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Gardens of the Four Rivers Heritage Area

Over the past weekend, Historic London Town opened their gardens to the public at limited capacity. In anticipation of further reopenings in the future, here are some other sites in the Four Rivers Heritage Area that feature historically and environmentally significant gardens you'll want to discover as soon as you get the chance. Located in Annapolis, the Carroll House offers unparalleled views of the water from one of the most intact 18th century garden designs in the Chesapeake region.  In addition to the house itself, the garden contains three terraces and...

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May 22 2020

Safely Enjoy the Four Rivers Heritage Area This Memorial Day Weekend

This Monday we are celebrating Memorial Day, which means a long three-day weekend. Although we're currently still "safer at home," some of you may want to take advantage of the holiday by enjoying some time outside. Here are some ways you can enjoy the Four Rivers Heritage Area during Memorial Day weekend. We're excited to share that Historic London Town is opening its gardens again to the public! This weekend, you are welcome Friday, May 22 - Sunday, May 24, 10:00am - 4:30pm. Explore the Woodland Garden, featuring towering native trees, an extensive...

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Join Preservation Maryland’s Heritage Recovery Task Force

Earlier this week, we let you know how to assist in, and benefit from, the initiatives of the Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force.  Now you have another chance to promote the historic preservation and heritage community during the COVID-19 recovery process, by contributing to Preservation Maryland's Heritage Recovery Task Force. In the face of the ongoing pandemic, Preservation Maryland convened a task force of history, preservation, economic development, design, and tourism organizations to focus on identifying and advocating for public policy necessary to support the recovery of Maryland’s historical and...

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May 20 2020

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recognizes the challenges facing museums and libraries at this time, including the adaptations and adjustments that will be necessary to rebuild staffing, reopen facilities, and address the needs of communities affected by the impact of a global crisis. The goal of this grant program is to support the role of museums and libraries in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in ways that meet the immediate and future COVID-19 needs of the communities and audiences they serve. Program Description The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security...

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May 19 2020

Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force Supports Nonprofits

The Annapolis Small Business Recovery Task Force was established to focus on the experiences that Annapolis businesses are facing in the time of COVID-19 and to come up with recommendations for assistance for the local small business and nonprofit community. Share Your Thoughts Nonprofit organizations are doing vital work in the Annapolis community to serve our citizens and enrich the lives of all those who call Annapolis their home. In order to be part of this important conversation, a Nonprofit Subcommittee has been formed to recognize the contributions offered by our city's...

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May 18 2020

MHAA Awards Emergency Grants Totaling $50,000 to Local Heritage Organizations

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) has awarded its first round of 59 matching grants totaling $600,440 to heritage tourism nonprofits across Maryland’s 13 Certified Heritage Areas. A total of $50,000 in Emergency Grant funds was awarded to organizations in the Four Rivers Heritage Area. The grant funds support emergency operating costs that will help keep these nonprofit organizations afloat, as the COVID-19 public health crisis and the associated economic ramifications continue. According to Jennifer Ruffner, MHAA Administrator, "This was one of the hardest grant review processes that we have ever participated in,...

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Announcement! Small Business Customer and Employee Protection Grant

Although the majority of our partners and sites are nonprofits, we also know that many of the valuable supporters of our heritage community are for-profit businesses. For that reason, we wanted to make you aware of a new grant opportunity aimed at supporting the efforts of these stakeholders to safely open to the public. Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the Small Business Customer and Employee Protection Grant Program, which is designed to assist local businesses purchase products and services needed for safe reopening in compliance with COVID-19 regulations....

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May 14 2020

Learn Online With Our Library

As you probably know, the Anne Arundel County Library offers more than books. The library also hosts a wide variety of free online learning resources for adults. If you’ve been thinking of using this time to brush up on a skill or develop a new one, here are some ways to make that happen. is an online education service that can help you learn technology, creative, and business skills. Library cardholders have access to over 129,000 free video tutorials on topics like tech, photography, social media and more. Some courses we...

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Resources on Accessibility – Recorded Webinar

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Tuesday, May 12, Four Rivers hosted a webinar entitled, “Strategies for Making Heritage Sites Accessible.” This webinar featured Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant, who led a discussion on the key aspects of planning for accessibility, the ethical and legal requirements of ADA compliance, strategies to serve audiences with special needs, the WHY of planning for all audiences, and how these efforts can improve the visitor experience for all. View recorded webinar: Download the slides from the webinar here: Four Rivers Accessibility Workshop 2020 Mr. Forloney shared an extensive list...

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May 13 2020

Now Open! Maryland Historical Trust’s Historic Preservation Non-Capital Grants

In FY2021, funding totaling $300,000 has been distributed from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Financing Fund to the Maryland Historical Trust to be awarded as Non-Capital Grants. Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions may apply for Non-Capital Grants. These grants provide support for a wide variety of research, survey, planning, and educational activities involving architectural, archaeological, or cultural resources. Eligible activities may include preservation plans, historic and cultural resource surveys, educational outreach programs, and National Register nominations. Eligible Applicants Nonprofit organizations (including state agencies) and local jurisdictions are eligible to apply...

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