June 2023

Listen to the Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park Town Hall

The Crownsville Hospital Memorial Park is an exciting new County initative that invites YOUR feedback and ideas! On Tuesday, June 27, the County held a Town Hall about the future of the Park that was well-attended and attracted lots of ideas already! To listen to the Town Hall meeting recording, click here: County Overview: What Do We Own Now? Full Parcel: Approximately 500 acres containing 76 structuresMaryland Environmental Trust Easement: Approximately 160 acresMaryland Historic Trust Easement: Approximately 20 acres surrounding the core historic building complex comprised of 10 structures, all property development...

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Bates Legacy Center Seeks Former Students and Supporters for Quilting Project

The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center invites the public to participate in the Bates Legacy Center Story Telling Quilt Project! The Center is developing six Documentary Story Quilts as part of a project funded in part by a FY2023 Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) Grant. There have been two quilt planning sessions to date and the third has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m. at the Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis. All are invited! The six quilts planned will group graduating classes together by decade (1930's,...

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Hands on History: A Visit to the Anne Arundel Archaeology Laboratory and The Lost Towns Project

By Hess Stinson My curiosity leads me to the best places. Recently, I took up the opportunity to volunteer at the Anne Arundel Archaeology Lab (, an experience that left me in awe of the rich history hidden beneath the surface of our everyday lives. As I held fragments of objects that were once essential to people's daily routines, I couldn't help but feel a deep connection to the past and a profound appreciation for the work of archaeologists in uncovering these stories. As someone who embarked on independent heritage work...

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A Fresh Take: Woodlawn History Center at SERC

By Riley Hoaglin Anne Arundel County is a treasure trove of remarkable attractions and hidden gems, but there is one site in particular that has captured my heart and become my new favorite spot. Nestled within the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) (website: in Edgewater, the Woodlawn History Center includes captivating details of local history and houses an impressive collection of engaging artifacts. Since its opening in July, the Woodlawn History Center has been a place to go to learn about enthralling stories that originate right in our own backyard. Dating...

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A Fresh Take: Anne Arundel County Free School Museum

By Riley Hoaglin The Anne Arundel County Free School is a fascinating historical museum that offers a glimpse into education in the 1700s. Initially, the school served as a boarding school exclusively for boys, but over time, it evolved into a co-educational institution. At its peak, the school had 62 students and counted notable individuals like Johns Hopkins among its alumni. However, after the Civil War, many young men had to leave school to return to work on farms. When you visit the museum, you'll find an authentic representation of a 1700s...

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