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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, April 07, 2015
Finding 'Our' Nace Butler
James Brice House, 42 East Street
Eight men named Nace (or Ignatius) Butler appeared in court in the 1790s to claim their freedom as descendants of Eleanor Butler. Which one was the Nace Butler featured in Historic Annapolis’s Freedom Bound exhibit? Answering this question required combing through records at the Maryland State Archives, piecing together fragmentary clues, assembling a puzzle, and making some educated guesses. The short answer to the question: None! But there was a ninth Nace Butler who turned out to be both the right Nace and a twig at the end of a long branch. Learn more about the search for Nace by Dr. Jean Russo.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
$10 General Admission
$8 for HA Members and Volunteers
To register for this event, please click here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Five
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Can you think of a few sounds that rain makes? Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin delightfully helps you with this task. We follow this story with art activities, a rain stick, and a paper umbrella to welcome in this wonderful month.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
A Day in the Life: Colonial Kitchen
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Come experience what a day was like for the children living in the William Paca House and the James Brice House in the 1760’s and 1770’s. What would you have worn? What games were popular? What would you have eaten? Did you have chores? Come have fun comparing your life to those of 18th century children through a variety of hands-on activities.
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$5 per person, advanced registration is recommended
To register online, please click here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Six
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Is it possible to plant a rainbow?

With the help of Lois Ehlbert's Planting a Rainbow, the preschoolers will find out how. We will take a walk in the Paca Garden and find flowers which represent the seven colors of the rainbow.

Activities will include making a flower using Ehlert's cutout techniques followed by crafts and songs about rainbows.

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Seven
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
May Day is usually celebrated on May 1st, but we are going to break with tradition and celebrate it today. Have you ever danced around a May Pole? Well, today you will.

First we will listen to Little Gray Rabbit's May Day. Then we will make a Crown of Daisies and dance around the May Pole.

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Eight
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
We will visit the Paca pond and hunt for the creatures living there. The book In a Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming delightfully illustrates the four seasons in a pond and wildlife found there. We will conclude with songs and a frog puppet.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Nine
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
We are back to the pond again, but this time we are going to have a picnic with a famous French painter named Claude Monet. We will look at some of his paintings and then read the board book, A Picnic with Monet.

We will conclude the morning with making and sailing toy boars and having a picnic of bread, jam, and juice.

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Health and Hygiene in 18th Century Colonial America Demonstration Lecture
James Brice House, 42 East Street
You’ve heard the stories—people were shorter back then, women died in childbirth or being burned to death but what was life really like? Come join us for a riveting morning learning about the health and hygiene of colonial Americans and the latest scientific understandings.
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost: $10 non-members/$8 members

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party
William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
Join the Paca Girlfriends for the 6th Annual Paca Girlfriends Flower Power Party, a night of food, fine wine, friendship, flowers and fun that you won't want to miss! Experience the charm of the William Paca house, indulge in culinary creations donated by the area's premiere chefs and stroll through the luxurious English gardens, filled with beautiful rose bushes, an endearing fish-shaped pond and other garden features. All while you enjoy sipping a signature Pacatini.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$50 general admission
$150 for V.I.P. tickets, early entrance (5:00 pm) for VIP ticket holders

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Founding Fathers Family Program
James Brice House, 42 East Street
Come learn about the unique lives of our Founding Fathers and their favorite foods! Make a colonial craft for your own father—Father’s Day is the next day after all!
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$5 per person, advanced registration recommended

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Mr. Paca's Backyard, Session Ten
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Today we are going to end our year with a tea party in the garden. First we will listen to a story called Little Miss Spider's Tea Party. Dear Miss Spider, as hard as she tries, can't persuade the insects to come to her party because they are afraid she'll eat them. Hear how a drenched moth unwittingly saves the day. Then the children will decorate cookies for the tea, color their place mats, and play games including tea pot rally. We will then say goodbye to the friends we have made.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Admission:
$5 per child

To register your child, please click here.

Saturday, July 04, 2015
Independence Day Celebration at a Signer’s Home and Garden
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
William Paca was one of the four Maryland men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Celebrate America’s birthday by touring the grand Georgian mansion that he built 250 years ago and wandering the paths of his beautifully restored two-acre pleasure garden. Along the way, visitors will likely encounter Mr. Paca himself and other noteable Annapolis residents and hear why they pledged their lives, fortunes and honor to the revolutionary cause of American independence. Hands-on activities for kids of all ages will bring the struggles of American independence to life.
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Admission included in general admission.

Saturday, July 04, 2015
Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony
William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street
Join Historic Annapolis in welcoming new citizens into the American family at the 9th annual naturalization ceremony held at the William Paca House & Garden. Robert Clark, President of Historic Annapolis, will host the ceremony, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates for citizenship. Annapolis High School’s NJROTC unit will provide a cadet color guard, and the All Children’s Chorus of Annapolis will lead the singing of the national anthem and perform a selection of patriotic songs.


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Free Admission; no reservations required; limited seating