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Feb 03 2023

By Riley Hoaglin Located in the heart of downtown Annapolis is an imaginative museum curated by HistoricAnnapolis. Housed within the Museum of Historic Annapolis is a new permanent exhibition, "Annapolis: An American Story,” which focuses on the history of Annapolis over the past 400 years. The museum has three floors, and the exhibition follows a historical timeline. The timeline showcases major historical points in Annapolis’s history using historical artifacts and interactive components. The timeline starts in 1650, in the first chronological gallery. My favorite item in the first room was the printing...

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Feb 03 2023

On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Mayor Gavin Buckley issued a proclamation recognizing February 2023 as Black History Month in the City of Annapolis. Historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson created “Negro History Week” in 1926 (during the Jim Crow era) to encourage the study of Black life and history. Black History Month was officially recognized by Presidential Proclamation in 1976 as part of the nation's bicentennial celebrations. It aims to honor the contributions African Americans have made and to recognize their sacrifices. “Celebrating the contributions of African Americans honors not only...

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Jan 25 2023

In 2022, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area brought $367,768 in state funding to capital and non-capital projects at heritage sites, museums, and non-profit organizations in our area, as well as three grants to ALTSCHA, which include support for our important Mini-Grant program. The Mini-Grants were funded by a Block Grant from the state, plus $1,494 in private funds. These fully-matched grants leveraged more than $878,000 in total project costs. The full list of grants awarded is below: Grants-Grid-2022-2Download ...

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Jan 24 2023

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and active supporters of the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area this past year! In 2022, we received major grant support from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis, and benefited from a generous partner relationship with Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County (VAAAC). We are also grateful to the following donors: Louis Biondi, *Linnell Bowen, Tara Clifford, Deborah Coons, Dianne Feeney, Lynne Forsman, Mark Hildebrand, *Timothy Leahy, *Gertrude Makell, *Diane Nowak-Waring, Emily Oland Squires, Cathy Oliver, Openshaw Charitable...

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Jan 23 2023

Each year, grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) contribute significantly to heritage resources and attractions that tell our stories and strengthen the museums, history centers, exhibits, and attractions that heritage tourists visit in our area. This listing of MHAA grants closed in 2022 is only a fraction of the ongoing work that this vital source of state funding supports. The three partner sites in the list used MHAA matching funds to create outstanding new additions to the heritage interpretation in our heritage area: the Woodlawn History Center at...

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Jan 09 2023

By Riley Hoaglin I recently had the opportunity to take a marvelous tour of the Chesapeake Arts Center (CAC). A few words that come to mind after visiting were: creative, inspiring, entertaining, and all-inclusive. Their facility is packed with high-end equipment, and it has a beautiful performing art space, and so much more! This hidden gem is located in Northern Anne Arundel County, near the Baltimore Beltway. The Chesapeake Arts Center is a 58,000-square-foot multi-discipline arts facility. CAC offers a wide variety of art classes, diverse performances, and art exhibits. Hal Gomer Gallery I...

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Dec 21 2022

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) FY 2024 grant materials for heritage tourism capital and non-capital projects are now available, including a newly revised and streamlined application! (PLEASE NOTE that the questions in the application have changed.) Over $5 million in grant funding will be available for heritage tourism and education projects across Maryland’s 13 heritage areas. Begin the first step in the application process by completing the Intent to Apply form (due January 31, 2023) on the MHAA website and mark your calendar to attend one of several virtual and in-person information sessions. Begin the first...

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Dec 20 2022

A new educational toolbox highlighting 13,000 years of indigenous presence in Anne Arundel County The Lost Towns Project, Inc., in collaboration with archaeologists with the County's Cultural Resources Section, is proud to announce the launch of “Native American Archaeology in Anne Arundel County, Maryland: A Heritage Toolbox.” Designed for students, teachers, and the curious public, this virtual toolbox shares exciting local archaeological discoveries, along with images of artifacts from the County's vast archaeological holdings that have helped document and reveal the deep history of indigenous peoples in what is today known as...

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Dec 13 2022

Maryland Day Are you looking forward to Maryland Day Weekend 2023? It is shaping up to be another great collaborative event, featuring numerous partners across the heritage area offering activities for ONE DOLLAR OR FREE that are all family-friendly! The dates for 2023 are March 31-April 1. (We choose these dates so as not to compete with the popular Annapolis Film Festival.) Thanks to the Chesapeake Children's Museum for once again taking the event management role! And please be patient while the Maryland Day event website is continually updated as partners...

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Nov 30 2022

By Riley Hoaglin Are you looking for a new park to explore? Then, I have just the charming park for you! Downs Park, positioned on the breathtaking Chesapeake Bay, is just a short drive away. The park has 236 acres, playgrounds, trails, and much more! The best part of the park is it is dog-friendly! When you enter the park, you will follow a paved trail showcasing the extensive park. The trail ends with a large parking lot where you can start your exploration. My dog and I started on the shoreline;...

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