January 8, 2019
New Exhibits at Banneker - Douglass Museum Today!
Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show
and Songs of the Caged Bird

January 8, 2019 – June 8, 2019

In celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Banneker-Douglass Museum proudly presents the Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show and the Songs of the Caged Bird exhibition.

The Laurence Hurst Anniversary Show – Curated from his personal collection, Laurence Hurst puts his talent on full display while weaving in the history of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. 

Songs of the Caged Bird – This thought provoking exhibit features works from Maryland based African American artists including: Daniel Brooking, Joseph Edwards, Diane English, T.H. Gomillion, David Allen Harris, Aziza Hunter, Esther Iverem, Ulysses Marshall, Ida Mitchell, Greta McGill, Kamala Subramanian, and Lilian Burwell.

Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

To RSVP for the opening reception on January 12, 2019, from 3 pm -5 pm, click here .
Sharks and Rays of Chesapeake Bay: Proving “Common Knowledge” Wrong
Thursday, January 10
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Come out for the first Winter Lecture of the season at the Annapolis Maritime Museum!

Dr. John Morrissey will discuss current information about the biology of sharks and their cartilaginous allies, the skates and rays of the Chesapeake Bay. He will cover the diversity, anatomy and sensory systems, reproduction, feeding behavior, attacks on humans, and conservation issues relating to sharks, skates and rays and demonstrate how most “common knowledge” about sharks and rays is wrong.

Cost: $10 (Free for First Mate Members & Above). Learn more here .
Anne Arundel County Farmers Winter Farmers Market Now Open
Open every Sunday
10am till 1pm
Anne Arundel County Farmers Market
Riva Rd & Harry S. Truman Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21401

Offerings for the new year:
Seasonal produce, fermented foods, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, jams & jellies, cheese,coffee, crafts, soaps, honey, and so much more. Learn more here.
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority FY2020 Grant Round is Now Open!
Reminder: The FY2020 MHAA Grant Round is now open!

Click on the links to access the FY 2020 Grant Guidelines , as well as a flyer announcing the upcoming webinars and workshops for prospective applicants.  

All applicants must complete an online Intent to Apply form by January 31, 2019 . The link to begin a new Intent to Apply form is available on the MHT website: . Projects must be located within the boundaries of a Certified Heritage Area, such as Four Rivers, to be eligible. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 if you are planning an application in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Many thanks, and best of luck with your upcoming projects!
Register Now for the 2019 Maryland Preservation Awards!
Join Preservation Maryland on Thursday, January 31, for the  2019 Maryland Preservation Awards , celebrating eleven outstanding people and projects for their extraordinary efforts to preserve and enhance historic places, archeological sites and cultural heritage. Presented annually by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees, the Maryland Preservation Awards are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education and community development projects in the state. 

The hour-long ceremony will begin at 4:30 pm in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Following the ceremony, mix and mingle with awardees and fellow preservationists at a special reception sponsored by the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees and Preservation Maryland.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but space is limited. Advance registration is required . The deadline to register is January 25, 2019.
Registration Open for the 35th Annual Small Museum Association Conference
Sunday, February 17 - Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, located at 7777 Baltimore Ave, College Park

The annual SMA conference attracts more than 300 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues.

This year, the SMA conference will explore the theme, "Catch Me If You Can: Museum Leadership Flying into the 21st Century." Find information about the conference schedule, including session descriptions, in the 2019 Preliminary Conference Schedule . More information can be found on the Registration page .
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Nominations for the 2019 Black History Month Community Leaders Awards
Do you know a Maryland-based, African American-founded organization that provides volunteer service to improve Maryland communities for all? The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the Second Annual Black History Month Community Leaders Awards. 

Deadline Extended: The deadline to submit a nomination has been extended to Friday, January 11 at midnight.  Selected recipients will be invited to the Black History Month Community Leaders Awards ceremony in February 2019. 
Coming Soon! Workshop on Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities
Four Rivers Education Committee Presents: 
Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities

Date: Thursday, January 17
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This training will provide knowledge and understanding about the experiences of people with physical disabilities, including tips on how museum professionals can enhance the visitor experience at their sites for all patrons.

Who Should Attend? Guides, Volunteers, Museum Educators, and Site Directors

Marian Vessels – Former Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, speaking about visitors with physical disabilities.
Meredith Peruzzi – Manager and Curator of the Galludet University Museum, speaking about visitors with hearing impairment.
Caleb Berkemeier – Training Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, speaking about visitors with visual impairment.

Workshop Location: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Eastport.

Cost is FREE, but space is limited. Reserve your space today! Call our office at 410-222-1805, or e-mail: . Learn more here.
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