December 3, 2019
Today is Giving Tuesday!
There are many reasons to give to the Four Rivers Heritage Area. We empower our storytellers and strengthen our heritage to our local community non-profit museums and historic sites.
We also:
• Give Mini-Grants for Capacity-Building
• Produce Educational Workshops about Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusivity
• Support Maryland Day Weekend Programming

Your dollars help ensure that our local heritage thrives, to educate and inspire future generations.
As always, your support is invaluable to our operations, and very much appreciated!
Additional MHAA FY20 Grant Award Announced
Four Rivers is pleased to announce that a ninth grant from this year’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant cycle has been approved in our heritage area! A capital grant to Chesapeake Children’s Museum , originally on the “reserve” list for funding, has been approved. “Welcome Way” will support construction of a paved walkway that brings visitors safely out of the parking lot and leads them to the front door and ramp; and design, construction, and installation of 10 interactive panels to be placed along the side of the walkway, to teach visitors of all ages about local wildlife, weather, good stewardship, and more. This signage will be in Spanish and English.

This brings the total of the MHAA grants that have been awarded to organizations in our heritage area in FY20 to a new record amount, which is $529,500 for projects, totaling $1,663,280. Congratulations to our partners at Chesapeake Children’s Museum for receiving this important funding! 
OPEN HOUSE: Meeting to discuss a potential boundary expansion to the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Mark your calendars! Join us at an Open House on December 11, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm  to discuss a potential boundary expansion to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

The Four Rivers Heritage Area was established two decades ago and covers large parts of South County along the Chesapeake Bay, south of Route 50 and east of Route 2, including the City of Annapolis. The County's Cultural Resources Division (Office of Planning & Zoning) is working with the Four Rivers Heritage Area staff and board to explore options, and help produce a boundary amendment proposal.

Do you have ideas or suggestions about significant historic, cultural, and natural resources that should be included? Want to learn more about the benefits of the State's Heritage Areas program? Join us for this information session (the first of several stakeholder meetings,) learn about the State requirements for expansion, and share your thoughts on historic sites across the County that should be considered. Representatives from the Four Rivers Heritage Area, including Executive Director Carol Benson, will be on hand to talk about the exciting work we do. The event will be held at the Odenton Heritage Society Historical Center (Old Masonic Hall), 1367 Odenton Road. Odenton, MD 21113. 

For more information about the Boundary Study and the Open House, including FAQs, contact the AA County team conducting the Boundary Study (funded in part by an MHAA grant), go to call #410-222-7432, email m , or call our office at 410-222-1805 .
Make Your Plans for the Holidays in Annapolis
Save the dates for these holiday events:

Thursdays, December 5 and 12 from 6PM until Midnight and December 19 from 6PM until 11PM

A festive shopping celebration in Downtown Annapolis. Check out all the stores, galleries, and boutiques along West Street, Maryland Ave, State Circle, Main Street, Market Space, Randall Street, and Dock Street.

It's a beloved Annapolis tradition: Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor—boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers.

Saturday, December 14, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek above the Spa Creek Bridge
Tonight! Introduction to Finding Grants Workshop
Tuesday, December 3
6:30 pm
Deale Library
5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale

Are you new to the field of grant seeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants in this introductory course.

Register by visiting the following Anne Arundel County Public Library link: . Then click on the "Grants Workshop" button. If you are prompted, select the Deale Branch. Then click on the "Introduction to Finding Grants" December 3, 2019 event and enter the requested registration information. You will receive a confirmation email when the registration is complete.

This is a FREE event.
Lunch and Learn Goes to the Movies! Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation
Wednesday, December 4
2:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Voices of Baltimore captures and preserves the rich oral histories of an aging and diminishing population of African Americans who grew up in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore and lived through the Jim Crow era of legal segregation. The narratives document the lives of individuals who attended segregated schools and experienced both segregation and desegregation before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling. It is a must see! Film participants include Dr. Patrica Welch, Dean of Education at Morgan State University; Chief Judge Robert Bell, first African American to serve on Maryland’s highest court, and Treopia Washington, sister of Ernest Green from the Little Rock 9. Filmmakers Morna McDermott McNulty and Gary Homana of Towson University will be present for a Q&A and discussion following the 55 minute screening. 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. 
MTPA Party to Celebrate Annapolis Memories
Wednesday, December 4
2:00-4:00 pm
St. Luke's Church
1101 Bay Ridge Ave, Annapolis

You are welcome to attend a holiday party hosted by Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts designed for Annapolitans that want to take a walk down memory lane.

  • View historic photos of Annapolis provided by the MD State Archives
  • Share personal memories and stories
  • Holiday music
  • Complimentary hors d'ouerves
  • Sponsored by Fedex, Starbucks, Giant, Safeway, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and Home Depot

Kindly RSVP to MTPA at 410-626-6055 or send them an email here.
William Paca Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 7
3:00-6:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street & Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis

You are cordially invited to celebrate a colonial holiday with Historic Annapolis! Visit both the William Paca House and Hogshead for a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday season with a touch of history.

The Annapolis Living Historians return to the William Paca House and Garden to celebrate the festivities! Come enjoy the beautifully decked halls and see how the Paca household would have gotten ready for the festive season. A dance mistress and musician will be on hand to lead you through the refined dances the Pacas and their friends would have enjoyed. Make and take your own holiday pomander and tin punch ornament!

Visit Hogshead for more colonial dancing, a cup of hot cider and other festive treats, as the merry craftspeople of early Annapolis share the joys of the season. Spend a fun afternoon with us at this joyous celebration!

Cost: FREE for HA Members and Volunteers; $5 General Admission; $3 Child (ages 3-17, free for 2 and under). Learn more here.
Tour the State House by Candlelight
MD State House
Saturday, December 7
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Maryland State House, Annapolis

Enjoy beautiful music by local youth musicians and vocalists, festive seasonal decorations from across the state, amazing exhibits and artwork!

The beautiful Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation's capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.The State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes for three months each year, and the elected leadership of the state — the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Delegates and president of the Senate — all have their offices here.

We hope to see you at this wonderful holiday tradition. Learn more here.
Sunday Afternoon Tour: The Life and Art of Mary Petty
Sunday, December 8
3:00 pm
Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition.

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. Learn more here.
Muddy Creek Artists Guild Holiday Show and Sale Dates this Weekend!
The Muddy Creek Artists Guild cordially invites you to its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, “Gifts From the Arts” this December.

The pop-up gallery show will be held December 6–8 at 179 Mitchells Chance Road, Edgewater, Md. 21073 (Main Street at South River Colony Shopping Center). The show is free and open to the public.

The Guild will present a professional art gallery experience in a new pop-up location, featuring works that explore a variety of subjects, including the local Chesapeake Bay region, in an array of different media including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, and textiles. This is a great opportunity to engage with local artists, shop for unique, local artworks and gift items. Learn more here.

Visitors are invited to join the artists for a reception on Friday, December 6, 6 pm–8 pm.
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission Mini Grants Now Available
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is pleased to announce a new round of the Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grant program. 

Please read the Criteria and Guidelines  carefully before applying.
The projects should be simple in scope and able to be completed relatively quickly. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer.

Examples of projects for consideration: Purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, fencing, hoop house, materials needed for value-added production, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety, per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

SMADC will begin accepting Mini-Grant applications on November 1, 2019. The grant closes on December 31, 2019; awards will be announced by mid-February, 2020.
Nominations Open for AASLH Leadership in History Awards
AASLH invites nominations for the 2020 Leadership in History Awards . Now in its 75th year, the awards program is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history. 
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards recognize exemplary work completed by historical societies, museums, libraries, archives, academic classes or departments, cultural institutions, foundations, and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies.
Awards are given for exhibits, public programming, multimedia and special projects, publications, individual achievement, and more. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. See a list of 2019 winners .

Info Video - To learn about the program and why you should apply, no matter what your budget size, and get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination,  watch this video of the informational webinar from 2018 which will give you an overview of the program, as well as providing tips for submitting a nomination (54 minutes).

Live Q&A - Join AASLH on January 14 for a FREE live webinar with the AASLH awards team for a chance to ask questions and get tips for how to navigate the awards nomination process. Register .

Deadlines - February 1, 2020: Publication category and Award of Distinction nominations due. March 1, 2020: All other award categories nominations due.
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