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Jun 17 2020

Local Online Tools for Researching African American History

The Four Rivers Heritage Area has a wealth of African American stories. African Americans have lived in Annapolis for over three centuries. From the 1700s through today, one-third or more of the city of Annapolis’s population has been African American. Their lives are also documented and preserved in Anne Arundel County. Even when our heritage sites and museums are still closed, you can find online resources for researching this important part of our area’s history today. The Maryland State Archives has two digital resources available while their Search Room remains closed....

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Jun 16 2020

Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Announces $1 Million In Funding for Preservation Projects

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) announces $1 million in available funds for African American preservation projects. The goal of the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) is to identify and preserve buildings, communities, and sites of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. This year, the competitive annual program is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since its inception, it has distributed nearly $10 million to 115 preservation projects. AAHPP is supported through an annual appropriation from the Maryland General Assembly and is administered as...

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Maryland Day Unpaused
Jun 15 2020

Maryland Day Unpaused Activities This Week

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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Jun 12 2020

What’s Open in Four Rivers This Weekend

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

Resources for Inclusive Museum Practices

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 for Museums with the American Alliance of Museums

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

New Virtual Experiences From Our Partners

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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Maryland Day Unpaused
Jun 05 2020

Maryland Day: Unpaused Starts Today!

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

Webinars on Membership Management and COVID-19

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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