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Current Exhibit — 
Founding Freedoms: The Essential American Documents20210903-105355

Maryland State House
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Historic Annapolis, in partnership with philanthropist and Maryland native David M. Rubenstein and the Maryland State Archives, is pleased to share an exhibition of four of the most important documents in early American history. 

Founding Freedoms will be on display in the Maryland State House Rotunda from September 10 - November 14, 2021.

Click here for more visitation information, special tours, and more!

Current Exhibit — 
We Hold These Truths: Maryland's Signers and the Declaration of Independence

William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Historic Annapolis, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, We Hold These Truths: Maryland’s Signers and the Declaration of Independence at the William Paca House and Garden.

This exhibition closely examines the Declaration of Independence and explores the lives of the Maryland men who pledged themselves to its purpose and ideals: William Paca, Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and Thomas Stone. Each of these men lived in Annapolis at one time or another, and Annapolis is the only city in the nation that still has surviving houses of all of its state’s signers. In the new exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to view historic objects associated with each signer and learn the surprising “truths” about the personal and political lives of these four patriots.

Click here for William Paca House & Garden Hours and Admission Information. 

Future Exhibit — 
Annapolis: An American Story

Historic Annapolis is planning a new exhibit projected to open in fall 2021 at the HA Museum at 99 Main Street.

Annapolis: An American Story will feature artifacts from our own museum collection or borrowed from other institutions or individuals.  The principal exhibition spaces will be in the Historic Annapolis Museum, with some artifacts on display in the James Brice House and in local partnering sites.

Ultimately, we hope that Annapolis: An American Story will be an engaging collection of artifact-based stories that we, as Annapolitans, tell ourselves and others about our city and its past. We hope that it will connect people to the history of Maryland’s capital city in new, exciting, and perhaps surprising ways.

This project is funded in part by:



Jane Campbell-Chambliss and Peter Chambliss

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This project has been financed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the project contents or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. 

Past Exhibits

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, developed by Historic Annapolis in 2013, will be on display at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis beginning September 18, 2021.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake tells the stories of nine servants and slaves who tried to escape from forced servitude between 1728 and 1864. “Freedom” was their goal, but that meant different things to different people at different times. Some escape attempts succeeded, while other runaways were recaptured. For most whose flight is documented in historic newspapers, such as Annapolis’s Maryland Gazette, their fates remain unknown. Through Freedom Bound, visitors meet people who were treated as property and discover how they resisted that condition and asserted some degree of control over their lives and circumstances. Each of the displays represents an actual individual’s story, but each also tells part of a larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers—indentured servants, slaves, and convict servants—who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region.

Funding and support for “Freedom Bound” provided by:  Institute of Museum and Library Sciences / Maryland Heritage Areas Authority / Maryland Historical Trust / Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission / Severn Bank / Winifred Gordon Foundation / Jane Campbell-Chambliss Auctioneers / Maryland Humanities Council / Harley W. Howell Charitable Foundation