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99 Objects

“A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects” is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.

Historic Annapolis is developing a museum exhibit titled "A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects." The concept is inspired by two bestselling books: Neil MacGregory's  History of the World in 100 Objects and Richard Kurin’s The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. The exhibit will relate stories about Maryland’s capital city using artifacts in the collection of Historic Annapolis or loaned by other institutions or individuals.  

The principal exhibition spaces will be in the James Brice House, 42 East Street. Some artifacts will be on display at the Historic Annapolis Museum, 99 Main Street. Other artifacts will be on view at the sites of local partnering institutions, including the Maryland State House and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.  

The exhibits’ interpretive approach will be inductive – using the artifacts themselves as the elements to piece together a kaleidoscopic story of the city’s multifaceted past – rather than deductive – starting with a comprehensive written account of Annapolis’s history and using the objects primarily for illustrative purposes. Potential exhibit themes include “Business and the Economy,” “Government and Politics,” “Maritime Activities,” “Religious and Community Organizations,” and “Social and Racial Diversity.”

Historic Annapolis is encouraging members of the Annapolis community to nominate objects for inclusion in the exhibit so that “A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects” will tell the past stories that Annapolitans themselves are most passionate about share with others.