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March 2020

Mar 31 2020

In a previous blog post we introduced you to some Virtual Tours of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Heritage Sites. But there’s always more to experience! What better way to further virtually explore our local heritage sites than through YouTube. We collected a list of sites with official YouTube channels below, so you can keep exploring the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Click the site's name to access their YouTube channel, even ours! Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park The maritime heritage exhibits, environmental education programs, and engaging community events held at the McNasby Campus...

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Mar 30 2020

These are unprecedented times. Nonprofits - dependent on membership, donations, and government grants - can be particularly vulnerable during periods of social and economic hardship, even as our missions remain as important as ever. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is fairly recent, a wealth of guidance and resources has been developed for the nonprofit community. Below are a variety of free recorded webinars shared by organizations around the country. Click the title to access each webinar.  Explore some of these ideas as you work to create new strategies for your...

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Mar 27 2020

Looking for a quick way to make a difference? Below, find four surveys for different audiences that are intended to utilize collected information to find the best way to support arts nonprofits, heritage sites, small businesses, and others during and after this pandemic. Take a moment to check the details, fill out a survey, and help guide our community’s crisis response. Maryland Heritage Areas Program COVID-19 Impacts on Maryland's Cultural Heritage Organizations The Maryland Heritage Areas Program and MHT are seeking information about the economic and human impacts of the current health crisis – the...

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Mar 25 2020

What's a heritage buff to do when lectures are cancelled and museums are closed? There’s always something new to learn and explore! Podcasts can bring interesting and informative stories to you wherever you are. Here are some history and heritage-related podcasts certain to keep you entertained. Click on the title of each podcast to learn more. Preservation Maryland’s PreserveCast Since launching in 2017, PreserveCast is the most popular historic preservation podcast with a growing group of listeners. Each Monday, your host Nick Redding interviews industry leaders in preservation with an interesting story...

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Mar 24 2020

Due to both voluntary and government mandated closings, unanticipated economic hardship, and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, now is a challenging time for nonprofits. Below are a couple of financing options intended to support organizations until normal operations can resume. Maryland Department of Commerce Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund (NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS) This COVID-19 Emergency Relief $50M Grant Fund offers working capital to assist Maryland small businesses and nonprofits with disrupted operations due to COVID-19. Grant assistance is intended to provide interim relief complementing actions with its...

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Mar 18 2020

During this time of curtailed activities due to COVID-19, we have been collecting online resources that readers can use while they practice social distancing in the home. Some of these are on our Facebook page (find us as @fourriversheritage) in the form of shared posts from the originating institutions, and others will be shared here on an ongoing basis as they are identified. NEW! Visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum's new Virtual Learning Resources: https://amaritime.org/education/virtual-learning-resources/ _____________________________________ Anne Arundel County Public Library's Learning Resources: https://www.aacpl.net/research-learn ______________________________________ Science For All Ages: Do you know about Smithsonian Learning Lab? You should! https://learninglab.si.edu/ The Chesapeake...

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Mar 18 2020

Our friends at Annapolis Discovered have created this a delightful video in their series of “Walking the Block” highlighting the treasures of Galesville. Located in South County this beautiful, historic, waterfront village located on the West River is rich in African American History.  It once was a well-known as a popular resort town for their beaches and may be best known for the Galesville Hot Sox. Check this link to explore the “African-American Heritage Voices, Memories, and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.” See this video below to learn more about...

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Mar 18 2020

Four Rivers joins with Anne Arundel County’s Office of Planning and Zoning and the Lost Towns Project to share a new “virtual trail” exploring our area’s African American history and heritage. This resource is entitled, “African-American Voices, Memories and Places: A Four Rivers Heritage Trail.” The online “trail” highlights nearly 200 historic sites about African American life in Anne Arundel County’s Four Rivers Heritage Area. The project was created by local and professional historians, genealogists, and citizens. Funding was provided in part through a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority....

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Mar 17 2020

A few years back (for Maryland Day), Four Rivers developed a "Generation to Generation" activity sheet for families and multi-generational groups to use as a conversation starter, and we think you'll enjoy this "low-tech" activity! We are resharing this as a download, hoping it may come in handy for social-distancing family time! The two-sided sheet has questions for the kids to ask the older folks on the front, and questions for the older folks to ask the kids in turn -- try it and as the conversation flows, add your own! Download the...

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