NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
August 6, 2019
Reserve Your Space! Workshop, " Decolonizing our Museums: Diversifying Our Narratives"
Thursday, September 5
9:30 a.m. to Noon
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Hosted by Four Rivers Heritage Area and Historic London Town and Gardens

In this workshop, a panel of museum professionals, volunteers, and consultants will discuss ways museums can offer their visitors history from diverse viewpoints, before participants brainstorm ways to bring new perspectives to their museum exhibits and programming.

Speakers include:
Nastassia Parker has been a historical character interpreter and reenactor since age 9. More recently, she has served as a museum program consultant and portrayed famous and little-known figures of African American history, such as Ona Judge and Sally Hemings, in one-woman shows and museum programming.

Crystal “Cryz” Nkechehosi Proctor is Executive Producer of Piscataway public programming for Living the American Indian Experience and CEO of Conoy Creations, LLC, the premier Piscataway Conoy education, entertainment, and catering company. Her mother, Natalie Proctor, is Tribal Chairwoman of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians Wild Turkey Clan.

Dr. Christopher Mielke has researched the history of enslaved people at the Hammond-Harwood House and developed a walking tour of Annapolis based on the history of LGBTQ people there. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Al-Quds Bard College in East Jerusalem and is now an AFHA AmeriCorps
Member at the Beverly Heritage Center in West Virginia.

Daniel J. Sieh is a living historian with over 8 years of experience working with living history museums, including Colonial Williamsburg and Claude Moore
Colonial Farm. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree from American University.

All are welcome to join this important conversation. For more information contact us at 410-222-1805 or heritage_area@aacounty.org . Or register here .
Tides & Tunes with Mixed Business
Thursday, August 8
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St, Annapolis
 
The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to jazz–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. Learn more here.
 
The August 8 concert will feature Mixed Business . Mixed Business boasts a deep appreciation for the history and soul of music, and a setlist that spans all genres dating back to the 1930s.
Exhibit Opening: "Doing The Work, Celebrating 50 Years of MCAAHC"
Saturday, August 10 (Opening event)
3:00-5:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture’s mission to discover, document, preserve, collect, and promote Maryland’s African American heritage is demonstrated through its educational and public programs, preservation and funding programs, and the collections housed by the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM).

This exhibit showcases ephemera, photographs, and archival documents to detail the history and impact of MCAAHC. Doing the Work invites visitors to learn about the Commission’s impact on their local communities and consider their personal role in preserving Maryland’s African American heritage. Click here to register for the exhibit opening.
Celtic Weekend at Historic London Town and Gardens
Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Celebrate our Celtic heritage all weekend! London Town had a significant Scottish population during the colonial period. Even William Brown (who built London Town's William Brown House, c.1760) is believed to be an immigrant from Scotland. 
 
Enjoy live music with Tweedsyde (Sunday) and the Devil’s Tailors (Saturday).
Check out black powder demonstrations, hearth cooking with the Appin Regiment, and woodworking with Seneca Creek Joinery. The Robert Burns Society of Annapolis wearing kilts and sashes, showing examples of tartan, and doing a poetry reading by Burns. The Scottish-Gaelic School of Baltimore will give an introduction to Scottish Gaelic in their Language Village.
 
Included with general admission. Free for members. Learn more here .
Hogshead Living History: A Tale of Two Tradesmen
Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11
Saturday, 11 am - 4 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm
Hogshead
43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis

What was it like to go to the store in the 18th century? Come visit Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street where Annapolitan William Aikman, a stationer, has set up shop selling paper and printing products. Upstairs, you’ll find his fellow tradesman, a tailor.

Meet ordinary working men and women as they go about their daily lives in 1773 and discover what they make, what they sell, and what they hope you will buy! You’ll find living historians portraying people of all ages and walks of life. Cost: Free (donations welcome). Learn more here .
Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern August Dates!
Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Escape London Town: Ferguson Tavern is the first escape room experience created by Historic London Town and Gardens. Escape rooms are real life interactive games where players must uncover clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes if they hope to escape in an hour or less. For this experience, we have turned the Lord Mayor’s Tenement (one of our reconstructed colonial buildings) into Elizabeth Ferguson’s tavern. Working in groups of 4 to 10 players, you will have the opportunity to match wits against Elizabeth to see if you can escape her tavern. Public dates cost $30 per member or $35 per non-member. Learn more here.

Upcoming August dates:
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 pm
Sunday, August 11, 6:30 pm
Friday, August 16, 6:30 pm
Sunday, August 25, 4:30 and 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 29, 6:30 pm
Friday, August 30, 6:30 pm
Saturday, August 31, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
Join an ArchiTrex Tour!
Saturday, August 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tour departs from City Dock Information Booth, 1 Dock Street

The historic district of Annapolis is a museum without walls, a treasure trove of architecture and preservation. Celebrate and learn about the city’s most notable and celebrated examples of 17th and 18th century architecture on a two-hour walking tour, developed and led by local architects. Learn more here.

Cost: $22 Adults; $14 Children 3-11; Free for Children 2 and under. ArchiTrex Tours are presented by Historic Annapolis in partnership with Watermark.
Annapolis Art Walk Returns!
The 29th Annual Annapolis Art Walk

Thursday, August 15
5:00-9:00 pm

The Annapolis Gallery Association is pleased to announce its 29th Annual Annapolis Art Walk to be held Thursday evening August 15 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The public is invited to join a festive evening enjoying the visual arts. Fifteen galleries in downtown historic Annapolis are participating in this annual event, hosting new art exhibits and featuring artists demonstrating their skills in various media. There will be musicians around town and the galleries will be serving light refreshments. Yellow balloons and a yellow banner are posted at all participating galleries. Maps will be available at each art gallery.

Here is your chance to peek over an artist’s shoulder and watch them at work! Artists working in oil, watercolor, ceramics, woodturning, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafts and more, will be demonstrating their skills at the Annapolis Art Walk. It promises to be an enjoyable summer evening for art lovers.

Add this event to your summer calendar of “must do” activities. Annapolis is always a fun place to visit and the added attraction of events like the Annual Annapolis Art Walk only enhance its reputation as a city that is a joy to experience. Learn more here .
Explore the New African American Heritage Trail
Anne Arundel County Government, the Lost Towns Project, and the Four Rivers Heritage Area are pleased to introduce African American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail . The heritage trail acknowledges and celebrates contributions by African Americans over the County’s 370-year history; its families, people, historic places, events, struggles, and accomplishments through, slavery, emancipation, voting rights, desegregation and the continued fight for Civil Rights today. 

This Storymap website was developed by the Lost Towns Project, a county nonprofit, with Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources department professionals, community historians and partners, and numerous others. It was funded in part by a grant by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Congratulations to all involved for an invaluable new resource!
 
Website visitors to the virtual heritage trail will discover local history through videos, images, and maps, sources which reveal information about the lives of African Americans in the county. Unique historic sites, places and buildings serve to document the communities and special places significant to African American heritage (some still standing, and others now gone.) The sites highlighted in this virtual trail also touch on sometimes challenging histories, which can help us all better understand both our past and the present. 
Protecting Religious Institutions Grant
The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) has released the Notice of Funding Availability for the Protecting Religious Institutions Grant. This grant provides financial support for religious congregations of all faiths to make security enhancements to houses of worship in Maryland and protect religious institutions from hate crimes. The funding is offered between July of 2019 and June of 2020.

The Protecting Religious Institutions Grant application process is open to non-profit, faith-based entities with appropriate tax status, and applications will be considered and awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available. Eligible entities may only submit one application. GOCCP will not consider requests for capital improvements or information technology projects in excess of $200,000 under this grant.

For more information, please reference the  Notice of Funding Availability  and the  GOCCP grants website .
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