Ex officio: vacancy, designee of Governor; Joy R. Walker, designee of Senate President; vacancy, House Speaker; Elizabeth A. Hughes, Director, Maryland Historical Trust.
Ex officio (nonvoting): Elaine Rice Bachmann, State Archivist; Philip M. Soergel, Ph.D., Chair, History Department, University of Maryland, College Park; Regina M. Faden, Ph.D., Executive Director, Historic St. Mary's City Commission; Christopher Bedford, Director, Baltimore Museum of Art; Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director, Walters Art Museum; Sarah J. Hall, Director, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Mark B. Letzer, President, Maryland Center for History & Culture; Peggy W. Morey, Executive Director, Historical Society of Talbot County; vacancy, Director of Horticulture, William Paca Gardens.
Government House, Annapolis, Maryland, 1998. Photo by James Hefelfinger (Hefelfinger Collection, MSA SC 1885-761-8, Maryland State Archives).
Secretary: Elaine Rice Bachmann, State Archivist
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Entrance Hall, Government House, Annapolis, Maryland, 2009. Photo courtesy of Commission on Artistic Property.
Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Maryland, and has served as such since 1870. Before its construction, Maryland colonial and State governors, from 1753 to 1869, had resided in the Edmund Jennings House, formerly on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy. The Jennings House and property were sold by the State in 1869 to the U.S. Naval Academy, and that original house later was demolished in 1901. The building presently known as Government House was erected in 1870, and designed originally by Maryland architect, R. Snowden Andrews (1830-1903). It was remodeled in 1936 by architect Clyde N. Friz.
Government House, Annapolis, Maryland, September 2010. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
The Trust consists of seventeen members. Five voting members include the Governor, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the Secretary of General Services, and the Director of the Maryland Historical Trust, or their designees. Nine advisory ex officio nonvoting members also serve on the Trust with three nonvoting public members appointed by the Governor. The Secretary of General Services serves as chair (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-601 through 9-606).
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