NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
October 13, 2020
A Special Appeal to Our Stakeholders
Please help us get the word out -- share with colleagues and friends!

For the first time, under the direction of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), our state funding partner, we are offering Emergency Operating Assistance to our partner organizations as part of our annual Mini-Grants program. The amount of funding available ($25,000) is based on a budget planned before the pandemic, and our funds won’t go far. That’s why we are asking you to consider a timely donation to our FY2021 Mini-Grant Fund.

Read more about our Special Fall 2020 Appeal to our stakeholders:
Thanks!
Children's Program at London Town: The Fabric of Life
Wednesday, October 14, 1:00-3:00 pm
Saturday, October 17 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Experience the fabrics of colonial life – woolens, linens, cottons, and silks! Help process some of the natural fibers that were the basis for colonial clothing. Fabric patterns were often block printed on colonial textiles – design and print your own pattern to take home! ​

Pre-registration is required. Cost to participate is $8 for member children grades 1 – 4 or $10 for non-member children grades 1 – 4.

Jane Austen Tour at Hammond-Harwood House
Wednesday, October 14
2:00 pm
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis

Tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels. Price is $10 and free for Members. Make a reservation via phone at 410-263-4683 x10 or pay at the door.

Webinar – How Nature Alleviates Flooding
Thursday, October 15
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Organization: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Climate change refers to significant, long-term changes in weather patterns that result in warming temperatures and sea-level rise, unpredictable weather patterns, and increased storm intensity. It is a reality around the world—and it’s already having effects on our Bay and our everyday lives. Designing infrastructure that functions like the natural environment can alleviate flooding, reduce polluted runoff from urban areas, beautify neighborhoods, and create recreational benefits for communities.

During this webinar, Virginia state and local leaders will go into further detail on the green infrastructure practices that will emulate the natural environment. We will also address resiliency strategies to address the increasing challenges that we face with climate change and flooding. This webinar is free to attend.

FREE Virtual Lecture – The Legacy of the Green Book
Thursday, October 15
7:00-8:00 pm
Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

In 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a Harlem postman, began publishing a guide for African American travelers to offer travel options during America’s Jim Crow era. The Green Book, as it was known, was a sustained success—for almost thirty years—providing Black travelers information on hotels, restaurants, service stations, and other facilities where they could expect welcome “without humiliation.”

Join Historic Annapolis, Smithsonian Affiliations, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor to explore the legacy of the Green Book, its impact on communities, businesses, and families, and its relevance today. This event on Zoom will be a simultaneous broadcast to select Smithsonian Affiliate partners only, across the United States. After the program’s interview format, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in the chat.
Cost is FREE to participate. Register for The Legacy of the Green Book.
Sunday: Maritime Hunting, Trapping, and Tool Display
The Maryland Day Celebration 2020 continues with another FREE “Maryland Day: Unpaused” event, offered by the Galesville Heritage Society.

Location: Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Galesville Road, Galesville
Date: Sunday October 18, 1-4


Eric Steinlein, a native Galesvillian, has assembled a display of maritime, hunting, and trapping tools for all to view. Dating back just to the 1950’s/1960’s, these tools are not long past, but curiously, are no longer in use. Eric and Galesville native, Chuck Dixon will be on hand to explain things like, sculling oars, dredges, muskrat traps and a unique “Jerry Rig” that was a hand-pile driver used to put in poles for pound nets.

For more information email galesvillemuseum@gmail.com or call 410-867-4731.
Historic London Town Fall Plant Sale​ - Clearance!
Historic London Town still has a limited supply of select plants left from our fall plant sale.

Their clearance sale is online only and being offered through till October 16th.

Added to the clearance sale are select bags of bulbs. Most of these bulbs are well suited to naturalize in woodland gardens and would do well even in filtered sun locations. Alternatively, they could be planted in containers.

Select pick-up times available:
Wednesday, October 7, 10am - 12pm Noon
Saturday, October 10, 10am - 12pm Noon
Wednesday, October 14, 10am - 12pm Noon
Saturday, October 17, 10am - 12pm Noon
Questions? Contact gardens@historiclondontown.org for help.
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 may have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!




Fellowship Available: 400 Years of African American History
The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Program are seeking qualified researchers with a background in U.S. History, American Studies, African American Studies, or related disciplines to fill four fellowships funded by the 400 Years of African American History Commission. Fellows will spend time with professionals at the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development to gain knowledge and experience about how these state agencies, along with other public and private organizations, work together to document and inspire travel to Underground Railroad sites across Maryland.

Duties for the fellows will include examining primary and secondary sources in an effort to glean biographical and historical information about specific individuals and locations related to the Underground Railroad and slavery in Maryland, writing National Park Service National Underground Network to Freedom applications for qualifying sites, curating the Google business listings of current Maryland Network to Freedom members, presenting a public program about the research and findings, and recording results in database and web environments. Research and all required projects will be completed from January 2021 through May 2021. Researchers will receive a stipend of $5,000.

Applicants will need to have a gmail account. Applications are due by November 12, 2020. Click here for an application.
Network for Good Webinar: How to Update Your Social Media Marketing Strategy for 2021
Thursday, October 15
11:00 am
Organization: Network for Good

The COVID-19 pandemic, the election, and racial justice protests have upended the entire nonprofit landscape. It is no longer business as usual for nonprofit fundraisers.

With all the noise on social media, along with serious ethical considerations clouding the platforms, how can we continue to reach our audiences and spread our messages online?

In this webinar, nonprofit social media expert Julia Campbell will review important shifts in the social media landscape that nonprofits need to understand; discuss ways to stay relevant on social media in times of uncertainty; and provide a framework for your 2021 social media marketing strategy. 
Announcing the Monuments Project
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently announced an unprecedented five-year, $250 million grant effort, the “Monuments Project,” which aims to transform the way our country’s histories are told in public spaces.

By reimagining and rebuilding commemorative spaces that celebrate and affirm the historical contributions of the many rich and varied communities that make up the United States, Mellon’s quarter-billion-dollar commitment builds on two years of monument grantmaking, and comes at a moment of national reckoning on the power and influence of monuments.

Grants made under the Monuments Project will fall under the following areas of activity:
  • Fund new monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces
  • Contextualize existing monuments or memorials through installations, research, and education
  • Relocate existing monuments or memorials
FREE New Resource: Reopening Museums and Cultural Attractions
In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening. In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital tools and solutions will be a critical component to addressing new challenges around admissions, the visitor journey, and recovering visitors and revenue.

Cuseum has created a new resource that provides you with guidance and insight throughout your journey of reopening and adapting to whatever new challenges come your way.

Save the Date! The Power of the Black Vote: Annual Symposium

October 24, 2020,10am - 1 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum

Join historians, artists, and educators to explore the history of African Americans and the vote in the State of Maryland.

This virtual experience includes:

  • A virtual tour of The Black Vote Mural Project
  • "We the People" Presentation by Cheryl McLeod, MCAAHC
  • Anti-Racism PSA
  • Educational Workshops
  • Interview with Eddie Brown, Brown Capital Management, "Black Economics and the Vote"
  • "The Southern Negro Youth Congress and the Battle for the Black Vote," by Lopez Mathews, MCAAHC and Howard University
  • Keynote Message by Dr. Ida E. Jones, Morgan State University
  • Musical Performances, and much more...
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