Historic Annapolis

Historic Annapolis Historic Annapolis works to protect and promote Annapolis as a viable, living city that celebrates its heritage. Since 1952, Historic Annapolis has preserved the distinctive character of Maryland's capital city through public advocacy for historic preservation, purchase and renovation of historic sites, original research, and educational programs.
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HA manages historic Annapolis properties including the HA Museum & Store at 99 Main Street, the William Paca House and Garden, the James Brice House, Shiplap House, Waterfront Warehouse, and Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street.

Mission: Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, MD. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage.

Operating as usual

Out and about in Downtown Annapolis? Stop in and visit us at the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street. We are open until 5 ...
09/20/2020

Out and about in Downtown Annapolis? Stop in and visit us at the HA Museum Store at 77 Main Street. We are open until 5 pm today - and we are now open 11 am - 5 pm on Mondays, too!

(Or shop online anytime at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com!)

Glenn continues his look back at #AnnapolisHistory 250 years ago:"In September 1770, more than a year into a partial eco...
09/18/2020

Glenn continues his look back at #AnnapolisHistory 250 years ago:

"In September 1770, more than a year into a partial economic shutdown, many Annapolitans were weary but still committed to seeing it through to an acceptable outcome. In the summer of 1769, Marylanders had joined other American colonists in a boycott of British imports taxed under the Townshend Acts...Parliament repealed most of the duties in March 1770, but as a matter of principle, it kept the tax on tea in effect...As spring rolled into summer and late summer began to hint at the approach of autumn, a satisfactory resolution of the lingering stalemate between the Mother Country and her obstinate American children seemed as elusive as ever..."

Read the rest from Senior Historian Glenn Campbell here: https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/agreeable-to-the-association

Tonight's installment of our Virtual Lecture series is all about furniture! Cabinetmaker Tony Lovett will join us virtua...
09/17/2020

Tonight's installment of our Virtual Lecture series is all about furniture! Cabinetmaker Tony Lovett will join us virtually to explore the different furniture periods of the 18th century, as well as those individuals that had a lasting impact on the period’s furniture designs.

Register now for our Virtual Lecture: 18th Century Furniture and Construction at https://bit.ly/3hjPiA4. Registration closes at 6:30 pm tonight.

Expanded Hours at the William Paca GardenHA is pleased to announce the expansion of visiting hours at the William Paca G...
09/16/2020

Expanded Hours at the William Paca Garden

HA is pleased to announce the expansion of visiting hours at the William Paca Garden: now open for self-guided and guided tours on Wednesdays through Sundays!

Garden Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 2:30 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Stop by and visit us at 186 Prince George Street and enjoy plenty of fresh air and open space this fall. Plus, all visitors can enhance their visit with an al fresco viewing of our new video tour of the William Paca House and Garden (made possible by Four Rivers Heritage Area and a private donor).

Join us tomorrow evening for a special TUESDAY edition of our Virtual Lecture Series: Virtual Lecture: Tubman Travels - ...
09/14/2020

Join us tomorrow evening for a special TUESDAY edition of our Virtual Lecture Series: Virtual Lecture: Tubman Travels - Underground Railroad Journeys and Life Lessons from Tubman, Douglass, and other Champions of Freedom.

Award-winning author Jim Duffy will be with us to share keystone stories of two American heroes of the first order from Maryland's Eastern Shore: Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman and antislavery activist Frederick Douglass. Learn, too, about some lesser known champions of freedom from here in our own backyard.

Register at https://bit.ly/2DCKDvq.

Thursday's installment of our Virtual Lecture series is all about furniture! Cabinetmaker Tony Lovett will join us virtu...
09/13/2020

Thursday's installment of our Virtual Lecture series is all about furniture! Cabinetmaker Tony Lovett will join us virtually on September 17 to explore the different furniture periods of the 18th century, as well as those individuals that had a lasting impact on the period’s furniture designs.

Register for our Virtual Lecture: 18th Century Furniture and Construction at https://bit.ly/3hjPiA4.

We're heading to the theater this week for #AnnapolisHistory - as Glenn looks back to an eye-catching actress of 1770:"T...
09/10/2020

We're heading to the theater this week for #AnnapolisHistory - as Glenn looks back to an eye-catching actress of 1770:

"The anonymous gentleman was smitten. He had just attended the American Company’s performance of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, King of Britain, and he simply had to share his enthusiastic admiration of one player’s artistry. On September 6, 1770, the Maryland Gazette published his letter (signed “Y.Z.”) and a poem (credited by Y.Z. to “A Friend of mine,” but very likely by the same writer) extolling the attributes of actress Nancy Hallam..."

Read the full post on today's blog:
https://historicannapolis.wixsite.com/hablog/post/in-praise-of-artistic-genius

Maybe you're using this rainy day to work on your ongoing project to organize your personal collections and archives! Ro...
09/09/2020

Maybe you're using this rainy day to work on your ongoing project to organize your personal collections and archives! Robin's got another collections care tip for you on today's #CuratorsCorner:

If you're organizing and protecting your photos and documents, maybe you've found some storage boxes that claim to be "Archival Safe." What does “Archival Safe” really mean? Products are often described as “archival” or “archival quality," but, unfortunately, there are no official standards for what makes a material "archival quality."

Acidity and alkalinity are measured by a pH scale from 0–14. The pH of archival storage materials should be a 7 which means it is acid-free. So when you are looking for products, don’t just buy it because it says “archival safe.” Look for acid-free products instead (we found this one on Amazon).

ICYMI - the latest HAppenings newsletter is out, chock full of all the latest news at HA. Read it today!
09/09/2020
HAppenings: August 2020

ICYMI - the latest HAppenings newsletter is out, chock full of all the latest news at HA. Read it today!

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Extended through fall by popular demand! Don't miss your chance to purchase your ticket to one of our Wine & Dine in the...
09/06/2020
Wine & Dine in the Garden - Historic Annapolis

Extended through fall by popular demand! Don't miss your chance to purchase your ticket to one of our Wine & Dine in the Garden evenings.

Enjoy exquisite food and unparalleled service from Ken's Creative Kitchen on the tented terrace as you overlook the picturesque 2-acre William Paca Garden.

Dinners will be held on Thursdays on September 17, September 24, and October 15. Time - and tickets - for the September 17 dinner are running out - register now!

Home > Calendar of Events > Wine & Dine in the Garden Wine & Dine in the Garden Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020 Location: William Paca Garden, 186 Prince George Street Time: 6 pm - 8 pm This fall, enjoy a unique opportunity to dine al fresco at the William Paca Garden, the crown jewel of Annapol...

Don't be crabby, it's the weekend! And we have a great deal for you - save 20% at the HA Museum Store Online all weekend...
09/05/2020

Don't be crabby, it's the weekend! And we have a great deal for you - save 20% at the HA Museum Store Online all weekend long with the code 20LABORDAY20. Shop now at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com.

*Valid through September 7. $20 minimum purchase, online only.

Historic Annapolis is hosting two lectures to commemorate International Underground Railroad Month, which acknowledges t...
09/05/2020

Historic Annapolis is hosting two lectures to commemorate International Underground Railroad Month, which acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the history of the Underground Railroad.

Register now for our virtual lectures:

Virtual Lecture: Slavery and Servitude in Early Annapolis - Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm. Register at https://bit.ly/2F5tH11.

Virtual Lecture: Tubman Travels - Underground Railroad Journeys and Life Lessons from Tubman, Douglass, and other Champions of Freedom - Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm. Register at https://bit.ly/2DCKDvq.

Let's meet Steve Kratzer today on #VolunteerVoices! Steve has been an incredible HA volunteer for over a quarter of a ce...
09/04/2020

Let's meet Steve Kratzer today on #VolunteerVoices!

Steve has been an incredible HA volunteer for over a quarter of a century. He’s truly got a passion for history and volunteerism! Though the Paca House is still closed for tours, you can find Steve in the William Paca Garden giving visitors a special guided tour. Steve says:

"I started volunteering as a William Paca House docent over 25 years ago, partly as an opportunity to learn about local history, and also as an antidote for the fact that in my “day job” I interacted with computers more than with people. I like meeting visitors from a wide variety of places and backgrounds, and tailoring the tour to their interests. This can be difficult when a tour group includes adults with detailed questions as well as children (or grownups) with limited attention spans, but I enjoy the challenge. Even though I’ve been giving tours for so long, I’m constantly learning, and I feel fortunate to be able to attend many of the seminars, training updates and field trips that HA offers. Of course, being able to stroll through the Paca Garden before and after my tours is a big fringe benefit! Aside from giving regular house tours, I like to work with the HA staff and other volunteers on special events like Maryland Day and Annapolis By Candlelight!"

Thanks for all your service, Steve!

Hear ye, hear ye! The August issue of HAppenings, the Historic Annapolis newsletter, is hot off the (virtual) presses! C...
09/04/2020
HAppenings: August 2020

Hear ye, hear ye! The August issue of HAppenings, the Historic Annapolis newsletter, is hot off the (virtual) presses! Check it out!

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Glenn continues his look back at events reported in Annapolis in 1770 on today's episode of #AnnapolisHistory:"These day...
09/03/2020
Melted Majesty

Glenn continues his look back at events reported in Annapolis in 1770 on today's episode of #AnnapolisHistory:

"These days, most news stories about public statues consider them as objects of destructive rather than constructive acts, but 250 years ago, subscribers to the Maryland Gazette read about the recent installation of a statue of King George III in New York City. No one could know it at the time, but that statue of the British monarch would be pulled down less than six years later by American revolutionaries..."

Read the full story on today's blog!

**BREAKING NEWS** Historic Annapolis is pleased to announce the launch of the HA Museum Store Online!Your favorite Annap...
09/01/2020

**BREAKING NEWS** Historic Annapolis is pleased to announce the launch of the HA Museum Store Online!

Your favorite Annapolis gift shop is now virtual. Shop our captivating mix of merchandise that ties to our Chesapeake Bay heritage with nautical and historic gifts. Now you can browse our marvelous selection of boat models, tableware, vintage-inspired jewelry, crab-inspired gifts, books, and home décor all from comfort of your own couch, whenever you want. New products are being added all the time!

Shop now at historic-annapolis.myshopify.com.

Pushed forward by rapidly changing technologies, the 20th century was an era of great architectural variety and led to m...
08/31/2020

Pushed forward by rapidly changing technologies, the 20th century was an era of great architectural variety and led to many new and revived architectural styles. A great example of 20th century architecture, 65 College was built in the Dutch Colonial Revival Style. A sub-type of the popular Colonial Revival style, this style hit its peak in the first half of the 20th century. This home (owned by St. John's College) also features lovely shingling and architectural details. Take a look at the beautiful decorative windows on your next stroll down College Avenue!

#MarkerMonday

**BREAKING NEWS** The HA Museum Store is going virtual! Stay tuned for the grand opening of our Online Store next week!#...
08/28/2020

**BREAKING NEWS**

The HA Museum Store is going virtual! Stay tuned for the grand opening of our Online Store next week!

#historicannapolis #visitannapolis #shopannapolis #shopsmall #shoplocal #shop #museumstore #giftshop

08/24/2020

Don't throw away your shot to sign up for the August 27 Virtual Lecture: Hamilton, the Man and the Musical!

Your living room will be the room where it happens, so settle in with a pint of Sam Adams for a Zoom lecture with Dr. Dan Sherman. His well-acclaimed multimedia presentation tells A. Ham's story with the help of music from the show, interviews with the smash Broadway musical's creators, and Ron Chernow's acclaimed biography.

Register now at https://bit.ly/3kTevEE!

It's #MarkerMonday and we’re taking a look at McDowell Hall, which features a bronze marker. 12 properties in HA's Marke...
08/24/2020

It's #MarkerMonday and we’re taking a look at McDowell Hall, which features a bronze marker. 12 properties in HA's Marker Program are of specific historic significance to Annapolis and our national story, and are recipients of our special bronze marker.

The original construction of McDowell Hall at St. John's College was completed in 1789, making it the third oldest building on the campus, after the Chancellor Johnson House and the Carroll Barrister House, which are dated to the 1720s. Much of the original building was destroyed in a 1909 fire, leaving only the masonry walls. McDowell Hall was reconstructed in 1910, as close to the original building design as possible, and today it stands front and center on St. John’s College’s campus.

250 years ago this week in #AnnapolisHistory, William Paca was called out for “his warm Zeal in the Cause of Liberty.” G...
08/21/2020
Warm Zeal in the Cause of Liberty

250 years ago this week in #AnnapolisHistory, William Paca was called out for “his warm Zeal in the Cause of Liberty.” Glenn explains:

"For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at the dispute between Annapolis merchants Williams and Company and the local Committee of Inspection that played out on the pages of the Maryland Gazette in the summer of 1770. In the August 16 issue of the paper, Thomas Williams focused his ire on five members of the Committee, with one man—William Paca—singled out for his coarse words and actions..."

Read the rest on the blog!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking at the dispute between Annapolis merchants Williams and Company and the local Committee of Inspection that played out on the pages of the Maryland Gazette in the summer of 1770. In the August 16 issue of the paper, Thomas Williams focused his ire on five m...

Don't wait for it - and don't throw away your shot to catch our Virtual Lecture: Hamilton, the Man and the Musical. On T...
08/21/2020
Virtual Lecture - Hamilton, the Man and the Musical - Historic Annapolis

Don't wait for it - and don't throw away your shot to catch our Virtual Lecture: Hamilton, the Man and the Musical. On Thursday, August 27, Dr. Dan Sherman is here to tell A. Ham's story with the help of music from the show, interviews with the smash hit musical's creators, and Ron Chernow's biography.

You're invited to raise a glass with us on Thursday and hear this founding father's story get told - register now at https://bit.ly/3kTevEE.

After August 18, 1920, those who devoted themselves to the cause of women's suffrage did not stop their journey (because...
08/19/2020

After August 18, 1920, those who devoted themselves to the cause of women's suffrage did not stop their journey (because remember, though the law was passed in 1920, that did not mean all women were included - women of color, poor women, and others continued to struggle with barriers to voting for years and years following). The League of Women Voters, the National Woman's Party, and the Democratic Women's Club (to name just a few organizations) hosted teas, luncheons, and receptions to continue using their voices to raise awareness on many issues. And guess where many of these luncheons and legislative receptions were held? Just steps from the Maryland State House at Carvel Hall - the famed hotel that once stood on the grounds of the William Paca House and Garden.

Here is a sample of articles that our Curator found from the Evening Sun and the Baltimore Sun mentioning events at Carvel Hall - they range from 1923 through 1927.

#CuratorsCorner #MDSuffrage #MarylandWomenVote #HistoricMDNews

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote after year...
08/18/2020

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote after years and years of campaigning for suffrage. This week, our friends at the Maryland State Archives and Historic Maryland Newspapers have partnered with cultural organizations throughout the state to share the history of women's suffrage in Maryland.

In 1917 (and, unfortunately, for many years to come thereafter) the Maryland Assembly was not so keen on the idea of votes for women. One young girl, Dorothy Ford, re-enacted Paul Revere's horseback ride from Baltimore to Annapolis, and galloped into town on the first day of session of the Maryland General Assembly. Only 14 at the time, she was still determined to share the message of "Keep not liberty from your own household" with the Assembly. How's that for passion?

#MarylandWomenVote #MDSuffrage

(Painting done by Otto Bruhn of Dorothy Ford at age 10)

Found just off Main Street, this colorful collection of houses on Conduit Street is known as “Rainbow Row” is our next #...
08/17/2020

Found just off Main Street, this colorful collection of houses on Conduit Street is known as “Rainbow Row” is our next #MarkerMonday highlight!

These townhomes were originally built as an annex of the (now demolished) City Hotel in the late 1850s. The row was later divided into six individual residences in 1910. The homes on Rainbow Row are great examples of the vernacular townhome style that defines Annapolis and have gray markers for the Annapolis Vernacular category.

Let's hear from another Hogshead docent! Though Hogshead remains closed, we are loving sharing the #VolunteerVoices of o...
08/14/2020

Let's hear from another Hogshead docent! Though Hogshead remains closed, we are loving sharing the #VolunteerVoices of our docents who have spent years bringing this site to life for visitors.

Mike Owen has been a Hogshead docent for eight years. What he enjoys most about volunteering at this hands-on history site is meeting the many and varied people that come through. Tourists from all fifty states and numerous countries visit and are always interesting to talk to. Also stopping in are many local Annapolitans who never knew the Hogshead is right there in their backyard on Pinkney Street.

Mike particularly enjoys focusing in on colonial Maryland history and important role Annapolis played in the colony’s early history, from its role as a ship building and trade center, to being one of the epicenters of our nation's great founding political debates. Can you imagine – the homes of four signers of the Declaration of Independence within six blocks of one another! When Mike arms himself with the Brown Bess musket he becomes Revolutionary soldier “Minute Man Mike.” And when weather permits, he takes guests out back and demonstrates making a fire in colonial times with flint and steel. But this is not a “sure fired thing”...ha, get it?!

Mike is retired. His career path found him in several interesting positions including Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a Presidential appointee to the positions of Assistant Secretary of the Army and U.S. Department of Energy.

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Thursday 10:00 - 14:30
Friday 10:00 - 14:30
Saturday 10:00 - 14:30
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage.

We invite you to visit us at the William Paca House and Garden in the heart of Downtown Annapolis. Carefully restored by HA beginning in 1965, today it is recognized as one of the finest 18th-century homes in the country and a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours of the house, which features period furnishings and paintings, reveal the inner workings of an upper-class household in colonial and revolutionary Annapolis. Visit www.annapolis.org for information about our properties and hours, the calendar of events, and more.

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