Annapolis: An American Story
“Annapolis: An American Story” is scheduled to open in late fall 2020.
Historic Annapolis is currently developing a museum exhibit titled "Annapolis: An American Story." The concept is inspired by two bestselling books: Neil MacGregory's History of the World in 100 Objects and Richard Kurin’s The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. The exhibit will relate stories about Maryland’s capital city using artifacts in the collection of Historic Annapolis or loaned by other institutions or individuals.
The principal exhibition spaces will be at 99 Main Street (HA Museum and Store.) Some artifacts will be on display at the James Brice House (42 East Street) and the William Paca House. Other artifacts will be on view at the sites of local partnering institutions, including the Maryland State House and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum.
The exhibits’ interpretive approach will be inductive – using the artifacts themselves as the elements to piece together a kaleidoscopic story of the city’s multifaceted past – rather than deductive – starting with a comprehensive written account of Annapolis’s history and using the objects primarily for illustrative purposes. Potential exhibit themes include “Business and the Economy,” “Government and Politics,” “Maritime Activities,” “Religious and Community Organizations,” and “Social and Racial Diversity.”
Historic Annapolis is encouraging members of the Annapolis community to nominate objects for inclusion in the exhibit so that “Annapolis: An American Story" will tell the past stories that Annapolitans themselves are most passionate about sharing with others.