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Sep 06 2017

There’s a lot happening in Galesville these days, from ballfield commemorations to public genealogy workshops.  Hope Stewart of Four Rivers talked with Gertrude Makell, President of the Galesville Community Center and a Four Rivers Heritage Area Board member, about this South County town and her efforts to preserve its history.  The Galesville Community Center went from being uninhabitable to a beautiful center. Tell me about this process? The Galesville Community Center is located in one of the few remaining Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County (schools built for African American children...

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Aug 08 2017

New! Four Rivers has created a new flyer for our Water Trail visitors! Check out the heritage attractions in Southern Anne Arundel County, while you are in the area enjoying our water access and beautiful water views! Download the flyer here: South County Water Trail Flyer reduced South County Water Trail information is available here: www.aacwt.org. More information about water access in the county is available here: http://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/water-accessibility/...

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Aug 04 2017

Bill the Goat, the Naval Academy’s iconic mascot, is now enshrined at a new exhibit in the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center at the Naval Academy. Bill the Goat has served as the official Naval Academy mascot since the 1890 inaugural Army-Navy football game. Since the original Bill’s debut, there have been at least 37 different live goat mascots, many of which have had the honor of wearing a game-day blanket laden with the N-Star, signifying a victory over Army. The unique history of the Bills and their admiration by midshipmen and Navy...

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Aug 02 2017

A Capital Beginning In 1694, The Maryland General Assembly voted to move the colony’s capital from St. Mary’s City to what was then called Anne Arundel Town. Thus was laid the foundations of Annapolis’ “golden age,” which lasted from the late 1750s to 1776. The Town Plan Governor France Nicholson created a new town plan in 1696, whose central concept of circles and squares were inspired by European urban design. The most prominent hills were reserved for buildings that represented state and church, the two pillars of colonial society – Maryland State House...

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Jul 31 2017

Some exciting plans are in the works for new displays and exhibits at the State House. Hope Stewart of Four Rivers interviewed Elaine Rice Bachmann, Deputy State Archivist and Secretary of the State House Trust (and past honoree as Four Rivers Heritage Professional of the Year in 2015), to learn more about the history and future of the Maryland State House. Do you find visitors to be aware of the significance of the State House as a local heritage destination? The Maryland State House attracts around 200,000 visitors every year. We’d like...

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Jul 27 2017

1. Historic London Town and Gardens 839 Londontown Rd, Edgewater, (410) 222-1919 Discover the once “lost town” of London Town, a National Historic Landmark with reconstructed colonial buildings. Bring your family (and dogs) to also enjoy scenic river views, 10 acres of woodland and ornamental gardens and a Sound and Sensory Garden for kids. Leashed dogs are welcome in the gardens, but they must be under their owner's control at all times. If you’re looking for more dog friendly fun, July 30 is “Dog Night” at London Town. Enjoy a concert from 5:00...

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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 07 2017

Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 4 new grants totaling $219,000 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 4 local grants are among 50 matching grants totaling $2.695 million that were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations. ...

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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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Jun 27 2017

This year marked the debut of “Annapolis Arts Week,” a collaborative effort among businesses and local arts groups including Paint Annapolis, the Annapolis Food and Wine Festival, and other accompanying exhibits and block parties. To get a perspective on the week’s popular appeal, Hope from Four Rivers talked to Joann Vaughan, Executive Director of the Maryland Federation of Art, about the “Paint Annapolis” event -- its place in the community, and her vision for its future....

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