January 2021

Jan 28 2021

Take the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Demographic Survey

If you are one of our partners who have applied for or have received an MHAA Grant, there's still time for you to take the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Demographic Survey, which closes on Monday, February 1. You already know that Maryland's Heritage Areas preserve and celebrate our state's history and cultural traditions while creating place-based experiences for visitors and residents alike. They are where the intertwined stories of the people, land and waters are told. The MHAA is asking for your help to know more. In an effort to assess the...

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Jan 26 2021

Read our 2020 Annual Report

Four Rivers is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report. As we are sure is true for us all, 2020 had two periods: Pre-COVID and Post-COVID. Read about the grants awarded, Heritage Awards honorees, sponsorships, and more. As we write 2020 into the books, we look forward to much more to come in 2021! Download the report here: Newsletter 44 and 2020 Annual Report...

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Jan 26 2021

FAQs! MHAA Heritage Tourism Grants — And Application Pointers

Important reminder! The online "Intent to Apply" form for the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY 2022 grants cycle is due no later than 11:59 pm on January 29, 2021. Completing this form will allow you to access the online application. Full applications are due online on March 1, 2021 for the Four Rivers Heritage Area. To help you with your application process, MHAA has created links to the portions of the recorded webinar that address some applicant FAQs and other specific subject matter. Each link will take you to a...

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Jan 25 2021

Events This Week: January 25-31

The best thing about virtual events is you can still attend them, even if there's a threat of winter weather this week! We hope you enjoy these offerings from our partners while you stay safe and warm. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Event - Coffee with Ken! Arts in Service: Broadening the Mission Date: Tuesday, January 26 Time: 9:00 am Location: Online Host Organization: Maryland State Arts Council Join Ken and guests Rina Thaler of the Art League of Ocean City and Allison Weiss of the Sandy Spring Museum...

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Jan 23 2021

Now Open: BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program

Although most of our heritage partners are nonprofits, many of our community supporters are local businesses, and so we wanted to share this special grant opportunity from BGE with our valued friends. BGE Energizing Small Business Grants Program Eligible businesses located in BGE's service area have three opportunities to apply for BGE Energizing Small Business Grants of up to $20,000. To be eligible, a business must have between two and 25 employees, less than $7 million in annual revenue, a demonstrated need for support, a strong plan for moving forward, and be...

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Four Rivers Heritage Area’s Economic Impact Estimated at $244.8 Million

Results of State-Funded Study Announced ANNAPOLIS, January 21, 2021 –Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), the governing body of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, today released the results of a study that estimates the contribution of the Four Rivers Heritage Area to the statewide economy to be more than $244.8 million, and 3,469 jobs. “At Four Rivers Heritage Area our top priority is the development of heritage tourism, but it is important to note that Four Rivers Heritage Area also plays a vital role in both the state and the regional economies. Our...

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Jan 21 2021

Maryland Historical Trust Releases Economic Impact Study for 13 Maryland Certified Heritage Areas in Maryland

Study measures economic contributions, job support, and tax impact (January 21, 2021) ANNAPOLIS, MD — Maryland’s 13 heritage areas, funded through the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and overseen by the Maryland Heritage Area Authority (MHAA) generated a total impact on the state’s economy of more than $2.4 billion in FY19, according to an economic contribution analysis released today. The study further concluded that the economic activity of MHAA supported or sustained 33,815 jobs throughout the state. “Maryland’s investment in MHAA is generating a valuable economic impact on the region and helping support...

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Jan 20 2021

Introduction to Using Clio

"What is CLIO? Clio is your guide to the history and culture around you. We have 38407 historical entries from all across the country. 346 new entries have been added and 466 entries have been improved in the last 30 days." -- from the Clio website, Four Rivers may be able to use Clio for a virtual tour of the new areas to be added to the heritage area as part of our Boundary Amendment. Some of our heritage sites may want to use Clio to create tours of their site. Here is the message Four Rivers...

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Jan 19 2021

Events This Week: January 19-24

Even with the short week, if you're looking for education and entertainment there's still a variety of events to explore! From lectures on colonial history, early Maryland drinks, and shipbuilding, to a training on marketing, we're sure you'll enjoy theses offerings from our partners. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Lecture – Planting an Empire  Date: TODAY, Tuesday, January 19 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Planting an Empire is the only modern, comprehensive history of the Chesapeake colonies, but writing it wasn’t a simple task. While two...

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Jan 15 2021

Activities to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. This Weekend

This upcoming three-day weekend honors Martin Luther King Jr. and his role as a prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. Join some of our partners to mark the occasion and learn more about how you can help continue his legacy of activism. First, visit Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase St, Annapolis) to view their new exhibit "The Art of Activism." Maryland Hall, in partnership with the Banneker Douglass Museum and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, invited Maryland-based Black artists, whose work encapsulates activism and...

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