NEWS FROM FOUR RIVERS
March 19, 2019
Coming Soon -- Maryland Day Celebration 2019!
Get ready for Maryland Day Celebration Weekend 2019!

Celebrate the State of Maryland at more than 40 historic and cultural sites in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County.

This year the Maryland Day Celebration is March 29-31. The event brochures are already at the sites and the Visit Annapolis Visitors Center!


12th Annual Event! Every year Maryland's birthday weekend is marked with family-friendly activities celebrating its rich history and culture. Experience Maryland's history and culture at more than 40 sites between Annapolis and South County with a special admission price at each location of $1 or FREE. For details on how to plan yuur day, visit the event website here .
London Town Designated a UNESCO "Site of Memory Associated with the Slave Route"
Historic London Town and Gardens (London Town) was recently designated a “Site of Memory Associated with the Slave Route” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). London Town joins thirty other sites nationally in this important designation, which commemorates the nearly 12 million African people forced into the Middle Passage of the transatlantic human trade.

Historic London Town and Gardens shares the history of the colonial port town of London, Maryland, located on the South River. London Town has begun sharing its designation through an interpretive panel in its Visitor Center and on its website at www.historiclondontown.org/unesco . Take a look!
Women in William Paca’s Life - Lecture by Dr. Jean Russo, Thursday!
Thursday, March 14
10:00 am-12:00 pm
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Some of these women will be familiar to you: Mary Chew Paca, his wife; perhaps his mother-in-law, Henrietta Maria Lloyd Chew Dulany; maybe his niece, Henrietta Maria Dorsey. But his daughter Henrietta Maria? Less likely. These three women and some forty-odd others whom we can identify by name will be the subject of historian Jean Russo’s presentation. Learn more here.

Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission
Free Lecture, Noon Wednesday - Pirates and Privateers on the Chesapeake
Wednesday March 20
12:00 pm
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis

Speaker: 
Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist 

Join the Maryland State Archives to learn who were motivated by religion and who by politics; who was a surgeon, an anthropologist and the founder of one of the most respectable colleges on the East Coast, and who guided and influenced geographers, naturalists, explorers, and even the Royal and American Navies for centuries.

Bring your lunch and your questions. All are welcome! Learn more here.

Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP at  emily.squires@maryland.gov  or  410-260-6443 .
Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

Also, be sure to sign up for the next Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00, featuring the free lecture "Maryland: A History" with Dr Jean Russo!
Captain's Café at the Captain Avery Museum
Saturday, March 23rd
7:00-9:00 pm
Captain Avery Museum
1418 E West Shady Side Rd, Shady Side
 
Join the Captain Avery Museum for their maiden voyage of Captain's Cafe with local legends and friends of the museum Bob Israel and Eddie Czerwinski and their special guests playing blues, jazz, and rock.

Food and wine for purchase. $10 at the door. Learn more here.
Sign up now! "Decorative Arts for Docents" -- all welcome
Tuesday, March 26
10:00 am
William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Robin Matty, Curator of Collections will present the four periods of decorative arts represented at the William Paca House. She will demonstrate ways to differentiate the styles using everything from candlesticks to secretaries.
Cost: Free for HA Docents and Docents-in-Training; $5 HA Members and Volunteers; $10 General Admission. Learn more here.

For more information about becoming a Docent or to learn about other HA volunteer opportunities, please contact  Janet Hall , Volunteer Coordinator at  janet.hall@annapolis.org   or 410.990.4514.
Next Week! Women of Color in Legislative Roles
Thursday, March 28
6:00-8:00 pm
Banneker-Douglass Museum
84 Franklin St, Annapolis
  
Join the Banneker-Douglass Museum for a panel discussion with expert women legislators as they share their experiences and encourage other women of color to seek roles in legislative positions.

This event will take place in Verda Welcome Hall in recognition of Maryland’s first female African American State Senator, the Honorable Verda Freeman Welcome. Come be empowered and encouraged; you don’t want to miss this event. Register here .
Annapolis Green Presents Town Hall Series on Climate Change -- Starts Tomorrow!!
Annapolis Green and Presenting Sponsor Hannon Armstrong are offering a year-long series of talks entitled, “Tread Lightly on the Earth,” to address these essential questions and other related issues.
 
The first talk, “Climate Change 101: What Does it Mean to Me?” will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, ironically, a site impacted by sea level rise on a daily basis.
 
This discussion is the first of a series of talks in 2019. Future talks will delve deeper into topics such as:
·     Climate Change as a National Security Issue
·     What Will Happen to the United Nations Effort without the United States
·     How Climate Change is Affecting the Oceans and the Chesapeake Bay
·     What Climate Change means to Our Food Supply and Our Health
·     Climate Change and the Economy
·     Where Climate Change Data Come From
·     What Our State, County, and City Governments are Doing to Address Climate Change
 
Expert speakers will explain the accelerated pace of Climate Change in simple language, address the topics of adaptation and resiliency, answer questions, and engage in a two-way discussion with the audience. Learn more here.
2020 African American Heritage Preservation Grant Workshop Locations Announced
The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) provides capital grants up to $100,000 to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. Non-profit agencies, local governments, businesses, and individuals are eligible to apply.Grant funds can be applied to costs for rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, pre-construction, and some new construction projects. Plan to attend a free workshop to learn more about AAHPP Grants.
 
For more information, including more details about the workshop locations, please visit: https://mht.maryland.gov/grants_africanamerican.shtml
 
Workshop Locations:
3/21/19 Pocomoke City: Delmarva Discovery Museum
4/4/19 St. Mary’s City: Historic St. Mary’s City Visitors Center
4/9/19 Havre de Grace: Havre de Grace Colored School
4/11/19 Hagerstown: Hagerstown Public Library
4/16/19 Towson: Towson Public Library
4/18/19 North Brentwood: Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center
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