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October 2020

Oct 30 2020

November 1 is Maryland Emancipation Day. According to the 2013 Proclamation signed by Governor Martin O'Malley, this day commemorates the date of November 1, 1864, when Maryland adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery, making it the first state with slaves to voluntarily free its slaves by popular vote. Celebrate Maryland Emancipation Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area with a wreath laying at the graveside of Smith Price, a freed slave who became prominent in the history of Annapolis, donating the land for the city’s first African-American church where Asbury United...

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Oct 29 2020

Although we already shared this week's partner events with you, because we've got an extra special spooky holiday coming up we wanted to especially highlight a couple of outstanding Halloween celebrations taking place in Annapolis, just in time to help you plan your weekend! Did you know the Hammond-Harwood House has been holding Halloween events for kids for over 20 years? Although they cannot host their traditional Pumpkin Walk this year, they welcome you to join them for Pumpkins on the Avenue.  Help them celebrate Halloween by bringing a decorated pumpkin...

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Oct 28 2020

Are you considering applying for a Historic Preservation Capital Grant for your historic preservation project? Attend a webinar to learn about the application process, conveying an easement, and more! The Maryland Historical Trust is hosting six webinars in November and January for prospective applicants for the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. This competitive funding program provides grants for construction projects on buildings or structures listed on or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Webinars are free, but you must register. Click on the webinar's title to access its registration page. Historic...

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Oct 27 2020

Anne Arundel County Partners with Arts Council to Provide $1 million for Artists and Arts Organizations! Grants will be broken down in two categories: Independent Artists, and Arts Nonprofits or Businesses that solely employ artists or performers.  Our heritage partners may be particularly interested in learning more about the Grants for Arts Organizations as outlined below. Arts Organization Application Guidelines The arts are an important economic driver within Anne Arundel County, one that has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because artists are not categorized as essential employees, both individual artists and...

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Oct 26 2020

We hope you enjoy the variety events offered by our partners this week. Click on the event title for more information. Smithsonian Virtual Lecture - Collecting American Elections Date: Tuesday, October 27 Time: 8:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Historic Annapolis There is no bigger moment in the life of the American democracy than when voters head to the polls to exercise their rights as citizens to appoint a new leader. For curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, there is no clearer mandate than the presidential elections every four years...

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Oct 23 2020

The Pathways Grant Program provides support for capacity-building projects at historical organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The goal is to build the long-term resiliency and efficacy of museums, historic sites, and other organizations that make up Maryland’s heritage community. Up to a dozen grant awards, valued between $10,000 and $20,000, will be distributed beginning in May 2021. Eligibility Eligible applicants will steward and interpret locally based, historically significant sites and landscapes; museum and library collections; and/or educational assets as a core part of their mission activities. Eligible applicants will be incorporated,...

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Oct 22 2020

Museums can apply for six grant programs regularly offered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Click the grant title for more information, including grant award amounts. Applications for all six programs are due November 16: Museums for America The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their...

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Oct 21 2020

The Forever Maryland Foundation, in partnership with Maryland Environmental Trust, Maryland Department of Transportation, and Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development present four Keep Maryland Beautiful grants. Grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program help volunteer-based, nonprofit groups, communities and land trusts in Maryland to support environmental education projects, litter removal, citizen stewardship and to protect natural resources in urban and rural areas. Environmental Education, Community Initiatives and Cleanup Grants Citizen Stewardship Grant - These grants supports organizations that are demonstrating active engagement as defenders of the environment by developing innovative...

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Oct 19 2020

We hope you enjoy this week's events from our partners, especially with Halloween right around the corner! Capstone Earth Optimism Webinar: Spying on Whales Date: Tuesday, October 20 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center  We think of whales as icons of the sea, but the first whales were certainly not like the ones that you see today: They lived on land, had four legs, and were the size of a dog. How do we know about the deep past of whales, and what does that tell us...

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Oct 16 2020

The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Program are seeking qualified researchers with a background in U.S. History, American Studies, African American Studies, or related disciplines to fill four fellowships funded by the 400 Years of African American History Commission. Fellows will spend time with professionals at the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development to gain knowledge and experience about how these state agencies, along with other public and private organizations, work together to document and inspire travel...

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