Historic Annapolis Volunteer Update, January 2018

Clubs and Organizations

January 13, 2018

From: Historic Annapolis

Historic Annapolis is ready for
Volunteers! Join Us!

I hope that you had a joyous holiday season and are ready for a terrific 2018!  There is a lot to share for the winter months ahead at HA, and we want you to be a part of them! 

Many thanks to all of our volunteers in 2017. Your continued support via your time and your HA membership made 2017 a stellar success...for HA, our local community, and our countless visitors! The HA organization is very grateful for choosing us to offer your time and your many talents.

The thank you list is large from our garden volunteers, to our garden docents, to the Hogshead living history presenters, to our Freedom Bound Docents, to the James Brice docents, to the Historic Kitchen presenters, and to the Paca House docents.

Many of you also offered your time and talents in other areas like Maryland Day, July 4, Mr. Paca's Birthday, and our Open House. Your extensive knowledge of the history of the Paca House and Garden make these events a great success!
You also volunteered for Paca Girlfriends, the BBC, and Annapolis by Candlelight! Still others offer additional time as researchers, office and development support. You touch many other departments: curatorial, history, education, retail, marketing, development, and preservation. Others have helped to even develop new tours, like Steve Kratzer who prepared and presented a tour for the visually impaired, assisted by Jerry Wilson. And, wait till I can share the wonderful colonial garb being sewn right by a giving group of area women!

You are all truly amazing and absolutely give me a challenge to keep up with your questions, ideas, and enthusiasm! We are ready to offer all these, and more programs in 2018 so please get out your calendars and mark down some dates!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 24

Museum Store Inventory Volunteers Needed!
Mark your calendars for our annual inventory! Volunteers are needed!
Wednesday, January 24
9 am to 5 pm
9 am - 1 pm
1 - 5 pm (we may finish early)

We need many helpful hands (30 sets would be great) to help count the many beautiful items at the Museum Store.
You just need to know how to count, and enjoy working with a partner!

Come in comfortable clothes, we'll have the coffee, snacks, and sharpened pencils! Lisa Wilson, the Retail Manager, and her staff appreciate all your help!

Come visit the store now for up to 75% off select items.
In addition in January, many books are 25% off! It's a great time to pick up the perfect early gift for your valentine!

Contact Janet

Office Volunteers
We have volunteers in many areas of HA who offer behind the scenes support. We are looking for some general office assistance.
We also need a volunteer who loves Excel for a project with Karen Brown, our V.P. of Preservation. If you have some time once a week for just a few hours, please let me know!

Contact Janet

Winter Lecture Series!

This is the third year for our Winter Lecture Series. I hope you'll find the presentations interesting and helpful! They are designed for docents, and docents in training, but members, volunteers, and the public can also attend. If you love history, please join us for our informative lectures at the William Paca House.

We will once again begin with an overview of Annapolis history, then focus on specific topics you might enjoy!

Tuesday, January 16
"A Brief Outline of Annapolis History"
Annapolis has a long, complicated history dating back to the 17th century, so getting a firm mental handle on it can be difficult. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell breaks down the history of Maryland's capital city in to thematic blocks of time to help make sense of it all.

Time: 10 am - 12 pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Thursday, January 25
"Confiscating the Castle: The Legacy of Governor Robert Eden's Annapolis Furnishings"

When Governor Robert Eden began furnishing his Annapolis house in 1769, he did so in the hopes of becoming the most powerful figure in the colony. However, the American Revolutionary War resulted in the loss of Eden's colonial property and, after the demolition of his home in 1902, it appeared that his material world had vanished forever. By comparing three inventories of the house taken in the 18th century, Michelle Fitzgerald, Curatorial Fellow at the Maryland Historical Society, will attempt to reconstruct Eden's house and investigate what the study of lost objects can tell us about the Loyalist experience.

Time: 10 am - 12 pm

William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Tuesday, January 30
"Welcome to Historic Annapolis"
Senior Historian Glenn E, Campbell will present a short history of Historic Annapolis. We will discuss HA today, its program and current focus. Weather permitting, we will take a short orientation walk through our sites. If you are a docent, or have an interest in becoming a part of HA as a member and volunteer, please join us!
Time: 10 am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Wednesday, February 7
"Finding Nace Butler"

An enslaved man named Nace Butler ran away from his master, who advertised for his return in 1786. But, who was this Nace Butler and how was he related to Eleanor Butler, an Irish indentured servant who had married an enslaved man named Charles in 1681? Join HA historian Dr. Jean Russo as she traces the detective work that broke through the brick wall and solved the mystery.
Time:  10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room 

Register Here

Interested in training to become a docent at the  
Freedom Bound
Freedom Bound Exhibit?

Initial training for Freedom Bound Volunteers will follow at the Museum. This is a great opportunity to become a Freedom Bound Docent. Please contact Janet if you are interested in the training session.
Time: 1pm - 3:30pm
Historic Annapolis Museum, 99 Main Street

Contact Janet

Thursday, February 15
"Freedom and the Press in Annapolis:Jonas and Anne Catharine Hoof Green"

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 talks about how Green and his partner William Rind exercised their right to freedom of the press by standing up against unjust British taxation and advancing the cause of American Liberty. Re-enactor Diane Rey presents an interpretation of Anne Catharine Hoof Green, who succeeded her husband Jonas as publisher of the
Maryland Gazette.
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Tuesday, February 20
"Maryland's Four Signers"
Four Marylanders - William Paca, Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and Thomas Stone - were among the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell profiles the lives and political careers of our state's signers.
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Wednesday, February 28
"Hogshead and Craftspeople of Annapolis"
Join us as we explore the newest findings on the history of 43 Pinkney Street, the Hogshead. This modest dwelling has been a mystery for some time. We will share the latest research on the building, and learn about the 18th century craftspeople of Annapolis. It's a hands on experience in a site for the working folk of Annapolis. If you are interested in joining the wonderful team of volunteers at Hogshead, this is a great opportunity! It's a wonderful contrast to the William Paca House and the James Brice House!
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room and Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street

Register Here

Interested in training for Hogshead?
We will offer a short training session. It might be a great
opportunity to see if you to see if you would like to become a Hogshead volunteer!
Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Thursday, March 8
"Mary Paca's World"

Mary Paca was born on Wye Island in Queen Anne County, into a paternal lineage with roots in southern Anne Arundel County, and spent almost her entire life in Annapolis. Elements of the three places that made up her world shaped the course of her life. By studying the fragmentary clues left in probate records, letters, newspapers, and other primary sources, in the context of similar households and women for whom we have more explicit evidence, Dr. Jean Russo will demonstrate in this lecture that we can gain a richer understanding of this enigmatic woman.
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Tuesday, March 13
"A Suitable House for a Gentleman"
The definition of a "suitable house" changed during the eighteenth century, but its purpose remained the same throughout: to display the wealth and taste of its owner and thus to affirm his right to a place of social, economic, and political leadership. The presentation, given by Dr. Jean Russo, provides an overview of the men who built these houses, the families who occupied them, the ways by which they accumulated their wealth, the standards of embellishing and furnishing them, and the intricate kinship web that bound these households together.
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room

Register Here

Wednesday, March 21
"Welcome Back Docents"
It's time to get ready for our season! Senior Historian Glenn E. Campbell will present his tour of the William Paca House for docents and future docents. We will dust off our tours, ans add new information, talk house security, and put finishing touches on our presentations!
Time: 10am - 12pm
William Paca House Conference Room
* This is for Docents and Docents in Training Only.

Register Here

Interested in training to become a docent for the
Paca House or Paca Garden?

Please contact Janet about upcoming training sessions to become a docent. HA would love to have you as part of our growing team of docents. You'll receive training, and find sharing our history with our visitors very rewarding! Join us!

Contact Janet

Saturday, March 24
William Paca House and Garden Opens for the Season
Sign of the Hogshead Opens for the Season

Docent Sign up Calendars are ready for 2018 for both these sites!
I have calendars for Garden Docents, William Paca House Docents, and Hogshead Interpreters!
You can sign up by contacting Janet, via email or phone. Or please stop by the William Paca House...Janet's office.
Let me know if you are dropping by, as I'll need to greet you!

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
Maryland Day Celebration
A true celebration is in store at the William Paca House for Maryland Day!
On Saturday, make and keep some of your own "Made in Maryland" crafts.
On Sunday, the year is 1781, and you are invited to a wedding of the highest class.
Come celebrate Maryland Day and the marriage of Julianna Jennings and James Brice, a union that was truly "Made in Maryland".
Volunteers will be needed for both days! Please mark your calendars! More information on the two shifts, and needs will be
Saturday, 10am - 4 pm
Sunday, 12pm - 4 pm

Saturday, April 21
Brice Community Day with Bob the Builder  
Volunteers are needed for this wonderful HA block party!
Yes, in celebration of the James Brice House restoration project, we will host a street party with for children and their families! This Bob-the-Builder-style party is going to feature craftsmen, archeological digs, hands on crafts, food and so much more!
Volunteers will help at many sites throughout the day
Set up: 7:30 am- 10 am
First Shift: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Second Shift: 12pm - 3pm
Break down: 2:30pm -4:30pm