February 5, 2019
FY2019 MHT Capital Grant Intent to Apply is Now Available, Deadline in One Week!!
The Maryland Historical Trust Capital Grant for Fiscal Year 2019 is now open! This grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on buildings or structures on or eligible for the Maryland Register of Historic Places. You can read more about this grant and eligibility requirements at their website here .

The following entity types are eligible for this program. All applicants should be aware that the project must have a demonstrated public benefit in order to be competitive.
  • Nonprofits
  • Local governments
  • Business entities
  • Individuals

State and federal government entities are eligible to apply as nonprofits; however, projects involving state and federally owned properties cannot comply with the requirement to convey a perpetual preservation easement to MHT and therefore are not expected to rank highly enough for funding.

Intents to Apply are due  February 15th , 2019 by 11:59pm. For questions, please contact Courtney Hotchkiss at or 410-697-9514.
Winter Lecture Series At AMM - Island Life: Chesapeake Bay - Thursday!
Thursday, February 7
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Jay Fleming will discuss Smith and Tangier Islands, the two inhabited islands of the Chesapeake Bay, with an emphasis upon the history and landscapes that have made these islands unique. He will also touch on the traditions of the island inhabitants, their way of life – including the foods that are unique to the islands, and the future of the islands.

The 2019 Winter Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 10 to February 28. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging speakers on eight diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. Learn more here.
Annual Black History Month Presentation by Broadneck African-American Heritage Project, Inc.
Saturday, February 9
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
St. Phillips Episcopal Church
730 Bestgate Rd, Annapolis

Inspiring & Extraordinary Ladies – The History and the Journey of Black Ladies through Fashion, Hair, Education, and Awareness.

A Fashion & Hair Show will be included in the event. Inspiring authors and vendors will be present. Presentation will begin at 12 noon. Registration is required. See the flier here.

Donation: $15

For more information contact:
Elinor Thompson, President – 443-433-8167
Barbara Miles, Vice President – 410-266-7907
Cynthia Dark, Treasurer – 443-926-2463
Deborah Henson – 410-299-7792
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Culminating Celebration, Saturday!
Saturday, February 9
6:00-10:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St, Annapolis

In February of 2018, Governor Larry Hogan signed a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass” to honor the 200th anniversary of Maryland’s own, abolitionist, writer, and orator. Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for the culminating celebration to celebrate his life and legacy.

Special guest speaker: Kenneth B. Morris, Founder of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

Click here to register!
February Events at Hammond-Harwood House
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Valentine’s Day Concert
The Sound of the Viol: Songs and Love

Thursday, February 14
12:00 pm

You’re invited to a romantic concert of baroque music in the ballroom. Experience the sound of courtship in Early Modern Europe, rendered through viol – one of the most popular musical instruments of the 17th century – and voice. A valentine’s lunchtime concert featuring soprano Elissa Edwards and viol-player/musicologist Loren Ludwig.
Limited seating for 30 guests.

$30 per person/$25 Members. Buy Tickets. F or reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email 

African American Experience Tour

Thursday, February 21
12:00 pm

Free thanks to the Trustees of the Hammond-Harwood House Museum
For reservations, please call 410-263-4683×10 or email
Join Hammond-Harwood House curator, Rachel Lovett, for an African American Experience Tour at the Hammond-Harwood House. The African American Experience Tour will cover the stories of men and women, both enslaved and free, who built, maintained, and lived in Hammond-Harwood House. A focus will be three enslaved women — Mary, Matilda, and Juliet — who worked at the house in the early to mid-19th century. Other topics include how petitions for freeing certain enslaved men and women were handled, the aims of the American Colonization Society, and the successes and setbacks of one early African-American artist. Lean more here.
Film Screenings & Panel Discussion: Remembrance, Reconciliation and Healing
Saturday, February 9
10:00 am
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Nemata Blyden will explore the connections between the small West African nation of Sierra Leone and the Americas. The connections wrought by the slave trade show how Africans in the Americas maintained ties with Africa. The case of Sierra Leone shows how various groups made those connections. Learn more here .

$12 for adults, $10 for seniors. Free for members.
“Picturing Frederick Douglass” A Lecture with Dr. John Stauffer
Monday, February 11
6:00-8:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St, Annapolis

Maryland Hall Presents -- at the Banneker-Douglass Museum

Celebrate Frederick Douglass' birthday with an engaging lecture given by Dr. John Stauffer, Harvard University professor and author of Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American .

Picturing Frederick Douglass is a work that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in nineteenth-century America. Teeming with historical detail, it is filled with surprises, chief among them the fact that neither George Custer nor Walt Whitman, and not even Abraham Lincoln, was the most photographed American of that century. In fact, it was Frederick Douglass.
Learn why Douglass believed in the social power of the photograph at this special event.

John Stauffer is a leading authority on antislavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography. He is a Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies and author of 19 books.

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required. Don’t miss this special event! Click here to register!
Hot Sox Park Improvements Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 12
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Galesville Community Center
916 Benning Road, Galesville

Anne Arundel County's Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Department of Recreation & Parks will host a public meeting to discuss the Hot Sox Park Improvements Capital Project.

Hot Sox Park is located on the north side of Galesville Road and contains the Hot Sox Field adjacent to the Wilson House, in Galesville.

Department of Recreation and Parks and DPW officials will present the planned Master Plan for upgrades to the field and other related improvements designed to preserve the historical characteristics of the site. The public meeting will be rescheduled if the Galesville Community Center is closed due to inclement weather. Anyone needing accommodations must contact DPW Customer Relations at 410-222-7582, or by email at at least seven days in advance of the event. TTY users please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in alternative formats upon request. Lean more here.
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