January 14, 2019
Potential Applicants, Note the Upcoming Workshops and Deadlines for FY2021 Grants!
Important News! The  Maryland Heritage Areas Program  is now accepting grant applications for heritage tourism-related projects located in Maryland's thirteen heritage areas for the FY2021 Grant Round. Learn more by using this link: .

The application and grant management process is entirely online. This is also the webpage where you will start your required Intent to Apply form, which must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020 .

To help you learn more and prepare your application, there are 6 in-person workshops to be held around the state, and 2 webinars. Download the flyer here .

Note: It is important for you to discuss your application with the local heritage area Director. In the Four Rivers Heritage Area, your contact is Executive Director, Carol Benson. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your project or to schedule a one-on-one meeting on strategies and best practices, many thanks!
HA Winter Lecture Series: A Brief Outline of Annapolis History
Wednesday, January 15
Lecture, 5:30 pm; Dinner, 6:30 pm
O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern
113 Main Street, Annapolis

Annapolis has a long, complicated history, and gaining a firm mental handle on it can be difficult. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell breaks down the history of Maryland’s capital city into bite-sized, thematic blocks of time to help you make sense of it all. From the town’s birth in the 17th century to the challenges and opportunities it faces now in the 21st, our speaker highlights what has made Annapolis a special place for hundreds of years.

Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $18 for Pre-Paid Dinner. Learn more here .
The Other Side of King: The Musical
Wednesday, January 15
7:00 pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Based on the Visionary Artistry of Phyllis "Tee" Adams
Written by Kevin Smith
Co-Presented by Maryland Hall & Light it Up with Triple A
Take a ride on an emotional journey, behind all of the cameras, into the other side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Experience his church, his family, his home, and his hang out spots through an imagining of historical events in his life through the perspective of his close relatives and friends. The time period is 1965 up to 1968, the year King was assassinated. In this heartfelt musical, we experience what the other side of his life looked and felt like as he and his family deal with the changes of the world.

This original musical includes fictional and factual events based on research into King's life. It makes its world debut at Maryland Hall!

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration is now full. Walk-up guests welcome as space allows. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Learn more here.
Where Land and Water Meet: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Chesapeake Bay
Thursday, January 16
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

  • Presentation featuring photographs from Dave Harp’s exploration of the Bay’s edges
  • Dave Harp’s photography emphasizes the beauty of the Bay’s vast world and what we will lose if we don’t pay attention to the natural systems that sustain it
  • Showing of the short film “Nassawango Forever”

Presenter: Dave Harp | Professional Photographer and Filmmaker

Dave Harp is a photographer and filmmaker living in Cambridge, MD. His magazine credits include The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Audubon, Sierra and Coastal Living Magazine. Dave has teamed with environmental writer Tom Horton to produce five books of photographs and essays on the Chesapeake Bay area. In the past few years he teamed up with Mr. Horton and with filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown to produce a series of documentary films for The Bay Journal. He is a past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, a former member of the Maryland State Arts Council, and has spent a decade on the board of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. His website is .

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door. Learn more here.
Immersion Day at Historic London Town and Gardens
Saturday, January 18
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Immerse yourself in London Town, circa 1771. Chat with tailors, shoemakers, teachers, cooks, servants, enslaved people, and merchants who sleep in the cold and huddle over the fire. They eat only period dishes and live as close to the eighteenth-century style as possible. Learn more here .
Included with general admission. Free for London Town members.
Next Week! Lunch and Learn - Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery
Wednesday, January 22
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis, MD 21401 

Join the Maryland State Archives for the first brown bag Lunch of Learn program of the new year. Professor Richard Bell from the University of Maryland History Department will discuss his new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, a 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award winning publication. This is a gripping, true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice.

In Philadelphia in 1825, these five young, free black boys fell into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they were instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drove them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys formed a tight brotherhood as they struggled to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal—an odyssey that took them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. Bring your lunch and your questions to this engaging, free event. 

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this free event at  or  410-260-6443

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building. Learn more here .
Explore Local African American History with Annapolis Tours by Watermark
Annapolis Tours by Watermark announces its first special event walking tour of 2020!

Watermark’s African American Heritage Tour is a two-hour walking tour in Annapolis’ Historic District of African American life and accomplishment from the 17th century to modern day, presented in partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation.

The two tours are Sunday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Sunday, February 16th as part of the celebrations of Black History Month. Both tours depart at 1 pm from Market House Park. Watermark is proud to offer these tours to the general public. Private African American Heritage tours are also available for your family, church, school, or other organization.

From the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Memorial at City Dock uphill to the State House, see Annapolis as a microcosm of Maryland African American heritage. Trace the rich history of African-Americans in Annapolis with a period dressed guide and explore this important facet of our history and culture. Watermark’s partnership with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation was recognized by Four Rivers Heritage Area with the award for “Best New Heritage Initiative” when this tour was introduced in 2006.

Tickets are $20/Adults, $10/Children 3-11, Free 2 & under. Advanced reservations are recommended for this special event. Make your reservations here.
TODAY: City Dock Action Committee at City Council
The City of Annapolis and Historic Annapolis assembled a group of experts and stakeholders to lead an extensive outreach effort into the community and to prepare an action and implementation strategy. The City Dock Action Committee (CDAC), coupled with nine working subcommittees, spent the last few months identifying actions that will address resiliency, infrastructure, capital investments, cultural and historic investment, parking and pedestrian and bicycle connections. They also engaged the public though workshops, community meetings, and the detailed work of several subcommittees. The many reports that have been prepared on this subject over the past several years served as a resource for this effort. The goal was to craft a blueprint that can be presented to the Annapolis City Council this fall.

The Committee will present their recommendations to Annapolis City Council at their Work Session at 3 pm TODAY, January 14, 2020. This session will be open to the public. Learn more here.
Association of African American Museums Conference Call for Proposals
The 42 nd annual Association of African American Museums (AAAM) conference will be held in Miami, Florida, August 5 – 8, 2020. This year’s theme will be
Sun, Soul & Soil: Diasporic Blackness and Justice in Global Museums  

Hosted by the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, AAAM 2020 invites proposals that consider the global impact of African American institutions, explore concepts of blackness and justice in museums around the world, and look at the work of museums throughout the Black diaspora. The deadline to submit a Session Proposal is March 7, 2020.

Miami’s role as a diasporic city is legendary. Communities of African descent—from Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the United States, and beyond—have made Miami home and created a rich and vibrant culture. With that in mind, proposals might also discuss the idea of diaspora, examine the role of cultural landscapes in shaping communities, and reflect on how our ties to land and place influence the approach of communities and museums to our work. Learn more here.
Save the Date for Maryland Day Weekend!
On March 25th, Maryland turns 386!

During the 13th Annual Maryland Day Weekend -- on March 20-22, 2020 -- dozens of organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area (and nearby!) offer family-oriented events that are all ONE DOLLAR OR FREE to celebrate that milestone. There is a wide range of events to choose from, including climbing aboard a tall ship, nature hikes, tours of historic homes, farms and gardens, museum exhibits, historical reenactments, and more!

The events and activities are all located at sites within or close by the Four Rivers Heritage Area, located between Annapolis and the southern tip of Anne Arundel County. This year, you will be able to choose your itinerary by themes, such as historic home tours, maritime history, outside tours and hikes, African American history, children's activities, arts, historical reenactments, and demonstrations.

Save the date now! If your site wants to participate this year and hasn't already signed up, please contact the event Coordinator, Cindy Borchardt . Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
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