March 10, 2020
Maryland Day Celebration is Coming Soon!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations. Find the full calendar of events and start planning! Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
Maryland Day Quest 2020 Hosted by Visit Annapolis
To celebrate Maryland Day, Visit Annapolis is hosting a scavenger hunt that takes participants on a journey around downtown Annapolis, allowing them to explore the city and take in its rich history. on Saturday, March 21, visitors (and residents) will be sent on a search for six special locations to take “selfies” with famous historical figures and to be entered to win a History Getaway to Annapolis!

The kids will especially love this! Join Visit Annapolis on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Visitors Center and show off your selfies for a corresponding commemorative button for each historical figure you were able to find! 

To enter for the grand prize of a History Getaway in Annapolis, one must snap a selfie with each of the six historical figures and post on social media with #MarylandDayQuest. Check the social channels ( Facebook / Instagram ) for clues on who will be featured leading up to Maryland Day, and on March 21 for clues on specific locations.
Plan Your Maryland Day - See These Highlights!
Here's a sneak peak at a couple events taking place over Maryland Day weekend. Stay tuned for more highlights next week!

Friday, March 20, 6:00-9:00 pm
Galesville Community Center
916 West Benning Road, Galesville

The Galesville Community Center will be transformed into “Mrs. Crowner’s Lunch Room and Cookhouse”! Mrs. Margaret Crowner ran an important community institution known as the “Cookhouse” from the 1940s on. The Cookhouse provided lunch to the workers at the nearby Woodfield Fish & Oyster Company and was a gathering place for the local African American community during the days of segregation. At this free, invitation-only dinner, guests will be served some of Mrs. Crowner’s famous meals, share favorite family recipes, and discuss the role of food in African-American history and culture.

Sunday, March 22, 10:30-11:30 am
Jack Creek Park
1600 Snug Harbor Rd, Shady Side

Celebrate the new kayak launch at Jack Creek Park! Join The Public Water Access Committee, Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and Four Rivers Heritage Area for a ribbon cutting ceremony and a first look at the new kayak launch, parking area and access road. Walk the trail to the water, see the first ospreys of spring and plan your summer paddling trips!
Next Week! Lecture: Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species On Ships
Tuesday, March 17
7:00 pm
Schmidt Conference Center
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater

Speaker: Greg Ruiz, principal investigator of SERC’s Marine Invasions Research Lab

Every year, U.S. ports see roughly 100,000 ship arrivals. ​In addition to cargo, many ships unwittingly carry tiny organisms inside their hulls, in the tanks of ballast water they use for balance. Global trade is enabling invasive species to cross borders via shipping at unprecedented speeds. But it’s also triggered the rise of new technologies to combat them. In this talk, SERC marine biologist Greg Ruiz will highlight some of the latest efforts to track and clean up the ballast water in ship hulls and prevent future invasions.

SERC’s evening lectures take place in the Schmidt Conference Center every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm, January through October. The event is free, though our volunteers will happily take cash to support the snack table. No advance registration necessary.
Coming Soon! Lunch and Learn - Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot
Wednesday, March 18
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis

Please join the Maryland State Archives in celebrating Women's History Month and the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage! For our March Lunch and Learn, we are welcoming Dr. Ida E. Jones who will discuss her latest book, Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot. Dr. Jones will examine the life of Victorine Adams through her archival collection and address the importance of the archival record in contextualizing the life of the person. Please join us for this engaging talk.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this free event at   or  410-260-6443 .
Reception in the Galleries at Maryland Hall
Thursday, March 19
5:30-7:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Join Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for a free Opening Reception to celebrate their newest exhibits, "Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies," "From Our Living Room to Yours: The Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting," and "Unnatural Causes: Earth Day 50th Anniversary."

Meet the artists and enjoy their work at this wine and cheese reception! The evening includes food, drink, art and community. Free and open to the public.
Last Week to Enter Maryland Federation of Art Shows
Two shows closing for entry in the next week! Don't miss out!

?Binary¿Nonbinary?- are you static or fluid? A realist or an abstract artist? Whichever way you roll - show us your work!

Deadline: March 12th
Awards: $500
Juror: Dr. Yuriko Jackall, National Gallery of Art

Spring Member Show - Everything's coming up artwork! You can smell flowers in the air, and paint on the canvas.

Deadline: March 17th
Awards: $500
Juror: Paul Reuther, Montgomery College and Corcoran
New Podcast Project Commemorating Maryland's Suffragists
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that enfranchised American women with the right to vote, Gallagher Evelius & Jones and Preservation Maryland have partnered on a special podcast project, called Ballot & Beyond .

Each episode of PreserveCast will feature a short biographical essay of Maryland's suffragists and the female leaders that they have inspired us all in contemporary times.

This material is based upon work assisted by a Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grant from the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the agency. The work builds upon a special project funding by the Maryland Historical Trust’s Board of Trustees, in which Kay Rohn, then a graduate student in the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, developed a historic context statement for the Women’s Suffrage movement in Maryland. That report is currently in draft form. Additional biographies were derived from a podcast produced by Gallagher Evelius & Jones, called Beyond-the-Ballot and previously released by WYPR, Baltimore’s local NRR station.
Volunteer Programs at the Maryland State Archives
Want to help the Maryland State Archives? They need you!

Maryland State Archives is looking for individuals to assist in caring for and making our collections more accessible. They welcome anyone who is eager to lend a hand from high school students to senior citizens, and have many diverse opportunities available to meet varied time, interest and experience levels. Professional archivists will provide all the necessary training, equipment and tools, if you provide the hours and the energy. They can work with individuals seeking academic credit, field work, professional experience or community service hours, as well. They even have assignments that can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Interested? Please check out the list of potential volunteer assignments below with more detailed information. Then, click on How to Volunteer for instructions on how to apply to the program. If you have additional questions? Please contact .
MSAC Launches Two New Grant Opportunities
MSAC is now accepting applications for two new grant opportunities!
The Professional Development Opportunity Grant encourages and supports relevant professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations throughout Maryland. For more information about this new grant program including purpose, eligibility, and evaluation, please visit our website here .

The Special Request Grant supports the needs of arts organizations and programs that may fall outside of the eligibility of MSAC’s established grant programs. For more information about this grant program including purpose, eligibility, and evaluation, please visit our website here .

Applications for the pilot phase of both programs are available in Smart Simple .

Questions? Contact Dana Parsons, Director of Grants and Professional Development, at .
NOTE: We are Hiring! Seeking a PT Programs Coordinator
Four Rivers Heritage Area is a non-profit organization with its office in Annapolis. We are seeking to fill our part-time staff position of Heritage Programs Coordinator . This individual should be highly creative, have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, pay careful attention to detail, and preferably have a Master’s degree in a heritage-related field. It is work that is interesting and challenging!

We are looking for someone with experience in grants, tourism, museum/nonprofit management, and preservation. The Heritage Programs Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive Director. This is a part-time position (14 hours per week to start, with more hours expected to be added), with some limited flexibility in schedule. Read the full job description:   Heritage Programs Coordinator job description 2020
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