Annapolis Renegade Historical Society

Annapolis Renegade Historical Society What counts as 'history' and who gets to decide? How do you preserve something that no longer exists?

We love the Gold Star collection!
04/25/2016
Historians: Let's keep crucial collection together

We love the Gold Star collection!

Ever wonder what Annapolis and environs were like well before the Revolutionary War? Or which of your relatives might have served in World War I? Or who lived in that house down the street during the Civil War?

ICYMI: This review of Hannah Jopling's study of African American Annapolitan history in the 20th century is a great way ...
02/29/2016
Seeds of change: Book details African-American life in Annapolis in first half of 20th century

ICYMI: This review of Hannah Jopling's study of African American Annapolitan history in the 20th century is a great way to close out Black History Month!

Anthropologist Hannah Jopling set out on her eight-year research project on African-American life in Annapolis hoping to answer two basic questions: What were the city's black residents up against and what did they do about it?

Atlas Obscura
02/10/2016
Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

So far, 5,883 volunteers from around the world have transcribed more than 150,000 pages from over 1,000 projects.

Very disappointing and alarming.
02/09/2016
The Capital

Very disappointing and alarming.

Schuh said Whites Hall would be too expensive for the county to renovate and maintain, and called on private philanthropy to take the lead in its preservation instead.

The Capital
01/29/2016
The Capital

The Capital

"It changes the shape of the map," said oceanographer John Englander. "What's going to be land and ocean?"

Renegades! Mark your calendars for February 8: the City Council meeting postponed by the snow is going to be a DOOZY. Al...
01/27/2016
Process Preservation Coalition

Renegades! Mark your calendars for February 8: the City Council meeting postponed by the snow is going to be a DOOZY. Also, if you haven't already, check out the Process Preservation Coalition!

Hello Annapolitans! This could happen very swiftly if we don't make our concerns known! "The February meeting could begin the public hearing process for proposed changes to the city's oversight of the Historic District. The bill is moving through commissions and committees."

Please see pinned post at the top of this page for a link to the bill. Here is a link to help you identify your elected officials:

http://www.annapolis.gov/government/city-council/elected-officials

http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ph-ac-cn-city-council-reschedule-0127-20160126-story.html

We're getting our Leslie Knope on...are you following along?
01/12/2016
ARHS Annapolis on Twitter

We're getting our Leslie Knope on...are you following along?

“We're in position! Follow along our live-tweet of #Annapolis City Council meeting!”

House museums are the figureheads of historic preservation issues, but they aren't the only places where history matters...
12/23/2015
Maryland accused of race discrimination over scrapping of Baltimore rail project

House museums are the figureheads of historic preservation issues, but they aren't the only places where history matters.

"'Maryland, including the City of Baltimore, has exhibited a preference for its white residents over its African American residents in highway construction decisions since at least the 1930s,' the complaint reads.

In the 1960s, 'government officials devised new expressway proposals, all of which planned to use at least a portion of the predominantly African-American Franklin-Mulberry corridor in Baltimore’s Harlem Park neighborhood,” the complaint reads. “As a result, Harlem Park residents stopped investing in their homes, and the neighborhood became filled with deteriorating and abandoned buildings.'"

Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to eliminate a long-planned light rail line serving African American neighborhoods and switch funds to roads in the suburbs has prompted a civil rights suit

A fascinating read about the complicated issues surrounding Baltimore's confederate monuments. Annapolitans, this is up ...
12/16/2015
Monumental Decision - Baltimore magazine

A fascinating read about the complicated issues surrounding Baltimore's confederate monuments. Annapolitans, this is up our alley too: the Roger Taney statue shown in the article is a copy of the one outside the State House.

News & Community Home article Monumental Decision Monumental Decision The Civil War ended long ago, but the battles rage on. By Ron Cassie - The Robert E. Lee-Stonewall Jackson statue in Wyman Dell across from The Baltimore Museum of Art. -Photography by Brian Schneider A Chesapeake Bay breeze blust…

Horrified by yesterday's news about the Annapolis Yacht Club. Check out this vintage postcard of the Annapolis landmark.
12/13/2015

Horrified by yesterday's news about the Annapolis Yacht Club. Check out this vintage postcard of the Annapolis landmark.

Interesting. What do you think, renegades?
12/11/2015
The Capital

Interesting. What do you think, renegades?

"What I believe is the place where the community should and needs to continue around this is the next step of the process (the guidelines)," Historic Preservation Commission chairwoman Sharon Kennedy said. "They are the day-to-day, the narrative, the explanation of gray."

All Annapolis
12/10/2015

All Annapolis

This is worth checking out! Jeff Huntington of Jahru Studio has an exhibit at (ironically enough) Annapolis City Hall!

A new art exhibit is on display at City Hall featuring the work of internationally known artist, Jeff Huntington. An open house to celebrate the exhibit is scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 5 p.m.

Jeff's portrait exhibit features a series of Annapolis artists, musicians, restaurateurs, photographers, and other creative people in the community,using the same technique employed by the Old Masters like Rembrandt. Employing a process known as grisaille, he starts with a portrait in black and white and adds color glazed layers and varnishes to create the transparent look of actual skin. Some of the models for this series of portraits traveled from Europe to pose for Jeff.

The exhibit is at City Hall, located at 160 Duke of Gloucester Street in Annapolis, from December 8 through January 21. The public can view the exhibit Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Very cool find.
12/10/2015

Very cool find.

Okay, apropos of nothing, as we believe the saying goes...(whistle, whistle, whistle....) here's a very cool thing we picked up today in a pile of paper that apparently no one else appreciated (as you'll see...there's more). But anywho...here's a little piece of history... Several photos, lots of text. The more we change the more we don't...

Gorgeous lights, gorgeous photo! We love holiday lights--ephemeral and incredibly human incursions on the urban landscap...
12/09/2015

Gorgeous lights, gorgeous photo! We love holiday lights--ephemeral and incredibly human incursions on the urban landscape. Plus, theyr'e twinkly.

Hats off to the Annapolis Arts District for the BEAUTIFUL lights on inner West Street. You've succeeded in turning our lovely town into a winter wonderland! Nice work!!

Are you following along? This is all crazy.
12/09/2015
ARHS Annapolis on Twitter

Are you following along? This is all crazy.

“"I've seen some really, really bad architecture preserved just because it's old"”

It's starting! Follow along on our Twitter!
12/09/2015
ARHS Annapolis on Twitter

It's starting! Follow along on our Twitter!

“Officially in position for the #AnnapolisHPC public forum!”

If you can't make it to tonight's public forum, you might be able to use this link for a live stream of the event. We'd ...
12/08/2015
Annapolis's Live Stream

If you can't make it to tonight's public forum, you might be able to use this link for a live stream of the event. We'd love to be more confident about whether it does or not (this service does broadcast city council meetings for sure), but we can't confirm either way. Historic preservation aside, this is one reason transparency and tech-savviness in government is important!

Bonus points for anyone who can tell us whether the link works once the meeting starts at 7:30 tonight. If it doesn't, you can always follow along on twitter: @naptownrenegade

Live and Recorded Public meetings of Annapolis's Live Stream for Annapolis, MD

We love maps! Check out our latest one before tonight's public forum about proposed changes to the city's Historic Prese...
12/08/2015

We love maps! Check out our latest one before tonight's public forum about proposed changes to the city's Historic Preservation codes--changes city arts advocates say are an affront to public art in Annapolis.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/1lp91SD

It's time for a good-old-fashioned public forum. Are 'art' and 'history' really at odds? Annapolis seems to think so!
12/07/2015
Art versus History? Tune In Tomorrow for a Public Forum Fracas

It's time for a good-old-fashioned public forum. Are 'art' and 'history' really at odds? Annapolis seems to think so!

Tomorrow something important is happening in the city of Annapolis: the Historic Preservation Commission is holding a public forum at 7:30 in City Hall to discuss proposed changes to the city's pre...

"He said there is a need to coordinate with property owners and discuss the types of businesses they'd like to see on We...
11/23/2015
Taco Bell set for February opening on Annapolis' West Street

"He said there is a need to coordinate with property owners and discuss the types of businesses they'd like to see on West Street. 'If we don't do that basic thing, we're going to be reacting to things that we don't want to come to West Street. Sometimes when we react to things, it's like putting a square peg in a round hole.'"

Taco Bell is expected to open on Annapolis' West Street next year, one of three projects planned for the corridor.

"'I've never seen the State House grounds looking as shabby as they look today,' Busch said. He called the conditions th...
11/20/2015
Maryland officials complain of shabby capitol grounds

"'I've never seen the State House grounds looking as shabby as they look today,' Busch said. He called the conditions the worst he's seen in 30 years as a legislator. 'It looks like my front yard.'"

What do we think about this, renegades?

House Speaker Michael E. Busch protested Friday that Hogan administration officials are doing the poorest job of maintaining the grounds of Maryland's historic State House he's seen in his 30 years as a lawmaker, calling their appearance "embarrassing."

Hmmmm...
11/20/2015
Commission: proposed code changes to help homeowners

Hmmmm...

Proposed changes to city code are about bringing the city in line with state definitions and providing a clearer path for the people who own historic properties, the Historic Preservation Commission chairwoman said Thursday.

Did you know that Annapolis is the only state capital east of the Mississippi River to not be connected by train? It was...
11/20/2015
Maglev firms get OK to acquire WB&A railroad franchise

Did you know that Annapolis is the only state capital east of the Mississippi River to not be connected by train? It wasn't always this way. The WB&A--short for Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis-- was one of the first railroads in the country.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has given Baltimore Washington Rapid Rail and Northeast Maglev the green light to acquire the passenger railroad franchise once held by the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railroad Co.

"True, stores with long legacies thrive throughout the city – but their buildings don’t often reflect their history....
11/20/2015
Closing down: the couple chronicling New York's disappearing storefronts

"True, stores with long legacies thrive throughout the city – but their buildings don’t often reflect their history. “We like that these businesses maintain something about them that is original,” Karla says, whether a pressed-tin ceiling or aged wood panels. “The whole sign-making element – hand-painted, neon – is a craft that, unfortunately, is dying.” The permits to own and maintain these signs are costly, say the Murrays, but moreover business owners no longer take the same care in presentation as their predecessors, with their plastic awnings and generic fonts."

"In the letter, Jourdon asks that the Colonel what "good chance" he proposes to pay for the work. He also asks for the w...
11/18/2015
A Free Man's Letter to A Former Slaveowner in 1865

"In the letter, Jourdon asks that the Colonel what "good chance" he proposes to pay for the work. He also asks for the wages owed to him and his family: 32 years' worth for himself and 20 years' worth for his wife. The total tallied to $11,680, plus interest."

When asked to return to the farm where he was held in bondage, Jourdon Anderson wrote this thoughtful reply

Love this!
11/12/2015
A space to grow

Love this!

Artist Deborah Watson needed studio space and Suzi Jett needed tenants for the warehouse she found in the Annapolis Design District.

Maryland State Archives
11/10/2015

Maryland State Archives

The Maryland State Archives is closed in honor of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, but will be back open again on Thursday.

Photograph: From our Special Collections, 1953 West Street near Southgate, MSA SC 2140.

#veterans #veteransday #maryland #holidayclosures

“'To me, the most important thing is that over the course of the last three years or so, things have not gotten better...
11/09/2015
Maryland gets D grade in 2015 State Integrity Investigation

“'To me, the most important thing is that over the course of the last three years or so, things have not gotten better,' said Todd Eberly, an associate professor of political science at St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s City. He said Maryland’s stagnating position in the ratings 'is not a good thing. We want to see more openness, we want to see accountability and we want to see transparency.'"

Find out why Maryland ranked 23rd in our 2015 investigation.

Tonight's City Council meeting is the last opportunity for public comment on proposed changes to the city's maritime zon...
11/09/2015
On the agenda: City Dock zoning; parking near post office

Tonight's City Council meeting is the last opportunity for public comment on proposed changes to the city's maritime zoning rules. The changes are intended specifically to address the old Fawcetts Boat Supplies property at 110 Compromise Street, vacant since 2010.

It's not mentioned in the article, but the meeting will be held at 7:00 at Annapolis City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street. It is open to the public.

The public hearing on the Waterfront Maritime Conservation District continues Monday night at the City Council meeting. The council also plans to take up legislation on parking near the old post office.

In 2013, only 33% of registered Annapolitans cast ballots in the citywide elections--and our current mayor was elected b...
11/06/2015
All politics isn't local, after all

In 2013, only 33% of registered Annapolitans cast ballots in the citywide elections--and our current mayor was elected by a margin of 59 votes. This article is about Philadelphia, but it bears some thought: how can more Annapolitans engage with local politics?

This week's elections show that voters increasingly care more about national issues than local ones. And that's a very dangerous trend.

"But erosion nips away at Smith Island’s banks at a rate of roughly 2 feet each year, and a 2008 report predicted that...
11/06/2015
Smith Island Is Sinking Into the Chesapeake Bay Thanks to Climate Change

"But erosion nips away at Smith Island’s banks at a rate of roughly 2 feet each year, and a 2008 report predicted that by 2100 Smith Island will be 'almost completely under water as the Bay’s average level goes up nearly one-foot.'"

Going down with it is a fishing and crabbing culture that’s 400 years old.

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