November 5, 2019
RSVP's Still Welcome for Annual Heritage Awards!
Four Rivers Heritage Awards recognize individuals, organizations, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community. Join us as we recognize and celebrate the best products, volunteers, leaders, and more!

We are pleased to announce the honorees to be recognized this year:

2019 Heritage Tourism Collaboration of the Year Award: "African-American Voices, Memories, and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.”

2019 Heritage Professional of the Year Award: Rachel Lovett, Curator and Assistant Director of Hammond-Harwood House.

2019 Heritage Volunteers of the Year Award: Craig Biggs and Dennis Krizek of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

2019 Heritage Partnership of the Year Award: Chesapeake Music Festival -- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Arundel Rivers Federation, and partners.

2019 Heritage Sponsor of the Year Award: Bay Weekly.

2019 Legacy Award: Event, “Model Boat Builders of South County.”

2019 Stewardship Award: Annapolis Green’s lecture series, “Tread Lightly: Climate Change & You.”

2019 Public/Private Initiative of the Year Award: “Smith Price: The Homecoming – Reparation, Reunion and Reburial.”

2019 Patricia Barland Leadership Award: Dale Glenwood Green.

Download the press release here .
Join us on Thursday, November 7, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park. Cost: $15.00. Register through  Eventbrite , or purchase your tickets at the door, but an RSVP is very welcome!! 

Questions? Call our office at  410-222-1805 , thanks!
November Lunch and Learn: Tomorrow! Naturally Beautiful: Uncovering Nature at Homewood Museum
Wednesday, November 6
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Michelle Fitzgerald, Assistant Curator at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum.

Stories of shifting attitudes about nature and its material uses are archived today in the objects in Homewood Museum’s collection. High-style tables that resulted in mass deforestation of the mahogany tree in the Caribbean, early nineteenth-century soup tureens that remain empty from overfishing in the Chesapeake all speak to ways in which Marylanders’ consumption habits, including Homewood’s Carroll family, had lasting global environmental impacts. Examining the ways in which the decorative arts both contributed to both the destruction and preservation of the earth, this lecture will take a look at a few featured objects in the Homewood collection and its relationship to the local environment. Please join assistant curator at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Museum and former Maryland State Archives staff member, Michelle Fitzgerald for this engaging program. All our welcome, please bring your lunch and your questions.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this free event at or 410-260-6443. Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building. Learn more here.
Gallery Reception & Artist Open Studios: Visual Music & Drawn From Life
Thursday, November 7
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 our newest exhibits. Meet the artists and enjoy their work at this wine and cheese reception celebrating the artists! The evening includes light food, beverages, art and community.
Visit the third floor where the Artists in Residence  and  In-House Artists   will host Open Studios. All are welcome to attend! Featuring the Exhibitions:

Featuring his latest Opus works inspired by the influence of religion on R&B of the 60’s and 70’s. Michael asks, "Does the prodigious infusion of R&B into current wide-reaching marketing strategies (TV/radio commercials) suggest more than is immediately apparent?" Michael believes that the mesmerizing rhythms and melodies, marvels in their own right, are intertwined with lyrics that satisfy the universal appeal of hope and a better tomorrow.

The Figure and Portrait Drawing Co-ops have been a part of Maryland Hall since around 1990 with close to 45 people first enlisted as members. Originally called “Studio 117,” the Co-ops have been a mainstay in our historic building, as they keep the tradition of drawing and painting from a live model at the center of their mission. Though Maryland Hall continues to grow, change, and modernize, it is traditions like these that keep us grounded to our roots as an arts organization. We are proud to celebrate the Co-ops during our 40th Anniversary Year as an integral part of who we are as a community, serving professional and emerging artists alike with creative opportunities.

Free and Open to the Public. Learn more here.

Also, coming up at Maryland Hall:
Collectors’ Day at the Hammond-Harwood House
Saturday, November 9
1:00-5:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

This year the 3rd annual Collectors’ Day at the Hammond-Harwood House takes you to the table of yesteryear as we explore culinary material culture. Sources like inventories, cookbooks, and letters help us gain an understanding of an early American kitchen and dining room. With these primary documents we can build the story of the objects in the collection or of the previous owner’s interests. We can learn about the construction of the collection objects and about the decorative, the intellectual, and the conventional aspects of each piece. Home of the historic Maryland’s Way Cookbook, the Hammond-Harwood House is proud to offer this day of collections, lectures, and culinary delights.

The Hammond-Harwood House Museum, an 18th-century Anglo-Palladian house with a well-curated collection of American fine and decorative arts, will host Collectors’ Day, with speakers at the event discussing recipes and dining culture of early America. Learn more here .

Special $35 rate for heritage professionals.
Archaeology Lab Open House at London Town
Saturday, November 9
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Drop in to the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab to learn more about current archaeology projects happening nearby, discover volunteer and internship opportunities, or get hands on and help process some artifacts from recent digs! Learn more here.

Location:  Anne Arundel County’s Archaeology Lab, which is located on the grounds of Historic London Town and Gardens
Lecture, "This Petty Place: Mary Petty of The New Yorker"
Special lecture offered on Mitchell Gallery's new exhibit

Sunday, November 10
3:00 pm
Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis
Bob Mankoff, American cartoonist, author, and former cartoon editor of The New Yorker, will lecture on “This Petty Place: Mary Petty of The New Yorker.” Free event, registration required . Immediately followed by Mitchell Gallery Members Libations and Conversations. Learn more and register here.

Cartoonist Mary Petty (1899-1976) is known for the witty and pointed cartoons of the upper class of early 20th century America that appeared in The New Yorker for 39 years. Some of Petty’s earliest illustrations featured independent, free-thinking women, while her later works concentrated on the lifestyles and attitudes of inherited wealth and her invented Peabody family. Petty was married to fellow New Yorker cartoonist Alan Dunn, whose works are also included in the exhibition. Dunn’s works, which comment on architecture, politics, and social issues, complement Petty’s observations on modern life. The spirit of their independent compositions, unified by a shared sense of humor, is timeless.

Mitchell Gallery Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and
6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Friday. Closed Monday.
Docent tours: Thursdays: noon to 3 p.m.
Get Your Tickets! Annapolis by Candlelight 2019
Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
5:00 - 9:00 pm

A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to walk through one of the historic neighborhoods of Annapolis. The experience is even better when the doors to some of the homes are open and you are invited inside. Each year in early November, Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular Annapolis by Candlelight tour.  

Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings constructed in the 20th, 19th, and 18th centuries. Each house is a reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation. This year's tour will be held in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Annapolis

General Admission: $40. Learn more here.
Deep Roots, Rising Waters: A Celebration of African Americans in Maryland
Visit Banneker-Douglass Museum's Permanent Exhibit.

This exhibition provides an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through present day. Learn how African Americans throughout Maryland made lasting changes for all Americans.

  • Find out about Maryland’s first African American settler, Mathias De Sousa.
  • Learn how Benjamin Banneker was able to use his almanac as an anti-slavery protest to Thomas Jefferson.
  • See the advertisement for the slave auction Kunta Kinte was sold in.
  • Hear one of Frederick Douglass’s speeches against racism and slavery.
  • View a reward poster for Harriet Tubman while re-enacting a slave escape like that of Lear Green.
  • Explore Maryland’s ties to North Pole expeditions through citizens Matthew Henson and Herbert Frisby.
  • Listen to stories and music from Carr’s Beach and Sparrow’s Beach.
  • Discover how Thurgood Marshall fought to change the education system in the United States. Learn more here.
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