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July 2022

Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Awards Grants Totaling $301,273 to Anne Arundel County Heritage Organizations

Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 8 new grants totaling $301,273 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 8 local grants are among 107 matching grants totaling $5.1 million awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland. “Heritage tourism is an economic development tool that creates jobs and brings visitors to the state while...

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Chesapeake Crossroads Inc. Releases RFP for Five-Year Planning Consultant

Chesapeake Crossroads has released an RFP for a Consultant to help us with our Five-Year Planning. Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is undertaking a Five-Year Planning Process and is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to assist us in our process. Although we aim for a plan that meets our own organization’s needs and goals, we will also utilize a template provided by our primary funder, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), and incorporate newly-amended Interpretive Themes developed through a separate process (see below). A draft plan is to be completed...

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Learn More about Freetown — View the “Story Project” Video Featuring Tony Spencer

One of our favorite “Story Project” videos features Tony Spencer. Tony Spencer was born and educated in Anne Arundel County. A renowned performing and vocal recording artist, composer, poet, model and storyteller, Tony was surprised to discover the impact his great great grandfather, James Spencer, had in founding a safe haven for African-Americans in our community.  This is Tony’s story of discovering his family’s ties to Freetown and the significance that it has in our history and the heritage of our area. Learn more about Tony Spencer, below, and then...

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Woodlawn History Center and Welcome Center for SERC Opens to the Public

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Welcome Center and History Exhibit! This is an outstanding new attraction that is well worth a visit! The Woodlawn History Center will be open to visitors every Saturday going forward, from 10am through 12:30pm. Visits are free and no advance signups are required. Built in 1735, Woodlawn is the oldest Smithsonian building still in its original location. According to the site's website, "For nearly two centuries, Woodlawn served as the plantation home of the Sellman family. Coming...

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A Fresh Take: Historic London Town’s Gardens

By Riley Hoaglin Have you had the chance to visit Historic London Town's Gardens? If you are an anthophile (a person who loves flowers and all things plants), then you have to check out their trails that showcase diverse botanical gardens, a Sound & Sensory garden for kids, and so much more. Historic London Town and Gardens, located in Edgewater, offers educational exhibits and historic buildings -- both restored structures and reconstructions -- but they also have a trail that leads you through all the different areas of the gardens. There...

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Take the Miller History Fund Survey

Our friends at the Maryland Center for History and Culture need your help! If you are part of an organization working in the public history sector, please take the Miller History Fund Survey to help provide them with an assessment of the program to ensure it is meeting the needs of stewards and making a real impact on our sector. The Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. History Fund provides support for projects at historical organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The goal is to build the long-term capacity and resiliency of...

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Resources for Developing Interpretive Themes – Revised!

The Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area will be revisiting its Interpretive Themes as part of the Five-Year Planning Process it is undertaking this year (FY2023). In advance of the meetings that will be held, we wanted to collect and share resources about this task. Interpretive Themes play a large role in the MHAA application process. Grant applicants are asked to refer to the themes when they describe their proposed projects, and the applications are judged on their answers. Because of this. we want to examine both what they are, and how they...

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A Fresh Take – A U.S. Naval Academy Tour

By Riley Hoaglin We all know that the U.S. Naval Academy is our neighbor, but have you had the chance to take a tour of the breathtaking campus? I recently had the opportunity to experience a guided tour, and I can say the campus is spectacular. With so much history on view, a trip through the gates into "The Yard" takes you into another world. I signed up for a guided group tour offered by the Naval Academy Visitor Center. The tour lasts about an hour and a half and takes you...

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