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Maryland Bicentennial Commision Collection - PP64
Collection finding aids of Photograph Collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Maryland Historical Society Library
MARYLAND BICENTENNIAL COMMISION COLLECTION
Prints and Photographs Division, Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.Baltimore, MD 21201
Finding aid created by Katherine Cowan with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, July 1999
The United States Bicentennial was celebrated in 1976, marking the 200th anniversary of the emergence of the United States as a nation.
In Maryland, the festivities included events and re-enactments at historic sites across the state, especially at sites related to the Revolutionary War.
In Annapolis, events centered around the Maryland State House, which served as the Capitol of the United States from November 26, 1783 until August 13, 1784. A commemorative plaque on the grounds reads: "In this State House. . . General George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress December 23, 1783. Here, January 14, 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris to end the Revolutionary War, and, May 7, 1784, appointed Thomas Jefferson Minister Plenipotentiary. From here, September 14, 1786, the Annapolis Convention issued the call to the states that led to the Constitutional Convention".
Gift of Katherine Menhennet, 1982 (76294/76349).
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 1 box with 9 folders containing 41 photographs. The collection documents activities in various Maryland locations including Annapolis, St. Michaels, St. Marys City, and Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties at the time of the United States Bicentennial celebration in 1976. The photographs were made by photographers for the Maryland Division of Tourism, including Dave Harp, Bob Willis, and Tom Dorden.
Note: Related materials are found in the Maryland Bicentennial Commission Papers (acc. no. 76349), a collection in the Manuscripts Department of the Maryland Historical Society.
Note: The collection also contains 1 folder with negatives of a Maryland Bicentennial Commission publication.
The photographs are arranged by subject,under the following headings:
Carroll Co. Farm Museum
St. Marys City
General Smallwoods House
State House, Annapolis
Box 1: 9 Folders
Box 1, Folder 1
Ft. Frederick (?), 1976.
Excavation of building. 2 items.
Scenes of re-enactment. 7 items.
Box 1, Folder 2
Carroll Co. Farm Museum, 1976.
Scenes and demonstrations at museum, including blacksmithing. 6 items.
Box 1, Folder 3
Six dollar bill, dated Annapolis, 1774. 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 4
Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.), 1976.
Weekly dress parade of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 5
St. Marys City, 1976.
Unidentified graveyard with 19th century gravestones. 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 6
St. Michaels, 1976.
Boat at dock. 3 items (1 image).
Box 1, Folder 7
General Smallwoods House (Anne Arundel Co., Md.), 1976.
Scenes of costumed staff and visitors to General Smallwoods home at Ft. Smallwood State Park. 6 items.
Box 1, Folder 8
State House (Annapolis, Md.), 1976.
Building and grounds. 9 items.
Re-enactment of the First Maryland Regiment of the American Revolution. 1 item.
Box 1, Folder 9
George Washingtons Headquarters in French and Indian War (Cumberland, Md.), 1976.
Frontal view of building. 4 items (1 image). © 2001 Maryland Historical Society - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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