February 11, 2020
Saturday's Open House at the Maryland State House Celebrates New Statues of Tubman and Douglass
The Maryland State Archives is hosting a full day of public programs in the rotunda of the Maryland State House on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in celebration of the installation of the statues of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass in the Old House of Delegates Chamber. The statues were unveiled on Monday evening, and Saturday's event will be the first weekend that the statues are accessible to the public.

The Archives will host an open house of programs from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Maryland State House, including musical performances, children’s activities, photo opportunities, and light refreshments, as well as lectures and scholarly presentations. The presenters include Millicent Sparks (a “living history” interpreter of Harriet Tubman); Ken Morris, Jr. (great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass); Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier (Douglass scholar) and Dr. Kate Clifford Larson (Tubman scholar); as well as a concluding panel discussion with the presenters moderated by Chris Haley, director of the Archives’ Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program.

Also, the National Parks Service will provide a variety of junior ranger and family friendly hands-on activities, and there will be a live gospel music performance for all to enjoy. For additional information, please contact Elaine Rice Bachmann at 410-260-6445.
Maryland Heritage Areas Program is Hiring!
Applications are due on February 21, 2020.

MHAA is hiring an Assistant Administrator. The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character.

The Assistant Administrator supports the Administrator and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in carrying out the activities of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. This position supports the mission of the agency by encouraging economic development through the protection and enhancement of historical, cultural and natural resources that support heritage tourism activities statewide.
Historic Annapolis Winter Lecture Series: Servitude and Enslavement – Laboring in a Tobacco Economy
Wednesday, February 12
Lecture, 10:30 am; Lunch, 11:30 am
O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern
113 Main Street, Annapolis

To be a successful tobacco planter, Chesapeake settlers soon realized the need for inexpensive labor. At first, they relied largely on indentured servants, but wealthier planters turned to enslaved labor as soon as they had the means to obtain it. While most servants and enslaved men and women shared similar work, in all other respects their lives were markedly different. HA Historian Jean Russo’s presentation will look at how tobacco shaped a labor system that permeated all aspects of colonial life.  Advanced registration required .
Lunch and Learn - Overlooked Stories from the Archives
Wednesday, February 12
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Speaker: Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Retired State Archivist of Maryland

Join the next Lunch and Learn at the Maryland State Archives . What do the first fugitive returned under the infamous 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the daughter of an English convict destined for Annapolis have in Common? Focusing on the lives of two under appreciated Maryland residents, one of 19th Century Baltimore and the other of 18th Century Annapolis, former State Archivist Ed Papenfuse will lead the lunch and learn audience on his journey through local and British archives in search of their stories.

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.
Smoke by Day, Fire by Night: A History of Lighthouses including those of the Chesapeake Bay
Thursday, February 13
7:00-9:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

Annapolis Maritime Museum's Winter Lecture Series continues with Smoke by Day, Fire by Night: A History of Lighthouses including those of the Chesapeake Bay

  • Covers the history of lighthouses from the Ancient Egypt to modern automated beacons
  • Illustrate their construction, technological development and cultural significance
  • Examples include many Chesapeake Bay lighthouses as well as Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark

Presenter: Ralph Eshelman | Historian and Author of several successful National Historic Landmark Nominations

Ralph Eshelman has over 35 years of cultural resource management experience. His work includes researching and writing the Historic Context Study for the oystering and fishing industries of the United States for the National Maritime Initiative of the National Park Service. Eshelman prepared the Cultural Resource Management Plan for the United States Coast Guard. He has written numerous successful National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmark nominations including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Grand Central Terminal Oyster Bar. Eshelman served as historian for the team that wrote the “Historic Lighthouse Preservation Handbook” for the United States Coast Guard and National Park Service and he wrote the Recommended Criteria for the Selection of the Principal Museum for the Monitor Collection of Artifacts and Papers.

Lectures are $10; FREE for AMMP Members First Mate and above ($100). Pay at the door.
LGBTQ+ History in Maryland: Fops, Fribbles, and Female Husbands
Saturday, February 15
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 15, Caitlin Heartweave will speak on “Fops, Fribbles, and Female Husbands: Gender Diversity in Early Anglo-America,” focusing on individuals who could and did ‘break the rules,’ defining and expressing themselves in gender-non-conforming ways.

Included with general admission or free for members of London Town.
The Black Vote Mural Project – Opening Reception, Save the Date!
Banneker-Douglass Museum
Saturday, February 15
VIP Reception: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Reception 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

This exhibit explores the intersection of public art, Black voices, and civil rights with sixteen murals that transform the interior galleries of the museum. Painted by regional artists, these murals interpret the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 2020 theme: African Americans and the Vote. 

Artists: Steuart Hill Academic Academy, Ryan Allen, Bowie State University (Public Arts Class), Nikki Brooks, Jay Coleman, Brandon Donahue, Olivia Gittens, Jabari Jefferson, Gina Lewis, Megan Lewis, Greta Chapin McGill, Future History Now, Latoya D. Peoples, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell, James Terrell, and Ernest Shaw. To register, click here .
City Stream, Country Stream: Getting A Clearer Picture Of Stream Restorations
Tuesday, February 18
7:0 0 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.
Special Events Taking Place Next Weekend!
Saturday, February 22
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Shifting The Paradigm Back to Humanity: Healing 20/20 at Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, MD. “Hosts, Allie Simmons and Elena Jimenez, will be hosting the 3rd annual Shifting the Paradigm Back to Humanity conference. The theme will focus on ‘Humanity's Healing’ for the year of 2020. Indigenous speakers will share, educate, and bring to light what healing historical wounds looks like in Indigenous, African American and Latino communities. This one day Speaker Conference is a call for Humanity to Heal, Realign with Purpose and Responsibility to Self, One Another, Community and Our World and will provide you with: a. A unique opportunity to hear from diverse, indigenous speakers and understand how age old ideologies address current issues; b. A space for meeting and collaborating with other progressives and people who want to change our world; and c. An educational experience in being woke and tapping into higher consciousness and inspiration for the next steps in the evolution of humanity as the real world undergoes its shift.” More info and tickets ($85.00) here .  

Saturday, February 22
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Annual Ralph J. Bunche Community Center, Inc. Black History Brunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 210 Holiday Ct., Annapolis, MD. Tickets $45. Honorees will be Ruth Collins, Lettie Contee, Glendola Salisbury, and Elvado Smith. Guest speakers include Delegate Shaneka Henson, State Senator Sarah Elfreth, and County Executive Steuart Pittman. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of the Ralph J. Bunche Community Center, Inc. More info and tickets ($45.00) here .  

Saturday, February 22
2:00 p.m.

What's Goin' On? at the Chesapeake Arts Center, Hammonds Theater, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD. This unique production, presented jointly by the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society here and the AngelWing Project, Inc. here will offer “a glimpse of African American life in the 1960's while society attempts to find solace in the joys of daily life, despite a background of war abroad as well as protests, riots, and general unrest at home!” Free. See the flyer here .
Call for Stories Featuring Entrepreneurship in the Arts
The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is seeking stories about entrepreneurship in the arts. Do you know of an artist, small business, or startup that represents an exciting addition to Maryland’s creative economy? Are you aware of an organization whose efforts have heightened the profile of arts and culture in an innovative way? Share your thoughts with MSAC for potential use in future marketing and communications!
This call for stories aligns with a focus on entrepreneurship by the Maryland Department of Commerce, where new director of entrepreneurship and small business outreach Allyson Redpath is facilitating partnerships between businesses and resource providers, including access to capital, company counseling, and small business workshops, seminars, and events.
MSAC’s efforts to highlight the stories of entrepreneurship in the arts will last throughout 2020. Send your ideas to , and include “Entrepreneurship in the Arts” in the subject line. Staff will contact senders whose stories are selected for inclusion in future newsletters, eblasts, or social media postings.
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 .
Maryland Historical Trust is Hiring!
Maryland Historical Trust is currently accepting applications for a Preservation Officer for Tax Credit Programs in the Office of Preservation Services.

This contractual position serves as one of the three reviewer positions for the Historic Tax Credit Unit within MHT's Office of Preservation Services. Responsibilities for this position include providing technical and logistical support for owners of historic properties regarding appropriate historic rehabilitation treatments, participating in the review of the approximately 350 State homeowner rehabilitation tax credit applications received annually, the review of applications for the four million dollar small commercial tax credit, as well as the statutorily required promotion of both programs. Additionally, this position maintains and updates all application forms, instruction materials and web site updates.

Interested applicants may find more details and apply here:
Four Rivers Heritage Area | 410-222-1805 | |