March 24, 2020
Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund Avaialble for Nonprofits
This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its bank, business interruption insurance, and financial partners.

General terms and conditions:

  • Grants up to $10,000 not to exceed 3 months of cash operating expenses for Maryland businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 with 50 or fewer employees.
  • Must be established prior to March 9, 2020.
  • Business must be in good standing.
  • Annual Revenues of the business or nonprofit not to exceed $5 million as evidenced by Financial Statement or other financial documentation.
  • Business or nonprofit is expected to seek longer term funding through its bank, SBA, or other source.
  • Eligible uses include: working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of operations.

The business or nonprofit must demonstrate financial stress or disrupted operations, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Notices from tenants closing operations and not paying rent caused by loss of income.
  • Notice of inability to make loan payments due to reduced sales, suspended operations.
  • Increased cost related to COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Notice of disrupted supply network leading to shortage of critical inventory or materials.
  • Other circumstances subject to review on a case by case basis.

Happy Maryland Day! March 25
Even though Maryland Day celebrations had to be cancelled, Maryland Day is this week and we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you about this important state holiday.

Maryland Day is Wednesday, March 25
Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island, offered prayers (perhaps by saying Mass), and took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.” According to one of the three versions of Father Andrew White’s account of the voyage of the Ark and the Dove, this event took place on 25 March 1633/34 at the colonists’ first landfall in Maryland. In the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church, this day is the Feast of the Annunciation, or “our blessed Ladies day” as Father White termed it, referring to the Virgin Mary. After consulting with the “Emperor of the Paschataway” and the “King of Yaocomoco,” Leonard Calvert, governor of the colony, negotiated the purchase of land on a nearby tributary of the Potomac River. This became the site of St. Mary’s City, the colony’s first settlement.

Marylanders began observing Maryland Day in 1903, when the State Board of Education designated it as a day to be devoted to the study of Maryland history. In 1916, the General Assembly authorized the celebration of Maryland Day as a legal state holiday.

Happy Maryland Day!
Highlighting our Four Rivers Heritage Sites
While our local sites are closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will take this time to highlight our some our attractions, and continue to do so each week until we're all able to explore our heritage area again.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park
The Annapolis region is forever linked with the Chesapeake Bay, the oyster industry, and a proud maritime history. The historic McNasby Oyster Company was the last oyster packing plant in Annapolis and serves as the home of the Annapolis Maritime Museum . The maritime heritage exhibits, environmental education programs, and engaging community events held at the McNasby Campus have established the Museum as a beloved community anchor.
Banneker-Douglass Museum
As the State of Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, the Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to document, to interpret, and to promote African American history and culture (particularly in Maryland) through exhibitions, programs, and projects in order to improve the understanding and appreciating of America’s rich cultural diversity for all. The museum includes the beautifully restored Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church.
Charles Carroll House
The seat of the Catholic Carrolls of Annapolis, the Charles Carroll House was the primary urban residence of its most famous owner, Charles Carroll of Carrollton. Today, the property, on the grounds of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, is among the largest and most impressive historic sites in Annapolis. It is owned by the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), a Roman Catholic congregation of of priests and brothers.
Live Webinar: How to Spot Opportunity When it is Disguised as Chaos
DATE: March 25, 2020
TIME: 3:00 - 4:00 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)
COST: $40 AASLH Members / $65 Nonmembers

How can you turn chaos into an opportunity?
Join AASLH next Wednesday, March 25 for a presentation and discussion on how to leverage the unexpected. Participants will hear examples from Brooke Salvanto at Tuckerton Seaport about how they turned chaos into opportunity by taking part in an interactive developed by Brooke called Cards of Chaos. Those attending the webinar will find inspiration in how to create their own opportunities out of unforeseen events all while working with limited budgets and with few staff. 
Four Rivers Shares Online Educational Resources for Home Study
During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, the Four Rivers Heritage Area has been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home.

Some of these are on our Facebook page (find us as @fourriversheritage) in the form of shared posts from the originating institutions, and others will be shared on our website on an ongoing basis as they are identified. So, if your heritage site has created new online content, or would like to share existing online resources, please let us know!

Special Podcast Series: Healthy, Hip & Historic: Contextualizing Preservation During an International Pandemic
As COVID-19 has changed the everyday ways that we interact with each other and our communities, it’s clear that our environment has important physical and psychological effects on us all.
Preservation addresses the physical material of our built environment – and those materials’ potential positive or negative health impacts – so too, does preservation address an emotional connection to a time and place in history.

This unique special podcast series on PreserveCast will feature five preservation visionaries that will place our preservation work in a broader context, identify challenges, and illuminate solutions for linking historic preservation and healthy communities.

Episode 116 : What the Future Holds for Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization with Storm Cunningham. This is the first episode of five that will be released every day this week.
Lessons from History: Museums and Pandemics
Learning from the past is a great way to plan for the future, as museum people know well. Find out from the American Alliance of Museums how museums have responded to pandemics like tuberculosis, Spanish flu, and AIDS—and what lessons there might be for confronting COVID-19.

Museums around the world are striving to anticipate and respond to the impact coronavirus may have on their communities and their own operations. As you tackle this work in your own organization, remember that good foresight is grounded in a solid understanding of the past.
Join AASLH Affinity Communities Today
As we all adapt to new ways of working and communicating, AASLH is happy to introduce the Affinity Community Forum, a new way for you to connect with your colleagues around the country.
Beginning today, both members and nonmembers will have access to these online spaces where history practitioners can ask questions, share advice, and stay up-to-date with their peers in a specific area of interest or professional practice.
AASLH has long supported various  Affinity Communities —informal digital and in-person groups that provide resources, advice, and networking to those interested in particular aspects or niches of public history work. The communities serve as outlets and sounding boards for their members, who work or volunteer with a diverse range of historical organizations across the country. The introduction of these new forums will help make AASLH Affinity Communities more accessible and strengthen the connections among their members.

Each of the 11 Affinity Communities have a dedicated forum, open to members and nonmembers alike. More information on joining the affinity communities can be found  here . In short, the forums can be viewed by anyone who chooses to visit them and joined by anyone signed in to an individual AASLH account in the  AASLH Membership Center , regardless of their current membership status.
Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Awarded
In these challenging times there is always some good news!

Forever Maryland Foundation  is proud to announce that 80 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants totaling $307,500 have been awarded toward environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects through the  Keep Maryland Beautiful   program.

These annual grants are funded by  Maryland Environmental Trust , the Forever Maryland Foundation, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DCHD) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Recipients included schools, nonprofit groups, municipalities and land trusts in 20 counties and Baltimore City.  Many of these grants focus on developing and supporting communities, families, youth and students who take personal responsibility for the health of their communities, protecting nature in their backyards and seeking ways to help reduce or resolve environmental challenges.
Information and Resources on COVID-19
The Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Labor, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, and several other state agencies launched a new webpage dedicated to business resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The webpage, available on the Maryland Business Express portal, features several resources available for business throughout the state, including guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more.

To find resources or learn more about how to keep yourself, your families, and your workers safe, please visit
Tell Congress: Include Museums in COVID-19 Economic Relief
Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief!
Today, we must make our voices heard to our members of Congress in support of museums. 

Congress is moving extremely quickly on consideration of economic relief and recovery packages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact across many industries.
Now is the time to contact your legislators to let them know what the museum field is facing and urge them to provide critical support for museums.

In support of the museum field, we urge the U.S. Congress to include at least $4 billion for nonprofit museums in COVID-19 (coronavirus) economic relief legislation to provide emergency assistance through June. In addition, we urge Congress to adopt a temporary "universal charitable deduction" to help incentivize charitable giving which is expected to decline in the months ahead. Nationwide, our museums are losing at least $33 million a day due to closures as a result of COVID-19 and will be in desperate need of significant federal support to maintain jobs, secure our cultural heritage, help to rebuild our nation's tourism industry - and simply to survive the months to come.

We estimate museums need economic relief of $4 billion to keep their staffs employed through the next few months. Will you be one of our champions?
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