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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 16 2017

Pop-Up Heritage is a new series of FREE special events each month in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Join us in June for our inaugural event: "Preserving Digital Prints: Protecting Your Photos and Ink jet Documents from the 1980s to Now" with Maria Day, Director of Special Collections and Conservation at Maryland State Archives Tuesday, June 6, 3:00 p.m. Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Center John C. Astle Conference Room 26 West Street, Annapolis In the 1980s, many new technologies allowed us to print photos faster and cheaper! Archivists and conservators are finding that some...

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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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May 08 2017

NEW GRANT FUND for FY18: The Maryland Historical Trust Non-Capital Grant Program provides competitive grants to nonprofit organizations and local governments for research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archeological and other cultural resources. Eligible activities may include architectural, archeological, or cultural resource surveys; the development of preservation plans; educational outreach programs; and National Register nominations. Eligible projects should seek to preserve the tangible remains of Maryland's past in a manner that is consistent with MHT's standards and guidelines. For FY 2018, the total amount of grant funds available...

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Apr 28 2017

Today, the Four Rivers Heritage Area, the Inner West Street Association and Visit Annapolis area pleased to announce that our organizations have teamed 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...

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Apr 12 2017

Last week Four Rivers Heritage Area staff participated in a StEPs Lab webinar, “Steps to Environmental Sustainability,” offered by the American Association for State and Local History. Now we would love to share with our partners some steps you can take to implement environmentally sustainable practices while improving your relevance within the community. So what is “sustainability”? According to webinar leader Sarah Sutton, sustainability means caring for today’s resources so future needs can be met and present life conditions improved. It is about conservation and protection, so museums and heritage sites are...

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Mar 07 2017

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces three new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our spring FY17 mini-grant opportunity. The grants awarded this spring totaled $5,867 for projects totaling more than $108,844. This brings the FY17 total funds awarded to mini-grant projects to $25,019, for projects totaling more than $293,820. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the thirteenth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding...

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Mar 01 2017

The Four Rivers Education Committee is happy to share important resources with partners. Accessibility New! Information on the languages that AACPS students speak at home. AACPS Language Information Notes from Accessibility Matters! speaker Robert Forloney: “Here are materials that might be useful for the participants at the ADA/accessibility workshop. These are among the best that I pointed out but there are many more I mentioned available to download on-line by PDF. Always happy to assist the group in their efforts to improve the visitor experience.” [su_list icon="icon: caret-right"] Design-for-Accessibility – A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook Smithsonian Guidelines For Accessible...

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