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, we have a large event, which this year features a keynote from an important scholar of African American archaeology, Dr. Cheryle LaRoche.
Dr. LaRoche is a professor of American Studies at University of Maryland, but also serves as a consultant on a number of public archaeology projects. In particular, she worked on the African American Burial Ground project in New York City, a project that revolutionized the way that scholars and the public interact and collaborate on archaeological research projects. In many ways, her work has influenced the way we are approaching this website and our public approach to interpreting the duplex quarter. Dr. LaRoche also serves on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, the group which has provided the funding for the duplex quarter project. We are very excited to have her give they keynote address!
Please join us this Saturday. The ceremony starts at noon, and is free to attend! Click on the flyer for more information.