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Jun 26 2020

Many of our heritage sites are slowly beginning to open again to the public with new guidelines and safety measures in place. We understand the process can be overwhelming. If you’re still working on your reopening plan, and require further guidance, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) continues to make their recorded AASLH Conversation Series webinars available to both members and nonmembers. We’d like to express our gratitude to AASLH for being a consistent resource during the COVID-19 pandemic closings. Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Guidelines and Procedures for...

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Jun 25 2020

Even though school’s out, summer is still a time to have fun while learning something new! Below you can find a selection of educational programs offered by some of our heritage partners. Whether you have a child interested in art or ecology, there’s plenty to keep them engaged this summer both virtually or in-person. Offered In-Person Summer Programs are back at Historic London Town and Gardens. Join their family & educational programs, including a Mini Herb Garden Workshop (Saturday, July 11, 10:30am), a Children’s Tie-Dye Tote Workshop (Saturday, July 25, 10:30am), and...

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Jun 24 2020

Even while they've been closed, many of our heritage partners have been busy keeping the public informed with articles, posts, and other creative and educational online content. If you want to stay current on what's happening in the Four Rivers Heritage area, here are some blogs not to be missed! Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Save the Bay Blog CBF's Save the Bay Blog features a range of informative, engaging, and hopeful stories about CBF, their work, and conservation issues of the moment. Hammond-Harwood House's Blog Among many topics related to this historic house museum, the...

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Jun 23 2020

Maryland Day Unpaused continues! In recognition of the family-friendly theme of this celebration, here are some virtual experiences to enjoy with the kids. Anne Arundel County Public Library hosts Facebook Live "Storytimes: Preschool Storytime," Monday-Friday at 10:30 am (Tuesdays are bilingual Spanish and English). Join library staff from across AACPL as they present stories, songs and fun each weekday morning on Facebook Live. Thursdays at 11:00 am is "Babies in Bloom" for babies ages birth to 18 months. Babies will enjoy songs and action rhymes while building early literacy skills.  Zoom programs require registration...

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Jun 22 2020

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) recently shared the following announcement with us. We want to make sure you, our partners, are aware of this initiative so you can take the opportunity to participate and create impact from your recent COVID-19 experiences.  AAM is launching a survey to create a snapshot of how US museums are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assess the impact of this crisis on our field. The information you provide will help AAM continue to advocate for funding and other forms of relief, raise public awareness regarding...

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Jun 19 2020

Celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates of the ending of slavery in the United States. Here are some ways you can observe the holiday in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, either virtually or in person. Join the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge for a Juneteenth March for Justice and Prayer Vigil on Friday, June 19. The march will begin at 2:00 pm at the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial at the corner of Clay Street & Calvert St in Annapolis. It will conclude at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial at...

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Jun 18 2020

We are excited to share a press release about the Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. Although no sites within the Four Rivers Heritage Area are recipients of this grant program this year,  we look forward to future funding opportunities offered through the State of Maryland. Historic Preservation Grants Fund Capital Projects at Three National Historic Landmarks and Seven Other Notable Historic Properties (June 17, 2020) CROWNSVILLE, MD – The Hogan administration today announced that 10 projects were recently awarded funds by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) through the Historic...

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Jun 17 2020

The Four Rivers Heritage Area has a wealth of African American stories. African Americans have lived in Annapolis for over three centuries. From the 1700s through today, one-third or more of the city of Annapolis’s population has been African American. Their lives are also documented and preserved in Anne Arundel County. Even when our heritage sites and museums are still closed, you can find online resources for researching this important part of our area’s history today. The Maryland State Archives has two digital resources available while their Search Room remains closed....

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Jun 16 2020

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) announces $1 million in available funds for African American preservation projects. The goal of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) is to identify and preserve buildings, communities, and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This year, the competitive annual program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since its inception, it has distributed nearly $10 million to 115 preservation projects. AAHPP is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly and is administered as...

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Jun 15 2020

Maryland Day Unpaused continues in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, giving our partners a chance to celebrate a belated Maryland Day virtually with new online content and experiences, as well as outdoor places to explore. Here are some activities you won’t want to miss this week. Tune in to Pride of Baltimore's Facebook page for "Fun with Flags" through June 20. June 14 was Flag Day, when they focused on the Star-Spangled Banner. They’ll also be highlighting the Maryland flag and signal flags, as well as sharing some great shots of Pride of Baltimore II with...

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