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Upcoming Events

Be sure to check out these great upcoming events sponsored by the Maryland State Archives in the next thirty days. Want a sneak peek at our popular lunch and learn events scheduled for the rest of the year? View all 2019 Lunch and Learn Events



Special Event: Exhibition Opening Hosted by the MSA Legacy of Slavery Project


Date and Time:

Thursday April 25, 2019. 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location:

Taylor House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD


Join the Maryland State Archives’ Legacy of Slavery Project as we host the exhibition opening of Strike for Freedom: Slavery, Civil War & the Frederick Douglass Family in the Walter O. & Linda Evans Collection. During this event there will be a Curator’s talk and conversation with Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier. Learn about Dr. Bernier’s concept for the exhibition, hear about the dynamic collection of Douglass Family photographs and documents in the Walter O. and Linda Evans Collection, and celebrate the legacy of a true Maryland hero. Free and Open to the Public!

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the House Office Building.



Lunch and Learn: Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America


Date and Time:

Wednesday May 1, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Speaker:

Dr. Martha S. Jones

Location:

Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401 Directions to the Archives Registration: Please email or call Emily Oland Squires to RSVP at emily.squires@maryland.gov or 410-260-6443.

Lunch and Learn Event
The latest book by Dr. Martha S. Jones, Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. Still, Martha S. Jones explains, no single case defined their status. Former slaves studied law, secured allies, and conducted themselves like citizens, establishing their status through local, everyday claims. All along they argued that birth guaranteed their rights. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious re-framing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how when the Fourteenth Amendment "constitutionalized" the birthright principle, the aspirations of black Americans' aspirations were realized. Please come and meet the author as she shares this timely work, much of which is written out of the source materials preserved at the Maryland State Archives. Feel free to bring your lunch and your questions.

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.



Have you Hit a “Brick Wall” in your Research?


Date and Time:

Friday May 3, 2019.

Location:

Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401 Directions to the Archives Registration: Registration required, View Online Registration Form.

Meet with a Geneologist Event
Do you have questions about your Maryland genealogy research? How to research Maryland State Archives records? Where you could find information about an enslaved ancestor? Or have you hit a “brick wall” in your research? Professional genealogists will help you answer all these questions and more. The Maryland State Archives will be hosting an in-person Brick Wall session at the archives on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 10:00am - 12:15pm. Appointments are by sign up only through our online registration form listed above.

Please note: A valid photo ID is required to enter the Archives building.

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