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Upcoming Events

Title: Washington Resigns - How George Washington's Career led to Annapolis in 1783

Date and Time: December 8, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Burt Kummerow, Founding Director, Maryland Four Centuries
Location: Online Event
On December 23, 1783, General George Washington stepped into the Senate Chamber in a brand new Maryland Statehouse and resigned his military commission before an almost powerless US Congress. As the eight year war for American independence ended, General Washington was the recognized leader of the new United States. His resignation, recognizing that the civilian government had jurisdiction over its military forces, created international shock waves that still reverberate today. Public historian Burt Kummerow will highlight the background of the December resignation, its implications for the future of the new United States and George Washington's background that led from his hot-blooded and ambitious youth to that extraordinary moment in 1783 Annapolis.

Beginning his history career studying Rome and Greece and especially Pompeii, Burt Kummerow went on to early America. He helped found the Living History Movement in the United States and has been a writer and popular speaker, public television producer (Maryland Public Television) and director of three important Maryland museums; Historic St. Mary’s City, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (Founding Director) and the Maryland Historical Society(now the Maryland Center for History and Culture). As the President of Historyworks, Inc. based in Maryland, he has been a multi-faceted public historian who uses a wide range of skills and experience to bring history to the general public. He is the author and co-author of five books and many articles; War for Empire, Heartland, Pennsylvania’s Forbes Trail, and In Full Glory Reflected, Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. With Mary Blair, he has written and produced BGE 200 Years, Moving Smart Energy Forward, A History, 1816-2016, a book for the 200th anniversary of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. In 2018, he became the founding director of the Maryland’s Four Centuries Project, (Maryland400), laying the groundwork for a successful celebration of Maryland’s 400th Anniversary in 2034.

Title: Lunch and Learn - Maryland’s Jews & Military Service

Date and Time: Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 1:00pm
Presenter: Owen Lourie, Research Archivist
Location: Online Event

One of Maryland few Jewish Revolutionary War veterans, Elias Pollock was a successful businessman in Baltimore during the early 1800s until his son-in-law bankrupted him. Over the course of his life, Pollock took great pains to identify himself as a Jew at a time when doing so was a political act.

The story of Jewish settlement in Baltimore in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is typically told through the lives of the city's most prominent residents. This talk explores Pollock's military career and the history of Jewish settlement in Maryland, examining new understandings of the composition of Baltimore's small but influential Jewish community.

Owen Lourie is a Research Archivist at the Maryland State Archives specializing in Maryland government and military history during the colonial era and early republic. He holds an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a B.A. from Kenyon College in American Studies. He is currently at work on a social history of the Maryland Line, chronicling the soldiers of the Maryland 400 during the Revolutionary War.

Title: March Lunch and Learn - A Taste of Maryland & The Great Recipe Hunt

Date and Time: Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 1:00pm
Presenter: Joyce White, Foodways Historian
Location: Online Event

Join food historian Joyce White to learn about The Great Maryland Recipe Hunt, a project by the Maryland State Archives and Hammond-Harwood House Museum to collect and preserve Maryland’s culinary traditions.

The presentation will offer a look at the history of Maryland’s most iconic food traditions and food businesses, such as Maryland beaten biscuits, hominy, crab cakes, terrapin, muskrat, stuffed ham, coddies, lemon sticks, Smith Island Cake, the Baltimore fish pepper, McCormick Spices and Old Bay to some lesser known fare including white potato pie, and Jewish Apple Cake. Joyce will also discuss her work and role as a researcher for the state of Maryland exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA.

Joyce White developed her love for food history while working as a museum educator at various historic house museums and sites in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Joyce has a B.A. from William Smith College, an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State University, and has studied food history with leaders in the field at various historic sites in England and the US.

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