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May 14 2020

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Tuesday, May 12, Four Rivers hosted a webinar entitled, “Strategies for Making Heritage Sites Accessible.” This webinar featured Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who led a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility, the ethical and legal requirements of ADA compliance, strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY of planning for all audiences, and how these efforts can improve the visitor experience for all. View recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/OT9F0VSFI9k Download the slides from the webinar here: Four Rivers Accessibility Workshop 2020 Mr. Forloney shared an extensive list...

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May 13 2020

In FY2021, funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to the Maryland Historical Trust to be awarded as Non-Capital Grants. Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions may apply for Non-Capital Grants. These grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Eligible activities may include preservation plans, historic and cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs, and National Register nominations. Eligible Applicants Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply...

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May 12 2020

May is one of the most beautiful months in Maryland, and as long as it’s done safely, there are plenty of places and opportunities to get out in nature while complying with social distancing measures. After all, fresh air and sunshine are good for our health.   Following Governor Larry’s Hogan’s Update Regarding Maryland’s Stay at Home Order and Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation, individual and small group sports are now permitted and closed functions at state parks are reopened, including all state beaches and playgrounds If you’re looking for a state park...

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May 11 2020

Join the Four Rivers Heritage Area on Tuesday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m., for Strategies for Making Heritage Sites Accessible. While our partners’ sites are closed to the public, we know you have been hard at work planning for the future, including ways to fill accessibility “gaps” and welcoming all audiences. This webinar features Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who will lead a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility. He will focus on the ethical and legal requirements of ADA compliancy, strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY...

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May 08 2020

Last week we announced our new Virtual Experiences page, highlighting a variety of online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, and video tours from our partners. Are you interested in offering a virtual experience for your visitors? Below are some tools that can help you create a virtual tour or even venture into augmented reality. Clio Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you. Discover nearby historical and cultural sites. Each entry and walking tour is created by local historians, universities, historic sites, and museums. With a free Institution Account,...

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May 07 2020

Many of our previous posts have focused on how you can take care of your organization throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is also important that you take care of yourself. The following resources offer support and encouragement to help you cope with the wide range of health- and wellness-related challenges you may be experiencing during this crisis.   The American Alliance of Museums shared an article on Seeking Self-Care Solutions, for COVID-19 and Beyond, sharing some of the biggest stressors facing museum employees and ways employees and...

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May 06 2020

Our nonprofit donors play an integral role in allowing us to fulfill our missions. For that reason, even with our sites closed for now, donor engagement remains important. The resources listed below may be helpful to reach a better understanding of how this engagement might change and evolve due to our shared experiences with COVID-19, and how we may want to shift our approaches towards donor relations in order to ensure the financial sustainability of our organizations.  Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and...

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May 05 2020

As we begin to look towards reopening and deciding how our organizations can best respond to the current crisis, we will depend upon the support and leadership of our boards to help guide us. Below, find some resources for nonprofit boards during COVID-19. American Alliance of Museums has put together a selection of resources on Leading in Time of Crisis to help guide nonprofit leaders and board members. In this section, you will find information for cultivating effective leadership practices and be inspired by examples of visionary leaders who have found...

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May 04 2020

Our local heritage sites have done a fantastic job in adapting and adjusting to the current crisis. Now is the time to start planning ahead to reopening and determining what’s next for your organization. The below resources have helpful guides to assist you in the process. American Association for State and Local History First, read AASLH’s It’s Strategic to Think of the Future: Strategic Planning in the Time of COVID-19 to understand why you need to start thinking now not only about your pending reopening, but what your organization will look like...

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Apr 30 2020

Applications Open May 1 Maryland Humanities is accepting applications to its $500,000 CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants Fund. The funding is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the CARES Act. The goal of this new program is to sustain Maryland’s public humanities infrastructure and to ensure that organizations can continue to provide opportunities for Maryland’s diverse communities to access and engage with public history, cultural heritage, and civic learning during this unprecedented time. Grants will support nonprofit general operating expenses. Eligible nonprofit organizations include: museums, historic sites,...

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