Annapolis celebrates role in Constitution

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The city of Annapolis begins its three-day celebration of events that led to the signing of the U.S. Constitution today.

The 2012 Continental Congress Festival focuses on the years 1774-1789 and is highlighted by the Treaty of Paris Proclamation, a rare 1775 manuscript copy of the Articles of Confederation and a compilation of unique Revolutionary War and Founding manuscripts, documents and letters.

Events and activities began at 9 a.m. and will continue through 4 p.m. Wednesday.

During the years 1774-1789, Annapolis served as the capital of the United States and host to pivotal events in the formation of America's government.

Schedule of events (SOURCE: http://www.annapolisccs.org/festival)

Lecture Itinerary

Monday, Nov. 26

9:00am: Exhibition opens with the Annapolis Town Crier.

9:30am:  Opening Remarks by Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and Maryland State Archivist Dr. Edward Papenfuse.

10:00am: "Creating a Continental Navy and Licensing Privateers (1775-1779)." 
                 Dr. Glenn M. Grasso, former instructor at the United States Coast Guard Academy and the University of New Hampshire.
                 Book: Chanteying Aboard U.S. Shipswith Frederick Pease Harlow.

12 noon: "The Articles of Confederation Crisis and the Miracle in Philadelphia: The Rise of the Modern Presidency."
                 Dr. David M. Abshire, President, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and former Special Counselor
                 to President Ronald Reagan.
                 Book: A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President.
                CSPC publication: The Character of George Washington.

1:30pm: "How Annapolis was Chosen as the Seat of Congress in 1783."
                Dr. Kenneth Bowling, Adjunct Professor of History, the George Washington University.
                Book: Peter Charles L'Enfant: Vision, Honor, and Male Friendship in the Early American Republic.

3:30pm: "The Dubious Achievement of the First Continental Congress."
               James Thompson, Publisher, Commonwealth Books.
               Book: The Dubious Achievement of the First Continental Congress.

4:30pm: "Remembering John Hanson."
               Peter Hanson Michael, President, John Hanson Memorial Association.
               Book: Remembering John Hanson.
               NOTE: This talk and book signing will take place at the Annapolis Bookstore, 35 Maryland Avenue.
              TO RESERVE A SEAT: 410-280-2339 or send an email to annapolis_bookstore@hotmail.com

7:00pm:  "America's Four Republics."
               Stanley  Klos, historian, author and former Adjunct Professor at Wheeling Jesuit University.
               Book: America's Four Republics: The More or Less United States."

Tuesday, Nov. 27

9:00am: "The Annapolis (1786) and Philadelphia (1787) Conventions: Early Drafts of the U.S. Constitution."
               Dr. William Ewald, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania.

11:00am: "The Proper Care and Restoration of Rare Historical Documents."
                 J. Franklin Mowery, Head of Conservation, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC.

12:30pm: "Framing and Displaying Rare Historical Documents."
                Rick Badwey of Museum Framing in Alexandria, VA.

1:30pm: "Shays' Rebellion (1786-87) and the End of the Articles of Confederation."
               Dr. Michael Cain, Associate Professor, Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland.
               Author: Suppressing Shay's Rebellion: Collective Action and Constitutional Design under the Articles of Confederation,
               with Keith Dougherty, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Vol.11/No.2 1999, pp.233-260.

3:30pm: "The Northwest Ordinance of 1787."
               Stanley  Klos, historian, author and former Adjunct Professor at Wheeling Jesuit University.
               Book: America's Four Republics: The More or Less United States."

7:00pm: "The Hospitality of Sarah Livingston Jay and Lady Christina in the Promotion of the New Republic."
               Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, Loyola University Honors Director, Loyola University, New Orleans.
               Book: Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

Wednesday, Nov. 28

9:00am: "Proclaiming Independence: Surprising Finds From the 1776 Printings of the Declaration and the
                Articles of Confederation."
                Seth Kaller, president of Seth Kaller, Inc., historic document dealer and museum collection builder.

10:30am: "The Life of James Monroe: Delegate to Congress (1783-86, including George Washington's resignation in Annapolis) and
              Colonel in the Continental Army (1776-1781)."
              G. William Thomas Jr., President, the James Monroe Memorial Foundation.

12 noon: "Terms and Conditions: The Treaty of Paris Chronology (1783-84)."
                 Dr. R.J. Rockefeller, Assistant Professor of History, Anne Arundel Community College.

1:30pm: "Founding Foods and Drinks: The Colonial and Early American Diet." (with free samples!)
              

Peter Martino, President, Capital Teas.
               Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition.

3:30pm: "A Permanent Home in Annapolis: The National Continental Congress Center Project."
               Mark Croatti, Director, the Annapolis Continental Congress Society.

Film Itinerary

Monday, Nov. 26

11:40am: "U.S. Founding: Tavern to Tavern, 1774-89." 10 minutes.

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' rebellion." 45 minutes.

1:30pm: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

2:00pm: "Rebels With A Vision - Historic Documents of Freedom." 5 minutes.

2:15pm: "Declaration of Independence." 10 minutes.

2:30pm: "Happy Birthdays, USA!" 10 minutes.

2:45pm: "Who Was the First U.S. President?" 10 minutes.

3:00pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part I." 10 minutes.

3:20pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part II." 10 minutes.

3:40pm: "President Laurens, not Lincoln: The 1st Thanksgiving." 10 minutes

4:00pm: "1784 China Trade: President Mifflin, not Washington." 10 minutes

4:20pm: "Who Was the first Secretary of State?" 10 minutes.

4:40pm: "Birth of the U.S. Constitution: 1777-87." 10 minutes.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

10:20am: "U.S. Founding: Tavern to Tavern, 1774-89." 10 minutes.

10:40am: "Rebels With A Vision - Historic Documents of Freedom." 5 minutes.

11:00am: "Happy Birthdays, USA!" 10 minutes.

11:20am: "Declaration of Independence." 10 minutes.

11:40am: "Robert Morris: 1776 Financier." 8 minutes.

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' Rebellion." 45 minutes.

1:30pm: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

2:00pm: "Who Was the First U.S. President?" 10 minutes.

2:20pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part I." 10 minutes.

2:40pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part II." 10 minutes.

3:00pm: "President Laurens, not Lincoln: The 1st Thanksgiving." 10 minutes

3:20pm: "1784 China Trade: President Mifflin, not Washington." 10 minutes.

3:40pm: "The Northwest Ordinance." 4 minutes.

4:00pm: "Who Was the first Secretary of State?" 10 minutes.

4:20pm: "Secession or Constitutional Convention?" 10 minutes

4:40pm: "Birth of the U.S. Constitution: 1777-87." 10 minutes.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

10:20am: "U.S. Founding: Tavern to Tavern, 1774-89." 10 minutes.

10:40am: "Rebels With A Vision - Historic Documents of Freedom." 5 minutes.

11:00am: "Happy Birthdays, USA!" 10 minutes.

11:20am: "Declaration of Independence." 10 minutes.

11:40am: "Robert Morris: 1776 Financier." 8 minutes.

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' Rebellion," 45 minutes.

1:00pm: "Who Was the First U.S. President?" 10 minutes.

1:20pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part I." 10 minutes.

1:40pm: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part II." 10 minutes.

2:00pm: "President Laurens, not Lincoln: The 1st Thanksgiving." 10 minutes

2:20pm: "1784 China Trade: President Mifflin, not Washington." 10 minutes.

2:40pm: "The Northwest Ordinance." 4 minutes.

3:00pm: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

3:20pm: "Who Was the first Secretary of State?" 10 minutes.

3:40pm: "Secession or Constitutional Convention?" 10 minutes.

4:00pm: "Birth of the U.S. Constitution: 1777-87." 10 minutes.

Activities for Children and Pre-teens


Monday, Nov. 26

9:00am: Education Kits distributed at the main exhibit (all day).

9:30am: Opening Remarks, Mayor Cohen and Maryland State Archivist Dr. Edward Papenfuse

11:00am: Film: "Happy Birthdays, USA!" 10 minutes.

11:30am: State House Tour (high school and under).

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' Rebellion." 30 minutes.

1:30pm: Song: "The 12 Steps to Freedom" (to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas").

2:30pm: Film: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

9:00am: Children and Pre-teen Education Kits distributed at the main exhibit (all day).

9:00am - 11:00am: Poe from the Baltimore Ravens!

10:00am: Continental Congress TRIVIA with prizes!

11:30am: State House Tour (high school and under).

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' Rebellion." 30 minutes.

1:30pm: Song: "The 12 Steps to Freedom" (to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas").

2:00pm: Film: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

2:20pm: Film: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part I." 10 minutes

2:40pm: Film: "President Who? Forgotten Founders Part II." 10 minutes

Wednesday, Nov. 28

9:00am: Children and Pre-teen Education Kits distributed at the main exhibit (all day).

10:00am: Film: "The Articles of Confederation in 15 minutes." 15 minutes.

11:00am: Film: "Happy Birthdays, USA!" 10 minutes.

11:30am: State House Tour (high school and under).

12:30pm: Cartoon, "Shays' Rebellion." 30 minutes.

1:30pm: Song: "The 12 Steps to Freedom" (to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas").

2:00pm: Founding Foods and Drinks: the Diet of 1774-89 (with free samples!)


 

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