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Lunch and Learn Free Lectures

Save the date! You won't want to miss any of our dynamic speakers and the opportunity to learn about Maryland's past at our popular lunchtime series. All events start at 12 Noon. Check our upcoming events page as we get closer to each event listed below for more details about each free event. Remember to contact Emily Oland Squires by phone or email to RSVP for this free series at or 410-260-6443.

As a note, we ask you to bring your own bag lunch and a photo ID for entry into the Archives. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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December 12

Keeping History Above Water Update by Anastasia Poulos, Anne Arundel County's Cultural Resources Division



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January 9

Brewer Hill The People's Cemetery of Annapolis, Maryland

The People's Cemetery of Brewer Hill, received its name from Anne Arundel County Orphans Court Judge Nicholas Brewer II. Learn details about the more than 7,000 occupants who are interred in the cemetery.

Lecture by Elinor Thompson and Donald Brown, genealogists and historians.


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February 13

Crownsville Hospital Patient Cemetery

Lecture by Janice Hayes-Williams


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March 20

Pirates and Privateers on the Chesapeake

Join us to learn who were motivated by religion and who by politics; who was a surgeon, an anthropologist and the founder of one of the most respectable colleges on the East Coast, and who guided and influenced geographers, naturalists, explorers, and even the Royal and American Navies for centuries.

Lecture by Dr. Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archeologist



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April 3

Lunch and Learn Goes to the Movies: Mr. Besley’s Forest

In honor of Arbor Day, we present a screening of a film documenting Maryland’s deep roots in conservation, forestry, history, and the National Big Tree program.

by Cheryle Franceschi, Vice Chair, Carroll County Forest Conservancy Board District


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May 1

Birthright Citizens

Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses. They faced formidable opposition, most notoriously from the US Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott. With fresh archival sources and an ambitious reframing of constitutional law-making before the Civil War, Jones shows how when the Fourteenth Amendment constitutionalized the birthright principle, the aspirations of black Americans' aspirations were realized.

by Dr. Martha Jones


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Lunch and Learn Goes to the Movies: Screening of Documentary Film Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation

The narratives in this film document the relevant lives of individuals who attended segregated schools and/or desegregation before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling.

by Filmmakers Dr. Gary Homana and Dr. Morna McDermott McNulty


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