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February 2024

Virtual Lecture – William Paca: A Survey of his Personal and Political Lives

William Paca is remembered as one of the four Maryland patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, but that historic moment in 1776 is best understood in the broader context of his personal and political lives.  Glenn E. Campbell, retired Senior Historian of Historic Annapolis, outlines the basic contours of Paca’s life and highlights his public… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – William Paca: A Survey of his Personal and Political Lives

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March 2024

A Musical St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Peter Brice on the button accordion and Tess Hartis on the fiddle as they present traditional music and songs of Ireland at this special live performance at the William Paca House.

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Virtual Lecture – A Restoration of Faith: William Paca’s Governorship, 1782-85

William Paca served as Maryland’s third state governor as the Revolutionary War wound down, peace was restored, and the new state and nation struggled to find their footing in a reshaped world.  Glenn E. Campbell, retired Senior Historian of Historic Annapolis, explores how Governor Paca worked to inspire a renewal of confidence in government following… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – A Restoration of Faith: William Paca’s Governorship, 1782-85

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Homeschool Day: Call to Action!

Throughout history, many leaders have lifted their voices in calls to action to help create a better world. Step into our American Story with a special guided tour for homeschool families at the Museum of Historic Annapolis. Discover the diverse stories of revolutionaries, civil rights leaders and other changemakers throughout our shared history. Then, walk… Continue reading Homeschool Day: Call to Action!

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Women’s History Month at the Museum of Historic Annapolis

Visit the Museum of Historic Annapolis and celebrate Women’s History – and the power of women! We’ll be welcoming special living historians and highlighting the contributions of women to the shaping of our nation. Activities are included with Museum admission. Meet Camp Followers from the Revolutionary War! Learn from these living history interpreters about the… Continue reading Women’s History Month at the Museum of Historic Annapolis

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Virtual Lecture – The Women of the Cryptologic Hall of Honor

In 1999, the National Security Agency and Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) established the Cryptologic Hall of Honor “to pay special tribute to the pioneers and heroes who rendered distinguished service to American cryptology.” As of 2023, 111 individuals, and occasionally groups, have received this highly select and competitive honor. In honor of Women’s History Month,… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – The Women of the Cryptologic Hall of Honor

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Virtual Lecture – Peggy Shippen and the Great Loyalist Resettlement

When Benedict Arnold realized his plan to defect to the British had been exposed, the first thing he did was tell Peggy Shippen, his loyalist-leaning wife who had helped him plan his treachery. After the war, Parliament announced plans to resettle refugees like the Arnolds in Canada in order to strengthen Britain’s power in its… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – Peggy Shippen and the Great Loyalist Resettlement

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April 2024

Colonial Crafternoon

School’s out! Come join us for some fun at the Museum of Historic Annapolis. Explore the Museum on a scavenger hunt and create special craft projects inspired by the objects and artifacts found in our collection.  Crafts are geared toward school-aged children, but all ages are welcome.  Advance registration for a timed entry spot is… Continue reading Colonial Crafternoon

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Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: Plant It! Grow It! Eat It!

Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime is a fun hour full of reading and activities in the William Paca Garden, a secret treasure in the Historic District of Annapolis. Each program is designed for little ones, 3-7 years, with a book reading, song, and craft/art project, plus time to explore the Paca Garden following the story hour.… Continue reading Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: Plant It! Grow It! Eat It!

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Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: One Little Lot – The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden

Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime is a fun hour full of reading and activities in the William Paca Garden, a secret treasure in the Historic District of Annapolis. Each program is designed for little ones, 3-7 years, with a book reading, song, and craft/art project, plus time to explore the Paca Garden following the story hour.… Continue reading Mr. Paca’s Garden Storytime: One Little Lot – The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden

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Culinary Herb Garden Workshop

We’re celebrating the “Year of the Garden” as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the historic garden behind the William Paca House! Join us for a special Spring workshop on the Paca House Terrace, presented in partnership with our friends at Homestead Gardens. The afternoon begins with a lecture presented by a Homestead… Continue reading Culinary Herb Garden Workshop

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Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds

Stop by the William Paca House to meet Drew Shuptar Rayvis, an Algonkian Living Historian, and hear from him about the indigenous peoples who inhabited this area by the Chesapeake Bay. The year is 1695 and Annapolis is the new capital of colonial Maryland. Explore the interconnected relationship between European settlers and the Algonkian peoples… Continue reading Eight Coats, Seven Shirts, Fifteen Fathom Wampum: Early Colonial Settlement and the First Deeds

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May 2024

Virtual Lecture – Lord Dunmore’s War: Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era

This presentation explains the causes and conduct of the last Indian War before the start of the American War for Independence. Set during what some would call the “Quiet Time,” many historians pay it little attention or misinterpret its historical significance. However, John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, led the colony’s soldiers “in his… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – Lord Dunmore’s War: Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era

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June 2024

Hogshead Living History: Fashioning Freedom

Join living historian Nastassia Parker as she delves into the social significance of clothing in the 1800s.  Examine replica garments and discover what fashion plates, accessories, and newspaper advertisements revealed about socioeconomic position. Learn how enslaved individuals used clothing to aid in their quest for personal freedom in the North. Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation) The… Continue reading Hogshead Living History: Fashioning Freedom

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Virtual Lecture – For Britannia’s Glory and Wealth: The Constitutional Crisis that Led to the American Revolution 

This presentation examines the political and economic causes of the American Revolution beginning at the end of the Seven Years War / French and Indian War through the resistance movements. It will dispel or clarify some of the popular beliefs about the grievances that eventually led the thirteen colonies to break with the Mother Country.… Continue reading Virtual Lecture – For Britannia’s Glory and Wealth: The Constitutional Crisis that Led to the American Revolution 

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