Four Rivers Heritage

Two Spring Grant Opportunities Announced

Four Rivers Heritage Area is pleased to announce two grant opportunities this spring!

FY18 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grant Application

The application materials for the FY 2018 grant round are now available on the Maryland Historical Trust’s website:
http://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml – (use Internet Explorer, Firefox or another browser that is not Chrome). NOTE: Click on the “To begin a new application, Click here” link in the middle of the page to begin an Intent to Apply form.
As in previous years, applicants will begin with the Intent to Apply form, which is due January 27. Once they have submitted that form, they will be provided access to the non-capital or capital project full application form, which will then be due on March 1. The Intent to Apply form does not obligate the applicant to complete a full application. See our Grants page for more information.

Award amounts typically range from a maximum $50,000 for non-capital and programming projects and a maximum of $100,000 for capital projects. All grants must be matched in an amount at least equal to the grant (dollar-for-dollar match). A portion of this match may be with in-kind services, such as volunteer time, donated professional services, and donated materials.

Please plan to attend a grant workshop or webinar! These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the FY 2018 grant program and the online application. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the program.

Monday, January 9, 201710:00 a.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Wednesday, January 11, 20172:00 p.m. – Workshop in Crownsville – Click to Register

Tuesday, January 17, 20172:00 p.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Remember, you MUST call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805 to discuss your organization’s FY2018 prospective plans as you complete the Intent to Apply Form. Thank you!

NEW!!! The Spring FY17 Four Rivers Mini-Grant Opportunity has also been announced!

There is a SMALL amount of funds left to be allocated in the Spring FY 2017 Mini-Grant Opportunity. Organizations that received a Fall FY17 grant are not eligible to apply. Visit our Mini-Grants page to access the application, guidelines, and all related grant application information. Remember, there is a MANDATORY Workshop on Wednesday, January 25th, 3 p.m., at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater. Please RSVP by calling 410-222-1805. Spring 2017 Mini Grant Workshop Flyer

The deadline for this application is Friday, February 10.

Register Now for FY 2018 MHAA Grant Workshop and Webinars

Are you located in a Certified Heritage Area?

Are you interested in learning more about grants that are available for capital and non-capital projects relating to the preservation of historical, archeological, natural and cultural resources and heritage tourism?

If so, you will want to attend one of the upcoming grant workshops or webinars that are being offered by the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about the FY 2018 grant program and the online application. You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have about the program.  

Monday, January 9, 201710:00 a.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Wednesday, January 11, 20172:00 p.m. – Workshop in Crownsville – Click to Register

Tuesday, January 17, 20172:00 p.m. – Online Webinar – Click to Register

Ten Fall Mini-Grants Awarded to Non-Profit Organizations in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County

ANNAPOLIS, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces ten new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our fall mini-grant program. The grants totaled $19,152, for projects totaling $181,726. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the thirteenth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding to assist local heritage related non-profit organizations to create new programs, activities, and events that build upon heritage-based interpretive themes, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism.

Organizations and projects approved for FY2017 Fall Mini-grant awards are:
— Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc., for Phase 1: Back Creek Nature Park, improvements to the Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek for educational programming
— Brewer Hill Association, Inc., for the People’s Community of Brewer Hill Cemetery, research of community cemetery burials with associated public programs
— Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Inc., for Maryland Day Weekend, managing the Maryland Day Celebration for 2017
— Deale Area Historical Society, Inc., for signage and brochures to be placed at the entrance to the Historic Village
— Galesville Heritage Society, for a new brochure for the Galesville Heritage Museum
— Town of Highland Beach, for Highland Beach Historical Properties Passport, guide to 31 historical properties in the Town of Highland Beach
— Historic Annapolis, Inc., for “Past to Present, You to Me: Stories that Connect Us” school program and educator workshop for two Annapolis exhibits
— Make Your Mark Media, Inc. in partnership with History Project of the Property Owners Association of Arundel-on-the-Bay, for Arundel-on-the-Bay History Book and Video, production of a 250 page book and 26 minute video on the history of the community
— Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for “Washington’s Resignation Speech: An Historic Document for Maryland,” a new interpretive brochure for the Maryland State House
— The Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, for “Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World,” educational programs to accompany the upcoming exhibit
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Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas, is a partnership among the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the town of Highland Beach, and local historic sites, heritage organizations, and heritage-related businesses, to encourage economic vitality through historic preservation and heritage tourism.
For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805, or by sending an e-mail to heritage_area@aacounty.org.

YOU are invited to our November 10th Event!

cropped-four-rivers-logo-square.jpgPlan to Attend the Annual Four Rivers Heritage Awards and 15th Birthday Party! We’ll be celebrating our milestone with a birthday party atmosphere at our Annual Heritage Awards event. Please join us! 
 
When: Thursday, November 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
Cost: $15 per person.
Use this link to get your ticket today from Eventbrite, or use this form to send a check!


Please RSVP by November 7 (NEW DATE!) via email to heritage_area@aacounty.org, or call our office at 410-222-1805

Four Rivers Plans FREE Workshop About Planned Giving

What is “Planned Giving”? What can you do to tell potential donors about future gifts to your organization? 

Four Rivers is pleased to offer an informative, FREE workshop to all our nonprofit colleagues, entitled,”Getting Started with Planned Giving.” Find out how easy it is to set up a Planned Giving program for your nonprofit, and help define the options for your potential donors!

Patricia Bender has over twenty years of experience in gift planning for higher education and social service organizations. She is presently Director of Planned Giving at the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be followed by a Q-and-A session, so come prepared with your questions! Plenty of spaces are still available, but please RSVP so we will know how many to expect! Send a message by email to heritage_area@aacounty.org or call our office at 410-222-1805, thanks!

Who should attend: Interested board members, staff, and/or volunteers from nonprofit organizations
When: Tuesday, October 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater

Download the flyer: Planned Giving Workshop flyer

Nominations Sought for Thirteenth Annual Heritage Awards

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its thirteenth annual heritage awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

In 2016, awards are planned in nine different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage.  Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website or by request by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. Completed nominations must include a brief written statement on why you feel your nominee should be recognized in a particular category. Supplemental materials are required in some categories. A complete listing of previous award winners is also available on the Heritage Awards webpage.

The nominations deadline is October 14, 2016. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers annual awards ceremony in November.

NEW: Buy Your Ticket or RSVP today! Heritage awards tickets can be ordered through “Eventbrite” or by downloading this Ticket Form to send a check to our office today!
Tickets will also be available at the door, but please RSVP to let us know you are coming!

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s thirteen state-certified heritage areas, is part of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. For more information, please call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805.

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Four Rivers Offers Three FREE Workshops This Fall

Four Rivers is pleased to announce that it is offering three FREE workshops this Fall.
• Program Accessibility Workshop with Rob Forloney: Thursday, September 15, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater – Program Accessibility Workshop Flyer
• Mini Grant Workshop (mandatory for FY2017 applicants): Wednesday, September 21, 2:30 p.m. at Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis – Mini Grant Workshop Flyer 2016
• Planned Giving Workshop with Patti Bender: Tuesday, October 25, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Historic London Town and Gardens – Flyer to come, please check back!

Mini-Grant Program for Fall 2016 (FY17) is Announced

Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers Heritage Area announces guidelines and criteria for the Fall 2016 FY17) Mini-Grant program. Made possible through financial support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Four Rivers’ mini-grants assist local heritage-related non-profit organizations in developing new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. Please go to the Mini-Grants page for the application, guidelines, and more.

Potential applicants MUST attend a MANDATORY Mini-Grant workshop on September 21, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center (contact our office immediately if you cannot attend). Mini Grant Workshop Flyer 2016

NEW! Four Rivers Eligibility Questionnaire for Mini-Grants FY17 – Please use this Questionnaire to determine if your organization and project meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the Fall FY17 grant opportunity.

Four Rivers’ matching mini–grants program is designed to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within our borders to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives that are consistent with the regional themes and activities suggested in our state, county and city approved Management Plan (available on our website), and the priorities included in our Five-Year Action Plan for FY2013-2018 (also available on the website). We encourage mini-grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhance preservation, the stewardship of historical, cultural and/or natural resources, and heritage tourism.

Examples of eligible projects include new heritage tours, maps, interpretive brochures, podcasts, and other heritage-related publications; educational public programs, exhibits, and/or events; and heritage tourism-related website development. Oral history projects are also eligible. Heritage tourism-related programs for K-12 students, home-schooled students, and/or after-school educational programs, and educational seminars, workshops, and conferences that encourage or enhance preservation, revitalization, and interpretation of the area’s natural, cultural and historic resources are also eligible. Some marketing expenses are eligible to be funded through mini-grants. Mini-grants shall not be used for administrative expenses or capital projects. Staff time paid on an hourly basis is eligible as match only, for that portion of a staff person’s time dedicated solely to a funded project (not to exceed 35% of total required project match; benefits may NOT be included). All interpretive signage projects should adhere to National Park Service standards for design (some allowances are made for small projects); garden projects must make use of sustainable practices and native plants. Four Rivers encourages proposals that are consistent with any regional thematic heritage-tourism related initiatives and those that include new technology, foster environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices at heritage sites, foster accessibility for visitors with disabilities, and/or create new heritage-related programming in the arts. Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or annual activities. Other types of projects not specifically stated here may be eligible and should be discussed with heritage area staff.

Non-profits and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that will take place primarily within the borders of the heritage area. Individuals and for-profit organizations with proposals consistent with these guidelines may apply in partnership with a non-profit heritage organization, with the non-profit as the applicant organization. Maximum grant award is $2,500.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the heritage area Executive Director, Carol Benson, to discuss potential grant projects at least one week before workshop and before they begin the application. Applications are due (submitted via e-mail) no later than Friday, October 7, and late applications will not be accepted. A Four Rivers Grants Committee will review completed applications. Evaluation and award selection are based on how well the completed application meets stated criteria. No match or grant funds may be expended before the date of grant award notification.

Unprecedented Partnership is First of its Kind to Become a Bee City USA®

Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides, and Highland Park Mayor William H. Sanders III have worked with their respective members of Council and Boards to have the region designated as a Bee City USA®.
Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat. All groups involved in this partnership understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want the region to become more pollinator-friendly.
“This partnership allows us to focus on efforts to protect our pollinators and educate our citizens on their importance on our environment,” said County Executive Schuh. “The passage of the 2016 Maryland Pollinator Protection Act makes our state the first to ban consumers from purchasing pesticides that contain neonicotinoids. Given how our residents and agricultural businesses prioritize environmentally friendly practices, it makes perfect sense for Anne Arundel County to partner on this effort.”
“I understand the significance of this partnership because honey bees are dying off at an alarming rate,” Mayor Pantelides said. “Reports indicate that without these insects, one third of our global food supply could be eliminated.”
“The town of Highland Beach is proud to stand with our fellow government leaders in acknowledging the critical importance of our native pollinators in producing much of our food supply,” said Mayor Sanders. “The more we help spread the word on the importance of this natural resource, the more our citizens will recognize the significant environmental benefits that these thousands of species bring to us, and help protect our pollinators.”
This collaborative group plans on providing workshops to:
• Designate a Pollinator Citizens Advisory Group to facilitate the Bee City USA Program
• Encourage and coordinate local pollinator habitat and awareness activities
• Provide local educational programs and inform residents on planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials
• Celebrate National Pollinator Week annually and publicly acknowledge the communities commitment to the Bee City USA Program with signage

Ongoing efforts to identify new pollinator-friendly initiatives will involve community outreach to get public input and will be announced in the upcoming months.
For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit www.beecityusa.org

Here's How You Can Help Ellicott City Recover

Our colleague Jeff Buchheit of the Baltimore National Heritage Area has put together the following list of links and websites to help our friends and colleagues in Ellicott City. Please consider helping in one or more of the following ways:
  • Give to the Emergency Flood Recovery Fund that has been established by Preservation Maryland.  100% of the proceeds will be used to help Ellicott City recover and restore historic properties.
  • Preservation Maryland has also set up an e-mail distribution list where you can sign up to receive updates on how you can help.
  • The Ellicott City Partnership has set up a website to accept financial donations for the recovery as well as a repository where you can volunteer.
  • An additional website, Historic Ellicott City: Ready to Serve, has been set up to gather information about ways that people can help through donations of time, materials, etc.  They are in special need of masks for mold protection, dust masks, shovels, bleach, buckets, mops, and rubber gloves.
  • A Facebook page, Keep Ellicott City Working, has been set up where jobs can be posted to help those who will be out of work find employment.  All job types are welcome for posting.

Jen Ruffner of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Maryland Historical Trust adds this note:

We are working hard to get the right resources to the right people.  We have been scouring photographs and video footage to start to get an inventory of building damage (until we can get boots on the ground to assess in person); we will be setting up a data collection document for folks to report the damage to their buildings (once they’re able to get back and see), and have got a webpage of resources up now:
We will continue to add to that page as we identify more resources.

Thanks to all for your compassion and support!

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Announces Grant Awards of $310,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

The Hogan Administration and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) today announced  matching grants totaling more than $2.69 million to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, historic preservation, natural resources, cultural and educational organizations for projects involving historic preservation, natural resource protection, and educational programs in 13 designated Heritage Areas. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation in 21 counties and the city of Baltimore. Download the full Press Release here.

Grants to projects in Annapolis, London Town and South County (Four Rivers) Heritage Area, Anne Arundel County include:

  • Capital grant to Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater) for “Sellman House Rehabilitation for Visitor Orientation Center,” $80,000.
  • Capital grant to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Inc. (Annapolis) for “Improved Public Access for the Arts — Exterior Doors and Entranceways,” $80,000.
  • Non-Capital grant to Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis), for “Exhibit entitled ‘White Gold: Fishing and Farming the Maryland Oyster’,” $25,000.
  • Marketing Grant to Four Rivers Heritage Area, in partnership with Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, $25,000.

In addition, Four Rivers received a Management grant for $100,000, making a total of $310,000 in MHAA funding to the Four Rivers Heritage Area for FY17, for projects totaling $1.8 million. The Management grant to the Four Rivers Heritage Area supports activities such as the annual mini-grants program, the annual heritage awards, regional interpreter training, networking meetings for site directors and managers, educational workshops, online resources, and new collaborative initiatives.

Congratulations to the recipients of the FY17 grants!

It’s not too early to begin planning for the FY18 MHAA grants. Applications and instructions are released in January with an “Intent to Apply” form due in late January and a local due date of late February. Plan to attend one of several Grants Workshops that will take place in Spring 2017. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson, at 410-222-1805.

Check Out the New Themed Trails Section on the Four Rivers Website!

There have been new “Visitor-focused” pages added to the Four Rivers website!
We have added a “Themed Trails” section to our menu, with eight pages listing attractions, museums, and more — for visitors interested in following a theme-based interest! These “themed trails” include: African American Heritage Trail, Agricultural Heritage Trail, Annapolis Art Trail, Annapolis’ “Golden Age” Heritage Trail, Historic Houses Trail, the Roots and Tides Scenic Byway, Sacred Places Trail, and the Waterways Trail.
The lists include sites that are currently open to the public with links to websites for easy planning. To see the new trail pages, visit www.fourriversheritage.org and click on “Themed Trails” in the main menu.

 

Mitchell Gallery Plans "Ruth Starr Rose" Exhibit in January

“Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” will be on view at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College from January 11 through February 26, 2017. Ruth Starr Rose was a prolific artist who lived in Easton (1887-1965). This comprehensive show of her works offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The exhibition includes scenes of Eastern Shore life and labor, visual depictions of spirituals, images of African American military heroes, and her work in Mexico and Haiti. The daughter of a wealthy white family that was endowed with a keen, progressive social conscience, Rose had a great love and respect for the African Americans in her community, and a keen sense of social justice permeates her remarkable works. Rose’s art expands our knowledge of the lives and histories of America’s earliest black communities. The exhibit includes paintings, prints, sketches, and informational panels that include photographs.

A Sunday afternoon public reception at St. John’s College will take place on Sunday, January 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., for members of the general public.

Secretary of Planning David R. Craig Praises Heritage Areas Program

Message from Secretary David R. Craig:

Greetings! This month, I will focus on heritage tourism and the great work of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, which celebrates its 20th year in our state. As someone who values history and its importance to local areas, I am proud that my agency’s strategic plan includes an action plan to “stimulate economic growth and job creation by leveraging private investment in heritage tourism development and historic property rehabilitation projects in existing communities.” The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. The Authority operates within the Trust which is an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning. This 18-member body, chaired by Deputy Secretary Wendi Peters, provides targeted financial and technical assistance to the 13 Certified Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character.

I am pleased to report that in 2015, the program certified the state’s 13th Heritage Area, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, located in portions of Howard and Baltimore County. Now every county in the state and Baltimore City has part of a heritage area within its boundaries. And just under $3 million in grants was awarded to 62 projects last year, which leveraged an additional $15 million in nonstate investment.

The Heritage Areas Authority oversees a robust program of grants, loans and tax credits to support heritage tourism projects in each heritage area and funding to help support their operations. Since 1996, the Authority has awarded over $35.4 million in grants to Maryland’s heritage areas. This investment by the state over this period has leveraged over $99 million in nonstate funds for local heritage tourism projects and activities statewide.

Each of Maryland’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas is a local economy that contributes to the success of state. The programs, projects, and marketing efforts undertaken locally and funded by program funds foster heritage tourism-related economic development and job creation. The program synergizes many organizations and local governments within a single heritage area to do what each could not do alone – coordinate marketing and integrate programs for heritage tourism. The funding for Heritage Areas benefits an entire area as a harmonized endeavor to promote its distinct historical and cultural assets.
Read Secretary Craig’s full statement here: MD Planning Secretary’s Corner for March – Maryland Heritage Areas and economic development.

Four Rivers Announces Maryland Day Events

Four Rivers Heritage Area makes it easy for visitors to enjoy the Ninth Annual Maryland Day Celebration in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County, coming up on March 18-20, 2016. Details of the 38 events taking place are posted on the event website, www.marylandday.org, and a full-color brochure with the full event program is available at the Visitors Center at 26 West Street in downtown Annapolis, and at the locations of all 20 of our partners. To get more information about parking, restaurants, shopping, etc., go to the Visit Annapolis website: www.visitannapolis.org.

For the NINTH year in a row, Four Rivers Heritage Area is partnering with regional heritage organizations and businesses to showcase the area’s historical, cultural and natural heritage. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 18, 19, and 20 for one dollar or less; many of the activities are FREE!

Participants include:

  • Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County: Visitors Center, 26 West Street and Information Booth at Annapolis City Dock
  • Annapolis Green: 92 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum: 723 Second Street and Creek View Drive, Eastport
  • Annapolis Tours by Watermark®
  • Captain Avery Museum: 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis: 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation: 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
  • City of Annapolis: “Walk Parole – Annapolis”
  • Deale Area Historical Society: Historic Village at Herrington Harbor North Marina: 389 Deale Road, Tracys Landing
  • Galesville Community Center: 916 West Benning Road, Galesville
  • Galesville Heritage Museum: 988 Main Street, Galesville
  • Hammond-Harwood House: 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
  • Historic Annapolis: Historic Annapolis Museum & Store: 99 Main Street, Annapolis; Hogshead Living History Center: 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis; William Paca House and Garden: 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Historic London Town and Gardens: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts: 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
  • Maryland State House (with Maryland State Archives): 100 State Circle, Annapolis
  • Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College: Mellon Hall, 60 College Ave, Annapolis
  • United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center: 52 King George Street, Annapolis
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper (with Anne Arundel Public Water Access Committee, Maryland Park Service, and Lost Towns Archaeology): Franklin Point State Park, Dent Road, Shady Side

Bring the whole family to Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County for three days of fun, interactive and educational activities that celebrate the best of Maryland’s unique history, natural resources, and culture. Visitors are invited to take a selfie with something special at each participating site – then upload your photos to Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram using the hashtag #MDSelfie. Our theme this year is “Generation to Generation;” our activities will encourage meaningful conversations and the sharing of memories, so start planning your visit today!

Download the full press release here: Full Maryland Day 2016 Press Release REVISED 2.

Six New Mini-Grants Awarded to Organizations in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces six new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our spring FY16 mini-grant opportunity.

The grants awarded this spring totaled $12,447 for projects totaling more than $42,000. This brings the FY16 total funds awarded to mini-grant projects to $29,657, for projects totaling more than $193,000.
This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the twelfth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding to assist local heritage related non-profit organizations to create new programs, activities, and events that build upon heritage-based interpretive themes, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism. Organizations and projects approved for Spring FY2016 Mini-grant awards are:
  • Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc., for a comprehensive marketing program resulting in new brochures, rack cards and website updates
  • City of Annapolis, for a lecture and planning session included in “Preservation 50: Strengthening the Local Economy through Historic Preservation,” a series of events showcasing the value of historic preservation
  • Lost Towns project, for “Hands-On Archaeology Workshops”
  • Maryland Federation of Art, for promotional materials for “Art in Historic Areas,” a series of art programs
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc., for support for “Ride for the Rivers 2016”
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, for outreach materials for the Bates Legacy Educational Community Project

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas, is a partnership among the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the town of Highland Beach, and local historic sites, heritage organizations, and heritage-related businesses, to encourage economic vitality through historic preservation and heritage tourism. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805, or by sending an e-mail to heritage_area@aacounty.org, or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Grant Opportunities Announced

The FY17 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grant Application Process has begun!
The application materials for the FY 2017 grant round are now available on the Maryland Historical Trust’s website:

As in previous years, applicants will begin with the Intent to Apply form, which is due January 29. Once they have submitted that form, they will be provided access to the non-capital or capital project full application form, which will then be due on February 26. The Intent to Apply form does not obligate the applicant to complete a full application. See our “Grants” page for more information.

Watch a recorded FY17 Grant Webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23QRUBRkX58&feature=youtu.be

NEW!!! The Spring FY16 Four Rivers Mini-Grant Opportunity has also been announced!
Visit our Mini-Grants page to download the application. The deadline for this application is Friday, February 12. Applicants MUST attend a short grant briefing with staff! Please call our office at 410-222-1805 to schedule your timeslot.

 

Additional MHAA FY16 Grant Award Announced

Four Rivers is pleased to announce that a fourth grant from this year’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant cycle has been approved in our heritage area! A non-capital grant to Anne Arundel County Department of Planning & Zoning, originally on the “reserve” list for funding, has been approved following a Budget Amendment passed by the Maryland Legislature and Governor Hogan.
“Before the Bay Bridge: Anne Arundel County’s 20th-Century Beach Resorts” will support educational and interactive programs at Anne Arundel County’s Beverly Triton Beach Park, raising public awareness and appreciation of the park’s rich history. The project will include support for the development, production and installation of interpretive signs along the walking trails leading to the park’s Chesapeake Bay waterfront. Evening “beach-side” talks are planned where historians and archaeologists will share stories around a bonfire of the beach resorts that thrived in Anne Arundel County before the Bay Bridge.
This brings the total of the MHAA grants that have been awarded to organizations in our heritage area in FY16 to $316,737 for projects, totaling $2,173,434. Congratulations to our partners for receiving this important funding!

Eight Fall Mini-Grants Awarded to Non-Profit Organizations in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces eight new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our fall mini-grant opportunity. The grants totaled $17,210 for projects totaling more than $150,000. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the twelfth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding to assist local heritage related non-profit organizations to create new programs, activities, and events that build upon heritage-based interpretive themes, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism. Organizations and projects approved for FY2016 Mini-grant awards are:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for a feasibility study for use of the Back Creek Nature Park
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, for “Child’s Play is Timeless,” a series of public programming for children and families.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for a new brochure interpreting the historic Charles Willson Peale painting Washington, Lafayette and Tilghman at Yorktown which hangs in the Maryland State House
  • Hammond –Harwood House Association, for “Outdoor Discovery at the Hammond-Harwood House Museum,” a public program for children and new signage for the garden area
  • Historic Annapolis, Inc., for a planning and visioning session on the best future use of the Sands House, one of the oldest historic homes in Annapolis
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, for the development of video interpretation to be accessible through quick response (QR) codes that will be added to multiple points on the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in downtown Annapolis
  • London Town Foundation, for “Illuminated London Town,” a new public program beginning in December that will bring Historic London Town and Gardens alive at night
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, for their upcoming exhibit “A Single Goal: The Art of Trumpy Yacht Building”

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas, is a partnership among the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the town of Highland Beach, and local historic sites, heritage organizations, and heritage-related businesses, to encourage economic vitality through historic preservation and heritage tourism. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805, or by sending an e-mail to heritage_area@aacounty.org, or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Four Rivers Twelfth Annual Heritage Awards - November 5!

Please plan to join Four Rivers’ Board of Directors, Coordinating Council, staff and honored guests as we present our Twelfth Annual Heritage Awards ceremony. Four Rivers Heritage Awards honor individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to our historical legacy through interpretation, education, preservation, conservation, promotion, research, and/or support. To review a list of past honorees, visit http://fourriversheritage.org/for-partners/awards/.

Tickets are $10 per person. You may send a check or pay at the door, but please RSVP by calling our office at 410-222-1805 or sending a message to heritage_area@aacounty.org to reserve your space! Thank you!

Awards 2015

Mini-Grant Workshop is Mandatory for Applicants

Mark your calendar now for Four Rivers’ upcoming MANDATORY Mini-Grant Workshop, which will be held this Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. The workshop is FREE, please call 410-222-1805 to reserve your space!

The workshop is MANDATORY for all prospective Fall 2015 Mini-Grant Applicants. Please note that the Application & Guidelines have been revised from previous years. A digital version of the application (including scanned copies of backup information) are due VIA E-MAIL by October 9, 2015. The original, with signatures, MUST be dropped off or mailed to our office and received within 3 business days. Download the Four Rivers MINI-GRANT Application & Guidelines

The workshop will be held at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, located at 1101 Smithville Street in Annapolis.  Four Rivers Executive Director Carol Benson and Linda Walsh, Accountant and Quickbooks ProAdvisor (Walsh and Associates) will be the speakers for the workshop. Download the Mini Grant Workshop Flyer. If something prevents you from attending this session, you MUST schedule a one-on-one session with Four Rivers staff as soon as possible.

Nominations Sought for Twelfth Annual Heritage Awards

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its twelth annual heritage awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy.

In 2015, awards are planned in nine different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, and Public/Private Initiative Award. Other categories include the Sponsor of the Year Award, the Stewardship Award, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage.  Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. Completed nominations must include a brief written statement on why you feel your nominee should be recognized in a particular category. Supplemental materials are required in some categories. A complete listing of previous award winners is also available on the Heritage Awards webpage.

The nominations deadline is September 30, 2015. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers annual awards ceremony in November.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s thirteen state-certified heritage areas, is part of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. For more information, please call the heritage area office at 410-222-1805.

Four Rivers Announces Fall 2015 Mini-Grant Opportunity

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines and criteria for the FY2016 (Fall 2015) Mini-Grant program. Made possible through financial support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Four Rivers’ mini-grants assist local heritage-related non-profit organizations in developing new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events.

Four Rivers’ matching mini–grants program is designed to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within our borders to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives that are consistent with the regional themes and activities suggested in our state, county and city approved Management Plan (available on our website), and the priorities included in our Five-Year Action Plan for FY2013-2018 (also available on the website). We encourage mini-grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhance preservation, the stewardship of historical, cultural and/or natural resources, and heritage tourism.

Examples of eligible projects include new heritage tours, maps, interpretive brochures, podcasts, and other heritage-related publications; educational public programs, exhibits, and/or events; and heritage tourism-related website development. Oral history projects are also eligible. Heritage tourism-related programs for K-12 students, home-schooled students, and/or after-school educational programs, and educational seminars, workshops, and conferences that encourage or enhance preservation, revitalization, and interpretation of the area’s natural, cultural and historic resources are also eligible. Some marketing expenses are eligible to be funded through mini-grants. Mini-grants shall not be used for administrative expenses or capital projects. Staff time paid on an hourly basis is eligible as match only, for that portion of a staff person’s time dedicated solely to a funded project. All interpretive signage projects should adhere to National Park Service standards for design (some allowances are made for small projects); garden projects must make use of sustainable practices and native plants. Four Rivers encourages proposals that are consistent with any regional thematic heritage-tourism related initiatives and/or commemorations, and those that include new technology, foster environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices at heritage sites, and/or create new heritage-related programming in the arts. Generally, grants will be made as one-time awards, not for ongoing projects or annual activities. Other types of projects not specifically stated here may be eligible and should be discussed with heritage area staff.

Non-profits and municipalities within the borders of Four Rivers are eligible to apply. Individuals and for-profit organizations with proposals consistent with these guidelines may apply in partnership with a non-profit heritage organization, with the non-profit as the applicant organization. Maximum grant award is $2,500.

Potential applicants MUST attend a MANDATORY Mini-Grant workshop on September 23, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center (contact our office immediately if you cannot attend). Applicants are encouraged to contact the heritage area Executive Director, Carol Benson, to discuss potential grant projects at least one week before workshop and before they begin the application. Applications are due (submitted via e-mail) no later than Friday, October 9th and late applications will not be accepted. A Four Rivers Grants Committee will review completed applications. Evaluation and award selection are based on how well the completed application meets stated criteria. Mini-grant awards will be announced approximately one month after application deadline. No match or grant funds may be expended before the date of grant award notification. See our “Mini-Grants” webpage to read more, and download the Application & Guidelines.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Announces Grant Awards of $276,737 to Local Heritage Organizations

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) today announced 52 matching grants totaling more than $2.6 million to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, historic preservation, natural resources, cultural and educational organizations for projects involving historic preservation, natural resource protection, and educational programs in 13 designated Heritage Areas. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation in 21 counties and the city of Baltimore.

Grants to projects in Annapolis, London Town and South County (Four Rivers) Heritage Area, Anne Arundel County include:
— Capital grant for the Renovation of 1 Martin Street: Construction Phase, Historic Annapolis, Inc., Annapolis, MD, $90,000. The 1 Martin Street facility will be the organization’s main venue for meetings, event rentals and educational activities, which will provide valuable public programming space and strengthen Historic Annapolis’s organizational capacity and financial sustainability.
— Capital grant for Accessibility Planning in the Historic Area, London Town Foundation, Edgewater, MD, $5,000. Planning will determine the best methods for making the historic area more user-friendly while respecting the site’s unique historic character. Improving access will enable the London Town Foundation to bring more visitation to Historic London Town and Gardens, to become more sustainable, and serve as a model for other local heritage sites to improve their own accessibility.
— Capital grant for Metal Stairwell Window Restoration, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Inc., Annapolis, MD, $81,737. This project will fund the restoration of the 1932 building’s original, four metal windows in the stairwells, used by thousands of visitors each year. The large metal windows require repairs and complete restoration to ensure their integrity for many years to come.

In addition, Four Rivers received a Management grant for $100,000, making a total of $276,737 in MHAA funding to the Four Rivers Heritage Area for FY16, for projects totaling $2,093,474. The Management grant to the Four Rivers Heritage Area supports activities such as the annual mini-grants program, the annual heritage awards, regional interpreter training, networking meetings for site directors and managers, educational workshops, online resources, and new collaborative initiatives.

Congratulations to the recipients of the FY16 grants. It’s not too early to begin planning for the FY17 MHAA grants. Applications and instructions are released in January with an “Intent to Apply” form due in late January and a local due date of late February. Plan to attend the Four Rivers Heritage Area Grants Workshop scheduled for winter 2016. For more information about Four Rivers, contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

Four Rivers Cautions County Residents About “Dropbox” E-Mail Hoax

warning-symbolFour Rivers hopes to caution County residents about an e-mail hoax that has hacked their e-mail system earlier this week. A “Hoax” message was sent out using Four Rivers’s information by the hackers that asks the recipient to click on a “Dropbox” link, which activates the hack on the recipient’s e-mail system. Four Rivers’ Executive Director Carol Benson says, “Our office received the same message, marked ‘Approval Document’, from a South County non-profit a few weeks ago, just prior to a big event, and we were fooled into thinking that we were being requested to approve the use of our logo in their materials. The invitation looks exactly like any legitimate ‘Dropbox’ communication, but be very cautious! If you receive a message like this, do not open it, be safe and check with the ‘sender’ to see if they really did send that communication.”

Four Rivers staff is working with their IT department to discover exactly what has happened, and in the meantime, their office e-mail address is disabled. During this time, please send messages to: pzbens00@aacounty.org.

Four Rivers Heritage Area Presents Workshop on Planned Giving

Four Rivers Heritage Area Presents Workshop on Planned Giving

Presentation by Patricia Bender, Director of Planned Giving, United States Naval Academy Foundation

Who should attend: Interested board members, staff, and/or volunteers from our Four Rivers partner sites and organizations.

When: Thursday, June 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side

Patricia Bender has over twenty years of experience in gift planning for higher education and social service organizations. She is presently Director of Planned Giving at the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.  Prior to joining the Foundation she was associate director of planned giving at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for 10 years, and the University of Wisconsin–Stout as director of major gift planning for 4 years. Planned giving was one of her responsibilities when she served as director of development for YWCA of Delaware and Indian Waters Girl Scout Council.  She has an M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University — her thesis topic was “Developing a Planned Giving Marketing Plan for a Small Not-for-Profit.”

Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be followed by a Q-and-A session, so come prepared with your questions! For directions to the Captain Avery Museum, please use this link: http://captainaverymuseum.org/directions.shtml. Please call our office at 410-222-1805 or send an e-mail to heritage_area@aacounty.org to reserve your space!

Download the workshop flyer: Planned Giving Workshop flyer

 

Four Rivers Congratulates Al Luckenbach on Receiving Preservation Maryland's Tyler Gearhart Award for Professional Excellence

Annapolis, MD — The Four Rivers Heritage Area congratulates Al Luckenbach, who will receive the Tyler Gearhart Award for Professional Excellence from Preservation Maryland on May 21, 2015 at their annual awards ceremony to be held in Baltimore.

Dr. Al Luckenbach, who recently retired in 2014, was Anne Arundel County’s first county Archaeologist, serving 26 years and Founder and Director of the Lost Towns Project. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Kentucky. Al has been published widely in such journals as Science and American Antiquity.  He is also the author of Providence 1649: The History and Archaeology of Anne Arundel County Maryland’s First European Settlement (1995).  A few of Al’s many research interests include prehistoric archaeology, historic ceramics, and clay tobacco pipemaking.

Dr. Al’s work at Historic London Town and Gardens, his team’s discoveries at Leavy’s Neck that resulted in an important component of the acclaimed Smithsonian Exhibit, “Written in Bone,” and the discoveries at the Chew site in Deale have brought great distinction and national recognition to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

Other awardees this year include J. Rodney Little, Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Officer for the last four decades, and the Maryland Historical Trust, together with the Maryland Department of General Services, for their restoration of the Old Senate Chamber in the Maryland State House. The restoration represents the chamber at the exact moment of General George Washington’s resignation.

The “Heart and Soul of Preservation” Awards Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Dye House at Mount Washington Mill, 1340 Smith Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209. For the complete list of award recipients for this year and to purchase tickets for the celebration, please visit www.bestofmaryland.org.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s 13 certified state heritage areas, is a nonprofit organization operating in partnership with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the Town of Highland Beach, and heritage-related organizations and businesses. Its mission is to stimulate preservation and economic development of the region by supporting and promoting its natural, historic and cultural resources. For more information please visit the Four Rivers website, www.fouriversheritage.org, or call the office at 410-222-1805. E-mail contact: Heritage_Area@aacounty.org

Six Spring Mini-Grants Awarded to Non-Profit Organizations in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces six new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our spring mini-grant opportunity. The grants totaled $11,700 for projects totaling $56,843, making the combined total for FY2015 mini-grants awarded (both fall and spring) to $21,055, for total projects of more than $83,000. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the twelfth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding to assist local heritage related non-profit organizations to create new programs, activities, and events that build upon heritage-based interpretive themes, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism. Organizations and projects approved for FY2015 Spring Mini-grant awards are:

  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc., for a “Field Guide to Historic Galesville”, a booklet aimed at improving the visitor experience
  • Carroll House Front Entrance Project, for Interpretive Signage and Guide Materials for the Front Door Restoration
  • Chase Home, Inc., for a “Chase Home Visitors’ Brochure”
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for its 2015 Family History Festival, a free community festivaland open house planned for Fall, 2015
  • Galesville Community Center, Inc., for “Hometown Heroes” Community Programs, a series of programs related to the upcoming Smithsonian exhibit to visit Galesville
  • Maryland Federation of Art, for promotion and materials for “Paint Annapolis 2015”

 

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas, is a partnership among the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, the town of Highland Beach, and local historic sites, heritage organizations, and heritage-related businesses, to encourage economic vitality through historic preservation and heritage tourism. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805, or by sending an e-mail to heritage_area@aacounty.org, or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Maryland Day Celebration Details Announced

Four Rivers Heritage Area is proud to release a full listing of activities planned for the eighth annual Maryland Day Celebration Weekend.MDSelfie VerticalVisit our event website, www.marylandday.org, for more details, downloads, and all the business specials planned for the event.

Download the Full Press Release here: Full Maryland Day 2015 Press Release 2-27-15.

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