January 22, 2019
Register Now for Black History Month 2019 Genealogy  Conference in Laurel
Registration is now open for the Black History Month 2019 Genealogy  Conference. This is a free conference sponsored by the African American 
Special Interest Group of the Washington DC Family History Center and the Maryland and DC Chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. The conference will be held on February 2, 2019, at the Laurel Family History Center, 7200 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. See flyer for additional information.  To register go to
Call for Nominees! Leadership in History Awards
The American Association for State and Local History wants to know about the amazing projects, programs, and people promoting the relevance of history in your community.
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.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.
The deadline to submit nominations for the Leadership in History Awards is March 1. 
AASLH also presents the  Award of Distinction , a higher-level personal award given infrequently and only in recognition of long and very distinguished individual service. Recipients are noted for their contributions to the field of state and local history and are recognized nationally as leaders in the profession.
To nominate an individual for the Award of Distinction , please submit a  Preliminary Nomination   by January 31.
Community History from the Archives: Arundel-on-the-Bay
Wednesday, January 23
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Share in local community history uncovered in the archives. Join the authors of “The Amazing Story of Arundel-on-the-Bay: 1600s to Today” who came together five years ago to research and write a book detailing the history of their beloved home. The book chronicles a community evolving from the Gay Nineties, through the segregated Jim Crow era, World War II, woman’s liberation, and other 20th and 21st century realities. The talk will focus on sharing a portrait of America’s social and cultural history that shaped this local community. This event will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be for sale with the authors available for signing. Learn more here.

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP at or 410-260-6443 .
Green Drinks: Tread Lightly Climate Change
Wednesday, January 23
5:30-7:30 pm
Market Space
25 Market Street, Annapolis

Climate Change – Local Action at the Grass Roots

Annapolis Green will kick off a year-long initiative at Green Drinks to bring attention to and explain the global issues of Climate Change but with a local perspective. Through our initiative, Tread Lightly, we will inform you about the big issues while advocating for changes in our everyday lives. Many small changes add up. That’s where Grass Roots Action comes in.

Predictions about Climate Change are dire, frightening and discouraging. The effects of our heavy carbon footprint are already here, having an impact on our lives. Annapolis is affected almost every day by rising seas – a result of Climate Change. Yet, most people have little understanding of what’s happening, what’s coming, and what can be done, even by the average person. Learn more here.
Wednesday, January 23
7:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Lafayette’s time in Annapolis totaled less than a fortnight spread out over five decades, but that was enough for the French nobleman and the city to develop a mutual admiration for one another. The first two times he came to Maryland’s capital in 1777 and 1781, he arrived on a mission; the last two visits in 1784 and 1824 were for pleasure. In this lecture, Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell of Historic Annapolis talks about the long and warm relationship between Annapolis and America’s favorite fighting Frenchman. Register here .

Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training
Winter Lecture Series: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith: 1,800 Miles in Capt. Smith’s Wake
Thursday, January 24
7:00 pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Annapolis

"Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith: 1,800 Miles in Capt. Smith’s Wake" -
a lecture by John Page Willia ms, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s long-time Senior Naturalist. Capt. John Smith and his crews covered some 3,000 miles over 30 months (April, 1607 – October, 1609), rowing and sailing the 30’ Discovery Barge. The map he published in Oxford, England in 1612 was the first accurate guide to the Chesapeake and its tidal rivers. It opened up the Bay to English settlers who colonized both Virginia and Maryland in the seventeenth century. In 2006, the National Park Service incorporated Smith’s explorations into the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail . Today Capt. Smith’s Trail is open for exploration by boats ranging from kayaks, canoes, and skiffs to trawlers and cruising sailboats. Learn more here.
Book Signing with Artist and Author Lilian Burwell
Saturday, January 26
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St, Annapolis

In her book  From Painting to Painting as Sculpture , acclaimed artist Lilian Thomas Burwell encourages us to treat art as an extension of life. Each chapter is carefully woven with life experiences and insights into her creative process. Burwell offers wisdom, and a unique beauty for the eye and the spirit.

Meet Lilian Burwell and get your signed copy during this special event. Register here.
Immersion Day at Historic London Town House and Gardens
Saturday, January 26
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Immerse yourself in London Town, circa 1770. Chat with tailors, shoemakers, teachers, cooks, servants, enslaved people, and merchants who sleep in the cold and huddle over the fire. They eat only period dishes and live as close to the eighteenth century style as possible.

Included with general admission. Free for members. Learn more here.
Lecture and Members’ Reception for Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th–18th Centuries
Sunday, January 27
3:00 pm
The Mitchell Gallery
60 College Ave, Annapolis

Explore the rich pageantry of the Golden Age of handmade manuscripts. Many of these Western and Non-Western artisans employed elaborate gold leaf decoration, calligraphy, and intricate ornamentation on parchment and vellum.
This exhibition includes European and middle-Eastern medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, breviaries, and other sacred manuscripts.

Stephanie Stillo, curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, will lecture at 3 p.m. Mitchell Gallery Members’ Libations and Conversation Reception immediately following the lecture. Registration required to attend the lecture. Register for Lecture and Members’ Reception .
Employment Opportunity at Maryland State Arts Council
The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the full-time, contractual position of Management Associate within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts’- Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide administrative, secretarial, operational, and technical support to the Grants and Professional Development Director.

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume AND completed supplemental questionnaire (next page) to Anna Halikias at by the closing date listed below to receive consideration. Please describe in detail any job duties relating to the qualifications stated and include any computer software used (ex. Excel, Access, etc.) in each of the positions you held.  

Those unable to submit via email, please mail your resume and completed supplemental questionnaire to:

Attn: Management Associate- MSAC
World Trade Center – 401 E. Pratt Street, 10 th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
NO LATER THAN: Tuesday, January 29, 2018 – 5:00 PM

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410.767.6300. 

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