NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
January 15, 2019
2019 Preservation Priorities for the Maryland General Assembly
MD State House
The 439th Session of the Maryland General Assembly has begun! Our friends at Preservation Maryland have shared this list or "Preservation Priorities" so we can be prepared!
2019 PRESERVATION PRIORITIES

Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: The revitalization of Maryland communities is fueled by the  Heritage Structure Rehabilitation Tax Credit  program. Senator Bill Ferguson and Delegate Brooke Lierman of Baltimore's District 46 plan to introduce legislation that will strengthen this effective community redevelopment tool.

Preservation Grant Funding:  Maryland's preservation grant programs had gone completely unfunded since FY10. In FY18, funding was restored to the Capital and Non-Capital grant programs. We support these programs that safe-guard our state’s rich and unique history.

Smart Growth Investment Fund:  The Smart Growth Investment Fund was established to help provide loan guarantees for smart growth infill projects. The Fund will help incentivise growth and revitalization in existing communities, protecting critical natural, cultural, and historic resources from development and sprawl. Legislation this Session ( SB3 ) will appropriate $7M for the Fund.

Program Open Space:  The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is funded by Program Open Space . We support full funding of Program Open Space and MHAA, oppose any attempts to shortcut, reduce, or cap the program in any way, and support the repayment of previous diversions from the fund.

Learn more about Preservation Maryland's advocacy initiatives here.
TONIGHT! History of St. Mary’s Church in Annapolis During the Civil War
Tuesday, January 15
6:00 pm
Francis Scott Key Auditorium
St. John's College

Robert Worden’s forthcoming book, Soldiers of the Cross: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos and the Catholic Community in Annapolis during the Civil War , goes into great detail about the impact of the war on Annapolis and specifically on the priests, brothers, seminarians, and parishioners of St. Mary’s Church. In this talk, he will present “untold stories” about some heretofore-obscure members of the Catholic community, including both free and enslaved African Americans, European immigrants, and long-time residents. Dr. Worden is the long-time archivist and historian of St. Mary’s Parish. Learn more here.

For more than 35 years, The Maryland History Lecture series at St. John’s College has presented a wide variety of topics on Maryland subjects and events. Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation the lectures are free and open to the public and held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium.
From 1999 to 2017, Willard Royal Mumford, as director of the Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, stewarded these lectures with great enthusiasm, bringing to the St. John’s campus engaging storytellers and important authors, historians and politicians. This year, the series honors the late Will Mumford with three topics he found interesting: Annapolis during the Civil War, African American history in Anne Arundel County, and the Chesapeake Bay.
A Brief Outline of Annapolis History - Lecture by Glenn Campbell
Wednesday, January 16
10:00 am
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Annapolis has a long, complicated history dating back to the 17th century, so getting a firm mental handle on it can be difficult. In this introductory talk to the 2019 Historic Annapolis winter lecture series, Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell breaks down the history of Maryland’s capital city into thematic blocks of time to help you make sense of it all. Register here.

Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission
Wednesday, January 16
6:00-8:30 pm
Calvert Fairgrounds
140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick

Would you like to host events or invite the public on your farm? Agritourism is an increasingly popular industry that can diversify and add revenue to your farm business. This include corn mazes, harvest festivals, roadside stands, pick-your-own operations, educational classes, wedding or party facilities, and much more!

Join The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) for an evening to learn about things you should consider before starting an agritourism operation, including knowing your county's regulations and permits needed, understanding your legal responsibilities and liability concerns, and exploring marketing and sales opportunities. Cost $15. Learn More.
Winter Lecture Series: Memoir of a Skipjack
Thursday, January 17
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Memoir of a Skipjack: These iconic vessels are a window into Chesapeake heritage

Randolph George will provide a definition of a Chesapeake Bay skipjack and explain what made these vessels unique to the Chesapeake region. He will also discuss methods of design and construction at local boatyards (Bronza’s Boatyard), Skipjacks Wilma Lee and the Martha Lewis, and reasons why these iconic vessels and their stories should be preserved. The current status of skipjacks on the Bay and the future of these traditional commercial vessels will be included as well. Learn more here.

The 2019 Winter Lecture Series at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park will be held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from January 10 to February 28. You will be challenged to question and to learn by engaging speakers on eight diverse topics including maritime history, local history, science and maritime art. Admission is $10 per person for non-members and FREE for First Mate and above members.
Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service
MLK
Monday, January 21
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

Join the University of Maryland Black Alumni Association for the Banneker-Douglass Museum MLK Day to Serve.

Volunteers will gather at the museum and carry out community service efforts to benefit local, underserved communities.

Click  here   to register!
Museum Educator Job Announcement
Historic London Town and Gardens is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals with experience in museum interpretation, classroom education, environmental education, and/or colonial history to facilitate visitor experiences, tours, and special events in the living history museum and gardens as seasonal Museum Educators. 

Position is open until filled. Training for new Museum Educators will begin on February 26, 2019. For more information, download the full job announcement (PDF)
 
To apply for this position, send an e-mail expressing why you are interested and why you would be a good fit along with a resume and three professional references via email to Kristen M. Butler, Director of Public Programs, at publicprograms@historiclondontown.org .
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