October 29, 2019
Announcing the Honorees of our Annual Heritage Awards!
Four Rivers Heritage Awards recognize individuals, organizations, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community. Join us as we recognize and celebrate the best products, volunteers, leaders, and more!

We are pleased to announce the honorees to be recognized this year:

2019 Heritage Tourism Collaboration of the Year Award: "African-American Voices, Memories, and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.”

2019 Heritage Professional of the Year Award: Rachel Lovett, Curator and Assistant Director of Hammond-Harwood House.

2019 Heritage Volunteers of the Year Award: Craig Biggs and Dennis Krizek of the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

2019 Heritage Partnership of the Year Award: Chesapeake Music Festival -- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Arundel Rivers Federation, and partners.

2019 Heritage Sponsor of the Year Award: Bay Weekly.

2019 Legacy Award: Event, “Model Boat Builders of South County.”

2019 Stewardship Award: Annapolis Green’s lecture series, “Tread Lightly: Climate Change & You.”

2019 Public/Private Initiative of the Year Award: “Smith Price: The Homecoming – Reparation, Reunion and Reburial.”

2019 Patricia Barland Leadership Award: Dale Glenwood Green.

Download the press release here .
Join us on Thursday, November 7, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park. Cost: $15.00. Register through  Eventbrite , or purchase your tickets at the door! Questions? Call our office at  410-222-1805 , thanks!
This Week! Lunch and Learn: Spooky Stories from the Archives
Wednesday, October 30
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Get into the Halloween spirit with an hour of ghost stories, strange science, dark demises, eerie art, and more. The mysterious especially intrigues us this time of year, so join us in exploring the stranger side of Maryland history through our unique collections of the Maryland State Archives. Join Reference Archivist and Search Room Coordinator, Rachel Frazier, as she shares spooky stories from the depths of the stacks.

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.
Also Happening at the Archives: Brick Wall Session!
Friday, November 1
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Limited spaces still available:
11:15 - 11:4 5am 

The sign up is set to only allow one appointment per person so that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to work with someone. Appointments are 1 on 1 only, no group appointments and slots tend to fill up quickly. We have two 30 minute appointments per genealogist during the second half of the session. Please do not sign up for those appointments unless you expect your question to take longer than the normal 20 minute appointment to handle.

Also, given the nature of research, we cannot guarantee your problem will be completely solved in one day, if at all. However, the professional genealogists will do everything that they can to assist and guide you in your research. If all appointment slots are filled prior to the session, they will be unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the event. Sign up here.
Join " Smith Price The Homecoming: Repatriation, Reunion and Reburial"
Militia Muster at London Town
Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
November kicks off with a bang when Oldton’s Baltemore Rangers return to London Town. Representing early Maryland Militia, the Rangers come to live in the town over the weekend. They will conduct black powder demonstrations and have displays of 17th century colonial life, including hearth cooking. 

Included with general admission. Free for members. Learn more here.
Hammond-Harwood House’s St. Anne’s Cemetery Tour
Saturday, November 2
11:00 am-12:30 pm

Tour begins at the cemetery entrance. 20% of the profits go towards preservation of St. Anne’s Cemetery.

Did you know that several of the Hammond-Harwood House’s former occupants are buried in St. Anne’s cemetery? On this interactive cemetery tour, visitors will discover the fascinating lives of the men and women who called the great house home. Stories of love, tragedy, and insanity will be unearthed in this hour long tour through the winding hills of the burying ground. Participants will receive a half hour admission ticket to the Hammond-Harwood House Museum. $15/ $10 Members. Learn more here.

Learn about other upcoming events at the Hammond-Harwood House, including Collectors’ Day at the Hammond-Harwood House, this November here.
Come Soon! Annapolis by Candlelight 2019
Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9
5:00 - 9:00 pm

A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to walk through one of the historic neighborhoods of Annapolis. The experience is even better when the doors to some of the homes are open and you are invited inside. Each year in early November, Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular Annapolis by Candlelight tour.  

Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings constructed in the 20th, 19th, and 18th centuries. Each house is a reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation. This year's tour will be held in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Annapolis

General Admission: $35 ($40 beginning November 4). Learn more here.
MHT Capital Grant Workshops in November
Workshops will be held throughout the state in November!

The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting workshops around the state for prospective applicants for the Capital Grant program. This grant is a competitive funding program for construction-related projects on properties listed on or eligible for the Maryland Historic Register. Attend a workshop to learn if your project is eligible and what is required for submitting an application. 

You can read more about this grant here .

Workshops are free, but please register. Links to register can be found in the date and location descriptions below. Meeting Dates and Locations:
-- Wednesday, November 6, 2019 — 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Hampstead, Carroll County
North Carroll County Public Library (Large Meeting Room)
2255 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, MD 21074

-- Friday, November 8, 2019 — 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Greenbelt, Prince George’s County
Greenbelt Community Center (201 Multipurpose Room)
15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770

-- Wednesday, November 20, 2019 — 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
St. Leonard, Calvert County
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (MAC Lab Conference Room)
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685

-- Thursday, November 21, 2019 — 1:30 – 3:30pm
Denton, Caroline County
Caroline County Public Library (Large Meeting Room)
100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629
For questions, please contact:
Charlotte Lake at or 410-697-9559.
Friday Night Lectures at St. John's College
Lectures will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at 8 p.m. They are free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture series, please call 410-626-2511.

November 1, 8 p.m. Arthur Melzer, professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, will present “Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing.”

November 8, 8 p.m. Ronna Burger, professor of philosophy at Tulane University, will present “Jerusalem and Athens.”

November 15, 8 p.m. Zena Hitz, tutor at St. John’s College, Annapolis, will present “The Moral Fragility of Human Beings.”

November 22, 8 p.m. - Gail Weiss, Dean’s Research Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University, will present "On Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex."

Learn more here.
2020 Arts Council Award Nominations Now Open
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2020 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for their outstanding support of folklife. Awards are $5,000 each and recognize sustained contributions to Maryland’s living cultural traditions. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony this spring.

Nominations are due Friday, December 6, at 5 p.m.

Begin a nomination using MSAC’s application system, SmartSimple. Log in to SmartSimple or create a free account at .

Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular form of folklife, current importance to communities in which that form of folklife is important, and past contributions to that form of folklife. Each year, winners are chosen in the categories of Person or People, Place, and Tradition. Read the Heritage Awards guidelines and evaluation criteria here .

Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program housed at MSAC, has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. Nominations are accepted in fall, with awards given the following spring. See a list of past winners here .
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