The Slave Dwelling Project: Preservation and the African American Past

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Events, Preservation | One Comment
The Slave Dwelling Project: Preservation and the African American Past

This weekend, Historic St. Mary’s City will host Joseph McGill, Program Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who has become the face of the preservation of former slave quarters throughout the South. His vehicle for raising awareness has been the Slave Dwelling Project, where he visits and spends the night in former quarters […]

Digital Humanities 2013 Conference

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Events | No Comments
Digital Humanities 2013 Conference

This week, I will be heading to Lincoln, Nebraska to take part in the Digital Humanities Conference in a session about Digital Archaeology. I was asked to participate to talk about this website, and the use of digital technology as a means of discussing archaeology with the public. In particular, I’ll be focusing on our […]

July 4th, 1861

Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in History | No Comments
July 4th, 1861

We have little idea how the Brome family celebrated the fourth of July each year. It is likely that there were events healed in Leonardtown that they attended, or perhaps they held a party at their own home or at the nearby Trinity Church or Female Seminary. The material record is of no use to […]

Some Walk Together Updates

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Archaeology, History, Preservation | No Comments
Some Walk Together Updates

┬áDuplex Quarter Exhibit I was particularly delighted to have a number of Emma Hall’s family in attendance, and to share with them some of our plans for interpreting the duplex quarter that she grew up in. We are currently in the process of addressing a number of concerns that the Maryland Historical Trust had regarding […]

Juneteenth Lecture at St. Mary’s City

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Events | No Comments
Juneteenth Lecture at St. Mary’s City

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 in Texas, and is officially celebrated on June 19th. There are a number of activities celebrated in St. Mary’s County during this week, most notably the Juneteenth celebration held by the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) on June […]

Making A Home: Window Glass and the Transition from Slavery to Freedom

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Archaeology | One Comment
Making A Home: Window Glass and the Transition from Slavery to Freedom

One of the questions that I’m asking in the research about the lives of African Americans during and after slavery is how they used, modified, and manipulated different spaces on and off the plantation. An important area for this investigation are the buildings that the enslaved and tenant families lived in. We know that a […]

A Visit to the Drayden Schoolhouse

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | One Comment
A Visit to the Drayden Schoolhouse

In 1890, the Drayden Schoolhouse opened its doors to African American children in the Valley Lee District, located on the other side of the St. Mary’s River from St. Mary’s Manor. The schoolhouse was typical of most built during this time. The school was one room, small, built of wood and heated by a single […]

Looking at Space: Identifying Activity Areas with GIS

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Archaeology | One Comment
Looking at Space: Identifying Activity Areas with GIS

One of the major components of understanding the lives of slaves and tenant farmers at St. Mary’s Manor is understanding how they used space before and after Emancipation. This is something that we have examined on multiple scales, such as how their homes were organized on the plantation, or how they traversed the landscape outside […]

It’s Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
It’s Maryland Day at Historic St. Mary’s City!

Each year, the State of Maryland celebrates Maryland Day, which commemorates the landing of the first European settlers on the province of Maryland. At Historic St. Mary’s City, this is one of our biggest days of the year, considering those settlers landed here, and founded St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital in 1634. To celebrate, […]

Panel on Race Relations in the 20th Century at Historic St. Mary’s City

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Events | No Comments
Panel on Race Relations in the 20th Century at Historic St. Mary’s City

This Thursday, February 28th, Historic St. Mary’s City is hosting a panel discussion on race relations in St. Mary’s County during the 20th century. The panel will be monitored by Meredith Taylor, and will include Alanzo Gaskin, Ernie Bell, and Everlyn Holland. The panel will also include Ms. Emma Hall, the inspiration for the title […]