September 15, 2020
Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual Four Rivers Heritage Awards
Please help us get the word out -- share with colleagues and friends!

Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Seventeenth 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 2020, nominations are invited in ten different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, Legacy Award, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

The nominations deadline is October 9, 2020. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; our awards ceremony will be going virtual this year! Questions? Please e-mail us at, and our Eexcutive Director will schedule a call with you!

Thank you, we are looking forward to recognizing excellence at our 17th Annual Heritage Awards!
Register TODAY for Our Fall Mini-Grant Workshop
Wednesday, September 23
2:00-3:00 pm
Online Presentation via Zoom

DID YOU KNOW? 2 BIG CHANGES THIS YEAR! Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area for this FREE workshop to learn all about the FY2021 Mini-Grant Process. Mini-Grant Application deadline: Friday, October 2, 2020

**Workshop is MANDATORY for Fall 2020 Mini-Grant Applicants** -- Register today!

Presentation by Carol Benson, Four Rivers Executive Director

You will learn:
New Details
• New Parameters
• Key Application Pointers
• Grant Agreement Details
• How to Keep Grant Project Records
• How to Close the Grant

Please Note: You MUST attend or watch the webinar recording in order to submit an application. To register: please e-mail to get your name on the list to receive the Zoom link. Thanks!
Check Out Our Recent Blog Posts!
During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are some posts you may have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!

Virtual Lecture – Tubman Travels: Underground Railroad Journeys and Life Lessons from Tubman, Douglass, and Other Champions of Freedom
Tuesday, September 15
7:00 - 8:00 pm   
Organization: Historic Annapolis

Maryland’s Eastern Shore was home to two American heroes of the first order in Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and antislavery activist Frederick Douglass. In this presentation, award-winning writer and storyteller Jim Duffy shares keystone stories from the very different journeys those two took out of bondage and into the history books. Learn, too, about other, lesser known champions of freedom from here in our own backyard. Along the way, Duffy will share a few of the life lessons he learned while researching and writing the book. Tubman Travels: 32 Underground Railroad Journeys on Delmarva.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers

Virtual Event: Lessons of Lynching
Wednesday, September 16
6:00 - 8:00 pm   
Organization: Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission
The Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission will present "Lessons of Lynching," a panel to discuss the tragic circumstances, residual vestiges, and frightening reminders of the bigotry which allowed these acts to occur without redress in the 19th and 20th century history of our state. Five Commissioners will address these race based injustices and how the organization has begun to visualize and implement a path toward reconciliation through honest commemoration and discussion amidst the racial conflict currently engulfing much of America today. The panel will be moderated by Commissioner Carl Snowden. Attendance is free.

Register for Lessons of Lynching.
Virtual Lecture – An Introduction to 18th Century Furniture and Construction
Thursday, September 17
7:00 - 8:00 pm   
Organization: Historic Annapolis

Join Cabinetmaker Tony Lovett to explore the different furniture periods of the 18th century, as well as those individuals that had a lasting impact on the period’s furniture designs. Mr. Lovett will highlight key aspects of 18th century furniture and discuss their construction, as well as demonstrate the different methods and tools used for construction.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

Paint Annapolis Starts This Weekend!
EXCITING NEWS: Paint Annapolis is On!

Dates: September 20-24

For 19 years, Paint Annapolis has been a premier painting event, bringing artists and the community together to share in the beauty of outdoor painting.

Paint Annapolis is going to look a little different this year, but professional artists will still be painting in and around the beautiful historic city of Annapolis, Maryland, from September 20-24. Their art will be available in person at MFA Circle Gallery and online through October 4th.
Maryland State Arts Council 2021 Heritage Award Nominations Now Open
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for 2021 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony. Nominations are due Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m. Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account.

Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is significant, and past contributions to that traditional practice. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria.

Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. See a list of past winners.
Next Week: AASLH's Annual Meeting Online
Next week's 2020 AASLH Annual Meeting (the annual meeting of the American Association of State and Local History) contains lots of great content, including 6 General Sessions, 26 Pre-Recorded Sessions, 21 Live Concurrent Sessions, Brown Bag Lunches, Discussion Groups, and Happy Hours designed to connect you with your colleagues across the nation.

Not sure how you're going to retain all of this information? Don't worry. Full-access registrants will have access to all of the recorded content for six weeks after the end of the conference. You can catch some events live and watch others on your own schedule to craft a conference to suit your own pace.

The conference will address questions that are emerging from the pandemic, such as defining what history institutions will look like and how they will operate in and after the recovery. We will also continue to examine the unique roles that history museums, historic sites, historical societies, and other history organizations, including AASLH, must play in combating systematic racism, which is among the nation’s most deep-seated societal challenges.
Network for Good Virtual Conference: Build Better Relationships
Join Network for Good's upcoming webinar, Build Better Relationships, to learn how to take your donor relationships to the next level. They'll tackle all the relationships that impact your nonprofit including technology, social media, communication, marketing, the board, and more!

The conference will cover:
  • How to create a tech-life balance to foster better relationships
  • How to build relationships with key stakeholders
  • How to foster diversity, equity and inclusion
  • How to develop a marketing strategy to create connection

If you're unable to attend the entire conference, register and they'll send you the materials afterwards.
Special Event: Reinventing the Monuments Men and Women for the 21st-Century Force
Wednesday, September 16
11:00 am
Host Organization: Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative

SCRI invites you to join in celebrating the inaugural training of the next generation of Monuments Men and Women

A preeminent panel of military and museum experts will lead a program about the new Monuments Men and Women for the 21st Century Force that was inspired by the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives teams (aka “Monuments Men”) of WWII. You will see a trailer from the documentary, “Stout Hearted: George Stout and the Guardians of Art” and learn why the “Monuments Men” of WWII have a special place in the collections of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. You will also hear from some of the 21st-century Monuments Men and Women who have chosen to carry on this important legacy. This event is free.

Nominations Now Open for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards
The Maryland Historical Trust is accepting nominations for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards

You may complete a nomination here using the 2021 Nomination Instructions. Nominations are due September 30, 2020.

The Maryland Preservation Awards, presented annually by the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust, are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in Maryland. Awards are presented in four categories: Leadership and Service, Education and Community Engagement, Project Excellence and Stewardship. Learn more or submit a nomination.
Job Opening! Part-Time Administrative Assistant / Program Manager

Responsibilities include:
Management support for on-going programs and special events
Box Office operations
Contract and payroll responsibilities
Scheduling auditions 
Volunteer coordination
Administrative support for Founding Artistic Director Sally Boyett

Compensation: Salary starting at $14/hr (negotiable based on prior experience) for five half-days per week not to exceed 25 hours

Inquiries and Application: Submit inquiries and resume/CV to:
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