March 3, 2020
Maryland Day Celebration is Coming Soon!
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. Find the full calendar of events and start planning! Learn more about the Maryland Day Celebration here .
Winter Lecture Series: A Brief Outline of Annapolis History
Thursday, March 5
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. 

Advanced registration required ; seating is limited. Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $18 for Pre-Paid Dinner (includes one meal option below, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, tax, and gratuity).
Projectile Point Workshop: The Bob Ogle Collection
Thursday, March 5
5:00-7:00 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

The Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab is hosting free workshops for volunteers to help with processing the Bob Ogle collection, which includes 13,000 years of Maryland artifacts, especially Native American projectile points and ceramics. Come learn how to identify and classify these fascinating remnants of Maryland’s past!

Did you know? The Lost Towns Project , in conjunction with Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Division, accepts volunteers of all ages to help process artifacts from across the county in the Anne Arundel Archaeology Laboratory. Email for more information.

​Free to participate. Sign up online.  No experience is necessary; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Come when you are available!
African Americans and Women’s Suffrage Movement
Thursday, March 5
6:00-8:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St, Annapolis

Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for a lecture and discussion with Associate Professor Sharon Harley of the University of Maryland College Park as we explore the important and often overlooked presence of African American women during the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Prof. Sharon Harley: Associate Professor and former chair of the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women's labor history and racial and gender politics. She is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women's Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008); her most recent essay appears in Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (UNC Press, 2008).

Coming Soon! Lunch and Learn - Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot
Wednesday, March 18
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis

Please join the Maryland State Archives in celebrating Women's History Month and the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage! For our March Lunch and Learn, we are welcoming Dr. Ida E. Jones who will discuss her latest book, Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot. Dr. Jones will examine the life of Victorine Adams through her archival collection and address the importance of the archival record in contextualizing the life of the person. Please join us for this engaging talk.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP to this free event at   or  410-260-6443 .
At Maryland Hall - Vantage Point: Paintings by Sally Davies
Through May 23
Openshaw Balcony Gallery, 3rd floor
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis

Reception to be held on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 - 7 pm
Gallery Walkthrough and Demo on April 23 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Room 308

Sally Davies paints the human figure from dramatic vantage points and plays with light and shadows to create a strong emotional impact, drawing the viewer into the unfolding narrative. Like the 19th century French Impressionists, she captures moments in time; a commuter biking home, a mother and child crossing a busy street, a skateboarder doing kick-flips, or ballet dancers rehearsing. With minimal architectural details, she leaves a mystery for the individual viewer to infer a sense of place and feel a common bond of humanity. 

In her backgrounds, Davies paints delicate organic patterns in fluid acrylic and layers them on her canvas, building up subtle textures. Her use of fluid acrylic creates a surface that is unique to each painting. Davies layers paint to juxtapose color and pattern as a way to influence the perception of movement. She designs dynamic compositions with a dramatic play of light and shadow that enhance this fleeting moment in time.

A number of paintings in this exhibit highlight Maryland Hall's vivid theatre life. Davies sat high up in the balcony at Maryland Hall to sketch and observe, and was inspired to capture the drama and excitement of the ballet on stage here.
New Mitchell Gallery Exhibit, "American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection"
March 7–April 26
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College
60 College Avenue, Annapolis

The aesthetic traditions of North America’s native peoples are represented through sculptures, paintings, drawings, basketry, textiles, ceramics, and other media. The 40 works on view provide insight into the artistry of these spiritual and utilitarian objects.

Featured in this exhibition is a mid-13th century Busycon conch shell gorget elegantly carved by a Caddoan sculptor. Also on view, is a late-19th century war record painted on animal hide by two Lakota artists, and a split buffalo horn Blackfeet headdress embellished with ermine fur, porcupine quills, glass beads, silk ribbon, cotton binding, and other fibers.
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.
Introduction to Finding Grants at Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library
Wednesday, March 11
2:00-4:00 pm
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library
269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis

Learn how to search for grant opportunities and prospective funders for your nonprofit organization with the Foundation Directory Online Database.

Register by visiting the following Anne Arundel County Public Library link: .Then click on the "Grants Workshop" button. If you are prompted, select the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library. Then click on the "Introduction to Finding Grants" event on March 11, 2020 and enter the requested registration information.You will receive a confirmation email when the registration is complete.

This is a FREE event!
AASLH Leadership in History Awards Deadline Extended
Due to high demand, the AASLH Leadership in History Awards deadline has been extended to Sunday, March 8. 
For over seventy years, AASLH has given Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Award winners serve as models and inspirations for others in the field. We offer awards for many different types of projects, including publications, exhibits, public programming, and more. Award winners come from all over the country, from organizations of all kinds, sizes, and budgets. Find the awards information and nomination form .
NOTE: We are Hiring! Seeking a PT Programs Coordinator
Four Rivers Heritage Area is a non-profit organization with its office in Annapolis. We are seeking to fill our part-time staff position of Heritage Programs Coordinator . This individual should be highly creative, have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, pay careful attention to detail, and preferably have a Master’s degree in a heritage-related field. It is work that is interesting and challenging!

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 more hours expected to be added), with some limited flexibility in schedule. Read the full job description:   Heritage Programs Coordinator job description 2020
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