April 30, 2019
Take Action! Deadline is Today!
Your immediate attention is requested on a national matter: The National Register of Historic Places is being threatened. Recent proposed changes in the rules could put many historic places in jeopardy   and have far-reaching impacts that severely and negatively impact the preservation of historic places around the country . Y ou can advocate for Annapolis, South County, and other historic places throughout Maryland and nationally by taking action today!

Read this post by the Maryland Historical Trust's Director, Elizabeth Hughes, on the threat:

Sign Preservation Maryland's Petition : Add your name to this petition in opposition to these rule changes. Your name will be included in Preservation Maryland’s official comment to the National Park Service.

Submit an Official Comment:  Preservation Maryland has drafted a letter to Joy Beasley, Associate Director (Acting), Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science at the National Park Service and encourages all Marylanders to sign and send their comments by today, April 30, 2019!

Share this information with friends and family to get them involved. Thank you for your advocacy!
Celebrate May Day in Annapolis, Tomorrow!
Considered to be one of the most beautiful days in historic downtown Annapolis, May Day greets visitors and area residents with door after door filled with beautiful spring flowers. 

Come with camera in hand to capture the handiwork of downtown Annapolis residents and merchants who welcome spring by decorating their doorways with baskets of blooming flowers. Some 20 volunteers from the Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne judge the entries and invite winners to join them at an annual Garden Club tea.

When: Wednesday, May 1, all day -- throughout Downtown Annapolis.
Lunch and Learn – Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America
Wednesday, May 1
12:00-1:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Dr. Martha Jones

The latest book by Dr. Martha Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious re-framing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how when the Fourteenth Amendment “constitutionalized” the birthright principle, the aspirations of black Americans’ aspirations were realized. Please come and meet the author as she share this timely work. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions.

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building. Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP: or  410-260-6443
Brave Soldier of Fame: Lafayette in Annapolis
Wednesday, May 1
7:00-8:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Lafayette’s time in Annapolis totaled less than a fortnight spread out over five decades, but that was enough for the French nobleman and the city to develop a mutual admiration for one another. The first two times he came to Maryland’s capital in 1777 and 1781, he arrived on a mission; the last two visits in 1784 and 1824 were for pleasure. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell of Historic Annapolis talks about the long and warm relationship between Annapolis and America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.

Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission. Learn more here.
Green Drinks! Unseen Danger: Plastic Pollution in the Chesapeake
Thursday, May 2
5:00-8:00 pm
Upstairs Waterfront Patio
Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
80 Compromise Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Green Continues its “It Starts with a Straw”
Campaign to Reduce Single Use Plastic

As part of Boat Maryland Week, Green Drinks Annapolis will follow a presentation entitled “Unseen Danger: Plastic Pollution in the Chesapeake.”

This presentation is part of Annapolis Green’s campaign, “It Starts with a Straw,” to reduce our collective plastic footprint by saying no to single-use plastic items such as straws, beverage bottles and bags. 

A panel of speakers will discuss the types of plastic pollution found in the ocean and in the Bay, its effects on wildlife and on human health, and what you can do to protect our waterways. Q&A will follow and then everyone will be invited to continue the conversation at Green Drinks, beginning at 6 p.m. Learn more here .
Music on the Lawn at Captain Avery Museum
Sunday, May 5
2:00-5:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E. West Shady Side Road, Shady Side

The Captain Avery Museum celebrates its 35 th anniversary with Music on the Lawn, Sunday, May 5 from 2:00- 5:00 PM, featuring Bob & Eddie and Friends. This year’s lineup is blues, jazz, and rock. Joining Bob & Eddie will be rock ‘n roller Ted Garber, Bruce Swain on jazz tenor sax, the Great Dave Marsh, Jim Levy (professor of jazz at GWU), and Coleman O’Donoghue on drums.

The museum’s expansive waterfront lawn provides space for your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $15 at the door and Ledo Pizza and Mrs. Moo’s Ice Cream, as well as beer, wine, soda and water, are available for sale. Learn more here.
Hurray for May Day! Family Event Sunday at William Paca House and Garden
Sunday, May 5
12:00-5:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Welcome the arrival of spring this year at a family-friendly afternoon at the William Paca House and Garden. Children can make their own floral crafts, take part in a scavenger hunt, and dance around the maypole!

Bring your own blanket and picnic to enjoy lunch in the Paca Garden. Finish the day with a visit to the HA ice cream sundae bar. Doors open at 12 pm; activities begin at 1 pm. Learn more here.
On exhibit now -- Show runs April 28-May 12

Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

This annual exhibition is a diverse collection of ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, textiles, and photographs that elegantly represent the artistic talent of the St. John’s College Community (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends).

Learn more here.
Reserve Your Spot: "Resurrecting Histories: Cemeteries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area" Symposium in June
On June 8, 2019, the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation (ACT) in cooperation with Anne Arundel County’s Cultural Resources Division will hold an interactive discussion exploring the history, genealogy, and care of the more than 500 historic cemeteries in Anne Arundel County.

The event will be held at the Galesville Community Center, located at 916 W Benning Rd. in Galesville, Maryland.

The event will focus primarily on cemeteries located in the Four Rivers Heritage Area and will feature an impressive panel of experts who will share their experience and knowledge, then answer your questions! The half-day symposium, “Resurrecting Histories: Cemeteries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area," will help citizens and caretakers of these unique cultural resources unlock the secrets of historic burying grounds. Panelists will share their tips for how average citizens can help protect these important historic spaces. The public is invited to attend and participate. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take an exclusive guided tour of the Historic Quaker Burying Ground in Galesville, Maryland that afternoon.

Symposium registration is capped at 75, so don’t delay. Registration is now open. A limited number of scholarships are available for students. To reserve your spot or find further information go to or contact Anastasia Poulos, Archaeological Sites Planner of the County's Cultural Resources Division, at (410) 222-7432.
Docents Needed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum
Are you a history buff who loves the Chesapeake Bay? Join the crew at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park! Docents (tour guides) are needed to guide visitors while leading tours of the Museum’s historic waterfront facility in Eastport.

Volunteer docents are needed Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Required training and materials will be provided by the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 

To find out more about becoming a docent, call 410-295-0104 extension 19 or email . Learn more here.
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