October 2023

Join Chesapeake Crossroads for the Twentieth Annual Heritage Awards on Thursday, November 2

Celebrate history, heritage and excellence as the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area celebrates its Nineteenth Annual Heritage Awards! These awards recognize individuals, organizations, programs and achievements that contribute to our community by interpreting, promoting, preserving, researching and/or supporting our historical legacy. Please join us as we gather again to reconnect and celebrate this year’s outstanding honorees! HERITAGE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Christine Simmons, Anne Arundel Genealogical Society HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD - Archaeology of Jug Bay: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Section, Lost Towns Project HERITAGE PROFESSIONAL...

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Annearrundell County Free School Commemorates Historic 300th Anniversary

Official Ceremony & Plaque Unveiling - Thursday, October 26, 2023 Family Fun Festival - Saturday, October 28, 2023 On October 26, 1723 Maryland's colonial assembly passed The Free School Act, establishing "free schools" in Maryland's existing twelve counties. The only one of these schools still standing, the Annearrundell County Free School, located at 1298 Lavall Drive, Davidsonville, commemorates its 300th anniversary, to the day, on Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 11am.  The event features a plaque unveiling and special remarks by Anne Arundel County Board of Education Vice President Robert Silkworth, Anne Arundel...

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A Fresh Take: Maryland Hall

By Riley Hoaglin Anne Arundel County is brimming with captivating destinations waiting to be explored and visited. One exceptional gem in Annapolis renowned for its role as an arts hub is Maryland Hall, at 801 Chase Street in Annapolis. I should admit my bias, having worked there (!), but it truly stands out as a wonderful venue for immersing oneself in the world of the arts. This landmark for the arts is located in the original Annapolis High School. Maryland Hall was founded in 1979 by a group of visionary artists who...

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Maryland History and Culture Collaborative Hosts Zoom presentation by Michele Johnson about Maryland 250

The Maryland History and Culture Collaborative (MHCC) will host a virtual meeting on Friday, October 27, 2023 from 10:00 AM to Noon for a presentation by Michele W. Johnson. Ms. Johnson is Executive Director of Maryland 250, a commission dedicated to commemorating diverse aspects of American life and culture in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Ms. Johnson will talk about how museums, libraries and archives across Maryland can receive the Commission’s support for telling their communities’ stories, including grant opportunities that are forthcoming. There will be a lot...

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Bates Legacy Center Quilting Project – NEW October Update

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 five quilt planning sessions to date, at the Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis (see below). All are invited to participate! Bring your memorabilia to share, and have it scanned! Update from Mr. Joseph Butler: "We told you at our last quilting...

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