250th Anniversary of the Sons of Liberty!
Date: October 19 through 25, 2015
Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Sons of Liberty Week Planned for Oct. 19-25, 2015
Annapolis of 250 years ago was the scene of public protests, mob violence, boycotts, and incendiary headlines, all because of a simple little stamp that changed the course of history.
Before the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act of 1765 -- levying taxes on paperwork from wills to deeds, licenses, even playing cards and dice -- Maryland and the other 12 colonies were firmly attached to mother England. Following these first cries against “taxation without representation,” those bonds began to unravel and the seeds of independence were sewn.
Historic Annapolis will recreate the spirit of this tumultuous period with Sons of Liberty Week, Oct. 19 – 25, 2015.
Several special events are planned including:
A lecture and panel discussion on Freedom of the Press: Then, and Now, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the James Brice House, 42 East St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception.
Senior historian Glenn Campbell will discuss Jonas Green’s “expiring” Maryland Gazette of the period. A panel discussion with working journalists, educators and watchdogs on the evolution and current state of press freedom will follow, led by moderator Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of Common Cause Maryland.
The cost is $5 for HA members and students and $10 for general admission. Space is limited and reservations can be made here.
A 1-hour guided walking tour, “Revolutionary Annapolis,” will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24, starting at the William Paca House, 186 Prince George St.
Stops will include St. John’s College, the Chase-Lloyd House, Peggy Stewart House, and other city locations with ties to the Revolution. The cost is $10 and reservations are required.
”Sons of Liberty Day” will kick off with a Stamp Act protest march up Main Street at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 25, recalling events of Aug. 26, 1765, when angry townspeople burned an effigy of stamp commissioner Zachariah Hood. Marching is free and open to the public.
Afterward, revolutionary fun for all ages will take place in the William Paca House and Garden from noon to 4 p.m. and will include music, musket firing, a Rebel Rum tasting by Blackwater Distilling, and children’s activities.Events are included with admission to the house and garden. Costumed re-enactors will also appear at random throughout the Annapolis historic district in October to exhort townspeople and visitors to join the rebellion.
At the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main St., visitors can read Jonas Green’s newspapers of the period and view the ongoing exhibit, “Freedom Bound.” Entry is free.
To lend an air of authenticity, Robert Hardy, who runs the new American Primitive Letterpress Workshop series at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, is hand-laying type in 18th century style for “broadsides” (period-style posters) to promote Sons of Liberty Week events.
For more information, contact Historic Annapolis at 410-267-7619.