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Four Rivers Heritage Area Announces Two Spring Grant Opportunities

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 20, 2016) – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces two upcoming grant opportunities.

The fiscal year 2018 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant round is under way. Capital and non-capital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) matching project grants of up to $100,000 are available through Four Rivers for projects that are heritage-related. 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. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the heritage area. Proposed activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved heritage area Management Plan, and/or our 5-Year Action Plan for FY 2013-2018.

Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities.  Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component, for example the project involves a visitor destination such as a museum, visitor center, or nature center; helps to provide facilities and services that support heritage tourism; or is an event that will help to create a long-term increase in visitation to the Heritage Area.

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). 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 the Grants page on the Four Rivers website for more information.

Applicants should 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. Registration information is also on the Grants page.

  • Monday, January 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – Online Webinar
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – Workshop in Crownsville
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – Online Webinar

Applicants must discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission; please call the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805. MHAA awards will be announced in July 2017.

There is also a limited amount of funds remaining to be allocated in the Spring FY 2017 Mini-Grant Opportunity. Organizations that received a Fall FY17 grant are not eligible to apply. Non-profits and municipalities are eligible to apply, for projects to take place primarily within our designated boundaries. The maximum grant award is $2,500. 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. 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. The deadline for this application is Friday, February 10.

For more information and to discuss potential projects, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards Matching Grants Totaling $310,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 13, 2016

Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 5 new grants totaling $310,000 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 5 local grants are among 52 matching grants totaling $2.69 million, that were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects, historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation. MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 13 locally-administered, State-certified Heritage Areas, which are places to experience – see, hear and even taste – the authentic heritage of Maryland in a unique way that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

These grants, given for the last 19 years, produce economic activity in areas that contribute to Maryland’s cultural heritage. By supporting capital projects and educational activities, the grants stimulate interest in Maryland culture from residents and visitors. “Maryland’s Heritage Areas help celebrate and preserve the best of our history, cultural traditions, and natural areas,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I congratulate Maryland’s 13 Heritage Areas and their tourism partners on these grant awards. This important funding makes our communities more livable and vibrant, while fostering economic activity and growth through our rich tourism industry.”

Funded projects in the Four Rivers Heritage Area include:
• Capital grant to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Inc., “Improved Public Access for the Arts-Exterior Doors and Entranceways,” $80,000
• Capital grant to Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, “Sellman House Rehabilitation for Visitor Orientation Center,” $80,000
• Non-Capital grant to Annapolis Maritime Museum, Inc., “AMM’s Exhibit: ‘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 more than $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.

Please visit http://planning.maryland.gov/pdf/press/2016-0712-PressRelease-FY17-MHA-Grants.pdf for a complete list of grant recipients statewide. Download this Four Rivers Press Release about the grants here: FY17 MHAA Grants to Four Rivers — Press Release. For more information, visit the Four Rivers website at www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

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 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.

Grant Opportunities Announced

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines, criteria, and deadlines for two grant opportuntities: (1) FY2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants, and (2) the Spring FY2015 Four Rivers Mini-Grants.

FY2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants:

The fiscal year 2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant round is under way.  Capital and non-capital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) matching project grants of up to $100,000 are available through Four Rivers for projects that include historical, cultural and natural resources and have a heritage tourism component. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the heritage area. Proposed activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in or consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved heritage area Management Plan.

The application process is online. A simple “Intent to Apply” form is due on Friday, January 30. Please visit:  http://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml to get started!

Applicants must discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to submission of the Intent to Apply form; our phone number is 410-222-1805.

A Four Rivers Heritage Area Grants Committee will review all applications for approval before they are accepted by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for consideration. MHAA FY16 awards will be announced in July 2015. Visit our grants page for more information.

Four Rivers FY2015 Spring Mini-Grants:

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 at  www.fourriversheritage.org), and the priorities included in our Five-Year Action Plan for FY2013-2018. We encourage mini-grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhance preservation, the stewardship of natural resources, and heritage tourism. Read more on our Mini-grants page. The deadline for the Spring Mini-Grant round is Friday, February 13.

Since beginning operations in 2001, the Four Rivers Heritage Area has brought $1.4 million in matching MHAA grant funds into the community for support of projects that include restoration projects for Historic Annapolis Foundation’s William Paca House and Gardens, Historic London Town & Gardens’ reconstructions of the Lord Mayor’s Tenement and Carpenter Shop, the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau’s expansion on West Street, renovations for the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s McNasby Building, Annapolis 300 planning activities, Galesville Heritage Society planning and programming, and the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation’s slavery research project. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has also granted annual operating and program assistance, with matching funds from the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

For more information, please visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact heritage area staff at 410-222-1805.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Makes Grant Awards of $336,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 22, 2013

Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins Maryland officials in announcing 5 grants totaling $336,000 to local non-profits by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects, historic preservation, natural resource protection and educational programs and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation. MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 12 locally-administered, State-certified Heritage Areas. Heritage Areas are places to experience – see, hear and even taste – the authentic heritage of Maryland in a unique way that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Stories of the people, the land and the waters of Maryland are told in these distinctive places.

These grants, given for the last 16 years, produce economic activity in areas that contribute to Maryland’s cultural heritage. By supporting capital projects and educational activities, the grants stimulate interest in Maryland culture from residents and visitors. “Tourism is one of Maryland’s largest industries. By investing in initiatives like the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, our state’s cultural heritage tourism continues to impact our economy by creating jobs, generating tax revenue and increasing business income,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “We’re so proud to live in our great state, known as ‘America in Miniature’ since Maryland offers so much for visitors to enjoy.”

Four of our stakeholders received funding for capital grant projects. These projects are:

City of Annapolis, Pedestrian Component of Wayfinding Signage and Master Plan, capital grant award of $65,500

Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc., Capital Repairs to the Charles Carroll House, capital grant award of $35,000

Historic Annapolis, Inc., Renovation of 1 Martin Street: Planning and Development, capital grant award of $45,500

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Inc., Theater Window Restoration, capital grant award of $90,000

In addition, Four Rivers received a Management grant for $100,000, making a total of $336,000 in MHAA funding to our heritage area for FY14. The Management grant to the Four Rivers Heritage Area (ALTSCHA, Inc.) 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. For more information about Four Rivers, visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805. Please visit http://mht.maryland.gov/grants_heritagearea_FY14Awards.html for more information about the grant awards.

Four Rivers Heritage Area Announces Three Spring Mini-Grant Awards 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 three new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our spring mini-grant opportunity. The grants totaled $3,625 for projects totaling $13,262, making the combined total for FY2013 mini-grants awarded (both fall and spring) to $23,075, for total projects of $182,907. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the tenth 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 FY2013 Spring Mini-grant awards are:  Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc., with the Lost Towns Project: The Traveling Archaeology Experience, a portable archaeology display and interactive presentation highlighting discoveries at sites in the heritage area.  Caritas Society of St. John’s College, in partnership with the Annapolis History Consortium: “Annapolis, 1863: Are We Never to Be Free Again?”, support for a dramatic production based on primary sources from Annapolis in the year 1863. London Town Foundation, Inc.,: “A Greener Approach to Heritage Tourism: Creating a Garden Guide and Plant Identification Signs at Historic London Town and Gardens,” a brochure and plant identification markers for a multi-phase project that will provide self-guided interpretation of the gardens Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Marylands 12 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 cell: 410-627-6018; or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

FOUR RIVERS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MARYLAND DAY CELEBRATION 2013!

Maryland Day (March 25) is a state holiday commemorating the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clements Island, offered prayers (perhaps by saying Mass), and took possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England. In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized Maryland Day as a legal holiday devoted to Maryland history. For the sixth year in a row, Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County is partnering with regional heritage organizations and businesses to showcase the areas historical, cultural and natural heritage for visitors and residents of all ages. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 22, 23, and 24 for one dollar or less; many of the activities are free! Participants include: ” Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau: 26 West Street and Annapolis City Dock ” Annapolis Film Festival ” Annapolis Green ” Annapolis Maritime Museum: 723 Second Street and Creek View Drive, Eastport ” Annapolis Tours by Watermark® ” Banneker-Douglass Museum: 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis ” Captain Avery Museum: 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side ” Charles Carroll House: 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis ” Chase-Lloyd House: 22 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis ” Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis ” Chesapeake Childrens Museum: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis ” City of Annapolis ” Courthouse Museum in the Anne Arundel County Courthouse: Church Circle, Annapolis ” Deale Area Historical Society: Historic Village at Herrington Harbour North, 389 Deale Road, Traceys Landing ” Galesville Heritage Museum: 988 Main Street, Galesville ” Hammond-Harwood House: 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis ” Historic Annapolis Museum: 99 Main Street, Annapolis ” Historic London Town and Gardens: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater ” Hogshead (Historic Annapolis): 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis ” MainStreets Annapolis Partnership ” Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts: 801 Chase Street, Annapolis ” Maryland State House: 100 State Circle, Annapolis ” Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater ” United States Naval Academy Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center: 52 King George Street, Annapolis ” West Annapolis Heritage Partnership: various partners in West Annapolis ” Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center: 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis ” William Paca House (Historic Annapolis): 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis ” Wimsey Cove Maps & Art Additional Maryland Day Celebration participating partners and events include the Maryland Welcome Centers, Rams Head Tavern, Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, and an African American History Walk with Janice Hayes-Williams. Check for continually updated information online at: www.marylandday.org. New partners interested in participating are encouraged to call our office at 410-222-1805. Mark your calendars now and plan to 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 Marylands unique history, natural resources, and culture. New this year: Geocaching! Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches.” Many of our participating sites will have hidden geocaches for families to find  use our website and handouts to find them yourself! Four Rivers, one of Marylands 12 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. Our website URL is www.fourriversheritage.org. For more information about the Maryland Day Celebration event, please visit the event website, www.marylandday.org, or call the office at 410-222-1805. E-mail contact: Heritage_Area@aacounty.org.

Four Rivers Announces Important Grant Opportunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carol Benson (410) 222-1805 cell (410) 627-6018 Four Rivers Heritage Area Announces Grant Opportunity ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 24, 2013)  Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces an important upcoming grant opportunity. The fiscal year 2014 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant round is under way. Capital and non-capital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) matching project grants of up to $100,000 are available through Four Rivers for projects that are heritage-related. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the heritage area. Proposed activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in and consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved heritage area Management Plan, and/or our 5-Year Action Plan for FY 2013-2018. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to non-profit organizations and governments for capital and non-capital projects located within a Maryland Certified Heritage Area (CHA). Grants can support projects involving historical, cultural, or natural resources, sites, events, or facilities. Eligible projects must have a heritage tourism component, for example the project involves a visitor destination such as a museum, visitor center, or nature center; helps to provide facilities and services that support heritage tourism, such as rehabilitating a historic building as a Bed & Breakfast, restaurant, or other tourism related retail use; or is an event that will help to create a long-term increase in visitation to the Heritage Area. Applicants must discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission. An Intent to Apply form is due to the heritage area office by 5 p.m. on February 8, 2013. Full details on the grant opportunity, including the application files, are available at www.mht.maryland.gov/grants_heritagearea.html. The completed application packages must be received in the Four Rivers Heritage Area office in the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, by close of business on Friday, March 1, 2013. A Four Rivers Heritage Area Grants Committee will review all applications for approval before forwarding them to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for consideration. MHAA awards will be announced in July 2013. For more information and to discuss potential projects, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

Four Rivers Heritage Area Provides Nine Mini-Grant Awards to Non-Profit Organizations in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2012
Contact: Carol Benson, Executive Director
Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County
410.222.1805
Heritage_Area@aacounty.org

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces nine new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations totaling $19,450 for FY2013. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the tenth 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.

This year, three of the organizations receiving mini-grants are first-time applicants. Two projects have a strong focus on on environmental sustainability. Several projects will result in updated brochures for the public, which will also be offered online. Two of the organizations will develop new exhibits, one featuring the 200-year history of an African American congregation and another highlighting the history of one of Annapolis’s historic neighborhoods. A trail that interprets the Underground Railroad is a timely addition to the area’s heritage offerings this spring, as the nation commemorates the centennial of the death of Maryland-born Harriet Tubman.

Organizations and projects approved for FY2013 mini-grant awards include:

  •  Annapolis Community Foundation (in partnership with the Annapolis Continental Congress Society), for the shipping of original historical documents and other primary sources exhibited at the three-day, Continental Congress Festival in Annapolis in November 2012, the Society’s inaugural event.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum (in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools), for support of the organization’s Environmental Literacy Initiative, raising environmental awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime culture by providing hands-on experience and classroom outreach to 6th grade students.
  • Asbury U.M. Church, also in Annapolis, for the research, development, and installation of a public exhibit interpreting the 200-year history of the Asbury U.M. Church’s African American congregation.
  • Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, for the updating of the museum’s brochures reflecting changes made to the museum’s name, mission, vision statement, and its environmentally-friendly “Heritage Eco-Tour.”
  • Chase Home, Inc. (in partnership with Annapolis Green), in Annapolis, to conduct an energy audit to determine the energy consumption produced by the current operations of the Chase Home as it plans renovations and equipment upgrades for its historic structure.
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum, to create, design, print, and install rail markers and an accompanying brochure for the museum’s “Underground Railroad Trail,” interpreting the experiences of runaway slaves during their flights for freedom.
  • Historic Annapolis, to develop and print an interpretation and outreach brochure that will feature information about the organization’s history, mission, programs, and preservation work at various locations around Annapolis.
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, for support for the program, “Paint Annapolis 2013,” which brings juried, non-juried and student artists to the streets of Annapolis to paint historic buildings, cityscapes and landscapes en plein air (outdoors) over a 3-day period.
  • West Annapolis Business Affiliation, Inc. (WABA) and the West Annapolis Heritage Partnership (WAHP), for the research, design, and construction of a tabletop exhibit that will feature the history of Annapolis Street in West Annapolis as the focus for understanding the history and heritage of this vibrant Annapolis neighborhood.

This year, Four Rivers’ mini-grant program funds of $19,450 are fully matched by the grantee organizations, with additional leverage from other sources, for total project funds of $175,512.|

Four Rivers’ Executive Director, Carol Benson, has also announced that limited funds are available for a Spring 2013 mini-grant round in the current fiscal year. Matching mini-grant awards of up to $2,500 are available to qualified non-profit organizations and municipalities within the boundaries of the heritage area, for projects that incorporate regional historic, cultural, and natural resources, collaborative partnerships, and the heritage area’s regional interpretive themes. The deadline for spring applications is February 15. “We have the unusual opportunity to grant additional funds this year to qualified applicant organizations, so I urge our partners to look at their upcoming program and project needs and to call the heritage area office to discuss your plans,” said Benson.

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 12 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 cell: 410-627-6018; or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Four Rivers Seeks Nominationsfor Ninth Annual Heritage Awards

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its ninth 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.
Awards are made in eight different categories, including Best Heritage Tourism Product, Best New Initiative, Best Heritage Partnership, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, and the Public/Private Initiative Award. Nominations are also requested for the Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual or group who continues or preserves a traditional craft or livelihood, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual or organization for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.
Nomination forms are available on our website (click on “About Us” and “Heritage Awards”) 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 28, 2012. 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 twelve 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 Heritage Showcase Event Planned for October 25

Annapolis, MD — On October 25th, 2012 the Four Rivers Heritage Area will host our inaugural Heritage Showcase event, to be held from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis. This dynamic, interactive event will feature eighteen-plus premier Four Rivers heritage museums, sites and attractions under one roof, to allow educators, tour planners, and others to preview the unique experiences that each one has to offer. Attendees can ask questions and book activities for Spring 2013 at participating heritage sites. Special discounts and exclusive educational materials will be available only at this event.

School groups, group tours, and families alike enjoy visiting Four Rivers Heritage Area for interactive activities, hands-on experiences, informative exhibits, and guided tours as well as delicious local food, a friendly atmosphere, and breathtaking scenery. Four Rivers heritage sites are the perfect destination for fun and educational field trips, tours for all audiences, family outings, and special events.

Participating sites include:
§ Annapolis Community Boating, Annapolis
§ Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis
§ Annapolis Tours by Watermark®, Annapolis
§ Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis
§ Bates Legacy Center, Annapolis
§ Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side
§ Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis
§ Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Annapolis
§ Discover Annapolis Tours, Annapolis
§ Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County
§ Galesville Heritage Museum, Galesville
§ Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis
§ Historic Annapolis, Annapolis
§ Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater
§ Maryland State Archives, Annapolis
§ National Park Service – Star Spangled Banner Trail (Annapolis)
§ National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame, Annapolis
§ Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater
§ U.S. Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, Annapolis

Whether you are a teacher, tour planner, group member, or parent we invite you to come out to discover the many attractions that the Four Rivers Heritage Area has to offer. This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments, live entertainment by local talent, prize drawings, giveaways, and appearances by local community leaders. Be sure to join in on the fun at the Four Rivers Heritage Showcase, October 25, 2012 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Lower Level (Gymnasium) of the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts. You won’t want to miss it!!!

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s 12 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. Our website URL is www.fourriversheritage.org. For more information about the Four Rivers Heritage Showcase, please call the office at 410-222-1805. E-mail contact: Heritage_Area@aacounty.org

Four Rivers Seeks Nominations for Ninth Annual Heritage Awards

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its ninth 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.

Awards are made in eight different categories, including Best Heritage Tourism Product, Best New Initiative, Best Heritage Partnership, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, and the Public/Private Initiative Award. Nominations are also requested for the Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual or group who continues or preserves a traditional craft or livelihood, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual or organization for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms are available on 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 our website, see Heritage Awards.

The nominations deadline is September 28, 2012. 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 twelve 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 FY2013 Mini-Grants Program

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines and criteria for the FY2013 Mini-grant program. Made possible for the tenth year 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.

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. 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. Salaries or staff time are 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).

Past mini-grant supported projects within the heritage area include: “Paddle Through History” kayak tours of the Rhode River and Back and Spa Creeks; brochure development for numerous heritage organizations, including the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Galesville Heritage Museum, Charles Carroll House, Captain Salem Avery Museum, and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper; website development for the Galesville Community Center Organization, and website upgrades for Historic London Town and Gardens and the Charles Carroll House; archeological research by the Lost Towns Project; a National Register nomination of Batchelor’s Choice Plantation and Servant’s Quarters, an 18th-century historic resource in southern Anne Arundel County; a regional Civil War cultural resources guide and a Parole oral history project by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation; an orientation video about the Annapolis Maritime Museum to be shown in the Museum’s Bay Room and on their website; museum exhibits at Historic Annapolis Foundation’s William Paca House and the Historic Annapolis Museum; the revised Eastport Walking Tour; a visitors’ kiosk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; conservation of Francis Scott Key’s will at St. John’s College; and many more. A complete list of past mini-grant awards is available on the Four Rivers website.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission. Mini-grant applications are available online (see our “Mini-Grants page) or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. The deadline for submission of mini-grant applications (original and 7 copies) is Friday, October 5, 2012. Mini-grant proposals will be evaluated by a Four Rivers Grants Committee, and awards will be announced by November.

For more information, please visit the “Mini-Grants” page on our website, www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805 or by e-mail at heritage_area@aacounty.org.

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards $247,000 to Heritage Organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area

ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 18, 2012) – The Maryland Department of Planning has announced that six  matching grants totaling $247,000 were awarded to heritage organizations within Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s twelve certified heritage areas, by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) at its annual grants meeting last Thursday. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the state.

MHAA matching grant-funded projects in the Four Rivers Heritage Area in FY2013:

Project Title: Archaeological Examination: The Wilson Farmstead and Hot Sox Ball Field
Recipient: Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, Inc.
Grant Award: $30,000
Location: Galesville, MD

Project Title: Carpenter Shop: Final Phase of Reconstruction
Recipient: London Town Foundation, Inc.
Grant Award: $ 15,000 (Capital grant)
Location: Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, MD

Project Title: Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Exhibition
Recipient: Historic Annapolis Foundation
Grant Award: $50,000
Location: Downtown Annapolis, MD

Project Title: Heritage Area Management Grant
Recipient: Annapolis, London Town and South County Heritage Area
Grant Award: $100,000
Location: Annapolis, MD

Project Title: Historic Waterfront Warehouse Repairs and Reopening
Recipient: Historic Annapolis Foundation
Grant Award: $22,000 (Capital grant)
Location: Downtown Annapolis, MD

Project Title: Phase II Technology Integration Project
Recipient: Annapolis Maritime Museum
Grant Award: $30,000
Location: Eastport, MD

Governor Martin O’Malley stated, “Tourism generates jobs and revenue in Maryland. One out of every 17 jobs in Maryland is in tourism, with tourism employment providing over $4 billion in wages and salaries. Visitors to our state spent over $13 billion, which generated over $531 million in direct tax revenue in all 23 Counties and Baltimore City. The Maryland Heritage Area Program’s targeted investments help preserve the best of Maryland’s historic sites and towns, unspoiled natural landscapes, and enduring traditions, and in doing so create more livable and economically sustainable communities. I congratulate Maryland’s twelve Certified Heritage Areas and their tourism partners on these awards that will develop and market visitor destinations, support businesses, non-profits, and local jurisdictions engaged in heritage tourism, and help keep Maryland Smart, Green and Growing.”

Heritage Areas are places to experience – see, hear and even taste – the authentic heritage of Maryland in a unique way that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Stories of the people, the land and the waters of Maryland are told in these unique places. Today, 21 Maryland counties and Baltimore City have a State-certified Heritage Area within their boundaries. Each of Maryland’s Certified Heritage Areas is defined by a discrete thematic focus that makes that place unique. These distinctive places exhibit tangible evidence of the area’s heritage in historic buildings and districts, archaeological sites, museums, parks, and natural landscapes, as well as traditional ways of life revealed in food, music, and art. These tangible links not only draw visitors, but also encourage residents to recognize they have a special piece of the American Story to treasure and share with others.

MHAA has invested over $15.5 million dollars into 334 projects throughout Maryland’s 12 certified Heritage Areas under the O’Malley-Brown Administration. Even in challenging fiscal times, Governor O’Malley has supported funding for this important program knowing that heritage tourism is a proven economic engine and a tool for preserving Maryland’s irreplaceable natural, historic and cultural legacy.

“We are grateful to MHAA for the significant funding awarded to our Four Rivers Heritage Area partners. This funding will enhance our ability to provide a quality visitor experience, provide new educational opportunities for our residents and schoolchildren and create more economic development opportunities throughout the heritage area,” said Four Rivers’ Board Chair, Patricia Barland. Four Rivers’ Executive Director, Carol Benson, agreed, saying, “These matching grants will help heritage museums and sites to upgrade services, restore crumbling infrastructure, add interpretive exhibits, and create exciting new programming for the visitor. In challenging economic times, the strengthening of heritage tourism is more important than ever to our local economies.”  The Four Rivers Heritage Area has received more than $2.8 million in MHAA matching grant funding since 2002, for total project costs of more than $9.9 million.

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority is an independent unit in the Executive Branch of government administered by the Maryland Department of Planning. Since its inception in 1996, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has awarded approximately $26.7 million in financial assistance and leveraged over $84.4 million in non-state funds for heritage tourism projects and activities statewide.

YOUR MARYLAND, YOUR HISTORY, YOUR DAY! MARYLAND DAY CELEBRATION 2012!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2012

Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island, offered prayers (perhaps by saying Mass), and took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.” In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized Maryland Day as a legal holiday devoted to Maryland history.

For the fifth 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 23, 24, and 25. Participants include:

  • Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau: 26 West Street and Annapolis City Dock
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum: 723 Second Street and Creek View Drive, Eastport
  • Annapolis Tours by Watermark®
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum: 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis
  • Captain Avery Museum: 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
  • Charles Carroll House: 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
  • Chase-Lloyd House: 22 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
  • City of Annapolis
  • Courthouse Museum in the Anne Arundel County Courthouse: Church Circle, Annapolis
  • Deale Area Historical Society: Historic Village at Herrington Harbour North, 389 Deale Road, Tracey’s Landing
  • Galesville Heritage Museum: 988 Main Street, Galesville
  • Hammond-Harwood House: 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis
  • Historic Annapolis Museum: 99 Main Street, Annapolis
  • Historic London Town and Gardens: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
  • Hogshead: 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis
  • MainStreets Annapolis Partnership
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts: 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
  • Maryland State House: 100 State Circle, Annapolis
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater
  • United States Naval Academy Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center: 52 King George Street, Annapolis
  • West Annapolis Heritage Partnership
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center: 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis
  • William Paca House: 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Wimsey Cove Framing & Art: 3141 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater

Additional Maryland Day Celebration participating partners include the Maryland Welcome Centers, South County Chamber of Commerce, and Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis. Continually updated information is available online at: www.marylandday.org.

Mark your calendars now and plan to 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. New this year: Girl Scouts can complete activities for the “Maryland Heritage” badge at sites throughout the area.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s 12 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. Our website URL is www.fourriversheritage.org. For more information about the Maryland Day Celebration event, please visit the event website, www.marylandday.org, or call the office at 410-222-1805. E-mail contact: Heritage_Area@aacounty.org

Four Rivers Announces FY12 Mini-Grant Awards

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce eleven new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations and projects. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the eighth 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 create new programs, activities and events that build upon interpretive themes in the state, county and city-approved heritage area Management Plan, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism. The maximum grant award is $2,500, which must be fully matched.

Two notable commonalities are found among this year’s awards, a result of expanded networking among heritage sites in the planning stages. First, a record number of projects this year (five out of the eleven) involve K-12 education students at local schools working with local heritage sites to learn more about their history and heritage. The second is the large number of projects (five of the eleven) that involve different aspects of the art, craft and heritage of sewing, and three of these related projects will result in concurrent exhibitions in the Historic Annapolis Museum in the spring of 2012. Four of the projects will produce documentary story quilts as part of their interpretation, under the guidance of the notable story quilter, Dr. Joan Gaither. Additionally, two of the projects result from plans for the upcoming commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Organizations and projects approved for mini-grant awards include:

  • Annapolis Community Foundation, for the development, design, and installation of “Annapolis Tapestries Museum Exhibit 2012,” an exhibition illustrating 18th century Annapolis through hand-stitched tapestries depicting the people, places, and events of that time. The exhibition will be installed in the Historic Annapolis Museum.
  • Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation and Anne Arundel County War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, for a “Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Celebration Map” showcasing War of 1812 historical sites, as well as water and nature trails in Anne Arundel County.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation and Lost Towns Project, for “Sewing Through History: The Archaeology of Textiles and Sewing in Early America,” an exhibition and public lecture based on research of material culture related to the industry and pastime of sewing. The exhibition will be installed in the Historic Annapolis Museum.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum and Banneker-Douglass Foundation, for “Threads of Change: Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County,” a collaborative project with local heritage organizations and public schools in southern and northern Anne Arundel County in which high school students will be trained to conduct oral history interviews and create an interpretive documentary story quilt based on their research.
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, to produce and install updated interpretive signage at the Annapolis City Dock next to the historic skipjack, Stanley Norman, a widely-used resource by the CBF to engage and educate the public and local students.
  • Downtown Annapolis Partnership, for the research, design, and printing of 1) a brochure promoting the local, state, and federal incentives available for businesses and structures within Annapolis’s Main Streets boundaries and 2) a directional and informational map (in hard-copy and online) promoting heritage sites and businesses within the Main Streets boundaries.
  • Friends of the Maryland State Archives, for a brochure for its upcoming exhibit, “‘The enemy all round us’: Annapolis in the War of 1812,” at the Maryland State House, to open in February 2012.
  • Galesville Heritage Society, for a new exhibit, “The Story of Stores: How Small Businesses Helped Build Community in Galesville, MD,” which will communicate the social and economic functions of community stores in the historic town; local students will participate in planning a satellite version of the exhibit for Southern High School.
  • Historic Annapolis, for “Threads of Time: 45th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Bates High School,” a collaborative project with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to commemorate the desegregation of the school in 1966 through a documentary story quilt, a public exhibition in the Historic Annapolis Museum, and an in-school program for middle school students.
  • London Town Foundation, Inc., for “Our Common Threads: Connecting the Heritage of Forgotten Voices at London Town,” a collaborative project with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Students will examine the social welfare of Anne Arundel County during the 19th and early 20th centuries, using London Town’s Almshouse (1823-1965) as a case study in segregation during this time period, and will create a documentary story quilt out of their experiences.
  • St. Anne’s School of Annapolis, for a program of study in African American history and culture for the school’s 3rd grade students, including interviewing local residents, participating in a quilt workshop, and creating a resource book for the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center for other students and the public.

This year, Four Rivers’ mini-grant program funds of $24,807 are fully matched by the grantees for total project funds of $80,390. Four Rivers Heritage Area, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is one of Maryland’s 12 certified heritage areas. We create and support products and activities that leverage economic development through preservation and heritage tourism. Four Rivers 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. For more information, please contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

AAACCVB and Four Rivers Team Up To Promote Heritage

We are pleased to share the following news release from Susan Steckman from the AAACCVB announcing our great joint Marketing initiative!

Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau and the Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area Team up to Promote the Destination’s Unique Heritage

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) and the Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area (Four Rivers) are teaming up once again to promote the destination’s unique heritage.

With the help of a $30,000 marketing grant that the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) awarded to the co-applicants in June, the AAACCVB and Four Rivers are collaborating on a marketing campaign designed to improve visibility for heritage area attractions and events by enhancing the heritage content of the AAACCVB’s website.

Among the criteria the MHAA considers in awarding marketing grants is the caliber of working relationship that exists between the heritage area and its destination marketing organization. AAACCVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore believes the two 501c3 organizations passed the eligibility requirement with flying colors. “Carol Benson (Four Rivers Executive Director) serves on our board and she has excelled as chairman of our marketing committee. Together, we sell heritage. Whether we invite visitors to get on the water, explore our unique seaport villages, or tour the U.S. Naval Academy, our destination is steeped in history. The additional marketing dollars will help the CVB to bring these and other unique experiences to the foreground on our website. In the long term, greater awareness of the unique and authentic cultural experience our area has to offer should help Four Rivers to better compete with Baltimore , DC , and Philadelphia for the heritage traveler.”

The AAACCVB is providing a $30,000 match to the MHAA grant. Combined with in-kind services from both organizations, the total cost of the project is projected at $82,650.

The AAACCVB will utilize web-based tools including banner ads on TripAdvisor and Facebook and pay-per-click marketing on Google, Bing, and Yahoo to drive home the message that Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay offers a genuine heritage experience. The two organizations will augment these efforts with public relations support, social media cross promotion, and a six-part seminar for Four Rivers’ stakeholders on the effective use of social marketing.

Four Rivers Executive Director Carol Benson says the heritage area will benefit from the campaign in several ways. “Heritage area content will be front and center on the CVB website. Visitors to the homepage will be introduced to the vast cultural heritage of the destination and linked to the Four Rivers site for more detailed information. The increased exposure should help boost visitation to Four Rivers’ attractions and events, including our popular Maryland Day celebration.”

To further drive home the message, next month the AAACCVB will be launching a yearlong advertising campaign that invites individuals to celebrate the significant events in their lives by experiencing the destination’s heritage area attractions and events.

This marks the second time that the AAACCVB and Four Rivers have been joint recipients of an MHAA marketing grant. A year after Four Rivers received its certified heritage area status in 2001, the two organizations received $50,000 to develop the initial marketing plan for the new heritage area. Since 2002, the Four Rivers Heritage Area has received 50 MHAA grants and has awarded 71 mini-grants, totaling more than $2.8 million in fully-matched funds for projects that have stimulated preservation and economic development in the region by supporting and promoting its natural, historic, and cultural resources.

The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based, destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.

Four Rivers Announces FY12 Mini-Grant Program

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines and criteria for the FY2012 Mini-grant program. Made possible for the ninth year 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. Mini-grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for projects within the heritage area that incorporate regional historic, cultural, and natural resources, collaborative partnerships, and the heritage area’s regional interpretive themes. More information about themes and suggested activities can be found in our state, county and city-approved Management Plan, available on our website. Educational programs and activities related to statewide tourism initiatives such as the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 are encouraged, and those that include new technology, foster environmentally-friendly heritage activities and/or create new heritage-related programming in the arts.

Past mini-grant supported projects within the heritage area include: “Paddle Through History” kayak tours of the Rhode River and Back and Spa Creeks; brochure development for numerous heritage organizations, including the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Galesville Heritage Museum, Charles Carroll House, Captain Salem Avery Museum, and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper; website development for the Galesville Community Center Organization, and website upgrades for Historic London Town and Gardens and the Charles Carroll House; archeological research by the Lost Towns Project; a National Register nomination of Batchelor’s Choice Plantation and Servant’s Quarters, an 18th-century historic resource in southern Anne Arundel County; a regional Civil War cultural resources guide and a Parole oral history project by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation; an orientation video about the Annapolis Maritime Museum to be shown in the Museum’s Bay Room and on their website; museum exhibits at Historic Annapolis Foundation’s William Paca House and the Historic Annapolis Museum; the revised Eastport Walking Tour; a visitors’ kiosk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; conservation of Francis Scott Key’s will at St. John’s College; and many more. The grant criteria and application form, as well as a complete list of past mini-grant awards, are available on the Four Rivers website.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission. Mini-grant applications are available online or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. The deadline for submission of mini-grant applications (original and 7 copies) is Friday, October 7, 2011. Mini-grant proposals will be evaluated by a Four Rivers Grants Committee, and awards will be announced in December.

For more information, please visit the “Mini-Grants” page on our website, www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805 or by e-mail at heritage_area@aacounty.org.

Four Rivers Seeks Nominations for Eighth Annual Heritage Awards

FOUR RIVERS SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL HERITAGE AWARDS

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its eighth 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.

Awards are made in eight different categories, including Best Heritage Tourism Product, Best New Initiative, Best Heritage Partnership, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, and the Public/Private Initiative Award. Nominations are also requested for the Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual or group who continues or preserves a traditional craft or livelihood, and the Heritage Leadership Award, which goes to an individual or organization for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms are available on 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 available on our website.

The nominations deadline is September 23, 2011. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers annual awards ceremony in late October, where we will also celebrate ten years of achievement since certification.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s twelve 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.

Heritage Area FY2011 Mini-Grant Awards Announced

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce nine new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations and projects. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the seventh 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 create new programs, activities and events that build upon interpretive themes in the state, county and city-approved heritage area Management Plan, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism. The maximum grant award is $2,500, which must be fully matched.

Organizations and projects approved for mini-grant awards include:

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, for an orientation video for the museum to welcome visitors and provide information about the permanent exhibit, “Oysters on the Half Shell,” and the museum’s many educational programs and offerings.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, for research and investigative work resulting in a National Register Nomination for the historic site in Lothian known as Batchelor’s Choice Plantation, including its servants’ quarters, one of less than a dozen surviving examples of this element of postbellum African American heritage in Anne Arundel County.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum with the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County Schools and the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation, for an educational oral history project with Southern High School History classes on the heritage of Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches.
  • The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc., for the redesign of the historic site’s website, to better communicate the organization’s mission and initiatives and inform the public about its legacy, resources, and programs.
  • The City of Annapolis and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Conference and Visitors Bureau, for two interpretive display cases with restored archaeological artifacts excavated from the site of the Gott’s Court Parking Garden, to be exhibited at the AAACCVB’s Visitors Center on West Street.
  • The Friends of the Maryland State House, for the development and printing of a 36-page booklet entitled, “Maryland’s Art Collection: A Treasure of Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts,” describing and illustrating the art collection of the Maryland State House.
  • Historic Annapolis Foundation, for a new exhibition about Annapolis master craftsmen and decorative arts entitled, “‘The Genteelest Town in North America’: Craftsmen of Annapolis’s Golden Age,” to be displayed at the new Historic Annapolis Museum beginning in March 2011.
  • Historic London Town and Gardens, in collaboration with Anne Arundel County Schools, for an educational outreach program for local fourth grade students from two Title I schools to visit the site and develop exhibit posters about the historic site’s role in the Chesapeake’s 18th century transatlantic trade.
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, for support for the program “Paint Annapolis 2011,” which brings juried, non-juried and student artists to the streets of Annapolis to paint historic buildings, cityscapes and landscapes en plein air (outdoors) over a 3-day period.

This year, Four Rivers’ mini-grant program funds of $22,500 are fully matched by the grantees for total project funds of $84,997. Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 11 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 410-222-1805 or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Four Rivers Announces 7th Annual Heritage Award Winners

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce this year’s annual heritage award winners. 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. Four Rivers congratulates this year’s heritage award winners in the following categories:

  • Heritage Tourism Product Award: “Oysters on the Half Shell Exhibition”, Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • New Initiative Award: Captain Salem Avery Museum’s Heritage Eco-Tour
  • Heritage Interpreter of the Year: Meg Govan, Watermark
  • Legacy Award: Clarence “Speedy” Hogarth, Historic Annapolis Foundation
  • Public/Private Partnership Award: The City of Annapolis Gott’s Court Parking Garden.
  • Heritage Partnership Award: Historic London Town and Gardens and Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Heritage Partnership Award: “Music To our Ears: The Sounds of the African American Experience at Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches,” by the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Annapolis High School, and the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation
  • Heritage Professional Award: Genevieve Kaplan, the Education and Public Program Manager, Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • Heritage Leadership Award: Vincent Leggett, founder and former president of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation
  • Heritage Leadership Award: Gertrude Makell of Galesville

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

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards $288,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce grant awards from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) for four major heritage projects in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County. Project grant funds of $188,000 will support development of regional heritage-related projects totaling more than $434,000. All grants are fully matched at the local level, leveraging non-state funding to develop new projects, products, and activities consistent with the city-, county- and state-approved heritage area Management Plan. In addition to the four project grants, Four Rivers received $100,000 for management assistance, for a total of $288,000 in MHAA funding in the heritage area for the current fiscal year.

MHAA funding will support the following organizations with heritage-oriented projects: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (MHCA) received a capital grant in the amount of $90,000 for the modernization of restrooms. Maryland Hall, housed in the former Annapolis High School, is one of the primary hubs for arts and culture in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and hosts 100,000 visitors and students from Maryland and the surrounding region each year. This modernization project is designed improve the visitor experience at Maryland Hall while preserving and protecting the historic structure in its adaptive reuse as a cultural and educational institution.

The Londontown Foundation received a grant in the amount of $50,000 for preliminary research and planning (Phase 1) of the reconstruction of the 18th-century Rumney-West Ordinary within the historic area of Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater. This reconstruction follows two earlier reconstruction projects at the site, the Lord Mayor’s Tenement and the Carpenter’s Shop, and is a critical next step in the Foundation’s Master Plan. Phase 1 will involve archaeological excavations and related historical and interpretative research.

The Historic Annapolis Foundation (HAF) received a grant in the amount of $36,000 for “Project Run-A-Way,” a series of provocative and unique programs that will involve the public in exploring the history of slave and servant labor in the Chesapeake region. The content of the program will derive from primary source runaway advertisements from the Maryland Gazette and the Maryland Republican from the colonial period to emancipation (1727-1864). The program will include an online database, blog and webpage, as well as a future traveling exhibition and multimedia presentation including 10 dynamic, living history characters.

The United States Lighthouse Society received a grant in the amount of $12,000 for the implementation of the recently-completed “Interpretation & Furnishings Plan” for the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, which was funded in part by a Four Rivers Heritage Area mini-grant. The project includes development and presentation of interpretive exhibits throughout the lighthouse. Most areas of the lighthouse will be interpreted for the period of 1900-1910, but one room will be interpreted to represent the U.S. Coast Guard era of the 1960s through 1980s.

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 economic development and capacity-building initiatives. For more information, please call Four Rivers Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

Details of Maryland Day Celebration Weekend Available!

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County is sponsoring the third annual Maryland Day Celebration in Anne Arundel County from Friday, March 19, 2010 through Sunday, March 21, 2010. Throughout the weekend, historical and cultural institutions in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County will open their doors to the public offering special tours, events, and programming for $1.00 or less. Maryland Day Celebration 2010 will include historic sites not traditionally open to the public, special programs developed for Maryland Day, costumed re-enactors, exhibitions, and family activities. Events will occur throughout Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County on a rolling basis throughout the weekend. Additionally, area businesses and restaurants are offering special packages and deals to commemorate the weekend.

New this year, due to overwhelming demand, the event has been expanded to an entire weekend of events, with more activities and opportunities to experience our area’s heritage with fun for the whole family. Maryland Day Celebration 2010 is a collaborative event sponsored by Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County. Activities for this weekend-long celebration include a “Heritage Stride” family tour of historic downtown Annapolis on the morning of Saturday, March 20, free and $1.00 activities at most historic and cultural institutions in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County, and walking tours of historic neighborhoods. Here is the calendar of events:

Friday, March 19th:

  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation (www.kintehaley.org), with Sojourner-Douglass College, 135 Stepney Lane, Edgewater. Exploring Your Genealogy: Genealogists will be on hand to help solve your family tree mysteries. Children and adults will enjoy the opportunity to decipher old-fashioned handwriting and experience the fun of writing with old-style quill and ink pens. FREE, 3 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 20th:

In Annapolis:

  • “Annapolis Heritage Stride” for family fun! A one-mile stride through downtown Annapolis with games and prizes, sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Starts and ends at City Dock, FREE, 8 – 9 a.m.
  • “Four Rivers Four-Mile Annapolis Heritage Run,” four-mile race at your own pace, prizes sponsored by local merchants, race packet pickup begins Friday at Fleet Feet Annapolis (318 Sixth Street). Saturday all day.
  • AAACCVB Visitors Center (www.visitannapolis.org), 26 West Street, Annapolis (and City Dock Information Booth.) Plan activities for your weekend adventures with help from the Visitors Center’s trained Volunteer Information Specialists. We can help guide your itinerary and offer suggestions for restaurants, hotels, and other activities to fill out your day. FREE, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum (www.amaritime.org), 723 Second Street & Creek View Drive, Eastport. We invite you to discover Eastport’s rich, diverse history through the 14 stops on a series of docent-guided tours of our unique maritime heritage, African-American heritage, Colonial history or other themes. Eastport Walking Tours, $1 per person (Note: space will be limited on certain tours, please call the museum for information): ECruiser electric car tour, 10 a.m.; Dog Walk, 11 a.m.; Bicycle tour, Noon; Walking tour, 1 p.m.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum (www.bdmuseum.com), 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis. Learn about life on the Chesapeake Bay from the perspective of Maryland’s Black Watermen of the Chesapeake. Join us for a screening of a new documentary on the black watermen and then meet some of the people featured in the film for a panel discussion afterward. As a special treat for Maryland Day ONLY, Maryland fiber artist Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither’s latest documentary story quilt, Black Watermen of the Chesapeake, will be on display in the museum’s lobby. FREE, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Charles Carroll House (www.charlescarrollhouse.com), 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. Scavenger Hunt in the Garden: Brush up on your hunting skills at the Charles Carroll House and Gardens! Learn about the history of the Carroll family and revolutionary Annapolis while you search for clues throughout the garden and along the seawall. The house and garden will be open for free tours, Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Hammond-Harwood House, (www.hammondharwoodhouse.org), 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis. Hammond-Harwood House’s changing exhibit, the video “The Jewel of Annapolis,” and the garden are open to the public for Maryland Day weekend, Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Jonas Green House, 124 Charles Street, Annapolis. Tour the home of Jonas Green and his wife, Anne Catharine Hoof Green, colonial patriots and printers for the government and publishers of the Maryland Gazette beginning in 1745. This private home is still the home of Green family descendants. Not usually open to the public except by appointment! Open for tours both Saturday and Sunday, FREE, Noon to 6 p.m.
  • HistoryQuest (HAF) (www.annapolis.org), 99 Main Street, Annapolis. HistoryQuest opens for the season on Maryland Day weekend, with a debut of its newest exhibition!
  • Sands House (www.sandshouse.org) with the Lost Towns Project (www.losttownsproject.org), 130 Prince George Street, Annapolis. Centuries of History: Archaeology!: Explore the origins of life—in early Annapolis, that is— at the Sands House, home of one family for nearly 240 years. Learn about archaeological discoveries that date to early colonists and even earlier Native Americans. Discover the stories this old house and its contents can tell about the changes in a family, a neighborhood, and a town from colonial days to the present. Admission is $1.00 per person, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center (www.navyonline.com), 52 King George Street, Annapolis. Come into the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and ask for your FREE copy of the booklet, The Reincarnation of John Paul Jones: The Navy Discovers its Professional Roots (a Naval Historical Foundation publication). Enjoy a 10% Maryland Day Weekend discount in the Naval Academy Gift Shop, where the shopping is tax-free!
  • William Paca House and Garden (HAF) (www.annapolis.org), 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis (and the Barracks at 43 Pickney Street). Back by Popular demand! The Paca House opens for the season and will present Living History performances and tours.

In Southern Anne Arundel County:

  • Galesville Heritage Museum (www.galesvilleheritagesociety.org), 988 Main Street, Galesville. Nineteenth-Century Woman: Get together with “Susan Mathiot Gale” and gain insight in the life of a young woman’s daily activities in the late 1850’s. Talk with Susan about her life as a young widowed mother and her views on plantation living, religion and slavery. FREE, 1 – 4 pm.
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (www.serc.si.edu), 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater. Join Outreach Coordinator Karen McDonald for a hands-on program for the whole family! Blue Crab talk with live blue crabs, 10 – 11 a.m.; Jellyfish talk with live Jellies, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Each talk limited to 40, reservations are suggested. The Java History Trail will be open for hikers on Saturday as well! SERC is open to the public for FREE from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 21st:

In Annapolis:

  • AAACCVB Visitors Center (www.visitannapolis.org), 26 West Street, Annapolis (and City Dock Information Booth). See Saturday’s listing.
  • Charles Carroll House (www.charlescarrollhouse.com), 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.
  • Hammond-Harwood House, (www.hammondharwoodhouse.org), 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.
  • HistoryQuest (HAF) (www.annapolis.org), 99 Main Street, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.
  • Jonas Green House, 124 Charles Street, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (www.marylandhall.org), 801 Chase Street, Annapolis. Discover all that Maryland Hall has to offer at Artfest! Bring the entire family out for a day of artistic creativity, fun and exploration. The day will include hands-on art projects, art demonstrations, open studios by Maryland Hall Artists-in-Residence, artist lectures and more. FREE.
  • Sands House (www.sandshouse.org), 130 Prince George Street, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.
  • United States Naval Academy, Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center (www.navyonline.com), 52 King George Street, Annapolis. See Saturday’s listing.

In Southern Anne Arundel County:

  • Captain Salem Avery Museum (www.shadysidemuseum.org), 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side. Tour and Tea: Guided tours of the historic Avery House, followed by an afternoon tea. The FREE house tour will include a presentation by costumed docents on the history of tea and a demonstration of proper tea service. FREE tours will occur at 12:30 and 2:30. (Note: A Mother-Daughter Tea will also take place in the Museum at 1:00 and 3:00; regular fee applies, call museum for details.)
  • Deale Area Historical Society (www.dahs.us), Historic Village at Herrington Harbour North, Tracey’s Landing. Life in Historic Deale: Visit with village residents as they go about their daily chores. Take a turn at the butter churn, crank the ice cream maker, talk with a tobacco farmer, or set a spell with Miss Ida as she does her crocheting. Children, attend class at the one room school or make a cornhusk doll. FREE, Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Historic London Town and Gardens (www.historiclondontown.org), 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater. Come to Historic London Town and Gardens on Sunday, 21 March, from 12-4. Tours of the historic area, the William Brown House, gardens, and live demonstrations of hearth cooking. FREE, Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (www.southcounty.org), 5503 Muddy Creek Road, Churchton. Come to an Open House at the Chamber Building in Churchton for refreshments and pick up your coupon book for South County specials! FREE, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Four Rivers Heritage Area has partnered with regional businesses to showcase the area’s local history in commemoration of Maryland Day. Restaurants including Rams Head Tavern and Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis will offer special menus for Maryland Day attendees. Packages at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, the Inn at Herrington Harbour, the Inn at Horn Point, and the Taylor House are on offer to encourage overnight visits for participants wanting to extend their Maryland Day celebration through the weekend. These are the special offers:

  • The Inn at Herrington Harbour South is offering rooms as low as $99 (plus tax) a night, Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th, 2010. Availability is limited. Deluxe and Hot Tub Rooms are available at additional cost.
  • The Westin Annapolis, is offering $119.00 sleeping room rate includes breakfast buffet for 2 ($30 value) and $12 valet parking (discounted from $23). This package is available for the nights of March 19th and 20th, 2010 and subject to availability.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Annapolis: March 19th to 21st, 2010, come stay with us and make this a weekend getaway. For the special rate of $122 per night plus tax, you can enjoy the festivities all day in Annapolis and relax by spending the night at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.
  • The Inn at Horn Point is offering a Maryland Day Spring Promotion, valid March 14-21, 2010. Included is a queen bedded guest room, full Breakfast daily, free parking.  Available daily.  Includes: Couples Massage with Even Keel. Wine upon arrival from Wine Cellars of Annapolis. $75 dinner certificate at O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant. All taxes and gratuity. $289 per night, 2-night minimum stay required.
  • The Taylor House, a spacious and elegant Bed & Breakfast located only minutes from downtown Annapolis, is offering a 10% discount for a 3-night stay (Thursday, March 18 through Saturday, March 20 only).
  • The William Page Inn: Special rates available for stays 3/19/10 – 3/21/10 only; receive a 15% discount on your stay. All accommodations include complimentary wireless, full breakfast and on-site off-street parking.
  • Rams Head Tavern – Annapolis has prepared a special Maryland-themed menu for Maryland Day weekend.
  • Reynolds Tavern at Church Circle in downtown Annapolis will be offering a special menu for Maryland Day Weekend.
  • Wimsey Cove Framing & Art in Edgewater will be offering a 20% off all reproductions of historical maps and gift ware from March 19-25.

Additional participating partners include: Maryland Welcome Centers, Watermark Tours, Archaeology in Annapolis, City of Annapolis and Downtown Annapolis Partnership. Visitors can learn about Maryland Day Celebration events, get behind-the-scenes glimpses into preparations and check the most recent updated information at the official event website at www.marylandday.org.

Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island, offered prayers, and took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.” In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized March 25th as Maryland Day, a legal holiday devoted to Maryland history.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s 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 on the state’s award-winning heritage areas program, please visit our website, www.fourriversheritage.org, or call Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

Your Maryland, Your History, Your Day! Maryland Day 2010!

Maryland Day commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland, when the newly-arrived colonists erected a cross on St. Clement’s Island, offered prayers (perhaps by saying Mass), and took “possession of this Countrey for our Saviour and for our soveraigne Lord the King of England.” In 1916, the Maryland General Assembly authorized Maryland Day as a legal holiday devoted to Maryland history.

Four Rivers Heritage Area has partnered with regional heritage organizations and businesses to showcase the area’s local history in commemoration of this momentous day. Participants include:

  • Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau: 26 West Street Annapolis
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum: 723 Second Street and Creek View Drive, Eastport
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum: 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis
  • The Barracks: 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis
  • Captain Salem Avery Museum: 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
  • Charles Carroll House: 107 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis
  • Deale Area Historical Society: Historic Village at Herrington Harbour North, Tracey’s Landing
  • Galesville Heritage Museum: 988 Main Street , Galesville
  • Historic London Town and Gardens: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater
  • HistoryQuest at the St. Clair Wright Center (Historic Annapolis Foundation): 99 Main Street, Annapolis
  • Jonas Green House: 124 Charles Street, Annapolis
  • Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, partnering with Sojourner-Douglass College
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts: 801 Chase Street, Annapolis
  • Maynard-Burgess House
  • National Sailing Hall of Fame: Sailing Basin Docks, Annapolis
  • Sands House: 130 Prince George Street, Annapolis
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center: 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center: 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis
  • William Paca House and Garden (Historic Annapolis Foundation): 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis

Additional participating partners include Watermark and Downtown Annapolis Partnership. Hotels and Inns offering weekend packages include the Westin Annapolis, Holiday Inn Express, the Inn at Herrington Harbour, the Inn at Horn Point, and the Taylor House. Restaurants offering Maryland Day Celebration specials include Ram’s Head Tavern and Reynolds Tavern.

Mark your calendars now and plan to come to Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County for a special day devoted to fun, family-friendly activities commemorating 375 years of Maryland history.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland ’s 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 on the state’s award-winning heritage areas program, please visit the event website, www.marylandday.org, or call Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

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Heritage Area FY2010 Mini-Grant Awards Announced

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce eleven new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the sixth 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 create new programs, activities and events that build upon interpretive themes in the state, county and city-approved heritage area Management Plan, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic resources and heritage tourism.

Organizations and projects approved for mini-grant awards include:

  • The Historic Annapolis Foundation, for a new exhibit and living history interpretation celebrating the life and legacy of Maryland’s renowned eighteenth-century printer and publisher, Anne Catharine Green. The exhibit will be located in HistoryQuest at 99 Main Street in downtown Annapolis.
  • The Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation, Inc. for a research project amplifying the Crossroads of the Community exhibit currently housed at the Anne Arundel County Courthouse. Reference materials resulting from this project will be available in the exhibit space and online.
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum, with the Banneker-Douglass Museum Foundation, in cooperation with Anne Arundel County Schools, for an educational oral history project with Annapolis High School African-American History classes about the musical heritage of Carr’s Beach.
  • The City of Annapolis, Annapolis and Anne Arundel Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Annapolis Partnership for the installation of a new sign marking the entrance to the Visitor’s Center and West Street at the boundary of the Annapolis Historic District.
  • Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, in partnership with the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society, for the development and operation of a docent program for the Legacy Center and its exhibits.
  • Historic London Town and Gardens, in collaboration with Anne Arundel County Schools, for an educational outreach program for local fourth grade students to learn about transatlantic trade during the eighteenth century. Student work from this program will be displayed at London Town and available for viewing online.
  • Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, in collaboration with the Sands House, for an archaeological investigation at the Sands House and a public program presenting their results.
  • The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society for a color brochure offering an ecological tour, including features of the bio-retention project that will be completed on the grounds of the Captain Salem Avery Museum in Spring 2010.
  • The Annapolis Chamber Players and the Charles Carroll House for a series of chamber music concerts with educational discussions featuring music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • The Annapolis Maritime Museum for its first brochure detailing the maritime experience offered by the expanded museum, including information on the “Oysters on the Half-Shell” exhibit opening March 2010.
  • The City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission for a reprinting (and web-posting) of its informative booklet, Building in the Fourth Century, the Annapolis Historic District Design Manual.

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, one of Maryland’s 11 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 410-222-1805 or visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org.

Maryland's Heritage Areas Need Your Support

Please support Maryland’s Heritage Areas! Write a letter of support today to Governor Martin O’Malley to ask for level support in FY2011 for the MHAA Program!

The Governor is in the process of creating his budget, and the DLS has recommended cutting the funding to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to $360,000. This would be a devastating cut that would severely impact the survival of the statewide heritage areas program, which has previously been funded at $3 Million annually.

The Heritage Area program has been building tourism and small businesses across Maryland for more than ten years. Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County is in its ninth year of operation and has brought funding of over $7.4 million to programs and projects in our area. The Authority’s recently completed strategic plan contemplates an environment of continued investment to sustain its success.

Funding for the program comes not from the general fund but from Program Open Space monies, since the goals of both are so closely aligned. The program is extremely effective in leveraging funds and forming strategic partnerships. It is visible and popular at the local level, and it is relatively inexpensive for what it gives back to the state in terms of jobs, tourism venues, preservation and recreation, and product development. Maryland‘s Heritage Area program is the most successful of its kind in the country and the model for other states seeking to build a strong economic base in heritage tourism. Heritage tourism is a “green” industry that will never be outsourced overseas or even outside of the state. Research shows that heritage tourists represent an attractive demographic: They are older, often travel in groups, and spend more time and money in a place than other visitors.

Across Maryland, heritage areas leverage the funds provided by the state through matching federal and private grants, with an average return on investment of $4.61 per $1. These state and local revenues go directly to our communities, most notably small businesses that support tourism, among the largest private sector employers in Maryland. Heritage Areas are creating an economy rooted in the very things that Maryland is so proud of: our history, culture, and natural resources, and we do this by creatively maximizing the investment of the State of Maryland.

Please help us in our appeal to the Governor to fund the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority at level funding for Fiscal Year 2011 so that we can continue this critical effort on behalf of Maryland’s future. Thank you for your support!

Four Rivers Announces Sixth Annual Heritage Award Winners

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce this year’s annual heritage award winners. 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.

Four Rivers congratulates this year’s heritage award winners in the following categories:

  • Heritage Professional: Scotti Preston, Historic Annapolis Foundation Living History performer and educator
  • Heritage Professional: Dr. John Kille, Lost Towns Project, Londontown Foundation and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation
  • Legacy Award: Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither, Documentary Story Quilter
  • Legacy Award: Norman Hazard of Galesville, Waterman and Boatbuilder
  • New Initiative Award: Waypoint Signage and Brochure Showcasing “Best Practices” in Environmental Conservation. Honorees: City of Annapolis Environmental Commission
  • Heritage Product: Carr’s Beach Historic Music Festival. Honoree: Larry Griffin, Organizer
  • Heritage Area Certificate of Merit: The Hanover Street Historic Streetscape Reconstruction Project. Honorees: Century Design Engineers, Anchor Construction, Goodwin & Associates, and the Honorable Ellen O. Moyer
  • Heritage Award: Mavis Daly, Shady Side Rural Heritage Society
  • Heritage Award: Dr. Al Luckenbach, Anne Arundel County Archaeologist and Founder of the Lost Towns Project

The heritage awards were presented at a ceremony at Historic London Town & Garden on November 4th.

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

Nominations Sought for Sixth Annual Heritage Awards

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its sixth 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.

Awards are made in several different categories, including Heritage Tourism Product, New Initiatives, Heritage Partnership, Heritage Professional, and Public/Private Initiatives. The heritage area encourages nominations for green or environmentally friendly heritage-related products and tours, as well as nominations that include the use of technology in heritage-related educational products and tours. Nominations are also requested for the Legacy Award, which recognizes an individual or group who continues or preserves a traditional craft or livelihood, and the Heritage Award, which goes to an individual or organization for significant and long-lasting contributions to local history and heritage. Self-nominations are accepted.

Nomination forms are available online or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. Completed nominations must include a written statement of 500 words or less on why your nominee should be recognized in a particular category. Supplemental materials are required in some categories. A complete listing of previous awards winners is available on our website under About Us, then click on ‘Heritage Awards.’

The nominations deadline is September 28, 2009. A heritage area awards committee will review and evaluate nominations; awards will be presented at the Four Rivers annual meeting and awards ceremony in early November 2009.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland’s eleven 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. Contact: Carol Benson, Executive Director.

Four Rivers Announces FY2010 Mini-Grant Program

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces this year’s guidelines, criteria, and deadlines for its popular Mini-Grant program. Made possible for the seventh year 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. Mini-Grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for projects within the heritage area that incorporate regional historic, cultural, and natural resources, collaborative partnerships, and the heritage area’s regional interpretive themes. More information about themes and suggested activities can be found in our state, county and city-approved Management Plan, available online on this website. Educational programs and activities related to statewide tourism initiatives such as the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 are encouraged, as well as proposals that incorporate innovative uses of technology and/or promote environmentally-friendly activities.

Past mini-grant supported projects within the heritage area include Paddle Through History kayak tours of the Rhode River and Back and Spa Creeks; brochure development for the Galesville Heritage Museum, Charles Carroll House, and Captain Salem Avery House; website development for the Galesville Community Center Organization’s Rosenwald School and website upgrades for Historic London Town and Gardens; archeological research by the Lost Towns Project; a regional Civil War cultural resources guide and a Parole oral history project by the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation; a museum exhibit on health and hygiene at Historic Annapolis Foundation s William Paca House; the revised Eastport Walking Tour; exhibit development at the Annapolis Maritime Museum; a visitors kiosk at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; a walking tour brochure of the St. John s College campus; a new informational brochure for the West/Rhode Riverkeeper program; conservation of Francis Scott Key’s last will and testament, at St. John’s College; and much more. A complete list of mini-grant awards is available on the Four Rivers website.

 

Click here to download the grant criteria and application form. Applicants must discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission. Mini-grant applications are available online or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. The deadline for submission of mini-grant applications (original and 6 copies) in this grant round is Tuesday October 13, 2009. Mini-grant proposals will be evaluated by a Four Rivers Grants Committee, and awards will be announced approximately one month after application deadline.

 

For more information, please visit the ‘Mini-Grants’ page on this website or contact Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805.

Local Heritage Projects Receive MHAA Funding

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is pleased to announce grant awards from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) for four major heritage projects in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County. Project grant funds of $214,450 will support development of regional heritage-related projects totaling more than $859,000. All grants are fully matched at the local level, leveraging non-state funding to develop new projects, products, and activities consistent with the city-, county- and state-approved heritage area Management Plan. In addition to the four project grants, Four Rivers received $100,000 for operating and program assistance, for a total of $314,450 in MHAA funding in the heritage area for the current fiscal year.

MHAA funding will support the following organizations with heritage-oriented projects: The Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Inc. received a capital grant in the amount of $100,000 for the urgent rehabilitation and stabilization of the structure and roofing of the historic house, and the replacement of aging mechanical systems. This project is designed to ensure public safety and comfort and the future sustainability of this important national historic landmark.

Annapolis Maritime Museum received a grant in the amount of $50,000 for the fabrication and installation of its Oysters on the Half Shell Exhibition. This installation will be the principal feature in the Bay Experience Center in the museum’s newly renovated McNasby Oyster Company building. The exhibit, which is scheduled to open in March 2010, will highlight both the natural history of the oyster and the cultural history of the people who made their living in the oyster industry.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) received a grant in the amount of $50,000 for a history and archaeology project focused on the Contee Mansion Ruins and Farm complex at the former Java Plantation. On designated days, members of the public will be invited to participate in the excavations. Public programming will include a website explaining the history of the Contee Farm.

The Anne Arundel County Trust for Historic Preservation received a grant in the amount of $14,450 for the development of a Master Plan with regard to the Chew Site, an archaeological site in Friendship, Maryland. The Master Plan will research the long-term preservation and potential development of the site as a heritage tourism destination. The Chew Site is a nationally-significant archaeological resource that will shed new light on the colonial settlement of our region.

The operating and program assistance 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 economic development and capacity-building initiatives. For more information, please call Four Rivers Executive Director Carol Benson at 410-222-1805; for a complete list of FY2010 MHAA grants, click here.

Announcing Maryland Day 2009: Your Maryland, Your History, Your Day!

On Sunday, March 29, 2009 from noon to 5:00 p.m. you can rediscover Maryland history in your own backyard with family and friends in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, with this free, fun-filled festival highlighting our region s unique heritage. Local cultural and heritage sites will open their doors to offer special FREE activities and tours for the whole family. We welcome you to stroll through downtown Annapolis or take a drive to Historic London Town and beautiful South County for exciting and educational tours, costumed re-enactors, art exhibits, plenty of kids’ activities, and more. This event is held rain or shine!

Maryland Day 2009 is a collaborative event sponsored by Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County. Whether you like historic sites, cultural activities, natural resources and conservation, or all of the above, Four Rivers Heritage Area has it all. Not to mention world-class dining and shopping! Just as last year, Maryland Day will coincide with the Annapolis March Madness Sidewalk Sale, to please the shoppers among you! There is something for every member of the family to enjoy during this annual celebration of all things Maryland. So come out on March 29th to say goodbye to winter and discover what is waiting for you right here in your own backyard! Check back regularly for updated information! For participants and more info, please go to www.MarylandDay.org

For more information, or to find out how your organization can participate, please contact:  Carol Benson, Executive Director, Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County. Phone: 410-222-1805.

Heritage Area Announces Grant Opportunity

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines, criteria, and deadlines for FY2010 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants.

The fiscal year 2010 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant round is under way, with some changes and additions to this year’s guidelines and criteria. Capital and non-capital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) matching project grants of up to $100,000 are available through Four Rivers for projects that include historical, cultural and natural resources and have a heritage tourism component. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local jurisdictions within the heritage area. Proposed activities must address or complete a priority activity identified in or consistent with the goals, objectives, strategies and actions outlined in the approved heritage area Management Plan.

Applicants must discuss their proposal with heritage area staff prior to application submission. FY2010 MHAA project grant application packages are available at www.marylandhistoricaltrust.net under “Forms and Documents.” This year, a required “Intent to Apply” letter will be due to the Four Rivers office by February 20th at 5 p.m.; the completed application package with 15 copies and a detailed checklist must be received in the Four Rivers Heritage Area office in the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, by close of business on March 5th. This year, all applicants for Maryland Heritage Area Authority FY2010 Grants will be required to file a profile with the Maryland Cultural Data Project (www.mdculturaldata.org). The MCDP Report will be due with the application. A Four Rivers Heritage Area Grants Committee will review all applications for approval before forwarding them to the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for consideration. MHAA awards will be announced in July 2008.

Since beginning operations in 2001, the Four Rivers Heritage Area has brought $1.9 million in matching MHAA grant funds into the community for support of projects that include restoration projects for Historic Annapolis Foundation’s William Paca House and Gardens, Historic London Town & Gardens’ reconstructions of the Lord Mayor’s Tenement and Carpenter Shop, the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau’s expansion on West Street, renovations for the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s McNasby Building, Annapolis 300 planning activities, Galesville Heritage Society planning and programming, and the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation’s slavery research project. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has also granted annual operating and program assistance, with matching funds from the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, to the Four Rivers Heritage Area.

For more information, please visit our website at www.fourriversheritage.org, or contact heritage area staff at 410-222-1805.

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