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Aug 29 2022

Following our recent Boundary Amendment, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area's geographical footprint has nearly doubled in size and many new attractions, parks, heritage sites, and other organizations are now part of our stakeholder "family," and eligible for the grants and other activities of the program. How do I check whether my site or heritage project is in the heritage area? We include stakeholder information here on our website, www.chesapeakecrossroads.org. We seek to include our new attractions on the website, so please contact us at [email protected] to share information and photos with us...

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Aug 24 2022

We are hiring! As our workload expands, the Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area is looking to fill a temporary part-time position for a Contractual Coordinator, with a great opportunity for advancement for the right person! Our fast-paced, small office seeks an energetic problem-solver who is well-versed in Microsoft Office, WordPress, social media, and more! An interest in heritage programming, planning, marketing, and grants management is a plus. Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and a “people-person”! Work will be both virtual and in-person in the office as COVID protocols allow. If you are interested,...

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Aug 09 2022

Tuesday, August 23 is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO encourages all Heritage Sites to participate in this global remembrance. Take this opportunity to share the history of this human trade and its abolishment. How you as an Individual, Organization, Church, or Heritage Site recognizes this day depends solely on you. The Annapolis Port Marker Committee will join any planned activities held in the City of Annapolis, during this Day of Remembrance. Contact Janice Hayes-Williams to connect.  UNESCO: "It is time to abolish human exploitation once and for all,...

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Aug 02 2022

By Riley Hoaglin As the summer continues the adventures persist and this adventure is one not to miss! The B&A Trail is a magnificent, well-known bike trail that follows a former rail line between Baltimore and Annapolis. The trail extends around 13 miles along a paved route. The Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, located in Severna Park (mile 7 on the map) is an excellent place to begin your journey. The Earleigh Heights Ranger Station was built in 1889 and now serves as the ranger station, parking and public restrooms.  Continuing on the...

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Jul 14 2022

Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area joins the Hogan Administration in announcing 8 new grants totaling $301,273 to local Annapolis and Anne Arundel County non-profit organizations by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). The 8 local grants are among 107 matching grants totaling $5.1 million awarded to Maryland nonprofits, local jurisdictions, and other heritage tourism organizations. These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland. “Heritage tourism is an economic development tool that creates jobs and brings visitors to the state while...

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Jul 14 2022

ALTSCHA has released an RFP for a Consultant to help us with our Five-Year Planning. Annapolis, London Town & South County Heritage Area, Inc. (ALTSCHA, DBA Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area) is undertaking a Five-Year Planning Process and is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to assist us in our process. Although we aim for a plan that meets our own organization’s needs and goals, we will also utilize a template provided by our primary funder, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), and incorporate newly-amended Interpretive Themes developed through a separate process...

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Jul 13 2022

One of our favorite “Story Project” videos features Tony Spencer. 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 a safe haven for African-Americans in our community.  This is Tony’s story of discovering his family’s ties to Freetown and the significance that it has in our history and the heritage of our area. Learn more about Tony Spencer, below, and then...

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Jul 12 2022

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Welcome Center and History Exhibit! This is an outstanding new attraction that is well worth a visit! The Woodlawn History Center will be open to visitors every Saturday going forward, from 10am through 12:30pm. Visits are free and no advance signups are required. Built in 1735, Woodlawn is the oldest Smithsonian building still in its original location. According to the site's website, "For nearly two centuries, Woodlawn served as the plantation home of the Sellman family. Coming...

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Jul 07 2022

By Riley Hoaglin Have you had the chance to visit Historic London Town's Gardens? If you are an anthophile (a person who loves flowers and all things plants), then you have to check out their trails that showcase diverse botanical gardens, a Sound & Sensory garden for kids, and so much more. Historic London Town and Gardens, located in Edgewater, offers educational exhibits and historic buildings -- both restored structures and reconstructions -- but they also have a trail that leads you through all the different areas of the gardens. There...

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Jul 07 2022

Our friends at the Maryland Center for History and Culture need your help! If you are part of an organization working in the public history sector, please take the Miller History Fund Survey to help provide them with an assessment of the program to ensure it is meeting the needs of stewards and making a real impact on our sector. The Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. History Fund provides support for projects at historical organizations throughout the state of Maryland. The goal is to build the long-term capacity and resiliency of...

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