January 21, 2019
Potential Applicants, Note the Webinar and Intent Deadline for FY2021 MHAA Grants!
Important News! The  Maryland Heritage Areas Program  is now accepting grant applications for heritage tourism-related projects located in Maryland's thirteen heritage areas for the FY2021 Grant Round. Learn more by using this link: .

The application and grant management process is entirely online. This is also the webpage where you will start your required Intent to Apply form, which must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020 .

To help you learn more and prepare your application, there is one more live webinar, and a recorded webinar available. Download the flyer here .

Note: It is important for you to discuss your application with the local heritage area Director. In the Four Rivers Heritage Area, your contact is Executive Director, Carol Benson. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your project or to schedule a one-on-one meeting on strategies and best practices, many thanks!
“The Happiest of All Showboat Stories”: The James Adams Floating Theatre
Thursday, January 23
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues.

  • History of Showboats in the United States
  • A focus on The James Adams Floating Theater – origins, operations, eventual demise
  • How author Edna Ferber’s visit to the Adams Floating Theater became the novel, musical and movie “Showboat”

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Samford | Director of the Maryland
Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Dr. Patricia Samford is the Director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Prior to receiving her doctorate in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she was an archaeologist at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 13 years. Samford is the author of Subfloor Pits and the Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia (2007) and is currently at work on a book about the archaeology of Baltimore.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door.
Celebrating Annapolis Green with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra - Saturday!
Saturday, January 25
7:30-9:30 pm
St. John’s College, Key Auditorium
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra is looking to promote and sustain a healthy, environmentally friendly, thriving community and planet and has joined forces with Annapolis Green and Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019, who is a renowned soprano. This concert, at the Key Auditorium, will feature an evening of music that reflects the spirit of nature, under the baton of Anna Binneweg, Music Director and Conductor. The program will feature local composer Randy Neilson’s Thomas Point Suite, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral), and arias by Puccini, Gershwin and more. Tickets: $20 & $15 for seniors.

Annapolis Green is also hosting a “Pep Rally for Music” this Tuesday, January 21 3:30-5:30pm at their office at 92 Maryland Ave, Annapolis. Drop by for a little music, bubbly and to purchase tickets.
Coming in February! Maryland Arts Day 2020
Thursday, February 13
8:15 am - 2:00 pm
St John's College
60 College Ave, Annapolis

Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state and Baltimore City, this statewide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state.

At Maryland Arts Day, you spend the day networking with colleagues from around the state, all while learning about the arts advocacy process. Follow the link above to register.
2020 International Beachcombing Conference
The 2020 International Beachcombing Conference (IBC ‘20) returns to Annapolis, Maryland after a 12 year hiatus. 
March 23-29 promises a week of interesting tutorials; fascinating museum and history tours; fun coastal arts workshops; and extended beachcombing expeditions from the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay regions to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, searching for sea glass, shells, beach pottery, and much, much more! 

Speakers include environmentalist, Tom Horton; paleontologist, Dr. Stephen Godfrey; photographer, David Harp; historian, Jane McWilliams; geologist, Margaret Carruthers; and ‘Dr. Beachcomb,’ herself, Dr. S. Deacon Ritterbush, marine educator and IBC Founder/Coordinator. 

There will also be a mini-sea glass & coastal arts festival one evening of the conference (TBA).

The conference will take place at CBF HQ in Bay Ridge. Pre-registration for the Beachcoming Conference is required. SPACES ARE LIMITED! For more info or to register, visit: or email: beachcombingconference@
Save the Dates for Maryland Day Weekend!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations.

Save the date now! If your site wants to participate this year and hasn't already signed up, please contact the event Coordinator, Cindy Borchardt . Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
Volunteer with the Lost Towns Project, Inc.
Join The Lost Towns Project, Inc. , in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division as a volunteer archaeologist! Year-round archaeological excavations are held around Anne Arundel County. Field project availability varies based on time of year and range from sites that are 13,000 years old to the 1900's.

Looking for something a little less dirty? You can also volunteer at the Anne Arundel Archaeology Lab to gain hands-on experience washing, processing, identifying, labeling, sorting, and cataloging artifacts. Volunteers are needed at the lab, located at 839 Londontown Rd. in Edgewater, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For all volunteer opportunities no experience is necessary, and training is provided.
JOB: Easement Stewardship Planner with Maryland Environmental Trust
Maryland Environmental Trust is currently accepting applications for a Natural Resource Planner III to serve as an Easement Stewardship Planner.

The primary purpose of the Easement Stewardship Planner position is to actively steward MET’s portfolio of conserved land by responding to easement landowner inquiries and requests; land records and title research; monitoring conservation easements; and completing amendments to conservation easements. Duties involve conservation planning; assessing/evaluating conservation attributes of land; preparing baseline documentation and current conditions reports; corresponding and working with landowners, local land trusts, not-for-profit conservation organizations, local government staff, the Office of the Attorney General and staff of other State agencies to resolve conservation easement stewardship issues and projects. This position may also assist MET’s Easement Program staff with the processing of new conservation easements. The position will represent MET regionally and statewide through presentations, conferences, seminars and meetings and will collaborate with other State land conservation programs such as Rural Legacy, Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Forest Legacy and Program Open Space.
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