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Dec 07 2017

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_23464" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: Galesville Community Center. Courtesy Valeu Photography[/caption] Our colleagues at the Lost Towns Project have made a call for community participation in their new projects! "Please join us at one of three public stakeholders meetings to discuss two important grant projects funded by the National Park Service African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Program and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority .  -- Saturday, January 13 from 12:00-2:00 pm Keynote speaker-Professor Dale Green Galesville Community Center, 916 West Benning Road, Galesville -- Saturday, January 27 from 12:00-2:00...

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Nov 28 2017

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces nine new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our FY18 mini-grant opportunity. The grants awarded this fall totaled $22,616 for projects totaling more than $182,000. This matching mini-grants program, made possible 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,...

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Nov 16 2017

On November 14, Four Rivers sponsored a workshop by Mark Hildebrand of Make Your Mark Media about the new Annapolis history "wiki," called Annapolis Past Port. Over the summer, Mark worked with several STEM students from AACPS to develop the basic form and function of this cutting-edge technology resource. Utilizing the same open-source application used by Wikipedia, the wiki is planned to serve as a repository for local stories, photographs, documents, and much more. The goal of the project is to make local historical content free and available to anyone...

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Nov 16 2017

Federal Historic Tax Credit Endangered reblogged from The Maryland Historical Trust Blog Last week, following release of the tax reform bill by the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives, Maryland residents began reaching out to our office, alarmed that changes to the tax code could impact historic preservation projects in their communities.  The draft bill eliminates one of preservation’s most valuable tools – the federal historic tax credit. Introduced in 1976, the federal historic tax credit has supported over 42,000 rehabilitation projects nationwide. This number includes 505 projects completed in Maryland between...

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Nov 07 2017

Four Rivers Heritage Awards recognize individuals, organizations, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy. We are pleased to announce the winners of the following categories: The Stewardship Award - John Gudas, Annapolis Maritime Museum for his dedication and commitment to preserving Annapolis’ maritime history   The Heritage Professional of the Year Award - Lisa Robbins, Historic Annapolis for her innovative approaches to heritage education and interpretation   The Heritage Partnership Award - Ruth Starr Rose in Annapolis Organizing Committee for bringing together a passionate group of...

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Oct 19 2017

Hope Stewart of Four Rivers recently talked with Mark Hildebrand of Make Your Mark Media about his documentary projects, the new Annapolis history wiki, and how he engages students from AACPS to help tell and preserve the stories of our area’s past.   How did you develop an interest in working on history and heritage related documentaries?  I grew up in Annapolis so have always been aware of history. After all, it’s all around us. But surprisingly enough, it was not my original intention to create historical documentaries. When I decided to...

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Oct 05 2017

Stewardship, land conservation, and the protection of our built environment are important components in our area’s heritage preservation efforts. Anne Arundel County provides opportunities to landowners to establish an agricultural preservation easement program that will ensure your land is available for the next generation. Landowners interested in preserving their land from development may qualify for one or more programs offered through Anne Arundel County in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources. The most recent offers made through these programs ranged from $6,000 to $8,000 per acre. The County has three primary...

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Oct 03 2017

Do you know a great heritage practitioner? Perhaps a valuable staff member or dedicated volunteer you would like to publically acknowledge? Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its Fourteenth 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 2017, awards are planned in nine different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage...

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