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Historic Annapolis Announces Smithsonian Affiliation

Date: June 2, 2016

June 3, 2016


Historic Annapolis

42 East Street

Annapolis, MD 21401


Contact: Carrie Kiewitt


Historic Annapolis Announces Smithsonian Affiliation


Historic Annapolis is proud to announce its new designation as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Founded in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations creates partnerships between the Smithsonian Institution and cultural organizations and museums in order to facilitate educational collaborations, traveling exhibitions, and the loan of historical artifacts. The long-term of goal of these partnerships is to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in America. Historic Annapolis joins a community of over 200 affiliated organizations across almost every state, as well as in Puerto Rico and Panama. It is one of just six affiliates in Maryland, and the only one in Annapolis.


This affiliation is very exciting for Historic Annapolis, not only because of the prestigious title, but also because of the perks that it will bring their membership. The Smithsonian Institution describes its affiliate program as “Two Memberships in One”, because it allows members of Historic Annapolis, at the Sponsor Level ($100) and above, to also become members of the Smithsonian at no extra cost.


On June 22, 2016, Historic Annapolis will celebrate this new partnership with a reception at the Loews Annapolis Hotel at 6:30pm. Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s Acting Provost and Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, will be the keynote speaker at the event. Dr. Kurin is responsible for all of the Smithsonian’s current museums, including the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, National Air and Space Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. He is also responsible for the many scholarly and scientific research centers of the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, Dr. Kurin has taught at Johns Hopkins University and published several books and scholarly articles.


Dr. Kurin’s speech will largely be focused on the Hope Diamond, the subject of his book Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem. His lecture will be followed by a presentation of the Certificate of Smithsonian Affiliation and a reception. Dr. Kurin will be available during the reception to sign books and answer individual questions.


“We are very excited to be celebrating this new partnership with the Smithsonian Institution,” said Robert Clark, President and CEO of Historic Annapolis. “Being a Smithsonian Affiliate means that we now have greater access to all of the Smithsonian’s resources and can even borrow artifacts for our upcoming exhibit ‘A History of Annapolis in 99 Objects’.”


About Smithsonian Affiliations:

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship among the Affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian Institution to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available at


About Historic Annapolis:

Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission is to Preserve and Protect the historic places, objects, and stories of Maryland’s capital city, and provide engaging experiences that Connect people to the area’s diverse heritage. For more information or to get involved with Historic Annapolis, visit


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