Maryland AmeriCorps State Funding Available
2021-2022 AmeriCorps Program Grants Now Available

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is soliciting applications for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State funding. AmeriCorps program grants fund service activities that address a variety of critical needs in the community. 
Concept Paper Required: The first required step to apply for the AmeriCorps program grant is the submission of a Concept Paper -- due by October 12, 2020. Concept Papers will be reviewed within two weeks, and if selected, applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application in November. 
Access application instructions, supplemental guidance, and the notice of funding opportunity at Note: this opportunity is for groups who want a large number of volunteers through Americorps, rather than a single volunteer. For individual volunteers, you would work with Volunteer MD -- we'll share more details when we get them!

Concept Paper Training and Technical Assistance Call
September 29, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Learn about the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism and our Maryland AmeriCorps State funding opportunities from home. Participation in this one-hour webinar is strongly recommended for anyone interested in Maryland AmeriCorps grants.
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