February 2024

Workshop on “Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Disabilities” Adds Exciting New Speakers

We are excited to share that our workshop on March 1 at Maryland Hall, "Improving the Visitor Experience for Visitors with Physical Disabilities," has added exciting new speakers! Due to the withdrawal of a planned speaker due to medical issues, we are bringing some high-powered personnel to the podium, and you won't want to miss this event. Please help us spread the word! Speakers include: Beth Ziebarth, Head Diversity Officer for the Smithsonian, Ann Deschamps, Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, Meredith Peruzzi, Director of the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University,...

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Maryland 250 Commission Virtual Statewide Convenings and Virtual Office Hours

Michele Johnson, Director of the Maryland 250 Commission has released the 2024 schedule of virtual statewide convenings and virtual office hours.  Please email Maryland 250 Assistant Administrator, Erin Bode, at [email protected] to request calendar invitations for virtual convenings and/or virtual office hours.  Virtual statewide convenings are scheduled every six weeks, starting with the inaugural convening on Wednesday, February 21, at 3:00pm with an overview of the 250th and national and state themes. Each virtual convening will begin with a brief presentation; then, stakeholders will have an opportunity to share updates on the status...

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Dr. Eric Elston Joins the CCHA Board

Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area welcomes Dr. Eric Elston to its Board of Directors. We are pleased to share this bio of Dr. Elston: A devoted servant leader, Dr. Eric Elston has dedicated his life to inspiring and motivating our youth. For the last 25 years, Eric stands as a driving force for positive change. A graduate of, and ultimately serving on the Board of Directors of Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship program underscores his commitment to community development. Currently, he holds positions on various boards, including the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, Annapolis...

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DEADLINE EXTENDED for Request For Proposals (RFP) for Website Photography

Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is requesting proposals from experienced photographers to provide professional photography services and image processing for vibrant and appealing images of our heritage attractions and public spaces to be featured in "phase one" of its website redesign project. NOTE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. REVISED DUE DATE: 2-20-24. DEADLINE EXTENDED - New Due Date: February 20, 2024. Questions? Please e-mail the Executive Director at [email protected]. Thanks! ...

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Resources for Planning for the Semiquincentennial — America 250

Is your organization planning for America's 250th, but you don't know where to turn for resources, or funding? We think the most useful list out there is developed by the Maryland Museums Association! Visit the MMA's dedicated page for "Resources" -- the first category on the list is Semiquincentennial. There is an extensive list there of planning resources and information -- and below that there is a useful list of funding sources as well! Here at CCHA, we plan to add more local sources of information on Annapolis and Anne...

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General Assembly Advocacy News for History and Heritage Bills

Our friends at Maryland Museums Association (MMA) have shared the following update: 1. Senator Guy Guzzone and Delegate Ben Barnes have sponsored and filed a bill to fund the Museums Assistance Program again, afterb a hiatus of more than 10 years: “Maryland Historical Trust - Historical and Cultural Museum Assistance Program – Funding (SB0616/HB0688) calls for authorizing the Governor beginning in fiscal year 2025 and each fiscal year thereafter, to include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of $5,000,000 to the Maryland Historical Trust to be used to provide grants to...

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