February 18, 2020
Tonight: "City Stream, Country Stream: Getting A Clearer Picture Of Stream Restorations"
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 pm
Schmidt Conference Center
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater

Speaker: Tom Jordan, principal investigator of SERC’s Nutrient Cycles Lab

Stream restorations, especially in urban watersheds, are a popular strategy for reducing nutrient loads to Chesapeake Bay. However, the latest research suggests their effectiveness can vary. In this talk, SERC nutrient ecologist Tom Jordan will compare two stream restorations his lab has been tracking: an urban one and a rural one. He’ll reveal the different approaches both restorations took, and how each measured up in terms of improving water quality.

SERC’s evening lectures take place in the Schmidt Conference Center every third Tuesday of the month at 7pm, January through October. They are free and open to all, though donations to the cookie tray are always appreciated. No advance registration needed.
The Chesapeake Table: Eating Local for the Bay
Thursday, February 20
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues with The Chesapeake Table: Eating Local for the Bay

  • Examine the powerful effect of the local Chesapeake Bay food economy and the value of building a local food system
  • Practical advice for adopting a locavore diet, from shopping at your local farmer’s market to joining a community supported agriculture share.
  • Recipes for those curious about how they can make their own more environmentally conscious food choices

Presenter: Renee Catacalos | Author and board member for multiple sustainable agriculture non-profits

Renee Catacalos has been publisher of Edible Chesapeake magazine, a staff or board member of several local food and agriculture nonprofits, and currently serves on the Steering Team for the Chesapeake Foodshed Network. She works for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, a national nonprofit that helps philanthropists increase the impact of their giving and investments in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door.
LGBTQ+ History in Maryland Series: " LGBTQ History in Early America"
Saturday, February 22
10:00 am
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Each Saturday at Historic London Town and Gardens, learn from a noted scholar about the LGBTQ+ experience in the Chesapeake region.

On Saturday, February 22, Dr. Thomas Foster will talk on “LGBTQ History in Early America,” with a focus on colonial British America. Dr. Foster is a professor of history at Howard University and the author or editor of seven books, including (as editor) “Long Before Stonewall: History of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America,” and (as author) “Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men.”

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.
Maryland State Archives Virtual Brick Wall Session
Monday, February 24
11:00am - 1:00pm
Online Only
No prior registration necessary

Do you have questions about your Maryland genealogy research? How to research Maryland State Archives records? Where you could find information about an enslaved ancestor? Or are you stuck in your research and have a “brick wall” question? Archivists will try to help you answer all these questions and more.

Please have your information/question as organized as possible with any specific names, dates, locations, records, and references needed to help understand and answer your inquiry.

Depending on the nature and complexity of the inquiry, some questions may not be answered during this session. Some inquiries may require in-person assistance at the Maryland State Archives or from our Help Desk at or 410-260-6487.

Archivists are always available to assist you. You can contact the Help Desk ( or 410-260-6487) or visit the archives in person .
Maryland State Arts Council: Accessibility and Disability Justice Listening Session
Monday, February 24
6:00 - 8:00 pm

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is hosting a listening session to learn how the Council can support accessibility initiatives and envision disability justice in our programming. Whether you’re an artist, educator, advocate, or someone who wants to see more accessibility-centered arts activities in their community, MSAC wants to hear from you.

To attend in person at Maryland State Arts Council’s offices at 175 W. Ostend St. Suite E, Baltimore, MD 21230 please go to to RSVP.

Or join remotely via Zoom at .
Special Invitation: E xhibit of Work by Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither
Tuesday, February 25
5:00-7:00 pm
Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center
1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis

You are invited to a reception highlighting the extraordinary creativity of Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither, Professor Emeritus, Maryland Institute College of Art. This is a preview showing of her recent work, “REVELATION”

Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither is a documentary story quilter from the Baltimore, MD area. Her amazing mixed media quilts share stories about people and places whose stories need to be told.

Please RSVP to:
Cooking on the Chesapeake: The Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beach Heritage Preservation Project
Saturday, February 29
3:00 pm
Galesville Community Center
916 W. Benning Rd., Galesville

Join Vince Leggett, “Admiral of the Chesapeake” and founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation who will discuss historical accounts and memories of the famous beach venues owned and operated by Elizabeth Carr Smith and her sister Florence Carr Sparrow during the 1930s-1970s.  

This multi-media presentation will highlight the culinary aspects of these extremely popular African American retreats situated on the Chesapeake Bay, south of Annapolis. Participants will be actively involved in this engaging program, which will be documented through videography. They will help to answer the following questions: What types of foods were grown on these beach properties? What types of food were sold at restaurants, lounges, and concessions located there? Who were the famous cooks, chefs, and caterers who supplied the needs of beach goers? What items were in picnic baskets?

In addition, Admiral Leggett will sell and autograph copies of his book, The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes, which is chock full of recipes and stories about African American life on the Bay.

Courtesy RSVPs would be appreciated but are not required, and may be emailed to or
We are Hiring! Seeking a PT Programs Coordinator
Four Rivers Heritage Area is a non-profit organization with its office in Annapolis. The organization seeks to hire a part-time Heritage Programs Coordinator. This individual should be highly creative, have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, pay careful attention to detail, and preferably has a Master’s degree in a heritage-related field.

We are looking for someone with experience in grants, tourism, museum/nonprofit management, and preservation. The Heritage Programs Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive Director. This is a part-time position (14 hours per week to start), with some limited flexibility in schedule. Read the full job description:   Heritage Programs Coordinator job description 2020
Call for Applications: MHT Capital Grant Program
Are you considering applying to the Capital Grant program for funding a historic preservation project? Now is the time! 

The MHT Capital Grant is a competitive funding program for construction projects on historic buildings or structures that are on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Grants up to $100,000 are available. Learn more about the Capital Grant program  here .

Applications must be submitted online , and submissions must include a completed application along with all required attachments. 

To start a new application, visit the website  here .

Applications are due March 23, 2020 at 11:59pm. For questions, please contact Barbara Fisher, Capital Grant Administrator, at or 410-697-9574.
Please Take the AASLH’s National Visitation Survey for History Organizations
AASLH’s annual “National Visitation Survey for History Organizations” is now available!

The link to complete the survey is: . Here are two ways you can help:
  • Fill out the survey for your institution, including a unique response for any historic sites, satellite museums, or other types of institutions within your network (if applicable).
  • Help spread the word to other history museums, historical societies, historic sites, and other institutions around the state. See below for sample social media or email messages.
This surveying effort and the resultant report allows AASLH to share the most accurate and most recent data about trends in the history field to support advocacy, fundraising, marketing, and other efforts critical to the vibrancy of our institutions and our community. This data is especially important as planning for the nation’s 250 th anniversary gathers momentum in states and communities across the country. Last year, we were able to report that visitation to history organizations has grown in recent years, contrary to anecdotal reports or data solely from large institutions. To read more about last year’s report, visit: .
The survey only takes about five minutes to complete. Responses from institutions around the field are critical. They will enable AASLH to better understand national trends and will enhance our ability to serve history organizations of all types and sizes.
Save the Dates 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 .
Donated Books on Non-Profit Marketing Offered to Partners
Great news! A box full of marketing-related books for nonprofits has recently been donated to Four Rivers, and these are available for FREE to any of our partners on a first-come, first-served basis! This video highlights the book covers.

Please call our office if you would like one — or several — of these excellent reads! We can be reached at 410-222-1805 or send an e-mail to , thanks!
Internships at the Maryland State Archives
The Maryland State Archives is currently accepting applications to its 2020 summer internship program. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31st. Please share the opportunities with interested students!

For full details and application information see: 

Students interested in Archives, Collections Management, Library Science, Conservation, Historical Research, Preservation, Digital Imaging, Museum Studies, Art and Art History, should apply using the following link:

Students interested in Information Technology, Computer Science and Programming and Web Applications should apply using the following link:

Students interested in volunteer and/or academic credit positions only, please see:

These positions are open to anyone, and you do not have to be a student to apply as a volunteer. Please contact Emily Oland Squires with any questions at 410-260-6443 .
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