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Annapolis May Baskets Are Coming!

You don't want to miss May Day in Annapolis. It's one of the best days of the year to visit downtown. Read more below! A springtime tradition is continuing in Annapolis! The Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne invites Annapolis residents and businesses to join in the 67th Annual May Day celebration by displaying colorful baskets of flowers in front of their home or business on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Baskets on display in the Historic District and parts of Murray Hill will be judged with blue ribbon award winners receiving a...

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Participate in an Upcoming Tourism & Hospitality Job Fair

We are sharing this news from our friends at Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Looking for employees? As important tourist attractions in Anne Arundel County, our partners are welcome to participate in an upcoming in-person or virtual job fair as an exhibitor. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation are teaming up with workforce development agencies and Destination Marketing Organizations from across Maryland to host in-person and virtual Hospitality & Tourism Job Fairs to support the hospitality and tourism industry with its greatest need...

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Survey to Support Cemetery Conservation in Anne Arundel County

Earlier this week, we shared with you the news that Anne Arundel County will be celebrating Maryland Archeology Month this April. The Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning's Cultural Resource Division would like your help in understanding the challenges facing the conservation of cemeteries. Please consider participating in a research survey on “Cemetery Conservation in Anne Arundel County.” This research is being conducted by Anne Arundel County Cultural Resource Division and its preservation intern, Emily Smithey, a graduate student from the University of Maryland, College Park Cultural and Heritage Resource Management...

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Join an Archaeology Field Session at Whitehall Plantation

In partnership with the Brandywine Foundation, the State of Maryland, and the Lost Towns Project, the Anne Arundel County Cultural Resources Section will be excavating an area that could yield new information about those who worked and lived on Whitehall Plantation in the late 18th and 19th century and whose stories have yet to be told.  This property, located on Whitehall Creek on the Broadneck peninsula is a National Historic Landmark, and was Governor Horatio Sharpe's plantation in the late 18th century. Until recently however, the property has only really...

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Anne Arundel County Celebrates Maryland Archaeology Month 2022

Each April, the State of Maryland celebrates Archaeology Month to promote the preservation and stewardship of archaeological resources with public events, talks, and exhibits. County Executive Steuart Pittman recognized April 2022 as Archaeology Month in an Executive Proclamation, and we invite you to celebrate with us across Anne Arundel County!  Anne Arundel County has a decades-long commitment to recording and preserving archaeological sites, with over 1,700 sites documented in the county, more than any other county in the State of Maryland. The Office of Planning & Zoning has been on the...

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Learn more about National Historic Marker Day: April 29th

National Historic Marker Day will take place this year on Friday, April 29. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation created this fun and family-friendly celebration in 2021 to bring people together to clean historic markers in their community, while helping to promote and preserve local history. Markers educate the public, encourage pride of place, promote tourism and generate economic benefits. Despite their importance, many have not received ongoing care to maintain their luster. Road salt, pollen and other contaminants can take their toll. Markers must be regularly cleaned so they can be...

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Annapolis to Celebrate National Poetry Month in April with Events Around the City

April is National Poetry Month. Throughout the month, with Maggie Benshaw, Annapolis Poet Laureate, Annapolis will celebrate the beauty that is poetry.  National Poetry Month was launched in April of 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a public reminder that poets play an integral role in our culture and lives. Poetry matters! Below are a list of events taking place in the City of Annapolis in celebration of National Poetry Month:  Hidden Poetry - Poems will be hidden around downtown Annapolis and throughout Eastport on Monday, April 4th. Included with the hidden poems are...

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African American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Round Announced for FY2023

The African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) provides grants to assist in the preservation of buildings, sites, or communities of historical and cultural importance to the African American experience in Maryland. The AAHPP is administered as a partnership between the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). Grants range from $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000. The deadline to apply to the grant program is July 1, 2022 at 11:59pm.  This spring, the MHT and the MCAAHC will hold two in-person overview workshops and three...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and African Diaspora Festival This Weekend

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, the City of Annapolis, in partnership with The Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps, will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and African Diaspora Festival. Please be alert to rolling road closures along the parade route starting a little before noon on Saturday. Parade step-off is at 12 p.m. at West Street and Amos Garrett Boulevard. From there the route will continue down West Street, around Church Circle and down Main Street to City Dock. A free, family-friendly African Diaspora Festival will begin at 1 p.m....

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MSAC Land Acknowledgement Project Now Available as Public Resource

We are sharing this important new resource from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) for any of our partners interested in accuracy when presenting local indigenous history. In response to numerous requests from constituents, Maryland Traditions staff initiated the MSAC Land Acknowledgement Project in April 2020, in consultation with previous American Indian grantees and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs. Public materials now available on the MSAC Land Acknowledgement Project webpage include a series of land acknowledgement statements and maps for the lands of each of the tribes who consulted on the...

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