Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC) are pleased to announce $40,000 in Seed Grants awarded to significant heritage tourism projects in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s County. These grants reflect more than a doubling of the award amount from the previous year ($15,000 in 2017 to $40,000 in 2018). The Heritage Area had its greatest response to the Seed Grant Program to date, with over $60,000 in grant requests. In keeping with the mission of SMHAC, this granting opportunity is focused on preserving the heritage of Southern Maryland through innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.
Of the many excellent proposals received, the SMHAC Board of Directors selected the following organizations and programs to receive the 2018 Seed Grant Awards:
American Chestnut Land Trust – $3,000
• In Your Own Backyard
Annmarie Sculpture Garden – $2,000
• Tree-mendous Trail
Arts Council of Calvert County – $1,000
• Calvert Barn Quilt Trail
Calvert Marine Museum – $3,000
• Megalodon Jaws Encounter
Piscataway Conoy Tribe (Cedarville) – $5,000
• We are Singers
Piscataway Conoy Tribe (Cedarville) – $5,000
• Mini Pow Wow
Charles County Fair – $1,000
• Historic McConchie One-Room School brochure
Historical Society of Charles County – $1,000
• Holiday Trail brochure
Chapman State Park – $1,500
• 18th- 19th Century Cemetery Preservation
Farm Heritage Conservancy – $3,000
• Dendrochronological Study of 1800’s Log Tenant House
St. Mary’s County
St. Mary’s College of Maryland – $3,500
• Commemorating Our Shared History: Slavery in Southern Maryland
Historic Sotterley — $3,000
• Outdoor Classroom
Lexington Park Rotary — $1,000
• National Oyster Cook-Off and Cookbook
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum — $1,000
• Spirit of Jazz & Democracy
St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point — $2,500
• Museum and Historic Sites brochure
St. Mary’s CDC — $2,500
• Lexington Park Arts Park – Manor Street Signs
Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions of St. Mary’s County — $1,000
• Preserving Oral Histories
August 15, 2018
Stakeholders and partners of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium (SMHAC),
The new and revised Seed Grant Application and Instructions for Calendar Year 2018 (FY 19) are now available for non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions within the Certified Southern Maryland Heritage Area. These grants were formally known as “mini-grants” but as the funding level is now up to $5,000 the impact of these funds in our region has necessitated a name change to reflect the increased scope and importance of these projects.
Examples of non-capital programs and events that comprise eligible projects include heritage tours, public programs, signs and brochures, interpretive displays, speakers, reenactments, culinary or other types of cultural events, period music, crafts and other types of period demonstrations, and web enhancements.
It is preferred that grant applicants reach out to the SMHAC office before applying, so that we may verify eligibility and provide assistance with the grant application process.
Application deadline: September 14, 2018
Award notification: October 15, 2018
SMHAC FY 19 Seed Grant Instructions
SMHAC FY 19 Seed Grant APPLICATION
Phone: 301-274-4083 Email: SoMdHeritage@tccsmd.org
December 18, 2017
Hughesville, MD – The Executive Director and the Board of Directors of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium are pleased to announce the Mini Grant Awards for 2017! In keeping with the mission of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, this granting opportunity is focused on preserving the heritage of Southern Maryland through innovative tourism, excellence in cultural and natural resource conservation, and unique educational opportunities.
The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium had its greatest response to the Mini Grant Program to date, with over $50,000 in grant requests. This program has a current cap of $15,000 for Mini Grant awards. Of the many excellent proposals received, the SMHAC Board of Directors selected the following organizations and programs to receive the 2017 Grant Awards:
The Arts Council of Calvert County
- For the creation of the “Barn Quilt Trail” project with the goal of preserving and protecting the barns and craftsmanship of primitive arts in Southern Maryland.
Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
- In support of the “2018 Speaker Series” which serves as an avenue for topics and speakers not always included in the regional dialogue.
Chesapeake Beach and Railway Museum
- For the critical need of a comprehensive “Museum Interpretive Plan” that will address how best to engage and attract visitors to this unique historical site.
The Piscataway – Conoy Tribe of Maryland
- For the implementation of a segment of the “Through Piscataway Eyes” Master Plan, with a focus on a “Traditional Native Arts Display” at the Charles County Visitor Center.
Friends of Chapman State Park
- For the program “The Culinary Story of Mount Aventine and Southern Maryland Cuisine” including culinary demonstration events featuring original recipes, and interpretation of how the use of the kitchen has evolved over two centuries.
St. Mary’s County
The Unified Committee for Afro-American Contribution
- For the project “United States Colored Troops Interpretive Center Display” which will include research and documentation of African American life, history and culture.
Historic Sotterley, Inc.
- In support of the “Common Ground, Connected Heritage Program” which builds on the Descendants Project, a program initiated to document the shared history of all Americans.
Each of the programs selected for an award will enhance the Southern Maryland experience for our visitors, residents, educators and businesses. An Award Ceremony is planned for February 2018.
25420 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone: 301-872-5688 or 301-872-5389
Greenwell offers nearly 600 acres, 10 miles of trails, and 2 miles of waterfront along the Patuxent with an accessible 50 foot pier. Kayak/canoe launch sites, beach and picnic areas throughout. Wheelchair accessible facilities include the Pavilion and Knott Lodge (an overnight facility for up to 16 guests). Historic Rosedale Manor, the Chapel and gardens can be reserved for weddings and special events. Horseback riding programs, summer camps and special events are offered.
Special events, like Woodland Indian Discovery Day, bring focus to different aspects of life in early Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City
Light shines through the windows of the reconstructed Chapel of 1667.
18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Phone: 240-895-4990 • http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org
Historic St. Mary’s City is an outdoor museum located on the site of Maryland’s first colony and first capital. The museum protects one of the nation’s finest colonial archaeology sites. Decades of research are the foundation of living history exhibits assembled across the landscape. Highlights include the Town Center, where visitors may tour Smith’s Ordinary, a 17th-century forbearer of the modern hotel, and the Print House, where they will hear the story of the first printer south of Boston. Nearby, the Woodland Indian Hamlet details the lives of the Yaocomaco Indians who assisted the first colonists. The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation is a working farm with first-person interpreters and heirloom livestock. The Maryland Dove, a working representation of the square-rigged vessel that carried Lord Baltimore’s original expedition to Maryland is moored on the St. Mary’s River, which appears much as it was 375 years ago. Discover Maryland’s legacy of liberty at the Brick Chapel, a symbol of the colony’s early practice of religious toleration, and the St. John’s Site Museum, which encloses the excavation of the house where the state’s first legislators met. There is also a Visitor Center with exhibits, a museum shop, and a network of trails. Accessible by water, call for information.
2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury MD
Phone: 301-743-5159 • www.mattawomanart.org
Mattawoman Creek Art Center is located at Smallwood State Park and offers monthly exhibits, studio rentals, facility rental and a gift shop. Visit the website for specific exhibit information, programming workshops, lectures, demonstrations, films, and seminars with professional artists for participants of all ages, levels of experience, and artistic involvement.
The Parkers Creek watershed contains some of the largest unbroken woodlands left in Calvert County. The American Chestnut Land Trust protects the site.
Managed by American Chestnut Land Trust
South Trail Head: On Scientists Cliff Rd. across from 2420 Aspen Rd., Port Republic MD, 20676
North Side Trail Head/Double Oak Farm: 676 Double Oak Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing Address: PO Box 2363, Prince Frederick 20678
Phone: 410-414-3400 • Fax: 410-414-3402
Fifteen miles of self-guided serene public hiking trails in two locations. Guided hikes are available from spring through fall. Guided canoe trips are offered from spring through fall on beautiful Parkers Creek. Check the online calendar of events for annual family events. Limited access for wheelchairs – must be arranged prior to visit.
This 260-acre park on the Patuxent River offers pastures, woodlands and wetlands including picnic shelters, a boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, horse ring and a hall for indoor meetings and receptions.
3255 Kings Landing Rd., Huntingtown 20639
Phone: 410-535-2661 • 410-535-5327 • Fax: 410-535-2661
Kings Landing is a 260-acre park on the Patuxent River and Cocktown Creek offers a variety of outdoor activities. A site for environmental education, the park features pastures, woodland and wetlands. Amenities include picnic shelters with tables and grills, wetlands boardwalk, fishing pier, launch area for canoes and kayaks, swimming pool, shoreline, horse ring and Tom Wisner Hall (for indoor meetings and receptions). Youth camping, horse ring, picnic shelters and hall require reservations. Wheelchair accessible.
10515 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard 20685
Phone: 410-586-8501 • Fax: 410-586-8503
Experience, discover, learn and have fun at JPPM! Over 70 archaeological sites have been identified on the property, reflecting over 12,000 years of human occupation. Tour exhibits in the visitor center and exhibit barn, browse the gift shop, hike miles of trails, discover the Indian Village, launch a canoe or kayak, rent the pavilion or just enjoy the beautiful views.
Also on the grounds is the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and curation facility. The lab also houses a number of major collections acquired through private donation to the Maryland Historical Trust. All of these collections are available for research, education, and exhibit purposes to students, scholars, museum curators, and educators.
Enjoy specialty cruises all year long aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison departing from the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the only Coast Guard licensed log-hulled, passenger carrying vessel in the United States.
Located at the Calvert Marine Museum dock
14200 Solomons Island Rd. • PO Box 97, Solomons 20688
Phone: 410-326-2042 • Fax: 410-326-6691
Enjoy a one-hour cruise around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River aboard the only Coast Guard-licensed log-hulled vessel in America. Built in 1899, this National Historic Landmark was later converted from sail to power and served as an oyster buyboat until 1978. Departs from the Calvert Marine Museum dock, weather permitting. Assistance needed for wheelchair boarding (ramp).