May 5, 2020
Save the Date: Four Rivers Presents a Webinar about Accessibility
While our partners' sites are closed to the public, we know they have been hard at work planning for the future, including ways to fill accessibility "gaps" and welcoming all audiences. Four Rivers is pleased to offer this FREE webinar next Tuesday, May 12, at 10 a.m.

This webinar features Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who will lead a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility. He will focus on the ethical and legal requirements of ADA  compliancy , strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY of planning for all audiences, and how these efforts can improve the visitor experience for all.

Please SAVE THE DATE and contact us at to register. This webinar will also be recorded . Thanks!
Today is "Giving Tuesday Now" -- Take the Time for a Thoughtful Response
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place today, May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

This new day is organized by GivingTuesday , and is being held in addition to the annually scheduled GivingTuesday event that will still take place on December 1, 2020. In partnership with GivingTuesday’s global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals, this event is set to spark an increase in grassroots generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

People are asked to show their generosity in a variety of ways to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow–whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The movement is currently focused on opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. Think about what YOU can do to make a difference in our community today, and THANK YOU!
Maryland Humanities CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants
Maryland Humanities is accepting applications to its $500,000 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund . The funding is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act.

The goal of this new program is to sustain Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time.

Funding Priorities
  • General operating support for humanities, heritage, and cultural organizations that have been financially impacted by COVID-19
  • Support organizations throughout all regions of the state

Grant Timeline:
  • Application Opens: May 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: May 11, 2020 – 11:59 P.M. (up to 125 applications will be accepted)
  • Award Date: May 30, 2020
Check Out Our Recent Blog Posts!
During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are some posts you might have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!
Highlighting Our Four Rivers Heritage Sites, Continued
While our local sites are closed t o the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will take this time to highlight our some our attractions , and continue to do so each week until we're all able to explore our heritage area again.
Maryland State Archives

The Maryland State Archives serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Its holdings date from Maryland’s founding in 1634, and include colonial and state executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land, and court records; church records; business records; state publications and reports; and special collections of private papers, maps, photographs, and newspapers.
Maryland State House

Built c. 1772-1779, the Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous use. It was home to the Continental Congress from November 1783 to August 1784, and is the only state house to have served as the nation’s capital. The State House is where the Maryland General Assembly convenes for three months each year, and the elected leadership of the state all have their offices here.
Naval Academy Museum

The U.S. Naval Academy Museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world. Located in Preble Hall on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of seapower, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America’s sailors and marines.
Daily Local History Lessons offered by Janice Hayes-Williams
Our colleague Janice Hayes-Williams wears many hats -- she is an Annapolis historian, author, long-time community leader, and the head of Our Legacy Tours, among other roles. Janice is working hard to create daily history lessons for local students interested in learning more about our local community and its heritage.

She calls this page "Our Legacy Home School." Click on to access the FREE posts full of history lessons and a daily quiz, too! Or visit the Facebook page, for the daily trivia question. Thank you, Janice!
African American Heritage Preservation Program
Grant Opportunity is Announced
Announcing the 10th anniversary of the African American Heritage Preservation Program grants!

The Maryland Commission on African American Heritage and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust are hosting webinars for prospective applicants for the African American Heritage Preservation Program. Grants are competitively awarded for construction projects on properties important to African American history and culture in Maryland.

You can learn more about the program here .
Applications are available on MHT's website here .

There will be four webinars - three with basics about the program and application requirements, and one with advanced tips for writing a compelling grant proposal.

Application Requirement Basics Webinars
May 8, 2020, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm use Event Code: 627 712 174
Application Tips: How to tell your heritage story!
May 11, 2020, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm use Event Code: 629 587 800

Connect online and view the video features
  1. Go to:
  2. Copy and paste the Event Code for the webinar you want to attend (see above).
  3. In the box on the right, enter the password: oriole
  4. Below the password box, click on "Join by browser"

Connect by phone for audio only
  1. Call 855-282-6330.
  2. Enter the Event Code for the webinar you want to attend (see above).
For questions, please contact Charlotte Lake at or Chanel Compton at .
View the State of the Rivers Report Card!
The Arundel Rivers Federation is pleased to present you with its State of the Rivers Report Card! Please download it below.

The report card scores are calculated with data from 22 tidal sites in the South River and 30 between the West and Rhode Rivers. Seven parameters are measured weekly (Apr.-Oct.) using water quality instruments: Hach Hydrolab for the South, an YSI meter for West and Rhode, as well as a Secchi disk for clarity. Bacteria samples are collected in the summertime from 36 popular swimming areas by Arundel Rivers Federation and Anne Arundel County. The scoring system uses the approach of the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition.

All three rivers improved, helped by the decreased rainfall in 2019, which meant less stormwater driven pollution to our rivers. Underwater Grasses also resurged. The oysters on the sanctuary reef are working hard, filtering the water and the calcium carbonate in their shells are helping mitigate the damages from acid rain. Celebrate a bit of good news!
Live Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Local Advocacy Matters
DATE: May 7
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
COST: $5 AASLH Members / $10 Nonmembers/ Free for anyone by using promo code FREEWBR20

Now more than ever, museums realize the value of working in partnership with governments and advocating for policies that benefit museums. National museum organizations’ advocacy programs have been largely targeted to the Federal government, while state and regional museum associations have mostly focused on working with state governments.

Museums miss out if they don’t also work with local government – county and municipal organizations. Many laws and regulations that directly affect museums originate at this level, from zoning to long-term cultural planning and everything in between. Local governments also offer grants which can be life-changing for museums, especially smaller institutions.

This webinar will help demystify local government, help you identify your local government officials, and offer tips to get you started on making your case with government officials closest to the people with the power to help.

Maryland Arts Summit Goes Virtual
This year's Maryland Arts Summit will be virtual! The Virtual Convening will now take place on Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29.

The Maryland Arts Summit is the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.
The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Arts Advocates
  • Arts Educators & Teaching Artists
  • Independent Artists
  • Arts Organizations
  • Youth
  • Community Stakeholders

Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with The Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools.
Take London Town's Reopening Survey
Last March, London Town closed its physical doors to the public but expanded its digital doors wide. Through their "London Town from Anywhere" initiative, you can access the best of London Town from your home (or anywhere else). Please help them improve this initiative by taking this short survey .

Meanwhile, they're also gearing up to re-open as soon as possible. Please answer questions about what steps would make you comfortable and what sort of programming you'd like to see after things improve.

Thank you for taking their survey!
Maryland Historical Society is Hiring!
The Maryland Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to educate people of all ages about the rich history and culture of Maryland and the nation. MdHS collects, preserves and interprets the historically significant art, objects, documents and images from prehistoric Maryland to the present.

Maryland Historical Society is hiring for the following positions:

The Maryland Historical Society seeks an enthusiastic Visitor Services Associate to perform all functions of the Visitor Services Department in order to provide a high level of customer service to members, visitors, volunteers, and staff. This position also has key responsibilities for security functions and monitoring the safety and security of MdHS facilities.

The Maryland Historical Society seeks an enthusiastic Part-time Visitor Services Associate to perform all functions of the Visitor Services Department in order to provide a high level of customer service to members, visitors, volunteers, and staff. This position also has key responsibilities for security functions and monitoring the safety and security of MdHS facilities.

The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is seeking a part-time Education Programs and Docent Coordinator to provide administrative support to the Education Department, deliver exceptional customer service to our patrons, and lead guided programs for students and adults as necessary.
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