November 3, 2020
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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!

Colonial Cocktails: Lamb’s Wool and Hot Buttered Rum
Thursday, November 5
6:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

From punches to bounces, syllabubs to juleps, colonists imbibed a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. At Colonial Cocktails, you’ll get to make and enjoy two historical drinks and learn about colonial tavern culture. In this session, you’ll whip up some fall favorites: Lamb’s Wool and Hot Buttered Rum, two warm drinks sure to keep you toasty as the leaves start to fall.

Participants must be 21+. For the safety of participants and staff, this event will be held outside with appropriate distancing, group sizes, and cleaning in accordance with CDC and local guidance.

Members: $25. Non-Members: $30. Pre-Registration Required. Maximum of 20 attendees

Virtual Lecture – “Ordering from the Director”: Studies in Colonial Period American Furniture
Thursday, November 5
7:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis

Join presenter Tony Zecca for an overview of Colonial Period American furniture. He will show what a wealthy patron should expect when ordering furniture from a cabinetmaker’s shop. You will look at the different Directors, or design books, that would have been used in the period and compare examples that appear in the book and in current collections. Tony enthusiastically shares his experiences as a collector, and education volunteer at Mount Vernon.

Registration required. Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

Mansions and Merchants Walking Tour
Saturday, November 7
10:00 - 11:30 am
Hammond-Harwood House
19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis

Maryland Avenue from 1811 to 1857 Walking Tour

In 1811 Frances Loockerman moved into the Hammond-Harwood House with her husband and three children. Over the next forty-six years she saw the neighborhood transform. On this walking tour of Maryland Avenue, you will visit places Frances would have known, note changes she would have been aware of, and fill in the streetscape she could not have imagined.

Price: $15 | Members: $10. Buy tickets for Mansions and Merchants
Save the Date! Orlando Ridout V Memorial Lecture
Tuesday, November 17
7:00 pm
Organization: Historic Annapolis & Maryland Historical Trust

Historic Annapolis and the Maryland Historical Trust invite you to virtually attend the fourth annual Orlando Ridout V Memorial Lecture. Following an introduction by Robert C. Clark of Historic Annapolis and Marcia Miller of the Maryland Historical Trust, Thomas Reinhart, Director of Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon, will present the lecture "No Other Guide But His Eye: The Design and Construction of George Washington's Townhouses on Capitol Hill."

In 1798, former President George Washington undertook the building of two joined rental houses near the US Capitol in a bid to encourage development in the new federal city. While the structures do not survive, an extremely detailed written record of their construction provides insight in to their construction and building practices in the early Federal period.

Registration required. Cost: Free, with a suggested donation of $10.

Free Virtual Program: The Golden Age of Annapolis
Thursday, November 5
12:00 pm
Organization: Maryland Center for History and Culture

The period leading up to the American Revolution was one of great wealth, prosperity, and sophistication in Maryland’s colonial capital. This lecture will explore 18th-century Annapolis architecture, decorative and fine arts in this period, and its appellation “Golden Age.”

Mark B. Letzer is the President & CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. He has been associated with the MCHC for 23 years and has edited The Diary of William Faris: The Daily Life of an Annapolis Silversmith, and served as curator for the exhibition A Gardener’s Tale: The Eighteenth Century World of Annapolis Silversmith William Faris. Mark has written numerous articles on Maryland silver and decorative arts and lectured widely on the topic. 

SMA Webinar: Time to Think Big: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
Friday, November 6
1:00 pm
Organization: Small Museum Association

Have you heard the big news for small museums? Get inspired during this session from IMLS as senior program officer, Reagan Moore, shares information about a funding opportunity for small museums, Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, which is designed to encourage small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Project activities can include planning, professional development, collections care and digitization, exhibition design and fabrication, community programming and much more. Though there will be an emphasis on Inspire!, Ms. Moore will also share details about other IMLS funding opportunities and initiatives.

Maryland LGBTQ History Study
Launched during National LGBTQ History Month, Preservation Maryland is proud to announce the completion and acceptance of Maryland’s groundbreaking LGBTQ Historic Context Study. The Context Study is a milestone in Preservation Maryland’s multi-year commitment to LGBTQ heritage visibility and diversification of the historic record.

Maryland is only the second state to conduct such comprehensive LGBTQ history; Kentucky being the first. The 170-page document and property database of over 350 sites important to LGBTQ life in each of Maryland’s counties are now part of the historic record – and are being abridged for a forthcoming illustrated booklet and resource guide. The context study was funded in part by the Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program as well as Preservation Maryland’s Waxter Memorial Internship Program and the Heritage Fund, a cooperative effort of Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historical Trust.
Free Guide to Cemetery Art in Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society offers a new guide to Anne Arundel County Cemetery Art.

The goal of the project is to show examples of the variety of artwork that can be found in Anne Arundel County cemeteries. Photographs show the information that can be found on tombstones, and illustrate how materials and styles of tombstones have changed over time. Examples include handmade tombstones, sculptures and carvings, unique personalization, portraits, group affiliations, tombstone makers’ signatures, and unique designs.
A free printed booklet will be available at the Kuethe Library and various sites throughout the county.

The web version is available on the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society’s site, the AA Co. historic cemeteries website, and the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites website. You can also contact Tina Simmons at with your questions or for copies of the brochure.
History Leadership Institute Seminar Applications Open Now
Are you a mid-career professional looking to take the next step in your career? Are you ready to think beyond your institution to consider the questions and challenges facing our field?

The American Association for State and Local History is currently accepting applications for the History Leadership Institute's 2021 Seminar!

Through workshops, discussions, and field studies facilitated by dozens of nationally-recognized experts, Associates tackle the most pressing issues confronting history institutions and develop strategies for addressing them. HLI challenges history professionals to ask not “Are we doing things right?” but rather to ask “Are we doing the right things?”

The 2021 Seminar is scheduled for June 1–26.
The Great Pumpkin Dropoff
November 5 - November 8

Annapolis Green is partnering with the City of Annapolis to collect and compost fall pumpkins that have outlived their decorative usefulness. Instead of putting unwanted pumpkins in the trash and condemning them to the landfill, bring them to the Great Pumpkin Dropoff at Truxtun Park!

The Great Pumpkin Dropoff is part of nonprofit Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program to encourage home gardeners to grow food with flowers with the natural soil amendment of compost rather than synthetic fertilizers and without pesticides.

The pumpkins will be turned into compost by Veteran Compost, Maryland’s only licensed compost farm and a Founding One Hundred supporter of Annapolis Green. Residents will be able to pre-order the compost as a holiday gift from Annapolis Green along with related gardening products.

Bring your pumpkins (or pumpkin bits if you’re making pie) to the bins conveniently set up on Truxtun Park Road in Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) anytime on November 5-8. Watch for directional signs. Just pour them into the bins and you’re done knowing that you’ve done a good thing for the Earth and lightened the landfill load!

And don't forget to to stay engaged with Driving Electric -Annapolis Green's Kick Gas!
Join the Art of Activism
Calling all Maryland-based Black Artists!

Together in partnership, Maryland Hall, Banneker Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture are seeking 6 Black artists in Maryland for an exciting new exhibition, Art of Activism.

Artists, whose work encapsulates activism and social justice through education will take a Black Lives Matter banner to use as a canvas for justice. The artists, in addition to having their finished banners displayed on the MD Hall campus, will participate in a curated exhibition, Art of Activism, opening in January 2021.
Additional artists will be selected for smaller Black Lives Matter banners at the Banneker Douglass Museum. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS NOV. 13.
MSAC Additional Emergency Grant Funding
As part of Governor Larry Hogan's Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative, it was announced last week that an additional $3 million will be distributed by MSAC through its Emergency Grant Program.

Created in March in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Emergency Grants provide funding to arts organizations and artists for losses sustained because of programming, operations, and events that have been modified or cancelled.

All applicants above will be required to complete an application through Smart Simple to request funding.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 13, 2020 to be considered for funding. 
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