January 7, 2019
Potential Applicants, Note the Upcoming Workshops and Deadlines for FY2021 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 are 6 in-person workshops to be held around the state, and 2 webinars. Download the flyer here .

The workshop in Anne Arundel County will be held in Crownsville on Monday, January 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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!
Save the Date 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 .
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society: An Annapolis Family History
Thursday, January 9
7:30-9:00 pm
Arnold Campus, CADE Building, Room 207
Anne Arundel Community College (NEW LOCATION)
West Campus Drive off Ritchie Hwy, Parking Lot F

Jan Sharik Baker shares a story handed down from mother to daughter. It is the tale of a simple immigrant family that came from Ireland to Annapolis. As the information was gathered, and the story unfolded, connections to many well-known landmarks and points of local interest were uncovered. Each discovery that confirmed a long ago memory, brought the ancestors to life in the hearts and minds of the family living here today. Join the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society as we “stroll the streets” that built this family’s story. For more information about this meeting or AAGS, go to
Winter Lecture Series: The Ghost Ships of Archangel
Thursday, January 9
7:00-8:30 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

  • Discussion on “The Ghost Ships of Archangel,” which chronicles the desperate voyage of Allied convoy PQ-17 from Iceland to Arctic Russia in the summer of 1942
  • Describes the high-level politics that sent the convoy into harm’s way, the myriad perils of the Arctic voyage, and the convoy survivors’ chilling experiences in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union

Presenter: William Geroux | Award-winning Journalist and Author
William Geroux is a longtime journalist turned author. He wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 25 years, winning numerous awards for breaking news coverage, feature writing and investigative reporting. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Associated Press,, and various regional magazines. He also worked as a writer for Maersk, one of the largest commercial shipping companies in the world. His first book, The Mathews Men, was published in 2016. Geroux is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. He lives in Virginia Beach.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door. Learn more here .
Register Today for the 2020 Maryland Preservation Awards
Please join the Maryland Historical Trust on Thursday, January 23 for the  2020 Maryland Preservation Awards , celebrating ten outstanding people and projects for their extraordinary efforts to preserve and enhance historic places, archeological sites and cultural heritage. Presented annually by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees, the Maryland Preservation Awards are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in the state. 

The hour-long ceremony will begin at 4:30 pm in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Following the ceremony, mix and mingle with awardees and fellow preservationists at a special reception sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees and Preservation Maryland. This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. Register here .
Save the Date! The Black Vote Mural Project – Opening Reception on February 15
Saturday, February 15
VIP Reception: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Reception 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

This exhibit explores the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote. 
Artists: Steuart Hill Academic Academy, Ryan Allen, Bowie State University (Public Arts Class), Nikki Brooks, Jay Coleman, Lloyd Foster, Olivia Gittens, Jabari Jefferson, Gina Lewis, Megan Lewis, Greta McGill, Future History Now, Latoya D. Peoples, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell, James Terrell, and Ernest Shaw. To register, click here .
Upcoming Exhibition: " ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection"
January 9–February 23
Mitchell Gallery
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

This exhibition of thoughtful and whimsical interpretations of tools as objects of beauty, or instruments of satire, features more than 40 imaginative works in sculpture, painting, photography, and works on paper. Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Arman, Richard Estes, Red Grooms, Fernand Léger, and Roger Shimomura are among the 28 artists represented. These creations serve as reminders that tools embody the “can-do” spirit and may be an extension of oneself. The works on view are part of a massive collection originally belonging to hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger.

Docent tours on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Free, no registration required. Learn more here .
Free Workshop: Starting a Nonprofit
Wednesday, January 8
2:00 pm
Edgewater Library
25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater

Learn fundamental Federal and Maryland requirements to start a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization from experienced SCORE mentors.

Register by visiting the following Anne Arundel County Public Library link: . Then click on the "Grants Workshop" button. If you are prompted, select the Edgewater Branch. Then click on the "Starting a Nonprofit, Wednesday January 8" event and enter the requested registration information.You will receive a confirmation email when the registration is complete.

This is a FREE event. Event sponsored by SCORE of Southern Maryland
AASLH Webinar: Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion at Cultural Organizations, a Two-Part Webinar Series
Date: January 7 and 23
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm EST
Cost: $30 AASLH members / $50 nonmembers

For individuals with developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorders and their families, accessing community arts, civic, and cultural events can be challenging and at times, feel incredibly overwhelming. The uncertainty of new situations – will they feel overwhelmed, will their child have a melt-down and need to leave as soon as they arrive, will they be judged by other people – can be enough to deter an individual or family from seeking experiences that could be enjoyable and enriching for their child and for their family as a whole.

This webinar series is a two-part series. The first webinar will highlight an overview of neurodiversity, accessibility, and inclusion as well as a focus on autism spectrum disorders and respectfully communicate to and about this population. The second part of the series will include lessons learned and practical applications from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and recommendations for actionable first steps to increase accessibility and inclusion at your organization. Register here.
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