November 26, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving from Four Rivers Heritage Area!
American Indian Heritage Day at Historic London Town
Friday, November 29
10:00 am -4:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Historic London Town and Gardens is happy to welcome Living the American Indian Experience from the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Indian for American Indian Heritage Day. They will share child-safe archery, dancing, and cultural presentations all day long. Learn more here.
Schedule of Events 
11am - 12pm Welcoming and Piscataway History from Piscataway Elders
12pm - 1pm Kentkatam (Let's Dance) program
1pm - 2pm Archery and Hatchet throwing
2pm - 3pm Pouch making with the people of the Potomac River ($10 extra charge)
3pm - 4:30pm Pottery making with historian Debora Moore, a registered Pamunkey tribal member ($10 extra charge)
OPEN HOUSE: Meeting to discuss a potential boundary expansion to the Four Rivers Heritage Area
Mark your calendars! Join us on December 11, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm  to discuss a potential boundary expansion to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

The Four Rivers Heritage Area was established two decades ago and covers large parts of South County along the Chesapeake Bay, south of Route 50 and east of Route 2, including the City of Annapolis. The State-wide program has grown since then, and we are seeking public input as we consider expanding the current boundaries of this local heritage area, to encompass other areas of the County.  The Cultural Resources Division (Office of Planning & Zoning) is working with the Four Rivers Heritage Area staff and board to explore options, and will develop an expansion proposal for submittal to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) by mid-2020.

Do you have ideas or suggestions about significant historic, cultural, and natural resources that should be included? Want to learn more about the benefits of the State's Heritage Areas program? Join us for this information session (the first of several stakeholder meetings,) learn about the State requirements for expansion, and share your thoughts on historic sites across the County that should be considered. Representatives from the Four Rivers Heritage Area, including Executive Director Carol Benson, will be on hand to talk about the exciting work we do. The event will be held at the Odenton Heritage Society Historical Center (Old Masonic Hall), 1367 Odenton Road. Odenton, MD 21113. 

For more information about the Boundary Study and the Open House, including FAQs, go to call #410-222-7432, or email .
Anne Arundel County Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join County Executive Steuart Pittman, county employees, local businesses, and community members THIS TUESDAY for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Glen Burnie Town Center.

The celebration will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and free parking will be available at the Glen Burnie Garage. We hope to see you there!
Grand Illumination in the City of Annapolis
Lighting the Holiday Season in Annapolis
Sunday, December 1

The Downtown Annapolis Partnership joins the Annapolis Jaycees as they ring in the holiday season in downtown Annapolis. The Grand Illumination and annual tree lighting takes place near the Market House every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

This year's celebration begins at 5:30 pm with dancing and carols by local school groups and ends at 7:00 pm. Santa arrives to help light the tree around 6:30 pm and help get everyone in the holiday spirit. The Jaycees serve hot chocolate and candy canes and have ornaments for children to decorate. The Jaycees also accept donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for their annual Angel Tree program, which helps local families in need during the holiday season. Learn more here .
Coming Soon! Lunch and Learn Documentary Film Screening: Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation
Wednesday, December 4
2:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd, Annapolis

Voices of Baltimore captures and preserves the rich oral histories of an aging and diminishing population of African Americans who grew up in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore and lived through the Jim Crow era of legal segregation. The narratives document the lives of individuals who attended segregated schools and experienced both segregation and desegregation before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling. It is a must see! Film participants include Dr. Patrica Welch, Dean of Education at Morgan State University; Chief Judge Robert Bell, first African American to serve on Maryland’s highest court, and Treopia Washington, sister of Ernest Green from the Little Rock 9. Filmmakers Morna McDermott McNulty and Gary Homana of Towson University will be present for a Q&A and discussion following the 55 minute screening. All our welcome, please bring your lunch and your questions.

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. 
Save the Date: Banneker-Douglass Museum Kwanzaa Celebration
Saturday, December 14
12:00 – 4:00 pm
84 Franklin Street, Annapolis

Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for our annual celebration as we welcome Kwanzaa expert  Culture Queen ! Learn a fresh approach to celebrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa through interactive music, movement, storytelling and Black History themed games. This signature program is appropriate for all ages and will inspire you to incorporate Kwanzaa into your family traditions. Doors open at noon. Activities begin at 1:00 pm. Register here.

Custom Kwanzaa decorations
Interactive candle lighting ceremony
Hands-on workshops led by Culture Queen
AMS Maritime Heritage Fence Project 2020
In 2017 the SOFO Business District board decided to embrace the Annapolis Middle School chain link fence that spans 504’ along Forest Drive. With a generous Mini-Grant from the Four Rivers Heritage Area, SOFO is ready to install 10 projects this year.

The artwork project consists of students creating objects that depict something relating to Annapolis’ Maritime Heritage. These objects can represent historic and current locations, events, environment, and economic instances.

Because the subject of the artwork is Annapolis’ Maritime Heritage SOFO is inviting the students to explore the Annapolis area from the water. This gives them an opportunity to see how the Chesapeake Bay plays an integral part in the past and present Annapolis, our environment, and our unique lifestyle.
Students of all ages and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

Students are found through the local schools, home schoolers and local youth organizations. The on the water experiences are provided by private and public opportunities. The whole project relies on collaboration of artist to help the children in the painting process, youth groups and schools who are
willing to take on a project, boating opportunities, and historians to share their knowledge with the students.

SOFO is looking for 10 applicants of each – Student group, boating opportunity, Historian, and Artist. SOFO will pair the group of 4 up to work together. If you have a pairing already, please indicate on the application. ie the art teacher at school is working with a group from the school. There are 2 timelines –
School year and summer camp. Applications and more information available here.
Registration is Open for Small Museum Association 2020 Annual Conference
The Small Museum Association's 36th annual conference will be held February 16-18, 2020 at The Hotel in College Park, MD.

The annual Small Museum Association Conference attracts more than 300 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums and organizations. Sessions offered at the conference range from a variety of topics including collections, education, programming and exhibitions. The conference boasts a Resource Hall and plenty of networking opportunities with small museum professionals and volunteers.  
This year, the SMA Conference theme has been updated to
"Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage:
Museums as Catalysts of Social Change."

Registration is now open for the February 16-18, 2020 annual conference!
Everyone who attends the conference receives a one-year complimentary membership. Advanced registration will close Monday, January 13th and after that point, registration rates will increase.To register, follow the link  here .
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