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News for Prospective Applicants for MHAA Grants

Carol Benson, Executive Director of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, urges prospective applicants for this year's MHAA grant round to begin gathering information as soon as possible. Benson states, "This year's MHAA grant round will be more challenging than ever, for a variety of reasons, including our expectation that we will have more new partners applying due to our boundary expansion. We specifically encourage new partners to apply, and we are anticipating developing new materials and means of technical assistance to assist them. The application process is not arduous, but...

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Dec 09 2021

Four Rivers Heritage Area is Getting a New Name!

As you know, the Four Rivers Boundaries have expanded! One of the defining aspects of the Maryland Heritage Area Authority Program is its emphasis on Interpretive Themes. With our new boundary expansion, we have greatly augmented the theme of African American Heritage, and we have extended our maritime theme of “Commerce to Recreation” to a land-based version, focused on railroads and trails. Finally, we have added distinctive new natural experiences, some of which will help us share the Native American story of our area. We will be better able to provide...

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Dec 07 2021

A Special Year-End Appeal

It's that time of year! It's time for year-end appeal letters, and our organization is no exception. Here's our message: This year, the Four Rivers Heritage Area proudly celebrated its twenty-year anniversary.  While this milestone provided an opportunity to reflect on our impact over the past two decades, the staff and Board of Directors of the Four Rivers Heritage Area are equally excited and enthusiastic about the future. We are especially thankful that in 2021, the Four Rivers boundary amendment was approved and we were able to expand our footprint to include...

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Dec 06 2021

Events This Week: December 6-12

Holiday events continue this week, especially the chance to do some gift shopping. Support downtown Annapolis businesses at Midnight Madness or local artists through the Muddy Creek Artists Guild. You can also take a break from holiday planning to view the decorations at a special Hammond-Harwood House event. And don't forget, online programs are still an option as well! See what's happening below. Click on the event title for more information. Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Bear Says Thanks” Date: Tuesday, December 7Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 –...

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See Our Latest “Story Project” Video Featuring Sharyn Martin

View our latest “story project” video, below, featuring Sharyn Martin. Sharyn is a docent and member of the Deale Area Historical Society.  When she discovered the African-American Meeting House (1895) at the Herrington Harbour North Historic Village, it became especially close to her because of the significance of that building in the African-American community in the Deale area.  This is Sharyn’s story of the special place this building has in our history and the heritage that is still relevant today. Through the Four Rivers Heritage: Story Project, we tell the powerful...

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Four Rivers Adopts New Priorities Document to Assist Grant Applicants

At its November meeting, the Four Rivers Board of Directors adopted a new planning document, an "Updated Priorities Document," designed to assist grant applicants in our heritage area with aligning their projects with our priorities, which we expect will go a long way to improve the clarity of applications. Download the document below. As always, please contact the Executive Director, Carol Benson, with any questions about the application process, at [email protected], or by calling 410-627-6018. Thank you, and best of luck with this year's grant applications! ALTSCHA-Updated-Priorities-DocumentDownload ...

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Nov 29 2021

Events This Week: November 29-December 5

This week, enjoy a holiday tea, open house, candlelight tour, or even an arts show. Our partners are ready to help you get into the holiday spirit! Click on the event title for more information. Gift from the Arts Holiday Show and Sale Date: December 2-5 Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm Location: South River Colony Main Street Shopping Center, 179 Mitchells Chance Road, EdgewaterHost Organization: Muddy Creek Artists Guild The Muddy Creek Artists Guild cordially invites the public to its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale, “Gifts From the Arts” this December. The pop-up gallery...

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Nov 15 2021

Events This Week: November 15-21

Even with the weather turning chilly, you can still take a tour of a historic home or watch an online lecture! See what's happening in the Four Rivers Heritage this week. Click on the event title for more information. Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: “Bear Says Thanks” Date: Tuesday, November 16Time: Program, 10 – 11 am; Garden Time, 11 – 11:30 amLocation: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, AnnapolisHost Organization: Historic Annapolis It’s a cold and windy day and Bear is hungry and lonely. He decides to invite his friends over for dinner,...

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See Our Latest “Story Project” Video Featuring Tatiana J. Klein

View our latest “story project” video, below, featuring Tatiana J. Klein. Tatiana is Costa-Rican-born and an American citizen and she began studying music at age 10 with piano and flute at age 14.  She has been teaching High School Spanish at the Key School in Annapolis since 2008 and as a volunteer, she is passionate about helping the Hispanic community embrace their heritage while exploring the heritage in the surrounding Annapolis area. She is involved in many volunteer organizations and often partners with after school programs that bring students to the...

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Nov 09 2021

Four Rivers Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony Recognizes Excellence and Marks 20th Anniversary

Tim Leahy, Chair On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Four Rivers Heritage Area held its Eighteenth Annual Heritage Awards Ceremony at Historic London Town and Gardens, under the tent. This event also celebrated the organization's Twentieth Anniversary of its certification as one of Maryland's first Heritage Areas, in October of 2001. The Chairman of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Secretary of Planning Robert McCord, was on hand to share remarks about the Heritage Areas program and to congratulate the organization on reaching this milestone. Tim Leahy, the Chair of Four Rivers'...

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