United States Naval Academy

The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, in what is now historic Annapolis, MD. The history of the Academy has often reflected the history of the United States itself. As the U.S. Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high tech fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships as well as supersonic aircraft, the Academy has changed also. The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust

Scenic Rivers Land Trust
The Scenic Rivers Land Trust works with landowners and other partners to preserve natural and scenic areas in Anne Arundel County. This work is accomplished though landowner education and holding and facilitating land protection agreements. The  as the organization is unique in the Severn, South, Patuxent, Rhode and West River watersheds able to accept small private conservation easements as well as large parcels. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently protects property through the property deed. The owner determines the amount and type of development that can take place in the future within the conservation easement deed.

The Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a private, non-profit, non-governmental body chartered in 1988 for the purpose of protecting land through voluntary methods such as conservation easements and educating landholders on issues of conservation and stewardship. The Scenic Rivers Land Trust can accept conservation easements within Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our focus is the Severn, South, Patuxent, Rhode, and West River watersheds. We work cooperatively with the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) as an authorized MET easement agency. We are also in compliance with the Standards and Practices of the national Land Trust Alliance.

Our vision for Anne Arundel County and its people is a protected network of forests and greenways where streams run clean and wildlife thrive; tidal and non-tidal rivers abound with scenic shorelines; and sufficient acres of permanently protected natural areas exist where rainwater will be absorbed and cleaned by the soil, aquifers will be replenished, trees will clean the air, and rare and endangered species will thrive.

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Anne Arundel County Public LibraryFounded in 1921, the Anne Arundel County Public Library, AACPL, is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, along the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County’s diverse population of over 435,000 residents is served by 15 library branches countywide. More than 1 million items constitute the library’s collection and staff respond to nearly 300,000 inquiries from the public each year. In addition to its information services and popular materials, the library also provides storytime programming for children, literacy materials for adult new readers, special business and health collections and services for patrons with disabilities.

Chesapeake Research Consortium

Chesapeake Research ConsortiumThe Chesapeake Research Consortium, Inc. (CRC) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Maryland. It is an association of six institutions, each with a long-standing involvement in research on problems affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. The Chesapeake Research Consortium supports scientific and technical activities (including research) in the tidal Chesapeake Bay, its drainage basin and adjoining airshed, as well as adjacent offshore waters of the Middle Atlantic Bight. Recognizing that processes acting in Earth systems far from the Bay also affect it, its environment and resources, CRC may also support appropriate projects far beyond the traditional Bay boundaries.

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society

aags-logoThe Anne Arundel Genealogical Society has been helping the people of Anne Arundel County and Maryland learn more about their ancestors and heritage since 1974. An extensive collection of genealogical reference material is housed at the Kuethe Library in Glen Burnie, Maryland and is open to the public for a small fee (free to members).

Meetings are held 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of every month at the Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, Maryland. Engaging speakers address topics which have included Irish research, Photoshop Basics, Maryland Land Records, and Revolutionary War Ancestors, to name a few.

The mission of the Society is to promote genealogical and family history research in Anne Arundel County; help our members learn about genealogy and apply that knowledge to their family history research; research, compile, and publish genealogical records and related information; and host and participate in meetings, seminars, and events to raise the public interest in AAGS and genealogy.

AAGS has collected information on more than 500 cemeteries and burial sites throughout Anne Arundel County. Information for 146 cemeteries is currently online.

Maryland Historical Trust

Maryland Historical TrustThe Maryland Historical Trust is a state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past.  Through research, conservation and education, the Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.  The Trust is an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning and serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

The Trust was created in May of 1961 as a quasi-public corporation for the purpose of accepting and maintaining gifts of property and for assisting and encouraging preservation activities throughout the state.  Funding was provided by the State and leadership was provided by a Board of Trustees which still exists today.  Over the next few years, a survey and inventory program was initiated and financial assistance programs including state-funded grants and loans were developed.

Over time, the Trust’s mission has grown to include the review of state undertakings on historic propertiesassistance to non-state historical and cultural museumscultural conservation, underwater archeology, and heritage tourism activities.  Programs of the Trust include the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM) located in Calvert County, Maryland.  This 560-acre property was donated to the State of Maryland in trust to the Maryland Historical Trust on June 16, 1983 by Mrs. Jefferson Patterson to be a passive recreation, education, and research facility.   Today, JPPM is home to the State Museum of Archeology and the award-winning Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory.