By Jeanne Pirtle, Education Director, Historic Sotterley, Inc.
Historic Sotterley Plantation has a long history, to be sure. It has also been open to the public as a museum since 1960. Let’s see, what was happening in the 1960’s? Schools were still segregated. Jim Crow was still alive. And in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Sotterley’s last private owner had decided to open Sotterley and create a non-profit so that it could be preserved. As with most house museums at that time, the early tours focused on the furnishings and lives of the owners with a little legend, lore and myth mixed in. After the owner’s death in 1993, ownership went to the Sotterley Foundation, which is now Historic Sotterley, Inc.
This free all-day event (10:00AM – 5:00PM) will have you experiencing, discovering, learning and having fun while exploring the “What, where and how’s” of archeology! There will be demonstrations and activities for budding archeologists of any age! Tours of the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory will be conducted throughout the day.
Azie Dungey presenting at the Unsettling Nuances and Uncomfortable Truths workshop on March 17, 2014.
Most historic sites offer educational programs to help visitors learn more about life in the past. At their best, historic sites also provide a place for understanding, catharsis and even healing, through access to individual stories told in a broader social context. These stories are all the more important to share when they are difficult to tell and hard to hear. Continue reading →
There have been some really interesting heritage-related articles over on the MDP Smart Growth Blog recently, and we didn’t want you to miss them! Be sure to check these great posts out. Continue reading →
By J. Rodney Little, Director of the Maryland Historical Trust
For 15 years, Mary Alexander has administered the Maryland Historical Trust’s Museum Assistance Program, offering all manner of assistance to Maryland’s museums, particularly those classified as small.
Left to right: Lindsey Baker, Rob Forloney, Mary Alexander, Rod Cofield, Sarah Brophy, Allison Titman at the February 2014 SMA conference in Ocean City.
Celebrating those efforts, the Small Museum Associationhonored Alexander’s outstanding contributions to the field by awarding her the association’s highest honor earlier this month. The Small Museum Association Awardrecognizes an individual who advances funding, professional growth and information dissemination to the small museum community on a regional or state level. Continue reading →
Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lockhouse
Sixty-three matching grants totaling $2,713,480 were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations – including heritage, historic preservation, natural resources and educational organizations– by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the state (full listing available here). MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 12 locally-administered, State-certified Heritage Areas. Continue reading →