August 2021

Learn About the Banneker Mural Project

We have recently learned from Museum Director, Chanel Compton, that the Banneker-Douglass Museum plans to restore and display this important mural depicting Benjamin Banneker and Andrew Ellicott; it was originally displayed in the Maryland House Travel Plaza. To read more and learn how you can become involved, click on the link below to download your copy of this flyer. 8.31.2021-BDM-Mural-Project-Description-FINALDownload ...

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Fall Mini-Grant Round Is Announced

Four Rivers Heritage Area is pleased to announce the availability of our Fall FY22 Mini-Grants! Visit the Mini-Grants tab on our Grants page to access the Application and Guidelines. Click on the Mini-Grants tab.  Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 6 and funding decisions will be announced by October 29, 2021. These Mini-Grants are available for new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products, and events. We encourage Mini-Grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships and enhanced heritage tourism, preservation, and/or the stewardship of historical, cultural, and natural resources. Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply...

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Call for Nominations for 18th Annual Heritage Awards

Do you know a great heritage practitioner? Perhaps a valuable staff member or dedicated volunteer you would like to publicly acknowledge? Four Rivers Heritage Area seeks nominations for its Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy. In 2021, nominations are invited in ten categories, including Heritage Tourism Product Award, Heritage Volunteer Award, Heritage Partnership Award, Heritage Professional of the Year, Heritage Interpreter of the Year, Legacy Award, and Public/Private Initiative...

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Aug 30 2021

Advocates for Herring Bay Publish Booklet: “Herring Bay: Landscapes and Legacies”

We have just learned from our contact Kathy Gramp in Herring Bay that the Advocates for Herring Bay (AHB) have printed 800 copies of Herring Bay: Landscapes and Legacies, a short booklet prepared in conjunction with the Scenic Rivers Land Trust under a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.  This is an informative, well-written and fully-illustrated booklet about this area's rich past. A PDF of the booklet is available on AHB's website ( Here is a direct link to download your copy: Thank you for sharing your news, Kathy, and congratulations!...

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Aug 30 2021

Events This Week: August 30-September 5

Even with summer ending soon and Labor Day weekend coming up, there's still plenty to do in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Learn more about electric vehicles, the restoration of an Annapolis landmark, a little colonial cultural history, or visit one of our recently-added heritage sites. Whatever your interest, there's something for you to enjoy! Click on the event title for more information. EVs & Ice Cream: Get the Scoop on Driving Electric Date: Monday, August 30 Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Location: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis Host Organization: Annapolis...

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Aug 26 2021

Nomination Information for MSAC’s 2022 Heritage Awards

Know of an individual, place, or tradition that exemplifies outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture? Maryland State Arts Council's 2022 Heritage Award nominations open September 1st! Find more information below, including guidance on how to submit a nomination and contact information for further questions. Maryland Traditions, the traditional arts program of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), has given Heritage Awards annually since 2007. Awards are given based on a nominee’s sustained commitment to a particular traditional practice, current importance to communities in which that traditional practice is important, and...

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Aug 23 2021

Events This Week: August 23-29

Virtual lectures are still going strong, so take the opportunity to learn some history from the the comfort of your home! And even though we like to highlight events taking place this week to give our partners a little extra promotion, don't forget to check our events calendar to see what's coming up next week and next month so you don't miss a thing. Click on the event title for more information. Virtual Lecture - Courtly and Highly Prized: Dutch Traders in the 17th Century Chesapeake Date: Tuesday, August 24 Time: 7:30...

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Aug 19 2021

Banneker-Douglass Museum’s Call for Vendors for Re-Opening Event

Please see below an announcement from our friends at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. We're looking forward to their Grand Re-opening on Saturday, September 18, and you can be a part of it as well! Banneker-Douglass Museum is currently in search of: Food trucks and other food vendors. Local non-profits and community-based businesses. Performing artists (singers, dance troops, etc.). Volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Current and new community partners looking to highlight their platforms and more! African American-themed businesses are encouraged to inquire. The deadline for application submissions is Friday,...

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Aug 16 2021

Events This Week: August 16-22

Enjoy this week's events from our partners, including the chance to travel back in time with some living history! Click on the event title for more information. Mr. Paca’s Garden: Summer Storytime, “Planting A Rainbow" Date: Tuesday, August 17 Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 – 11:30 am Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street Host Organization: Historic Annapolis Have you ever taken a moment to notice all the brilliant colors in a garden? This story, "Planting A Rainbow," follows a mother and daughter’s adventure as they...

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City of Annapolis to Inaugurate ‘Alex Haley Day’

Please see below an announcement from the City of Annapolis regarding the proclamation of "Alex Haley Day." We look forward to commemorating this renowned author on this special day. City of Annapolis to Inaugurate ‘Alex Haley Day’ on the Author’s 100th Birthday at City Dock at 10 a.m. on August 14 The City of Annapolis will commemorate journalist and author Alex Haley with an “Alex Haley Day” public ceremony at City Dock at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 14. The occasion is to honor Haley’s centennial birth date: Aug. 11. Haley is known...

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