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September 2020

Sep 18 2020

Wondering what's happening in the Four Rivers Heritage Area this weekend? We've got everything from plein air painting to garden tours! Paint Annapolis is back in Annapolis! Professional artists will be painting in and around the beautiful historic city of Annapolis, Maryland, from Sunday, September 20 to Thursday, September 24. For 19 years, Paint Annapolis has been a premier painting event, bringing artists and the community together to share in the beauty of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy...

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Sep 17 2020

From our Friends at American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), from their Weekly Bulletin of September 15: "September 15-October 15 is celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month, and although the event is sometimes debated, we want to share a few key resources on Latinx history curated by the Teaching Tolerance blog to enrich your learning. Read more." There are Classroom Resources, Lesson Plans, and more, and we discovered that the "Teaching Tolerance" website is a must-see! Enjoy!...

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Sep 16 2020

Awards season is coming up! If you know an outstanding heritage or historic preservation practitioner, be sure to nominate them for one of the special recognition opportunities below. Click on each awards name for more information. Four Rivers Heritage Area Heritage Awards Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County seeks nominations for its Seventeenth 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. Completed nominations must include a brief...

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Sep 14 2020

This week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area we're pleased to highlight some virtual lectures for you to enjoy. Start by continuing the commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month by following the journey of Harriet Tubman and other champions of freedom. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Lecture – Tubman Travels: Underground Railroad Journeys and Life Lessons from Tubman, Douglass, and Other Champions of Freedom Date: Tuesday, September 15 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Location: Online/Zoom Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Maryland’s Eastern Shore was home to two American heroes of the...

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Sep 10 2020

Four Rivers Heritage Area is pleased to announce the availability of our Fall FY21 Mini-Grants! NOTE: This year only (FY2021), due to COVID-19, the heritage areas have been authorized by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to allow applicants to use mini-grant funds for operating expenses. Emergency Operating Mini-Grant requests will be considered from eligible nonprofit heritage tourism organizations located within the boundaries of the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Organizations may apply for a conventional Non-Capital Project Mini-Grant OR an Emergency Operating Mini-Grant; they may not apply for both. Visit the Mini-Grants tab on our...

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Sep 09 2020

Our colleague, Ennis Barbery Smith, has shared this recent article she published on the MHT Blog: At its July 2020 meeting, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) made a substantial change to matching fund requirements, eliminating the longstanding 75% cash match requirement for all MHAA grants. Instead, MHAA will accept any combination of cash and in-kind match to fulfill the one-to-one matching requirement going forward. This change means that organizations are permitted to match MHAA grants with primarily volunteer time and donated services and materials, if that form of match makes sense for the proposed project. Importantly, MHAA staff and the local heritage areas hope that this change will...

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Sep 08 2020

Even with the shortened week our partners are busy offering us a lot of activities to enjoy! Take your pick of virtual or in-person events. Celebrate the arts in Annapolis, kick-off National Underground Railroad Month in Anne Arundel County, and much more. Mark your calendars now for this week’s highlights. Click on the event title for more information. Learning at London Town: What’s in a Tree? Dates/Times:Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 - 3:00 pm/Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Location: In-person educational event, Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown...

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Sep 04 2020

Thank you to Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for providing the following information about local commemorations of International Underground Railroad Month! For the second consecutive year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed September International Underground Railroad Month. The statewide commemoration salutes all who worked to end slavery and pave the way for the more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed in the United States. Annapolis and Anne Arundel county attractions and historical sites are among many across the state that have helped earn Maryland the designation of being the most powerful...

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Sep 03 2020

Preservation Maryland’s Best of Maryland Awards shine a spotlight on the tireless work of volunteers, architects, artisans, and legislators doing the essential work of protecting the places that make Maryland such a special place to live, work, explore - and celebrate. We’d like to especially recognize the awardees located within the Four Rivers Heritage Area! The Maryland Department of General Services - Winner of the Stewardship Award. Under the direction of the Maryland Department of General Services, one of Annapolis’s historic post offices just underwent a world-class and comprehensive adaptive reuse program...

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Sep 02 2020

Museums across the United States have a few opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for the following grant programs (click on the grant name for more information): Museums for America Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000 Program Overview: The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000 Program Overview: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative...

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