Monday, March 24, 2008

Preparing for Next Year

Well, we are getting ready to launch a major field effort at Port Tobacco with the Archeological Society of Maryland, we plan to extend the field and laboratory effort through the summer, and we are looking at ways of making our findings more accessible to the public. All of this will occur over the next five months. So, naturally, it makes sense to think about a more distant future at the same time.

This week we will submit a grant application to the Maryland Historical Trust to fund more intensive research at Port Tobacco. The amount: nearly $50,000. Our chances of getting all or a significant portion of what we are asking for? I'm not sure. It is very competitive and the State's fiscal affairs are far from certain. But if successful, the grant--with funds available as early as September--would put the project on the firmest ground to date and help insure its continuity and vitality until we can secure more reliable funding.

Got paper and pen? A computer and printer? How about writing a letter of support to:

Mr. J. Rodney Little
Director, Maryland Historical Trust
Maryland Department of Planning
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032

We will ask local political leaders for their support, but a vote of confidence from our friends couldn't hurt.


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