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November 2021

Nov 30 2021

View our latest “story project” video, below, featuring Sharyn Martin. Sharyn is a docent and member of the Deale Area Historical Society.  When she discovered the African-American Meeting House (1895) at the Herrington Harbour North Historic Village, it became especially close to her because of the significance of that building in the African-American community in the Deale area.  This is Sharyn’s story of the special place this building has in our history and the heritage that is still relevant today. https://youtu.be/-kpYNCxhMrQ Through the Four Rivers Heritage: Story Project, we tell the powerful...

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Nov 29 2021

At its November meeting, the Four Rivers Board of Directors adopted a new planning document, an "Updated Priorities Document," designed to assist grant applicants in our heritage area with aligning their projects with our priorities, which we expect will go a long way to improve the clarity of applications. Download the document below. As always, please contact the Executive Director, Carol Benson, with any questions about the application process, at [email protected], or by calling 410-627-6018. Thank you, and best of luck with this year's grant applications! ALTSCHA-Updated-Priorities-DocumentDownload ...

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Nov 29 2021

This week, enjoy a holiday tea, open house, candlelight tour, or even an arts show. Our partners are ready to help you get into the holiday spirit! Click on the event title for more information. Gift from the Arts Holiday Show and Sale Date: December 2-5 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Location: South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, 179 Mitchells Chance Road, EdgewaterHost Organization: Muddy Creek Artists Guild The Muddy Creek Artists Guild cordially invites the public to its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, “Gifts From the Arts” this December. The pop-up gallery...

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Nov 19 2021

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) have awarded thirteen African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grants totaling $1,000,000 to Maryland nonprofit groups for FY22. Two of the grants go to projects in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. “Our administration is pleased to provide this funding and support the preservation of buildings, sites, and communities of historical importance to the African American experience in Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The partnership between MHT and MCAAHC is critical to promoting African American heritage...

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Nov 18 2021

We are delighted to welcome a new member to our team! Heather Ritterpusch is the new Heritage Programs Coordinator. Heather is an experienced museum professional, skilled in the management of historical and fine art collections. She served as curator of The Kiplinger Washington Collection, formerly one of the largest private holdings of Washingtoniana (including historic maps, engravings, and photographs). When the Kiplinger family donated their private collection to local institutions, Heather oversaw the integration of the collection into the holdings of the Historical Society of Washington D.C. She subsequently served...

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Nov 15 2021

Even with the weather turning chilly, you can still take a tour of a historic home or watch an online lecture! See what's happening in the Four Rivers Heritage this week. Click on the event title for more information. Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Bear Says Thanks” Date: Tuesday, November 16Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 – 11:30 amLocation: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, AnnapolisHost Organization: Historic Annapolis It’s a cold and windy day and Bear is hungry and lonely. He decides to invite his friends over for dinner,...

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Nov 11 2021

View our latest “story project” video, below, featuring Tatiana J. Klein. Tatiana is Costa-Rican-born and an American citizen and she began studying music at age 10 with piano and flute at age 14.  She has been teaching High School Spanish at the Key School in Annapolis since 2008 and as a volunteer, she is passionate about helping the Hispanic community embrace their heritage while exploring the heritage in the surrounding Annapolis area. She is involved in many volunteer organizations and often partners with after school programs that bring students to the...

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Nov 09 2021

Tim Leahy, Chair On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Four Rivers Heritage Area held its Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony at Historic London Town and Gardens, under the tent. This event also celebrated the organization's Twentieth Anniversary of its certification as one of Maryland's first Heritage Areas, in October of 2001. The Chairman of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Secretary of Planning Robert McCord, was on hand to share remarks about the Heritage Areas program and to congratulate the organization on reaching this milestone. Tim Leahy, the Chair of Four Rivers'...

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Nov 08 2021

This week, our partners are continuing to offer a variety of both in-person and virtual events. We've got lots of programs for the entire family, so if you haven't spent time with one of our heritage sites recently, this week offers a great opportunity to learn more! Click on the event title for more information. Founding Freedoms Walking Tour Date: Monday, November 8, Friday, November 12 & Saturday, November 13Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pmLocation: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, AnnapolisHost Organization: Historic Annapolis Take advantage of the special opportunity...

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Nov 05 2021

Four Rivers Heritage Area is pleased to announce nine new Mini-Grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our FY22 Mini-Grant opportunity. The grants awarded this fall totaled $28,000 for overall projects of $264,964. This matching Mini-Grants program, made possible through a Block Grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, augmented this year by an anonymous donor, leverages other funding to assist local heritage related non-profit organizations to create new programs, products, activities, and events that build upon heritage-based interpretive themes, foster collaborative partnerships, and enhance local cultural historic...

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