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Jul 08 2020

Learn About the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom commemorates the stories of the men and women who risked everything for freedom and those who helped them. The Network to Freedom, through shared leadership with local, state, and federal entities, as well as interested individuals and organizations, offers programs and partnerships to commemorate and educate the public about the historical significance of the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad—the resistance to enslavement through escape and flight, through the end of the Civil War—refers to the efforts of enslaved African Americans to gain their freedom...

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Jul 07 2020

Intent to Apply Deadline Upcoming for MHT’s Non-Capital Grants

Pursuing available funding for your nonprofit is more important than ever! Next Friday, July 17, is the deadline for submitting an Intent to Apply for Maryland Historical Trust's Non-Capital grant program. Please find additional information below, including a link to MHT's website with grant requirements, project eligibility, and a video workshop presentation to help guide you in the application process. FY 2021 Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grant Program Intent to Apply forms are due by 11:59 pm on July 17, 2020. The deadline for completed applications is 11:59 pm on August 28, 2020. Note: the...

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Jul 06 2020

Save the Dates for Upcoming Maryland Day: Unpaused Events

Maryland Day: Unpaused continues! Traditionally taking place over a weekend, the Maryland Day celebration in the Four Rivers Heritage Area is a unique heritage-based group of events in Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County. Due to COVID-19, many of this year’s activities have been re-envisioned through online content and virtual experiences. With our local historic sites opening to the public, you can now Save the Date to attend these upcoming events taking place live and in-person, brought to you by some of our Maryland Day partners. Our sites are prepared to welcome you...

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Jul 02 2020

Celebrate Independence Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area

Even though traditional 4th of July fireworks and large-scale celebrations are cancelled this year, there are other ways to celebrate Independence Day in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The town of Galesville is still holding its annual 4th of July parade. Organized by the Galesville Heritage Society, the parade will take place this Saturday at 1:00 pm along Galesville's Main Street, beginning and ending at the intersection of Main Street and Anchor’s Way/West Benning Road. There's no better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a community rich in history. Or come...

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Jul 01 2020

Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s COVID-19 Resource Hub

Please find below important information about the Heritage Emergency National Task Force’s COVID-19 Resource Hub. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution, is a partnership of 60 national service organizations and federal agencies. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has compiled relevant COVID-19 URLs from its members and other stakeholders. It’s heartening to see so many resources shared so widely. However, that means you will likely encounter some of the same resources as you delve into these links. A wonderful...

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Jun 30 2020

Watch the Maryland’s Scenic Byways: Roots & Tides Video

Learn more about the Roots and Tides Scenic Byway in this new video by the Maryland Office of Tourism! [embed][/embed] Featured Four Rivers Heritage Area attractions in the video include: United States Naval Academy Annapolis Maritime Museum Banneker-Douglass Museum Maryland State House Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial Historic London Town and Gardens Smithsonian Environmental Research Center From Annapolis through southern Anne Arundel County and down into Calvert County, explore the timeless traditions and deep maritime roots of Western Shore towns along the Chesapeake Bay. Go sailing, bird watching, museum hopping or just relax on...

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Jun 29 2020

Explore the US Naval Academy and St. John’s College — Virtually

The City of Annapolis, at the center of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, is proud to boast two historic colleges, the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College. Both are unique in their traditions and renowned for their curriculum. Take a virtual visit to each campus by exploring these academic institutions with YouTube. St. John’s College About: Founded in 1696, as The King William’s School, St. John’s College is the third oldest college in the United States. At St. John’s, great books—and great discussions—are the heart of the college’s distinctive liberal arts...

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Jun 26 2020

AASLH Conversations on Reopening Your Sites

Many of our heritage sites are slowly beginning to open again to the public with new guidelines and safety measures in place. We understand the process can be overwhelming. If you’re still working on your reopening plan, and require further guidance, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) continues to make their recorded AASLH Conversation Series webinars available to both members and nonmembers. We’d like to express our gratitude to AASLH for being a consistent resource during the COVID-19 pandemic closings. Recorded Webinar: AASLH Conversations: Guidelines and Procedures for...

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Jun 25 2020

A Four Rivers Guide to Children’s Summer Educational Programs

Even though school’s out, summer is still a time to have fun while learning something new! Below you can find a selection of educational programs offered by some of our heritage partners. Whether you have a child interested in art or ecology, there’s plenty to keep them engaged this summer both virtually or in-person. Offered In-Person Summer Programs are back at Historic London Town and Gardens. Join their family & educational programs, including a Mini Herb Garden Workshop (Saturday, July 11, 10:30am), a Children’s Tie-Dye Tote Workshop (Saturday, July 25, 10:30am), and...

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