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Author:Hope Stewart

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 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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May 31 2017

This Sunday, the Four Rivers Heritage Area, the Inner West Street Association and Visit Annapolis will continue to team together to let arts and culture loving visitors know when they come to town for First Sunday Arts Festivals that there is lots more to see and explore in the City and region. Four Rivers has created a flyer for visitors: “Sunday Heritage Offerings in the Four Rivers Heritage Area.” Four Rivers and colleagues will be inside the Visitors Center during the First Sunday Arts Festivals to complement the staff there as they encourage...

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May 25 2017

Memorial Day is an important holiday in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, a day for remembering and honoring all members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in service. Below are events in our area that will commemorate the day: Annapolis Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. The parade follows the traditional route on West Street. It goes around Church Circle, down Main Street, and ends at City Dock. Marching bands, as well as veteran, community, and patriotic organizations will be part of the parade honoring and remembering those who...

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May 19 2017

Interest in genealogy and family history is growing. These days you can refer to a multitude of websites to help you trace your roots, or you can turn to your community as an eager and invaluable resource. Over the two Fridays, May 19 and June 9, the Galesville Community Center will be offering free Family Tree Research Workshops to the general public. These workshops are sponsored by the Four Rivers Heritage Area. They will be conducted by Lyndra Marshall (née Pratt) a genealogy expert of 55 years and Chair of the Maryland Commission...

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May 10 2017

The United States Naval Academy has long played an important role in the history and heritage of Annapolis. May particularly brings a week of tradition and ceremony as USNA celebrates its graduating class. Commissioning Week involves a full week of celebratory events beginning Friday, May 19, 2017 and culminating with graduation day at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 26, 2017. Even if you don't know anyone graduating from the Academy this year, Commissioning Week offers a host of events, some available to the public, that provide a taste of the history and tradition of...

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May 10 2017

Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) is offered by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) as a self-study program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPS assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national museum standards. The workbook is organized into six sections that can be used in any order, according to your organization’s individual needs and priorities, including: Mission, Vision, & Governance Audience Interpretation Stewardship of...

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