January 29, 2019
African-American History Month Events with The NEA Big Read
Chesapeake Children's Museum, Anne Arundel County Public Libraries, and many other community partners are putting on 5 full weeks of events and discussions inspired by The Big Smoke , a book of poems by Adrian Matejka about the life of Jack Johnson, first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. 
Friday, February 1, 7 p.m. to midnight
Carr's Beach Dance Party

Live music featuring Scotti Preston singing the music of Billie Holiday and others, accompanied by Shajid on piano. The Clones of Funk move the timeline forward with James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic and more to get you on the dancefloor.
Tickets: $15 advance and $20 door. or 410-990-1993
Cape St. Claire Clubhouse, 1223 River Bay Road, Annapolis
Saturday, February 2, 2-6 p.m. 
"Carr's and Sparrow's Beaches"

Exhibit Opening. Live music with Karen Somerville and Band playing tribute to the Women of the Beach including Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald. There will also be a video presentation, panel, oral histories, and light refreshments. 
Tickets: $25 advance and $30 door. 410-570-1187
Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis

Sunday, February 3, 2-4 p.m.
The Many Hats of Jack Johnson  

Arthur John “The Big Smoke” Johnson rose from harsh beginnings in Galveston, Texas, in 1878 to conquer the world both inside the boxing ring and out. Vince Leggett, author, historical interpreter and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake portrays Jack Johnson, who in 1908 became the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.
Free admission. 410-990-1993.
Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis

More events for children, families and adults can be found at:
Winter Lecture Series At AMM: "Human Impacts on the Chesapeake: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Studies of the Rhode River Ecosystem"
Thursday, January 31
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Dr. James G. Gibb’s presentation will cover the follow topics:

  • Citizen Science Archaeology program at SERC
  • Environmental archaeology studies on 2650 acre Rhode River campus
  • Meat provisioning on 1650s-1680s plantations
  • 18th and 19th century house lot erosion and sedimentation
  • Ramifications of coal as a fuel in Anne Arundel County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Long term stresses on the ecosystem
  • Environmental impacts of contemporary households

The 2019 Winter Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 10 to February 28. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging speakers on eight diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. Learn more here.
Maryland History Lecture Series - Emancipation Continues: War & Peace
Sunday, February 3
2:00 pm
St. John’s College
Francis Scot Key Auditorium
60 College Ave, Annapolis

Historical Performance by the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society

Set in 2018, diverse members of a local community organization “battle” to create a show for Black History month that celebrates great African American speakers, authors, artists, and entertainers of the 1940s and 1950s. Throughout their meetings, the members provide examples of vocal and instrumental music, dance, poetry, oratory, and history of the period to determine works worthy of presentation to their audience. Written and directed by Vivian Spencer. Learn more here.

For more than 35 years, The Maryland History Lecture series at St. John’s College has presented a wide variety of topics on Maryland subjects and events. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation the lectures are free and open to the public and held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
Film Screenings & Panel Discussion: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing
Thursday, February 7
7:00 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Communities come together to discuss systemic racism from past to present at this special film screening and panel discussion. Join us for a screening of three short films—the documentaries Burn: The Lynching of George Armwood and An Outrage , and the animated film Slavery to Mass Incarceration presented by Connecting the Dots Anne Arundel County (CTDAACO) and Maryland Hall with support from the Goldstein-Cunitz Center for Film & New Media, in Partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project. Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Thornell Jones. Panelists include Karen Branan, Chris Haley and Will Schwarz.

You're invited! Reception for Maryland's 10th Poet Laureate
Wednesday, February 27
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Mitchell Gallery Lobby at St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

Join the Maryland State Arts Council in celebrating Maryland’s 10th Poet Laureate

Grace Cavalieri was appointed Maryland Poet Laureate on November 7, 2018 by Governor Larry Hogan. Grace Cavalieri is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest are Other Voices, Other Lives (ASP, 2017;) and Life Upon The Wicked Stage: A Memoir (NAP/Scarith, 2015.) She's also written texts and lyrics performed for opera, television and film and has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country at numerous colleges. She produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem," weekly, on WPFW-FM (1977-1997) presenting more than 2,000 poets to the nation. She now presents this series to public radio from the Library of Congress via NPR satellite and Pacifica Radio, celebrating 42 years on air in 2019.

RSVP  here by February 20. There is limited space for this event. For more information about Maryland's Poet Laureate click here.
Maryland History Day 2019 State Contest
Saturday, May 11
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Maryland Humanities invites you to serve as a judge at the 2019 Maryland History Day competition where 700 students will showcase their History Day projects focused on the theme of  "Triumph and Tragedy in History."  
Each year more than 25,000 middle and high school students in classrooms throughout Maryland immerse themselves in in-depth research and create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme.
As they progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels, students rely on volunteers like you to evaluate their projects and help them improve skills they have developed throughout the process.
Judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, as well as other volunteers who want to support students in this exciting learning experience. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback.
To sign up to judge at the state contest, please visit:
Maryland State Archives' Paid Summer Internship Program
The Maryland State Archives is currently accepting applications to its 2019 summer internship program. The deadline for student application is Friday, March 29th. Please share the opportunities with interested students!

For full details and application information see: 

Students interested in Archives, Collections Management, Library Science, Conservation, Historical Research, Preservation, Digital Imaging, Museum Studies, Art and Art History, should apply using the following link:

Students interested in Information Technology, Computer Science and Programming should contact

Students interested in volunteer and/or academic credit positions only, please see:
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