May 28 2020

Interview with Dani Bottcher, Acting Executive Director at Visit Annapolis

[caption id="attachment_27894" align="alignleft" width="163"] Dani Bottcher, Visit Annapolis[/caption] In yesterday's blog post, we talked about some of the great work Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County does as the Destination Marketing Organization for the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Today, we get to know Dani Bottcher, Acting Executive Director, and learn more about her ideas for the organization's future. FR: People may not realize you’ve been with the Visitors Center for a while, what most appealed to you about going to work there? DB: I have worked at the Visitors Center for 9 years....

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Four Rivers Heritage South County Boat models Event
Apr 30 2020

See Our Newest Video — Experience the Wooden Boat Models of South County

Four Rivers Announces our Newest Story Project Video! [su_youtube_advanced url="" 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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Interview with Mark Hildebrand, Annapolis Documentarian

Hope Stewart of Four Rivers recently talked with Mark Hildebrand of Make Your Mark Media about his documentary projects, the new Annapolis history wiki, and how he engages students from AACPS to help tell and preserve the stories of our area’s past.   How did you develop an interest in working on history and heritage related documentaries?  I grew up in Annapolis so have always been aware of history. After all, it’s all around us. But surprisingly enough, it was not my original intention to create historical documentaries. When I decided to...

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An Interview with Gertrude Makell, President of the Galesville Community Center

There’s a lot happening in Galesville these days, from ballfield commemorations to public genealogy workshops.  Hope Stewart of Four Rivers talked with Gertrude Makell, President of the Galesville Community Center and a Four Rivers Heritage Area Board member, about this South County town and her efforts to preserve its history.  The Galesville Community Center went from being uninhabitable to a beautiful center. Tell me about this process? The Galesville Community Center is located in one of the few remaining Rosenwald Schools in Anne Arundel County (schools built for African American children...

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An Interview with Elaine Rice Bachmann, Deputy State Archivist

Some exciting plans are in the works for new displays and exhibits at the State House. Hope Stewart of Four Rivers interviewed Elaine Rice Bachmann, Deputy State Archivist and Secretary of the State House Trust (and past honoree as Four Rivers Heritage Professional of the Year in 2015), to learn more about the history and future of the Maryland State House. Do you find visitors to be aware of the significance of the State House as a local heritage destination? The Maryland State House attracts around 200,000 visitors every year. We’d like...

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An Interview with Joann Vaughan, Arts Community Leader

This year marked the debut of “Annapolis Arts Week,” a collaborative effort among businesses and local arts groups including Paint Annapolis, the Annapolis Food and Wine Festival, and other accompanying exhibits and block parties. To get a perspective on the week’s popular appeal, Hope from Four Rivers talked to Joann Vaughan, Executive Director of the Maryland Federation of Art, about the “Paint Annapolis” event -- its place in the community, and her vision for its future....

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