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Sep 04 2020

Thank you to Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for providing the following information about local commemorations of International Underground Railroad Month! For the second consecutive year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed September International Underground Railroad Month. The statewide commemoration salutes all who worked to end slavery and pave the way for the more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed in the United States. Annapolis and Anne Arundel county attractions and historical sites are among many across the state that have helped earn Maryland the designation of being the most powerful...

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Sep 03 2020

Preservation Maryland’s Best of Maryland Awards shine a spotlight on the tireless work of volunteers, architects, artisans, and legislators doing the essential work of protecting the places that make Maryland such a special place to live, work, explore - and celebrate. We’d like to especially recognize the awardees located within the Four Rivers Heritage Area! The Maryland Department of General Services - Winner of the Stewardship Award. Under the direction of the Maryland Department of General Services, one of Annapolis’s historic post offices just underwent a world-class and comprehensive adaptive reuse program...

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Sep 02 2020

Museums across the United States have a few opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for the following grant programs (click on the grant name for more information): Museums for America Grant Amount: $5,000–$250,000 Program Overview: The Museums for America program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000 Program Overview: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative...

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Aug 31 2020

Looking for something to do before or during the holiday weekend? This week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area it's all about art and artists! Virtual lectures by Historic Annapolis are still going strong! This week, join them for Virtual Lecture on Annapolis and Colonial Painters on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 pm. Some of the most well-known Colonial artists regularly worked in Annapolis. Join Curator of Collections, Robin Matty, for this intimate look not only at the people portrayed, but also the artists who painted them. Discover why prominent members...

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Aug 28 2020

Reminder, the following grants through the State of Maryland are still open and accepting applications for eligible nonprofits. Deadlines are coming up soon in September (one closes early next week) so be sure to apply while funds are available! Click on the grant title for more information. Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) Grant Funding Organization: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Deadline: The application portal will close September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM a​​t the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding. Guidelines: The Maryland Department of Housing...

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Aug 26 2020

Anne Arundel Encourages Residents to Appreciate Local History The first round of roadside “Historic Markers” were installed earlier this year, with little fanfare amid the immediate public health threat posed by COVID-19 in March. Today, Anne Arundel County wants its residents to get outside, enjoy fresh air and visit local historical sites, while social distancing during staycations spent more safely closer to home. The historic marker program, developed by the Cultural Resources Division, Office of Planning and Zoning, is designed to raise public awareness about some of the County’s most significant historic...

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Aug 24 2020

Thursday is a busy day for local events this week. Even though "Colonial Cocktails: Syllabub & Sangaree" and Historic London Town and Gardens is sold out, here are some other opportunities to learn and engage. Join Historic Annapolis for a Virtual Lecture on Hamilton, the Man and the Musical, on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm. Alexander Hamilton has always been known as a central player in America’s early history, but the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has focused new attention on the life and career of this fascinating individual. This multimedia...

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Aug 21 2020

In case you missed it, this week Carol Benson, Executive Director of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, joined County Executive Stuart Pittman and others for a discussion on "Vacationing in Place" in Anne Arundel County, and the recording is now available. Learn more about some of the great things to see and do in our county by watching the video below. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/AACoExec/videos/307178954036962[/embed]   And find more information here about the featured heritage sites currently open to the public: Historic London Town and Gardens Historic London Town and Gardens is a twenty-three acre park featuring history, archaeology,...

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Aug 20 2020

The below information was shared with us by the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism (OTD), and we wanted to be sure to make our partners aware of these great tools and resources as we all prepare to celebrate International Underground Railroad Month. This September, join Maryland’s commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month and inspire visitors to travel to learn about the Underground Railroad. For all the information and details about how you can participate in International Underground Railroad Month, please visit the Department of Commerce Office of Tourism website. Current visitor research...

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Aug 19 2020

Yesterday, August 18, 2020, was an important anniversary, the centennial of the passing of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. We encourage you to continue the recognition of this milestone by joining the 2020 Women's Centennial Summit on Wednesday, August 26. This Summit is presented by the Maryland Commission for Women in partnership with The Foundation for the Maryland Commission for Women & The Maryland Commission on the Commemoration of ​the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Presented virtually,...

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