News from Historic Annapolis - July 13, 2018

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July 14, 2018

From: Historic Annapolis

Your Support Matters

After hearing that the Annapolis City Dock was added to the National Trust of Historic Preservation's list of Most Endangered Historic Places in America, many of you acted and signed the petition saying that you support the preservation of the historic waterfront. We thank you for your support! 

If you haven't made your voice heard, there is still time to sign the petition. Just visit:

At the June 26 announcement, Historic Annapolis President & CEO Robert Clark stated, "Historic preservation is about embracing our history and architecture, and these must serve as a framework for any new developments. One of the goals of Historic Annapolis is to serve the best interest of our community and protect the city's historic character. We look forward to working with the city and other partners to craft solutions that do indeed serve the community's best interest." 

And this is exactly what we have been doing. Daily, we are talking to and meeting with interested parties including the Mayor, City Council, residents of Ward One, and many
others. Stay tuned, we hope to share more details with you soon.

James Brice House Restoration
Featured in the National Trust
for Historic Preservation's Forum Blog

The masonry work at the James Brice House was recently featured on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Forum blog.  Check out the videos as Master Mason Ray Cannetti takes you through the process of making mortar from scratch.

Don't forget you can follow the progress of the restoration on our website:

Join Us for These Events

Saturday, July 14 and 28
Saturday, August 11 and 25
Architrex Tours

The historic district of Annapolis is a museum without walls, a treasure trove of architecture and preservation. Celebrate and learn about the city's most notable and celebrated examples of 18th and 19th century architecture with ArchiTrex, a two-hour walking tour developed and led by local architects.

Presented in partnership with: 

Location: Tour leaves from the City Dock Information Booth

Time: 10 am - 12 pm

Cost: $22 for Adults; $14 for Children 3-11; Free for Children 2 and Under


Saturday, July 25
Saturday, August 4 and 18
James Brice House Hard Hat Tours
Have you ever wondered what preservation in progress really looks like? Take a peek behind the scaffolding at the James Brice House, where a major preservation effort is underway to restore the house to its 18th century grandeur. Join this public tour to peer beyond the sawdust and learn about the people who built the house, lived and worked in it, and the craftsmen restoring it today.

Reservations required.

Location: Tour leaves from the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm

Cost: $18 General Admission


Wednesday, July 25
Conservation of the Hatley Portraits

Have you ever wanted to know how paintings are conserved and protected? Come hear Kenneth E. Milton, art conservator, speak about the restoration process of two newly acquired Hatley portraits. You'll also get a chance to see the portraits up close, before they go on display.
Reservations required.

Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 7 pm - 8 pm 
Members of the Curator's Circle are invited to special reception to meet Mr. Milton prior to the lecture at 6:30 pm to RSVP for the reception, please email Carolyn Fifer

Cost: Free for Curator's Circle Members; $10 for HA Members and Volunteers; $15 General Admission


Not a member of one of the HA Membership Circles?
Learn more at  then join today at the Benefactor ($250) level or above, and email us at  to let us know which Premium Membership Circle you would like to join.

Tuesday, August 14
HA Happy Hour: Secrets, Spirits, and Spies: Espionage in the Garden
HA once again welcomes guests into the beautiful William Paca Garden after hours for delicious drinks, snacks, and fun.  August's theme is Secrets, Spirits, and Spies: Espionage in the Garden

Someone is keeping secrets in Annapolis!  Enter the world of colonial espionage at this month's HA Happy Hour. Explore the various ways colonial spies passed sensitive information.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it: decipher the codes and expose the Master Spy, while enjoying a few drinks.  Secrets and spirits, what could go wrong?

Cash bar available. 21 and over only.

Location: William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 5 pm - 7 pm

Cost: $12 for HA Members and Volunteers; $15 General Admission