October 1, 2019
Mini-Grant Applications Due Friday!
Applications for the Fall FY20 Mini-Grant cycle are due by October 4 and funding decisions will be announced by November 1, 2019. The application is available on our website,  here . Click on the Mini-Grants tab.

These Mini-Grants are available for new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. We encourage Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhanced heritage tourism, preservation, and/or the stewardship of historical, cultural, and natural resources.

Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will primarily be located within the boundaries of the Heritage Area. The maximum award is $5,000 and applicants must provide a one-to-one match (at least 75% cash and up to 25% In-Kind).
Call for Nominations for Four Rivers Heritage Awards
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 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 on November 7. Tickets: . Thank you!!
Special Tour: Disease, Death, and Mourning in Early America
Saturday, October 5
12:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
The ways people mourn and remember their dearly departed have changed dramatically over the centuries. During the month of October at the William Paca House, view a temporary exhibit on medical instruments and memento mori (literal translation: remember that you must die) from Early America. View postmortem photography, mourning attire, and memento mori jewelry, which often held the artfully woven hair of a deceased loved one.
Then, take a 30-minute tour of the William Paca House, highlighting the evolution of medical practices, death, and mourning rituals during the 18th and 19th centuries. After the tour, visit the recently-installed physic garden in the William Paca Garden and learn how herbal remedies were used during the 18th century and beyond.
Cost: Admission to exhibit is free. Specialty tour is $8 General Admission; $6 HA Members and Volunteers. Learn more here.
Deale Area Historical Society - Harvest Day in the Village, Sunday!
Historic Village at Deale
Sunday, October 6
1:00-4:00 pm
Historic Village Museum at Herrington Harbour North Marina
389 Deale Road, Tracy’s Landing

The Deale Area Historical Society invites you to its Harvest Day in the Village. Experience the past with a tour of the historic village at Herrington Harbour North. Experience the past with a tour of the historic village, step back in time to understand life in the early 1900’s Enjoy live music, children’s activities, local artisans & tradesmen. Learn more here .
Next Week: Public Open House and Preview of Gresham Estate
Sunday, October 13
12:00-4:00 pm
The Gresham Estate
784 Central Avenue East, Edgewater

London Town is working with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks to manage a NEW historic property. Come out to preview this new place, discover its remarkable story, and learn about London Town’s plans for its future.

Located about 10 minutes from London Town’s main site, the Gresham Estate was constructed by John Gresham II in the late 1600s, the same time that London Town was beginning to thrive. Over the years, the Estate has been owned by several families, most notably Commodore Isaac Mayo, who lived in the house until his death in 1861. Most recently, it’s been restored by Leon Johnson of Johnson Pools and his family.

​This is an opportunity to drop in to see Gresham Estate anytime between 12 – 4pm on Sunday, October 13th.

$10 – General Admission, $5 – Member, Free – Children ages 7 and under. Registration recommended. Learn more here .
Upcoming Art Show at the Pip Moyer Center Begins Monday
City of Annapolis Arts in Public Places Commission features Anne Delano Weathersby, Photographer.

Anne Delano Weathersby, will be the featured artist at Pip Moyer Recreation Center. The solo exhibition titled, “ Preserving the Moment” focuses on wildlife and outdoor spaces.  Anne sees beauty everywhere when surrounded by nature, and she seeks to preserve the fleeting moments she sees.  The photographs in this exhibit are scenes she has discovered all over the East Coast and beyond, but many are close to her Annapolis home.

The show runs from October 7th through December 31st. The artist reception will be held Tuesday, October 22nd from 6pm to 7:30pm.
October's Friday Night Lectures at St. John's College
St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

Lectures will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at 8 p.m. They are free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture series, please call 410-626-2511.
See the entire 2019–20 Annapolis Campus Lecture Schedule . Lectures are archived in the Greenfield Library and on the SJC Digital Archives site .

Friday, October 11, 8 p.m.
James Lennox, professor emeritus, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, will present “Harvey and Aristotle.”

Friday, October 18, 8 p.m.
Benjamin Storey, associate professor of political and international affairs, Furman University, will present “The Pursuit of Happiness: Montaigne, Pascal, and the Question of How to Live.”
Historic Hauntings Ghost Tour This Week!
Looking for ghost tours in Maryland? This year instead of heading to the usual Haunted House full of unconvincing tricks, join Watermark for a special haunted ghost tour of Annapolis during the festive month of October. 

Special Historic Hauntings takes guests inside one of Annapolis’s most notoriously haunted houses! Through a partnership with Historic Annapolis, only our ghoulish guides have access to bring you inside “the Barracks” on Pinkney street after dark. Your last destination will be the old St. Anne’s cemetery.  Step back into time and hear the tales of the spirits that linger inside the dimly lit mansion. Only our ghoulish guides have access to bring you inside this haunted structure after dark. No visit to Annapolis is complete without seeking out the spirits!

This week’s dates:
Thursday, October 3 - 8:00 pm
Friday, October 4 - 7:30 pm & 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 5 - 7:30 pm & 8:00 pm

Cost: Adults, $23; Children 3-11, $13. Tours depart from Market House Park, 25 Main Street. Reserve your tour here .
This Week's Dates for Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern!
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

The year is 1763. You and your travel companions wake to find yourselves locked inside Ferguson Tavern. While your memories of the prior evening are a little fuzzy, you quickly realize that your travel papers and money are missing and that your ship is leaving in just one hour! Can you make it out in time?

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern  is the first escape room experience created by Historic London Town and Gardens. Escape rooms are real life interactive games where players must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes if they hope to escape in an hour or less. For this experience, we have turned the Lord Mayor’s Tenement (one of our reconstructed colonial buildings) into Elizabeth Ferguson’s tavern. Working in groups of 4 to 10 players, you will have the opportunity to match wits against Elizabeth to see if you can escape her tavern.

This week's dates:
  • Saturday, October 5, 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 6, 1:30 pm
Call for Nominations for 2019 Rural Impact Awards
Do you know someone who is doing outstanding work in rural Maryland? Nominate them for a Rural Impact Award!

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) will be holding the 
2019 Maryland Rural Impact Awards at our Annual Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday,
December 11, 2019, at the DoubleTree 
Hilton Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, 
Maryland 21401, from 7 pm - 9 pm. 

The awards ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations 
that have performed extraordinary acts of service to 
communities throughout rural Maryland. We encourage you 
to submit your nominations. Our award categories are: 
  • Rural Community Volunteer
  • Rural Champion 
  • Outstanding Rural Economic Development 
  • Outstanding Rural Community Development

View award criteria and guidelines  here . Deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Submissions can be made to .
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