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Jun 12 2020

Maryland has officially moved into Stage Two of COVID-19 Recovery, and so has Anne Arundel County! Our heritage sites are beginning to open to the public as well. Here's what's open this weekend in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. Historic Annapolis announced that the William Paca Garden, will be open to the public as of Friday, June 12 at 10:00 am. Hours for visiting will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm. The William Paca Garden is a two-acre "oasis" of natural beauty in the bustling center of Annapolis’...

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Jun 11 2020

Museums and historic sites have a responsibility to be sensitive to the stories they tell and inclusive in the audiences they engage. Although we know our partners have taken conscious steps to bring greater diversity to their programs and exhibits, we can, and should, always do more. Below are links and information shared from our two of our primary resource providers, American Association for State and Local History and American Alliance of Museums, on how historical and cultural organizations can prioritize the inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized communities. American Association for...

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Jun 10 2020

Sustainability planning is critical to your organization, allowing you to adapt to unforeseen challenges while preserving valuable natural resources. In preparing for your organization's post-pandemic reopening, you also have an opportunity to consider what steps you need to take to become more environmentally sustainable. Mark your calendars now to join these upcoming webinars from the American Alliance of Museums. Click the webinar title to learn more or to register. Looking Ahead: Sustainability Adding Value to Reopening Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 pm There is a climate emergency. Museums have huge roles to play in...

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Jun 09 2020

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've introduced you to some of the virtual tours and experiences offered by our heritage partners. Here are some of the latest offerings we'd like to share with you; whether you want to explore a historic landmark and local gardens, or delve into a research project, there is much more online now than ever before. We are excited to recognize the results of lots of hard work going on behind the scenes!  Banneker-Douglass Museum As the State of Maryland's official museum of African American heritage,...

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Jun 05 2020

The Maryland Day celebration event originally scheduled for March is now back with free events during the month of June. You can enjoy virtually with your family and friends at no cost. There are also a few in-person activities that you can enjoy with your family. This new collection of events is called Maryland Day: Unpaused. Maryland Day: Unpaused will take place June 5-29. With so many things placed on hold, we are here to highlight our Maryland Day partners' re-openings post Covid-19, with new online content, virtual experiences,  and outdoor places to...

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Jun 04 2020

As you begin thinking about reopening, an important category to consider is membership. Your members are the heart of your organization, your loyal visitors and donors. But how do you continue to engage with your members while your organization is closed, or while they choose to remain "safer at home"? How will you continue to retain and attract them in the midst of post-COVID-19 uncertainty? Below are a selection of free, recorded (and easy to access) webinars offered by Cuseum, many from their Membership Mondays webinar series, that can help guide and...

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Jun 03 2020

Businesses across Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are beginning to reopen, which means nonprofits, museums, and other cultural sites should also be planning now for when they’re able to open to the public. In past blog posts we have shared some of the beneficial webinars, publications, and other resources from the American Alliance for State and Local History (AASLH). The below comes straight from them to help you!   To help museums share thinking as they navigate the challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance is compiling examples of...

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Jun 02 2020

The City of Annapolis is asking members of the public to help make masks for #Masks4Annapolis. If you or one of your staff members or volunteers is handy with a needle, thread, and a little flair, here's an opportunity to not only help the community, but raise awareness for your organization. Are you proud of your historic gardens? Represent them with some bright florals. Is your mission dedicated to supporting artists? We're sure they know how to make a unique statement. Your masks could even win you a prize!  Grab your...

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Jun 01 2020

The Hogan administration recently announced that the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has awarded 59 matching grants totaling $600,440 to heritage tourism nonprofits located in Maryland’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas. These grant funds support emergency operating costs that will help keep nonprofit organizations operational, as the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic ramifications continue. We are pleased to share the official announcement here. “As we gradually begin to open carefully across Maryland during this pandemic, it is critical that we support struggling nonprofits to help maintain the state’s heritage tourism economy,”...

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