March 5, 2019
Coming Soon -- Maryland Day Celebration 2019!
Get ready for Maryland Day Celebration Weekend 2019! Celebrate the State of Maryland at more than 40 historic and cultural sites in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County.
This year the Maryland Day Celebration is March 29-31.

12th Annual Event! Every year Maryland's birthday weekend is marked with family-friendly activities celebrating its rich history and culture. Experience Maryland's history and culture at more than 40 sites between Annapolis and South County with a special admission price at each location of $1 or FREE. For details, visit the event website here .
Nominations Now Open for the Annual Best of Maryland Awards
May is National Preservation Month, and in Maryland, that means that we celebrate by honoring the successes of the people and projects that have inspired the historic preservation movement with their excellence.

Nominations are now open for the annual Best of Maryland Awards presented by Preservation Maryland.

Award categories allow for the nomination of individuals, organizations, and/or projects. In addition to our distinguished long-time awards, Preservation Maryland is pleased to offer a Smart Growth Excellence Award for the first time. 

The nomination process is all online and must be submitted by Friday, March 15 , 2019. Read the award descriptions, nomination guidelines, and more at: .
MTPA Porch Stories: For the Love of Art - Tomorrow!
Wednesday, March 6
6:00-7:30 pm
Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts
3 Park Pl #4, Annapolis

This open mic event gives the opportunity for anyone to share a true and personal story based on a theme.

"For the Love of Art" invites artists and art lovers to share their stories about what made them fall in love with art. What is it about art that drives you and fuels your passion?

Art encompasses all disciplines; visual arts, performing arts, digital arts, etc. We want to hear from everyone!

RSVP at, 410-626-6055, or here.
Green Drinks Annapolis this Week - Wednesday!
Wednesday, March 6
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Westin Annapolis
100 Westgate Cir, Annapolis

Theme: It Starts with a Straw

No where else in the area will you meet so many eco-minded people from all aspects of our environmental and business community. Come join in and see what all the buzz is about! Learn more here .
Verda's Place: Opening Reception of New Exhibit
Friday, March 8
6:00-8:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

In 1962, Verda Freeman Welcome became the first Black woman in the country to be elected to a State Senate. Seven years later, she introduced legislation creating the first ethnic commission in the United States, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). In celebration of the MCAAHC’s 50th Anniversary the Banneker-Douglass Museum is launching a new exhibition,  Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman .

Through memorabilia, photographs, and archival documents,  Verda’s Place  encourages interaction and participation to move beyond the exhibition space and into the communities of those who visit. Come learn more about this valiant woman and her legacy as the Banneker-Douglass Museum launches this new, interactive exhibition. Register here .

Verda’s Place: An Homage to a Valiant Woman will be on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum March 8-December 28, 2019.
Next Week - Final Lecture in Maryland History Lecture Series at St. John's College
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 pm
Francis Scot Key Auditorium
St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

Lecture, Photos and Stories by Stephanie Sperling and Jay Fleming

Archeologists throughout the Chesapeake are in a race against time to record sites that are threatened by the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, eroding coasts, and intense storms have washed away countless resources, some dating back thousands of years. Sinking land and rampant development have exacerbated the problem. Throughout the region, professional archaeologists are working with concerned citizens to excavate sites and record data before much of our coastal history is lost forever.

 Stephanie Sperling, former director of archaeological research for Anne Arundel County Archaeology Group/Lost Towns Project, will discuss work she has undertaken to combat this problem over the last decade and share stories from other archaeological digs throughout the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Jay Fleming, noted local Chesapeake Bay author and photographer, will present feature stories and photos from the making of his book Working the Water , a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay—America’s largest estuary. He will also be sharing photographs from his forthcoming book Island Life , which uses photography and prose to explore the rich environment and culture of Smith and Tangier, the last two inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay.

A question and answer period will follow. Learn more here.
New Exhibit Coming Soon to Hammond-Harwood House!
A Perfect Profile: Miniature Portraits, Silhouettes, and Landscapes of Early Annapolis

Exhibition for the general public runs April 1 to December 31, 2019.

Today the word profile has become synonymous with social media, yet the concept developed in America much earlier. The artist Charles Willson Peale wrote in 1803 that “profiles are seen in nearly every house in the United States of America.” Profiles, another name for silhouettes, were incredibly inexpensive and popular.

In the years leading up to and after the American Revolution, citizens of this new nation redefined their culture, fashion, and character. People wanted to identify themselves through portraiture but expensive oil paintings were out of reach for most families. Instead people turned to miniature portraits and silhouettes. Easily transported and affordable, these pieces were shared with loved ones at special occasions. Landscapes gained popularity in the 19th century and adorned the homes of Americans, serving as conversation pieces, similar to the way photographs are used on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram today.The exhibition highlights pieces with Annapolis provenance never before seen together.

The collection of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum will be featured along with loans from the Maryland State Archives, Naval Academy Art Museum, and the Maryland Historical Society. Learn more here .
AASLH Webinar: Break the Budget Bubble: How to Build and Read Budgets
Date: March 20
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cost: $40 AASLH Members / $65 Nonmembers

For many people working in the history field, budgeting was not part of their training nor is it in their comfort zone. But financially sustainable history organizations do not happen by chance—it takes planning and regular attention to budgeting.

This 90-minute webinar provides an introduction to budget/financial literacy with guest instructor Becky Beaulieu, author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Becky will discuss basic terminology including types of budgets, income, and expenses along with how to create and evaluate a budget so you can prepare for informed and cyclical budget planning. Join us for this valuable lesson on budgeting that will prove useful for years to come. Register here.
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