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May 17 2022

By Riley Hoaglin Anne Arundel County is full of historic landmarks. One breathtaking site is Historic London Town and Gardens. The site offers scenic water views, gorgeous trails full of stunning plants and flowers, and notable historic buildings (some are reconstructions). One of the most notable landmarks that Historic London Town has to offer is the William Brown House. William Brown was a man of many trades. He built this Georgian-style structure in 1758-1764 to be a tavern, but due to the circumstances of declining trade he lost the business and this...

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Feb 18 2022

By Riley Hoaglin We can look at dance as a universal language that brings people together from different cultures and backgrounds. There are several Four Rivers Heritage Area sites offering enriching dance companies, programs and educational opportunities that are easily accessible to the general public. For those that just love to move, and aspire to learn the fundamentals of various styles of dance, Maryland Hall, located in the Annapolis Arts District, and Chesapeake Arts Center, located in Brooklyn Park, are two great options to consider. They both offer a wide range...

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Feb 15 2022

Have you heard of the Four Rivers Heritage Story Project? Five of the videos focus on important African American stories of our history and heritage, told by individuals who lived that history. Once you view the videos, you will want to visit the related sites, to learn more. Video with Tony Spencer, about Freetown:https://youtu.be/IoVc_0aWEDY 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...

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Sep 10 2021

We are excited to share this news! "Founding Freedoms: The Essential American Documents" is a special exhibition open at the Maryland State House now through November 14. Historic Annapolis, in partnership with philanthropist and Maryland native David M. Rubenstein and the Maryland State Archives, presents a special exhibition this fall at the Maryland State House. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights have secured the liberties of Americans for almost 250 years. "Founding Freedoms: The Essential American Documents" is a rare opportunity to view important 18th-...

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Aug 31 2021

We have recently learned from Museum Director, Chanel Compton, that the Banneker-Douglass Museum plans to restore and display this important mural depicting Benjamin Banneker and Andrew Ellicott; it was originally displayed in the Maryland House Travel Plaza. To read more and learn how you can become involved, click on the link below to download your copy of this flyer. 8.31.2021-BDM-Mural-Project-Description-FINALDownload ...

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Jun 15 2020

Maryland Day Unpaused continues in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, giving our partners a chance to celebrate a belated Maryland Day virtually with new online content and experiences, as well as outdoor places to explore. Here are some activities you won’t want to miss this week. Tune in to Pride of Baltimore's Facebook page for "Fun with Flags" through June 20. June 14 was Flag Day, when they focused on the Star-Spangled Banner. They’ll also be highlighting the Maryland flag and signal flags, as well as sharing some great shots of Pride of Baltimore II with...

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Apr 30 2020

Four Rivers Announces our Newest Story Project Video! [su_youtube_advanced url="https://youtu.be/29YYAd_TnS0" rel="no" modestbranding="yes"] Watermen have long been an integral part of life in Southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and the boats they used for their trade go hand-in-hand with their way of life on the water.  A few months ago, several organizations from South County came together to showcase the intricate, hand-made wooden boat models that bring to life this key element of a waterman's life and livelihood. This video features those boat models, as well as interviews with Dorothy Whitman of the...

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Apr 28 2020

We are pleased to announce a new section of our website! Check out the Virtual Experiences listings page! While our heritage sites are currently closed to the public, many of our partners have gone virtual, offering online exhibits, educational resources, activities, webinars, video tours, and more! Four Rivers is sharing these these virtual experiences in a new section on our website to highlight our partners as they strive to remain accessible to you wherever you are. Visit our all-new Virtual Experiences page to learn more -- and continue to check back as more online...

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Apr 17 2020

Four Rivers strives to preserve and share the attractions, locations, and stories that portray the history of African American Marylanders. Their legacy and struggle have been documented and preserved here in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, allowing for visitors to experience their plight, learn about many important community members, and relive the stories that abound in our county. Even if you can’t visit in person at the moment, a number of important sites, exhibits, and memorials can be visited virtually!    Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center The Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center...

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Apr 14 2020

In a previous blog post, we discussed the important contributions artists and arts organizations make to our heritage community, and the necessity of showing them our support. Although currently closed to the public, many of our partners are now offering virtual tours of their exhibits. Now’s the perfect time to discover, or rediscover, what’s on offer in our Annapolis galleries! Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Take the Digital Gallery Tour of Unnatural Causes: Art of a Critical Nature. Maryland Hall has created a blog along with a complimentary video tour of...

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