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Lectures

As the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, MD, Historic Annapolis strives to offer informative and engaging lectures that promote the organization's legacy in the history of preservation of Maryland’s capital city. Historic Annapolis offers a variety of lectures throughout the year. Please visit our Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date offerings.

Lecture topics of the past have included: historic preservation, historic textiles, colonial health and hygiene, historic research, history of the Paca Gardens, Carvel Hall History, Annapolis History throughout the Ages and research presentations from our summer interns.

Annual Lecture Offerings:

  • Intern Research Project Presentations (August)
  • Winter Lecture Series (January - March)
  • Preservation Month-themed lecture(s) in May

2020 Winter Lecture Series:

New Year, New Location!
Our 2020 Winter Lecture Series will be held at O'Brien's Oyster Bar and Seafood Tavern at 113 Main Street. This 200-year-old building has a colonial-styled ballroom and dining accommodations to create a unique experience. Please note, all but the lectures on February 12 and 27 will require ascending a flight of stairs.

We're pleased to offer an all-inclusive meal option with several lectures this year. Pre-purchase your all-inclusive dinner or lunch when you register for a lecture and enjoy an enlightening experience with Historic Annapolis.


Advanced registration is required for all lectures.

 

Freedom and the Press in Annapolis, 1756-66
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Annapolis printer Jonas Green used his weekly Maryland Gazette newspaper to rally opposition to the Stamp Act and support the patriotic aims of the Sons of Liberty. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell discusses how Green and his partner, William Rind, exercised their right to freedom of the press to take a stand against unjust British taxation and help advance the cause of American liberty, a decade before the start of the Revolutionary War. Following the lecture, reenactor Diane Rey presents a vivid portrayal of Anne Catharine Hoof Green, who succeeded her husband Jonas as publisher of the Maryland Gazette, following his death. 

Advance registration required.

Time: Lecture, 10:30 am; Lunch, 11:30 am
Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $12 for Pre-Paid Lunch (includes one meal option, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, tax, and gratuity).
Meal Options: Option A - Cup of Maryland Crab Soup and 1/2 Stacked Roast Beef Sandwich; Option B - Cup of Maryland Crab Soup and 1/2 Chicken Caesar Wrap; Option C - Cup of Vegetarian Maryland Crab Soup and Veggie Wrap

Registration for this lecture is currently at full capacity. To be notified of a future lecture, please email kaelynn.bedsworth@annapolis.org. 

 

Servitude and Enslavement - Laboring in a Tobacco Economy
Wednesday, February 12,
2020
To be a successful tobacco planter, Chesapeake settlers soon realized the need for inexpensive labor. At first, they relied largely on indentured servants, but wealthier planters turned to enslaved labor as soon as they had the means to obtain it. While most servants and enslaved men and women shared similar work, in all other respects their lives were markedly different. HA Historian Jean Russo’s presentation will look at how tobacco shaped a labor system that permeated all aspects of colonial life. 

Advance registration required.

Time: Lecture, 10:30 am; Lunch, 11:30 am
Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $12 for Pre-Paid Lunch (includes one meal option, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, tax, and gratuity).
Meal Options: Option A - French Dip Sandwich (Classic with au jus, horseradish); Option B - Supreme Burger (Black Angus with crispy onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, pickles, provolone, and sweet O'Brien's sauce); Option C - Cup of French Onion Soup with Spinach Salad (house spinach dressing, parmigiana cheese, mushrooms, and croutons)

BTN-register

 

Brothers in Arms - The Revolutionary Service of James and Edmund Brice
Tuesday, February 18,
2020
During the Revolutionary War, James Brice served as Captain of the Annapolis city militia and County Lieutenant of the Anne Arundel militia, positions that earned him the honorary title “Colonel.” But James wasn’t the only Colonel in the Brice family; his youngest brother, Edmund, a professionally-trained artist, was named a Lieutenant Colonel by Congress at the personal request of the Marquis de Lafayette. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell explores the fascinating life stories and wartime experiences of two brothers who joined the fight for American independence. 

Advance registration required.

Time: Lecture, 5:30 pm; Dinner, 6:30 pm
Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $18 for Pre-Paid Dinner (includes one meal option, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, tax, and gratuity).
Meal Options: Option A - New York Strip Steak (8 oz) and Roasted Vegetables; Option B - Honey Garlic Salmon with Rice and Broccolini; Option C - Eggplant Parmesan with Mixed Green House Salad

BTN-register

 

Caring for your Treasures
Thursday, February 27, 2020

We all have them: the jersey you wore in that winning game, Mom's handwritten recipes, a favorite ornament, vacation photographs, etc. They are precious memories and stories embodied in a physical object. While we know we want to safeguard these objects, it's not always clear how to do so. In this lecture, HA's Curator of Collections Robin Matty will discuss simple and affordable ways to protect your treasures for years to come.

Advance registration required.

Time: Lecture, 10:30 am; Lunch, 11:30 am
Cost: $10 General Admission; $5 for HA Members/Volunteers; Free for HA Docents. Add $12 for Pre-Paid Lunch (includes one meal option, iced tea, coffee or hot tea, tax, and gratuity).
Meal Options: Option A - Cup of Cream of Crab Soup and 1/2 Shrimp Salad Sandwich (Old Bay and tangy mayo); Option B - Cup of Cream of Crab Soup and 1/2 Classic Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich; Option C - Cup of Vegetarian Cream of Crab Soup and Veggie Melt

BTN-register

 

A Day in the Life of Mrs. Paca
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Experience a day in the life of Mrs. Mary Paca; from her morning preparations of hair and putting on her “face,” to her daily activities and even dressing in a formal gown for the evening’s festivities.

Kimberly Walters, Kerry McClure, Gema Gonzalez, Eliza Vincz Lichack, and Robin Marchionni, members of the Annapolis Living Historians, will present and demonstrate the daily life of upper-class women in the 18th century. They will portray Mrs. Mary Chew Paca, Mrs. Ann Tasker Ogle, and other friends. Of course, they will be discussing the latest news, their lives, and gossip of the day as you’re treated to sweets and light refreshments.

Advance registration required.

​​​​​​Time: 12:30 pm - 3 pm
Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 for HA Members/Volunteers; $15 for HA Docents
Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

(Please note, this final installment of the Winter Lecture Series will be held at the William Paca House.)

Registration for this lecture is currently at full capacity. To be notified of a future lecture, please email kaelynn.bedsworth@annapolis.org.