NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
June 30, 2020
Celebrate Fourth of July in Galesville
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Even though fireworks have been cancelled in Annapolis, there is another opportunity to celebrate Fourth of July this year in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Come to Galesville for a true community celebration.

July 4 at 1:00 pm

The Parade will begin and end at the intersection of Main St. and Anchor’s Way/West Benning in Galesville Maryland. Keep in mind, Main Street will close to incoming traffic.
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During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. If you haven’t been to our website recently, here are some posts you might have missed.

We will continue to gather resources to keep you informed and to keep all of us connected!






London Town: Drinks with the Director
Director of London Town
Saturday, July 4
12:30-2:30 pm
Historic London Town House and Gardens
839 Londontown Road, Edgewater

Raise a toast to independence and explore the Colonials’ passion for potables during Drinks with the Director. Rod Cofield, London Town’s executive director, will play bartender, serving up punch and cider while sharing the important role of taverns in the 17th and 18th centuries. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon of drinks and conversation on taverns, archaeology, and early America. Come when you can; leave when you must!​ Register for Drinks with the Director .

Pre-Registration Recommended. Ticket price includes 1 drink ticket and general admission to the site. Additional drinks can be purchased.
Historic Annapolis: Enjoy the Paca Garden
Saturday, July 4
10 am - 2 pm
Historic Annapolis, William Paca Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Join the celebration of the birth of our nation in the picturesque garden of William Paca, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Bring along your family and friends and explore the kitchen garden, physic garden, flower parterre and more! You may even encounter several colonial Annapolitans as you stroll through this 2-acre English garden. You will receive a map and a route for easy exploring, and family activities will be available. 

Admission fee. Register here .
Cuseum Webinar: Small but Mighty: Navigating the New Normal as a Small or Mid-Sized Museum
 
Wednesday, July 1
2:00 pm

Now, more than three months after lockdown began, museums are gradually beginning to reopen their doors to visitors. While cultural organizations face many common hurdles, small and mid-sized institutions, with fewer staff and resources, may be facing unique challenges around this “new normal”. Many may be concerned they lack the budgets and bandwidth needed to implement necessary changes, like contactless experience design and new digital initiatives.

Join Brendan Ciecko (CEO & Founder @ Cuseum), John Echeveste (CEO @ LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes), Maryam Nabi (Director of Marketing & Communications @ Conservatory of Flowers), & Rich Bradway (Director of Digital Learning and Engagement @ Norman Rockwell Museum) as they talk through strategies to navigate the new normal as a smaller cultural institution, doing a deep dive into the unique challenges that small to mid-sized organizations face.
Join the Network for Good Virtual Conference

July 1, starting at 11:30 am

Join Network for Good's day-long Virtual Conference to learn how to stay ahead in these changing times. You'll hear from nonprofit thought leaders and experts who have the scoop on how to keep your good going in the face of adversity. The session schedule is below:
  • 11:30am ET: What's Next for Fundraising?
  • 12pm ET: The Small Nonprofit Benchmark Study: 5 Insights Into How Small Nonprofits are Raising Money
  • 1pm pm ET: Fundraising Through Fear and Uncertainty
  • 2pm ET: Creating an Effective Virtual Workplace Culture
  • 3pm ET: Integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity into Your Board Culture
  • 4pm ET: Communicating with Purpose
Advancing racial and ethnic diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion on boards can be a daunting task for any institution. No matter where you are in your journey, questions arise when doing DEAI work, and it’s hard to know where to start or what to prioritize. It is critical to embed racial equity into every stage and all facets of museum operations in order to effect lasting change. To do this, though, we must start from wherever we are in our learning journey, with the people we have on our boards, on our staff, and in our communities right now.

To assist in this effort, the American Alliance of Museums has created a Racial Equity and Inclusion Plan Primer.

With many museums buckling down on their commitments to equity and inclusion, this guide will introduce you to a key tool for setting and tracking goals, so you can keep up momentum as time goes on.
PreserveCast Episode 132: Harrowing History of the Reverse Underground Railroad with Dr. Richard Bell
If you have...or have not...heard of Patty Cannon, listen to this episode:


Americans have long admired the resistance, tenacity, and spirit of those brave souls who were travelers and conductors on the Underground Railroad...
In this episode, PreserveCast is back to those days to dredge up a harrowing chapter of American slavery  – and one far less proud – that of the Reverse Underground Railroad which brought captured formerly free Blacks back to slavery.
Explore this evil and pervasive Reverse Underground Railroad with Dr. Richard Bell, a distinguished scholar who recently authored, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home on this overlooked story from American history.
Take the Small Business Recovery Task Force Re-Opening Survey
The Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force is preparing a detailed Re-Opening and Recovery Plan. The Plan will consist of a number of short term and long term recommendations to help keep business activity growing as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. 

In April, they conducted a survey to get a better understanding of the challenges you are facing. As some of the stay at home restrictions are lifted and businesses start to re-open, the Task Force would like to again obtain your input about the economic conditions you are encountering and gain a better understanding of consumer confidence about returning to work, shopping and dining.

Help them by completing their Re-Opening Survey

The Small Business Recovery Task Force was established to focus on the experiences that Annapolis businesses are facing in the time of COVID-19 and to come up with recommendations for assistance for the local small business community.
Annapolis Maritime Museum: Volunteer at the Park Campus
The Annapolis Maritime Museum is forming a new park volunteer group for folks interested in helping maintain and beautify the Park Campus (Ellen O. Moyer Park at Back Creek). Volunteers will work independently, or in small groups, with larger workdays scheduled seasonally. Weekly projects include leaf blowing, weeding, watering, mulching.

New volunteers will walk the grounds, learn how to access tools, and hear about upcoming projects— email Sarah to RSVP or with any questions.
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