DID ANYTHING IMPORTANT HAPPEN BETWEEN THE REVOLUTION AND THE CONSTITUTION?
YES! AND MOST OF IT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE IN ANNAPOLIS!
Annapolis has never had an interpretive center dedicated to the Treaty of Paris Period (1783-87), the time between the Revolution and the Constitution, when Annapolis hosted the unicameral Congress (including delegates Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe); when George Washington resigned from the Army; when arguably the most important document in American history—the Treaty of Paris—was ratified by Proclamation; when Thomas Jefferson was appointed to represent the United States in France; and when Mann’s Tavern convened the national conference that led to the Constitutional Convention. We’ve been able to visit the State House and attend celebrations commemorating these individual events, but we’ve never had a place where staff members in colonial attire educate visitors about this time period using films, lectures, interactive computer screens, event-specific walking tours, and exhibits of documents signed by the leaders of this era, along with the availability of souvenirs, replicas and teaching materials that bring the Treaty of Paris Period to life...until now.
Please join us on Saturday, January 3 in the Maryland Inn’s Crab and Crown Room between 11:00am and 3:00pm for the premiere of the Treaty of Paris Center, right down the hall from the Treaty of Paris Restaurant.
Films that day will include “George Washington’s Resignation,” “The Presidents Before George Washington” and the Annapolis City TV-produced “Treaty of Paris Period.” The midday lecture will be on “The Story of Mann’s Tavern” (the site of the 1786 Annapolis Convention) and several walking tours will focus on all of these events. Replicas of the Treaty of Paris, the Treaty of Paris Proclamation (which ratified the Treaty of Paris), the 1785 Mount Vernon Compact and the 1786 Annapolis Convention’s official report, written by Alexander Hamilton, will be available and visitors will be able to take an audio tour of the “America’s 14 Forgotten Presidents Before George Washington” exhibit.
Isn’t it time you rediscovered the Treaty of Paris Period? Please join us on Saturday, January 3! Admission is free, including the films, the exhibit and the lecture. A complete itinerary can be found at:
Director, The Treaty of Paris Center