Consortium issues grants

Friday, Nov. 26, 2010

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium announced grant funding for projects in Southern Maryland.

The individual grants were for a maximum of $1,000 per award.

Each organization must match the awards, according to a heritage area press release. Charles County projects winning grants were:

Friendship House: Interpreting History, College of Southern Maryland, $1,000. Friendship House, ca. 1680, is on CSM's La Plata campus. The college will work with Historical Society of Charles County to develop two interpretive signs.

Share Your Stuff event promotion, College of Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland Studies Center, $500. The SMSC, also at the La Plata campus, will increase its outreach and collection by inviting the public to participate in an event that is free and open to all.

Brochure and Web page for the Millbrook Grist Mill in Nanjemoy, Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development Board, $1,000. "Bringing an Agricultural Timepiece into the 21st Century: The Millbrook Farm Grist Mill in Print and on the Web" will create a brochure and Web page for the last surviving grist mill in Charles County.

Visitors Center Exhibit Series, Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Port Tobacco, $1,000. The project will assemble and display an exhibit relating the site to the religious tolerance theme in the Port Tobacco region.

The War of 1812 in Your Backyard, a Virtual Tour of Sites, U.S. Daughters of 1812, $500.

A group of volunteers and students will produce a CD/DVD of historic sites related to the War of 1812, primarily in Charles County.

Other projects winning grants are:

Sunday Conversations with Chesapeake Authors, Calvert Marine Museum Society, $700. This series of six talks will take place through March 20, 2011. Authors' works cover a wide range of local interest topics.

Exploring Our Native American Heritage, Calvert Marine Museum Society, $500. The funds for this project will be used to bring Daniel "Firehawk" Abbott, an Eastern Shore Nanticoke (Nentego) tribesman, to the museum for a day of programs.

General Park Brochure for JPPM, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, $1,000. Friends and staff will join to produce a general information brochure highlighting the JPPM's mission as the State Museum of Archaeology.

Interpretive Signs & Brochures for the Pilgrimage of Descendants, Confederate Memorial Park in St. Mary's County, $1,000. The funds will support signs and brochures for the park to use throughout the year and in an annual event.

Implementing Living History, Historic Sotterley in St. Mary's County, $1,000. During the War of 1812 bicentennial years Sotterley plans to begin the Reinterpretation of Sotterley project that is funded as part of the new Interpretive Plan's realization.

Facing Fences School Art Project, Historic St. Mary's City, $1,000. County students will create an exhibit of "picket fence art" as an extension of the Smithsonian exhibit, "Between Fences," which is coming to HSMC in early 2011.