July 16, 2019
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards Matching Grants to Local Heritage Organizations
Four Rivers Heritage Area Logo
Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 8 new grants totaling $489,500 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 8 local grants are among 109 matching grants totaling $5 million that were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects, historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation. This year, we are delighted to bring an unprecedented level of funding to a record number of projects. The total regional project investment is more than $1.5 million.
MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 13 locally-administered, State-certified Heritage Areas, which are places to experience – see, hear and even taste – the authentic heritage of Maryland in a unique way that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Read more about this grant program and the grant awardees here.
Public Launch of "African American Voice, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail" - Saturday!
On Saturday July 20, 2019 at 4 p.m., the public is invited to join Anne Arundel County Government, the Lost Towns Project, and the Four Rivers Heritage Area at Annapolis High School (2700 Riva Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401 -- NOTE NEW LOCATION!) for the public reveal of "African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.”

Anne Arundel County’s Office of Planning and Zoning and the Lost Towns Project will launch a new ‘virtual’ trail, exploring the county’s African American heritage, entitled, “African-American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail." This resource highlights nearly 200 historic sites in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Website visitors to the virtual heritage trail will discover local history through videos, images, and maps, sources which reveal information about the lives of African Americans in the county. Unique historic sites, places and buildings serve to document the communities and special places significant to African American heritage (some still standing, and others now gone.) The sites highlighted in this virtual trail also touch on sometimes challenging histories, which can help us all better understand both our past and the present. The heritage trail acknowledges and celebrates contributions by African Americans over the County’s 370-year history; its families, people, historic places, events, struggles, and accomplishments through, slavery, emancipation, voting rights, desegregation and the continued fight for Civil Rights today.

Download the press release here .
Tonight! Annapolis Green Climate Change Talk and Green Drinks
Tuesday, July 16
5:30-8:30 pm
Mathias Lab Atrium
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater
Annapolis Green and presenting sponsor Hannon Armstrong will invite the public to the second in a year-long series of talks on Climate Change at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater. The program, entitled “Tread Lightly on the Earth,” will feature a panel of experts who will address how the local food supply may be affected in the face of a rapidly changing planet. Expert speakers will explain how the accelerated pace of Climate Change is affecting food supply chains, on land and in the Bay and oceans, in easy-to-understand presentations. They will address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience.
Speakers include:
· Bert Drake, Ph.D., Smithsonian scientist emeritus
· Anna Chaney, farmer, chef and caterer
· Sara Via, Ph.D., Professor, University of Maryland, and Co-lead, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Climate Health Action Team
· Dolores R. Piperno, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
· A speaker on the effect of climate change on seafood from the bounty of the Chesapeake and the oceans in general
The presentations will be followed by Green Drinks Annapolis, allowing the audience to continue the conversation and speak with the panelists over a cocktail or soft drink and appetizers. Learn more here.
Lunch and Learn: Colonial Law Enforcement and Early Murder Cases in Maryland - Tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 17
12:00 pm 
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis
Calling all amateur sleuths and gumshoes! Join Howard County Police Department Historian and Forensic Consultant Allen Hafner for a presentation on the various types of law enforcement during Maryland’s Colonial Era. Mr. Hafner will all discuss Maryland’s early court system and describe the transition of both the courts and law enforcement during the growth of the colony and through the American Revolution. Join us in testing out your colonial detective skills. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions to this free program! Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions to this free program! 
Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.
Registration: Please contact  to reserve your seat. Learn more here .
HA Happy Hour: All that Jazz
Thursday, July 18
5:00-7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Historic Annapolis is taking you back to the Roaring Twenties when the jazz was smooth, the bands were hot, and the spirits were brewed in bathtubs. At July’s HA Happy Hour, the William Paca Garden will be transformed into a speakeasy parlour where you can sample a signature Stoli Vodka ‘bootleg’ cocktail, place a no-risk bet at the card tables, and enjoy the musical stylings of the Naptown Jazz Collective.

Dust off your pearls, feathered headbands, and fedoras and come have a roaring good time!

Cost:   $18 General Admission; $15 HA Members and Volunteers. Entry includes one drink ticket; additional drink tickets available for purchase. Learn more here .
Tide & Tunes with Mike McHenry Tribe
Thursday, July 18
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis
The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.
The July 18 concert features Mike McHenry Tribe , offering soulful, sexy, psychedelic, funky rock music.
"Annapolis and Colonial Painters" Lecture
Friday, July 19
2:00-3:30 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Some of the most well-known Colonial artists regularly worked in Annapolis. This curator-led tour of the William Paca House will provide an up-close look not only at the people portrayed, but also the artists who painted them. Discover why it was important for prominent members of society to have their likenesses captured and displayed.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 for HA Members and Volunteers. Learn more here.
Call for Six-to-Fix Projects
If you are engaged in preserving a special historic place and could use some help, Preservation Maryland encourages you to apply to be part of the next class of Six-to-Fix projects!
The goal of Six-to-Fix is simple — but the work is hard. Preservation Maryland will select six threatened historic sites around the state that could benefit from the organization’s assistance, and through a cooperative partnership with the applicants, we help put these sites on a new trajectory towards a better state of preservation.
In evaluating potential projects Preservation Maryland will consider how submitted projects address topics of representation and diversity , open space conservation and smart growth, using new technologies, and a project’s  overall impact on the community. 
Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5PM EST. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with Jessica Feldt , Preservation Initiatives Manager before submitting an application. Learn more here
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