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Jul 13 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 13, 2016 Annapolis, MD: Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 5 new grants totaling $310,000 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 5 local grants are among 52 matching grants totaling $2.69 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. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects, historic...

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Jul 05 2016

There have been new “Visitor-focused” pages added to the Four Rivers website! We have added a “Themed Trails” section to our menu, with eight pages listing attractions, museums, and more — for visitors interested in following a theme-based interest! These “themed trails” include: African American Heritage Trail, Agricultural Heritage Trail, Annapolis Art Trail, Annapolis’ “Golden Age” Heritage Trail, Historic Houses Trail, the Roots and Tides Scenic Byway, Sacred Places Trail, and the Waterways Trail. The lists include sites that are currently open to the public with links to websites for easy planning....

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Jun 16 2016

“Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” will be on view at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College from January 11 through February 26, 2017. Ruth Starr Rose was a prolific artist who lived in Easton (1887-1965). This comprehensive show of her works offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The exhibition includes scenes of Eastern Shore life and labor, visual depictions of spirituals, images of African American military heroes, and her work in...

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Mar 23 2016

Message from Secretary David R. Craig: Greetings! This month, I will focus on heritage tourism and the great work of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, which celebrates its 20th year in our state. As someone who values history and its importance to local areas, I am proud that my agency’s strategic plan includes an action plan to “stimulate economic growth and job creation by leveraging private investment in heritage tourism development and historic property rehabilitation projects in existing communities.” The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. The Authority operates...

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Mar 09 2016

Four Rivers Heritage Area makes it easy for visitors to enjoy the Ninth Annual Maryland Day Celebration in Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County, coming up on March 18-20, 2016. Details of the 38 events taking place are posted on the event website, www.marylandday.org, and a full-color brochure with the full event program is available at the Visitors Center at 26 West Street in downtown Annapolis, and at the locations of all 20 of our partners. To get more information about parking, restaurants, shopping, etc., go to the Visit Annapolis...

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Mar 08 2016

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces six new mini-grant awards to local heritage-related nonprofit organizations as part of our spring FY16 mini-grant opportunity. The grants awarded this spring totaled $12,447 for projects totaling more than $42,000. This brings the FY16 total funds awarded to mini-grant projects to $29,657, for projects totaling more than $193,000. This matching mini-grants program, made possible for the twelfth year through financial support from the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, leverages other funding to...

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Feb 07 2016

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TRAVEL & TOURISM TO ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY (Source: AAACCVB FY15 Marketing Plan) The Maryland Office of Tourism Development commissioned Tourism Economics to perform an economic impact study of tourism in Maryland and its individual jurisdictions during 2012. According to this most recent study Anne Arundel County surpassed all other Maryland counties and the City of Baltimore in 2012 travel generated expenditures. The county has headed the list since 2007, the first year that the state began tracking the economic impact of tourism in Maryland by individual jurisdictions. Other key findings...

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Jan 19 2016

The FY17 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grant Application Process has begun! The application materials for the FY 2017 grant round are now available on the Maryland Historical Trust’s website: http://mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml As in previous years, applicants will begin with the Intent to Apply form, which is due January 29. Once they have submitted that form, they will be provided access to the non-capital or capital project full application form, which will then be due on February 26. The Intent to Apply form does not obligate the applicant to complete a full application. See our...

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Jan 19 2016

Annapolis, MD – Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County announces guidelines, criteria, and deadlines for two grant opportuntities: (1) FY2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants, and (2) the Spring FY2015 Four Rivers Mini-Grants. FY2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants: The fiscal year 2016 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant round is under way.  Capital and non-capital Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) matching project grants of up to $100,000 are available through Four Rivers for projects that include historical, cultural and natural resources and have a heritage tourism...

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Dec 03 2015

Four Rivers is pleased to announce that a fourth grant from this year’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant cycle has been approved in our heritage area! A non-capital grant to Anne Arundel County Department of Planning & Zoning, originally on the “reserve” list for funding, has been approved following a Budget Amendment passed by the Maryland Legislature and Governor Hogan. “Before the Bay Bridge: Anne Arundel County’s 20th-Century Beach Resorts” will support educational and interactive programs at Anne Arundel County’s Beverly Triton Beach Park, raising public awareness and appreciation of the park’s...

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