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For more information about any of these events, please call our Event Reservations and Information Line: 410-267-7619.

Refund Policy: Tickets to Historic Annapolis events are nonrefundable unless otherwise stated. Historic Annapolis will refund all prepayments if it cancels a program.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Blazers . Bourbon . Cigars
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Enjoy an action-packed night of Bourbon tastings, cigars, wonderful food, and networking with the Who's Who of Annapolis gentlemen. Gentlemen well-versed in the arts of drawing flavors out of a glass of bourbon and those wanting to learn more will enjoy this unique evening featuring more than a dozen different varieties of bourbon.

VIP's enjoy early admission at 5:00 p.m. for a private Bourbon tasting hosted by a Master Makers Mark. Specialist, John Vicker-Smith II, who will describe trends in Bourbon as it appeals to the gentlemen while taking a deep sensory dive into the styles of Bourbon and what flavor profiles to look for. Each VIP member will enjoy all you can taste bourbon with a special memento to take home one of a kind Maker's Mark Cigar and other Blazers.Bourbon.Cigar surprises.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
General Admission, $50
VIP Admission, $150
Tickets go on sale August 13, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014
Historic Annapolis Annual Meeting
The Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle
Learn about the accomplishments of the past year and Historic Annapolis's plans for the future. Winners of the Preservation Awards, honoring superlative work in the areas of restoration, rehabilitation and reuse of historic properties, and individuals performing extraordinary service in the field of historic preservation will be announced.
Sponsored by Historic Inns of Annapolis
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Free, reservations requested
To register for this event click here

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Four Seasons Painting in the Paca Garden
William Paca Garden, 3 Martin Street
This is a unique opportunity to paint in the Paca Garden, a secluded reconstructed 18th-century garden. Jean Brinton Jaecks, landscape and garden watercolorist, conducts this landscape painting workshop focused on the study of light in a garden setting. All levels of students are welcome. Small class size allows plenty of access to the instructor and a detailed critique at the end. Meets Rain or Shine.

$75 General Admission
$70 HA Member/Volunteer
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Click here to register for this event.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
HAGS Club's Autumnal Assembly
USNA Museum, 118 Maryland Avenue
The Historic Annapolis Gentlemen’s Supper Club gathers to reflect upon the brave exploits of the nation’s naval heroes of the War of 1812 and to savor the rich tastes of the harvest season. The club’s Regular Members invite interested gentlemen to join them as Visiting Members for the evening, which will begin with a guided tour of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and continue with a private dinner at a downtown location.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free for HAGS Club Regular Members (please call 410-990-4715 to confirm your attendance).
$150 for Visiting Members

Visiting members may purchase their admission here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
1864 Encampment
Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, 1101 Smithville Street
Join Annapolis 1864 for a U.S. Colored Troops Living History Encampment with the 26th U.S. Colored Troops, New York, and 29th Connecticut Regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops. Learn about the participation of African American men who joined the U.S. Army during the American Civil War.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Free Admission
No reservations required

Monday, October 27, 2014
Opening Week Reception and Documentary Screening
Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin Street
Emancipation Week activities in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County continue at the Banneker-Douglass Museum with a reception and screening of Annapolis 1864, a short documentary on Annapolis and Anne Arundel County during the American Civil War, on the eve of the ratification of Maryland’s 3rd Constitution and the Abolishment of Slavery.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VIP: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
General Public: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Reservations requested as space is limited
Please click here to make a reservation

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Exhibits and Lectures with Lecturer Anthony Cohen
Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd.
Join the Maryland State Archives for an evening in history with exhibits and guest lecturer, Anthony Cohen, Historian and First African American to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Historic period documents, including the article of the 1864 Maryland Constitution which specifically abolished Maryland slavery, will be on exhibit.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Admission
Reservations requested as space is limited
Please click here to make a reservation

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Dr. John Stauffer—Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
St. John’s College, Francis Scott Key Auditorium
Join us for an evening with John Stauffer, Harvard University professor and author of GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In this engaging lecture, Dr. Stauffer will illuminate the lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two giants whose personal and public stories demonstrate a major shift in American cultural history, when people rejected the status quo and embraced new ideals of personal liberty.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Admission
Reservations requested as space is limited
Please click here to make a reservation

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Four Women of Annapolis
Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road
An evening of Living History with actress Scotti Preston who portrays “Four Women” who once lived in the City of Annapolis. From Sall Wilkes, a slave of Edward Lloyd, IV who lived at Maryland Avenue and great-grandmother of negro surgeon Daniel Hale Williams to Jane Minski Ennis Bishop who married outside of the laws of Maryland, direct ancestor of the only African American member of the founding Board of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Dr. William Bishop.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Admission
Reservations requested as space is limited
Please click here to make a reservation

Friday, October 31, 2014
Port Marker, Libation Ceremony
Susan Campbell Park, Annapolis City Dock
Annapolis 1864 welcomes Ann Chin for a Libation Ceremony and laying of a Port Marker to identify Annapolis, Maryland’s State Capital as a port of entry for slaves from the Gold and Winward Coasts.
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Admission
No reservations required

Saturday, November 01, 2014
Emancipation Day Proclamation and State Emancipation Quilt Unveiling
Maryland State House, Old House of Delegates Chambers
Quilt to be unveiled in the Old House of Delegates Room, inside of the Capital Building, immediately following the Proclamation.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free Admission
No reservations required

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Emancipation Sesquicentennial
Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie
Before Maryland abolished slavery in 1864, thousands of individuals held in bondage took action to escape from servitude and claim some measure of freedom for themselves. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell will talk about the nine fugitive slaves and servants profiled in the exhibit Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, including Private Henry Smothers, an Anne Arundel County man who joined the U.S. Colored Troops to fight for the Union and his own freedom during the Civil War. Maya Davis of the Maryland State Archives will discuss the state’s 1864 constitution, which ended the so-called “peculiar institution” of slavery in Maryland.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Free Admission
No reservations required

Friday, November 07, 2014
Annapolis by Candelight
Various Annapolis Homes
Let Historic Annapolis introduce you to some of the city's finest architecture in this annual walking tour of private homes. The houses on this year's tour are located on King George, Prince George, Maryland Avenue and East Streets.

Please note that this event takes place Friday, November 7th, and Saturday, November 8th.

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$30 General Admission
$25 HA Members and Volunteers
All tickets $35 after November 2
Please click here to register for this event.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sleeping in Splendor and Misery
Location TBD
Join nationally renowned textile historian, Natalie Larson, as she delves into the fascinating and surprising history of the bed chamber. Was it all extravagance and glamor as surviving furniture and textiles suggest, or did our ancestors have to put up with some rather less comfortable physical realities? Natalie's portfolio includes work at Monticello, the Met, and the much publicized New Room at Mount Vernon, among many others. A handling session will follow the presentation.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
$10 General Admission
$8 for HA Members and Volunteers
Reservations Required
Tickets and Reservations to go on sale at a future date.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
A Taste of History: Colonial Foods
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
Come explore the tastes and smells of colonial foods through colonial ingredients and recipes. The program includes a make-and take activity that will bring colonial foods into your own kitchen!
Two sessions:
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$10 for a parent and child
$5 for each additional child
Tickets will be available October 1st

Friday, December 05, 2014
A Hogshead Holiday
Hogshead, 43 Pinkney
Experience an 18th-century Christmas with the lively staff of the Hogshead. Sample the traditional treats the working class enjoyed, and taste the unique beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, they drank. Among the beverages served will be Switzel, a combination of apple cider vinegar, water, cinnamon, and sweetener that was often consumed by farmers and laborers to keep them hydrated. As you enter the candlelit Hogshead, you’ll take a step back in time and our costumed interpreters will regale you with stories of past celebrations. Each ticket purchased enters you into a raffle to win a genuine elk leather shoulder bag, hand-crafted by an expert colonial craftsmen. The leather bag will be on display at the Historic Annapolis Museum Store, 99 Main Street, beginning October 1.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$10 for Adults
Free for Children 12 and under
Reservations Required
Tickets go on sale October 1st