Guest Post: The Slave Dwelling Project Comes to St. Mary’s City!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Events, Guest Post, Preservation | No Comments
Guest Post: The Slave Dwelling Project Comes to St. Mary’s City!

This Sunday, Joseph McGill will be visiting Historic St. Mary’s City to spend the night at the Duplex Quarter, and give a public lecture the following evening at the Visitor Center. All are welcome to the programs to visit the quarter, receive tours, spend the night with us, learn about its history, and hear about […]

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

 Duplex 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 […]

Challenges of Working on the Brome Howard Inn’s Exhibit

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Preservation | No Comments
Challenges of Working on the Brome Howard Inn’s Exhibit

Steven Gentry is an intern at Historic St. Mary’s City from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has been working this summer to begin planning exhibit panels for the inside of the Brome-Howard Inn, which was originally St. Mary’s Manor, home to Dr. John Mackall Brome. His work is part of the larger effort at […]

The Beginnings of the Brome-Howard Inn Exhibits

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in History, Preservation | 2 Comments
The Beginnings of the Brome-Howard Inn Exhibits

Steven Gentry is an intern at Historic St. Mary’s City from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has been working this summer to begin planning exhibit panels for the inside of the Brome-Howard Inn, which was originally St. Mary’s Manor, home to Dr. John Mackall Brome. His work is part of the larger effort at […]

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 […]