South Branch Park

South Branch Park is a historic industrial site located at Sykesville, Howard County, United States. The site is the location of the James Sykes Mill to which Sykesville is named, an 1870 Stone House, as well as the 1917 B. F. Shriver Canning Factory and Howard Cotton Factory. James Skykes defended his homeland serving in the War of 1812; the Sykesville mill was constructed of granite with waterwheel power, operated as the Mechant's Flour Mill. It was rebuilt by Skyes as a cotton mill, it was used by Governor Frank Brown as a storehouse in the late 1800s when the mill was out of service. A 1905 fire destroyed the mill, with $12,000 in damages paid to Brown in insurance. In 1996 Howard County purchased 7.6 acres of historic industrial land from Tisano Reality with State Open Space Funds for the creation of a South Branch Park. In 2011, Howard County leased the land back to the town of Sykesville for $817,583 and requested $617,000 from the town to help complete restoration of the buildings and site construction capital costs.

In 2011 another $256,000 state grant was awarded to implement a park at the historic site including restoration of a caboose. Matching county funds were anticipated, but not provided. Updated plans included a skate park, parking lot, stormwater pond, reroofing of the B. F Shriver Canning Company "Apple Butter Factory" is scheduled at an undetermined date for phase II. Phase III plans to restore the factory. On 6 September, County Executive Ken Ulman and candidate Courtney Watson opened phase I of the South Branch Park which included a new playground and the dismantling of a historic water tower as part of a series of pre-election groundbreakings for funded projects around the county including the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland terminal; the $269,000 project was funded by Program Open Space. In response to local residents constructing their own skatepark features while waiting for promised improvements, Howard County conducted a Charrette in October 2014 to determine features to a skatepark to be implemented by California-based Spohn Ranch Skateparks.

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Małopolska Institute of Culture

The Małopolska Institute of Culture is a regional cultural institution engaged in promoting and supporting the culture of Małopolska. The Institute is located in Kraków, its main focus is integrating diverse small regional cultural institutions - museums, archives or local cultural centres. The Institute organises events and initiatives to promote the culture of Małopolska both locally and abroad. One of them is Małopolska's Virtual Museums, a digitisation project in which over 700 artworks and objects from 35 small museums were photographed and made available online; the Institute runs numerous annual programs, such as the Małopolska Region Days in Brussels and the Małopolska Days of Cultural Heritage, an event meant to promote the cultural diversity of Malopolska. Each May, for two weekends the Institute organises a series of curated visits to ten cultural sites of special interest where educational activities and sightseeing take place; the selected heritage sites are little known or out of bounds to the public Official website Małopolska Days of Cultural Heritage Małopolska's Virtual Museums Project