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Alma Cropper Receives Governor's Service Award

Four Rivers Heritage Area congratulates our Coordinating Council member, Alma Cropper, who received a Governor’s Service “Special Honorees” Award this year. Alma H. Cropper has volunteered with the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center since 2008. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors and the Operations Officer for the Center. As an active volunteer, Alma spends more than 20 hours each week operating the Bates Legacy Center, and her efforts to extend outreach services have helped to increase the average of 20 visitors weekly in 2008 to a current average of 120 visitors weekly. She is also an invaluable volunteer on several Four Rivers committees, including the Education and Maryland Day committees. 


This year marks the 30th year a Maryland Governor has recognized volunteers from around the state at a special recognition event.  The 27 recipients reflect the diversity of Maryland and demonstrate its spirit of service. Over the past year, 1.3 million Marylanders helped tackle some of the major challenges facing the state by donating their time and energy. Read a full list here of the Governor’s Service Award recipients.

Four Rivers Seeks Nominations for Tenth Annual Heritage Awards

FRH-Blog-WelcomeAnnapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its tenth 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 nine different categories, including Best Heritage Tourism Product, Best New Initiative, Best Heritage Partnership, Heritage Sponsor of the Year, 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 can be downloaded from our website or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office. Completed nominations must include a brief written statement on why you feel your nominee should be recognized in a particular category. Supplemental materials are required in some categories. A complete listing of previous award winners is also available on the Heritage Awards webpage.

The nominations deadline is September 27, 2013. 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

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


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.