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Events This Week: June 14-20

Jun 14 2021

Events This Week: June 14-20

Events This Week

Looking for a tour, a lecture, or even a concert? We’ve got it! It’s a busy week for events in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, especially as we commemorate Juneteenth, so take a moment to see what our partners are offering below.

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Virtual Lecture – The Dark Alchemy of the Three-Fifths Clause

Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell for a deep dive into the darkest corners of the 1787 federal Constitution. The preamble of the United States Constitution announces its purpose to secure “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” an important acknowledgement that liberty is the goal and right of all citizens. Yet, most constitutional scholars regard the 1787 Constitution as being vigorously pro-slavery, something that becomes apparent when we take a long hard look at its infamous Three-Fifths Clause. Far more insidious than is commonly understood, the Three-Fifths Clause wove slaveholder power into the fabric of each of all three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—shaping every aspect of federal policy regarding slavery for decades to come.

Registration is required. Cost to participate is $15 per household for General Admission or $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers.

Learning at London Town: Revolution!

From the American Revolution to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, American history is a story of revolutions. This month, dig into the different motivations behind the Revolution and learn how those ideals of freedom and independence have shaped our country. This program will also help kids understand their place as citizens and how they can advocate for changes that are important to them.

For grades 1 – 4. Pre-registration is required due to limited availability. ​Cost to participate is $8 for member children, grades 1 – 4 or $10 for non-member children, grades 1 – 4.

Jane Austen Tour

  • Date: Wednesday, June 16
  • Time: 2:00 pm
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House

Tour of the Hammond-Harwood House that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels. Price: to participate is $12 or free for Members. To make a reservation call: 410-263-4683 x10.

Archaeology Tour of the Gresham Estate

Discover the history of the Gresham Estate, London Town’s newest site. Located about 10 minutes from London Town, the Gresham Estate dates back to the late 17th century. Owners have included everyone from actual pirate William Cotter to Commodore Isaac Mayo (for whom the Mayo Peninsula is named) and more. Following your tour, you’ll have a chance to speak with the archaeologists and students from St. Mary’s College conducting the first ever archaeological investigation of the site. 

Pre-registration is required.  Cost to participate is $7 for Historic London Town members and $10 for non-members. Availability is limited!

Concert in the Garden: Intrepid Femininity

  • Date: Thursday, June 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Hammond-Harwood House, 19 Maryland Ave, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Hammond-Harwood House 

It’s well known that women in 17th-century Europe were severely hindered in the any endeavor that overstepped the constraints of traditional feminine modesty and subservience. What is less well known is that a substantial number of intrepid women established themselves at the highest levels of almost every field, including the arts, politics, and business. Thanks to various combinations of exceptional talent, hard work, and special circumstances they managed to sidestep social constraints, and were widely acclaimed for doing so. Both Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi were acknowledged among the leading musicians of their respective generations.

Soprano Elissa Edwards and lutenist Richard Kolb present delightful songs on the lighter side by Strozzi and Caccini, framed with lute and theorbo solos by their contemporaries Michelangelo Galilei and Alessandro Piccinini. Cost at attend is $50. To make a reservation call: 410-263-4683 x10.

Tides & Tunes Summer Concert

  • Date: Thursday, June 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Tides & Tunes Summer Concert Series offers 10 weeks of popular music–from rock to folk to blues–with the incomparable backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted. Food and spirits are available for purchase. Beverage sales support the Museum’s education program. Bring a chair or blanket. The June 17 concert features Sweet Leda. Concerts are free; however, donations are gratefully accepted.

Reconstruction and African American Memory – A Virtual Juneteenth Experience

Join Dr. Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland (UMD), Department of History, as he presents a lecture on “Reconstruction and African American Memory,” moderated by Gabriel Greaves, Education Director, PGAAMCC. Following the lecture, Quint Gregory, UMD, Art History Department will give a demonstration of the Smithsonian Freedmen Bureau Transcription project. Gregory launched an annual Michelle Smith Collaboratory Freedmen Bureau Transcribe-a-thon campus event in 2016. Historical records produced by the bureau are the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) have partnered with the Community CoCreation Lab, and the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), to produce this virtual Juneteenth celebration. This event is free to attend, but please register in advance.

Architrex Walking Tour

  • Date: Sunday, June 20
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location:Market Space Park, 25 Market Space, Annapolis
  • Host Organization: Historic Annapolis

Explore 300 years of architecture in historic Annapolis, the museum without walls, with an architectural historian during this varied and informative walking tour. Highlights of the tour include the Shiplap House, the Paca House, Patrick Creagh House, Hammond Harwood House, and the Chase Lloyd House. Architrex Tours are presented in partnership with Watermark.

Cost to participate is $22 Adults; $10 Child (11 and under). Register in advance.

As always, be sure to check the Four Rivers Heritage Area Events Calendar for the latest updates.