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MDOT Archaeology Team Discovers Homesite of Harriet Tubman’s Father

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined state and federal partners at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center to announce the discovery of the historic homesite once owned by the father of famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. The former home of Harriet Tubman’s father, Ben Ross, was discovered on property acquired in  Read the Rest…

Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz Opens Bay Bridge Boat Show

Boat shows returned to Annapolis as the Bay Bridge Boat Show, which ran April 15-18, combined the area’s traditional spring power and sail shows into the largest in-water show in the region. Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz was on hand to address the crowd and cut the ribbon opening the show. “We are thrilled  Read the Rest…

May 2-8 is National Travel & Tourism Week

The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) have partnered to promote the “Power of Travel” during the 38th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), May 2-8, 2021. During NTTW, the Office of Tourism and MTC are planning several themed Facebook Live events including a Maryland Trivia Quiz, a  Read the Rest…

Apply Now for Network to Freedom Grants Program

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is pleased to announce its 2021 Grants Program. There will be $180,000 in grant funds available this year. In collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Network to Freedom is offering competitive grants ranging between $1,000 and $10,000. Funds  Read the Rest…

Maryland Names ‘Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors’

The Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced that 14 Marylanders from the public and private sectors have been named as the state’s first Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors. As part of their responsibilities, the ambassadors will work to enhance the state’s status as a leading destination for outdoor recreation. The ambassadors  Read the Rest…

CRUSA Hosts Virtual FAM Tour

With international travel restrictions still in place, OTD joined Capital Region USA (CRUSA) in hosting a virtual FAM for French and German journalists as part of continued efforts to keep Maryland top-of-mind for future travelers. The virtual event took place on March 25 and welcomed 29 influential journalists. A highlight of the FAM was the  Read the Rest…

Bike Pedestrian Grants Workshop

If you missed MDOT’s grants workshop for pedestrian and bicycle projects, a recording is available here, on MDOT’s YouTube channel. The workshop focused on the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), the Safe Routes to School (SRTS), the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the MDOT Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program. The MHSO grants cycle  Read the Rest…

Announcing the FY2022 Application Round for the African American Heritage Preservation Program

The Maryland Commission on African American Heritage and Culture and the Maryland Historical Trust are hosting webinars for prospective applicants for the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP). Grants are competitively awarded for construction projects on properties important to African American history and culture in Maryland. For more information about the program and guidance through the application process,  Read the Rest…

OTD Hosts C&O Canal Experience Virtual Media FAM

The C&O Canal Experience Virtual Media FAM took place on Maryland Day, March 25, 2021. OTD and DMOs took media members on a virtual tour of the C&O Canal region that explored the region’s arts and culture scene, culinary experiences, history, family-friendly activities, and outdoor adventures. (Media were even treated to an interview with mules!) OTD  Read the Rest…