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July 2017

Jul 31 2017

Some exciting plans are in the works for new displays and exhibits at the State House. Hope Stewart of Four Rivers interviewed Elaine Rice Bachmann, Deputy State Archivist and Secretary of the State House Trust (and past honoree as Four Rivers Heritage Professional of the Year in 2015), to learn more about the history and future of the Maryland State House. Do you find visitors to be aware of the significance of the State House as a local heritage destination? The Maryland State House attracts around 200,000 visitors every year. We’d like...

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Jul 27 2017

1. Historic London Town and Gardens 839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater, (410) 222-1919 Discover the once “lost town” of London Town, a National Historic Landmark with reconstructed colonial buildings. Bring your family (and dogs) to also enjoy scenic river views, 10 acres of woodland and ornamental gardens and a Sound and Sensory Garden for kids. Leashed dogs are welcome in the gardens, but they must be under their owner's control at all times. If you’re looking for more dog friendly fun, July 30 is “Dog Night” at London Town. Enjoy a concert from 5:00...

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Jul 20 2017

Did you miss our recent Pop-Up Heritage event at the Naval Academy Visitor Center on Charles Zimmerman? Well you still have a chance to learn about the man once referred to as "one of the most popular and best known citizens of Annapolis“(The Evening Capital, 1908) In celebration of Charles Zimmerman, the Naval Academy Visitor Center and United States Naval Academy Band will join forces to present three Friday events this summer, July 21 and 28 and August 18. The Visitor Center will offer a special one hour, 30 minute, Zimmerman Legacy Tour that will...

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Jul 20 2017

In our last post on Cultural Entrepreneurship we introduced the concept as a way for history and heritage practitioners to meet their mission through employing creative and innovative business approaches to resource development.  In this post we will specifically explore Heritage Entrepreneurship as another aspect of Cultural Entrepreneurship. Heritage Entrepreneurship focuses on the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage resources, while identifying market opportunities to create value for those resources. Since all of this may sound a bit notional, we thought it might be simpler to take a look at...

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Jul 11 2017

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park has officially been open to the public for four months and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture has already welcomed one million visitors since opening in September of 2016! Interest in our country's African American legacy is greater than ever, and once you’ve been to Cambridge or Washington, DC there’s still more to see and learn! If you’re looking for local stories and experiences, make sure to check out some of the heritage sites that feature our African American stories...

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Jul 07 2017

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 7, 2017 Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 4 new grants totaling $219,000 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 4 local grants are among 50 matching grants totaling $2.695 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...

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Jul 05 2017

Four Rivers' Interim Program Director, Hope Stewart, is sharing her expertise on "Cultural Entrepreneurship" with us this summer in a new series of posts for non-profit boards, staff, and other stakeholders. When non-profits discuss their biggest challenges, they are almost always related to funding. There’s a lot to get done and never enough available resources to make it all happen. This can be especially true for organizations working in the heritage and historic preservation fields. Most non-profit missions (hopefully) have an eventual end-goal in mind, such as increased access to education,...

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