December 2021

Our Year in Pictures

This was a milestone year in the Four Rivers Heritage Area! We announced our economic impact, expanded our boundaries, welcomed new partners, funded new projects, celebrated our 20th Anniversary, and embarked on a rebranding process! We'll be sure to announce our NEXT big news here on our website, so stay tuned! ...

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News for Prospective Applicants for MHAA Grants

Carol Benson, Executive Director of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, urges prospective applicants for this year's MHAA grant round to begin gathering information as soon as possible. Benson states, "This year's MHAA grant round will be more challenging than ever, for a variety of reasons, including our expectation that we will have more new partners applying due to our boundary expansion. We specifically encourage new partners to apply, and we are anticipating developing new materials and means of technical assistance to assist them. The application process is not arduous, but...

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The Big Reveal
Dec 09 2021

Four Rivers Heritage Area is Getting a New Name!

As you know, the Four Rivers Boundaries have expanded! One of the defining aspects of the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Program is its emphasis on Interpretive Themes. With our new boundary expansion, we have greatly augmented the theme of African American Heritage, and we have extended our maritime theme of “Commerce to Recreation” to a land-based version, focused on railroads and trails. Finally, we have added distinctive new natural experiences, some of which will help us share the Native American story of our area. We will be better able to provide...

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Dec 07 2021

A Special Year-End Appeal

It's that time of year! It's time for year-end appeal letters, and our organization is no exception. Here's our message: This year, the Four Rivers Heritage Area proudly celebrated its twenty-year anniversary.  While this milestone provided an opportunity to reflect on our impact over the past two decades, the staff and Board of Directors of the Four Rivers Heritage Area are equally excited and enthusiastic about the future. We are especially thankful that in 2021, the Four Rivers boundary amendment was approved and we were able to expand our footprint to include...

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Dec 06 2021

Events This Week: December 6-12

Holiday events continue this week, especially the chance to do some gift shopping. Support downtown Annapolis businesses at Midnight Madness or local artists through the Muddy Creek Artists Guild. You can also take a break from holiday planning to view the decorations at a special Hammond-Harwood House event. And don't forget, online programs are still an option as well! See what's happening below. Click on the event title for more information. Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Bear Says Thanks” Date: Tuesday, December 7Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 –...

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MHAA Announces FY 2023 Grant Round

Grant Funding Available for Heritage Tourism Projects Across Maryland! The Maryland Heritage Areas Program Encourages Economic Development Through Heritage Tourism Grants. The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), an independent state entity under the Maryland Department of Planning, is accepting applications for FY23 grants under the Maryland Heritage Areas Grant Program. This grant program assists and encourages the preservation of historical, archeological, natural, and cultural resources while supporting economic development through heritage tourism across Maryland. Eligible projects must take place within the boundaries of one of the 13 certified heritage areas. Eligible applicants...

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