Maryland Grand Opening Celebration
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Is Your Day, Maryland
A Patriotic Salute to Maryland!
The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.
Maryland was featured on March 29.
Welcoming Ceremony 11:00a.m.
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater
We honored the State of Maryland and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.
Afternoon activities—Education Center Classrooms
Classroom Program – 1:00 p.m.
Glenn Campbell, Senior Historian Historic Annapolis Foundation
“Annapolis in the Revolutionary Era”
Classroom Program – 2:00 p.m.
John Beakes, Historian & Author
“Otho Holland Williams in the American Revolution”
Classroom Program – 3:00 p.m.
Robert Mullauer, Historian
“The Maryland 400 at the Battle of Cowpens”
Classroom Program – 4:00 p.m.
John Beakes, Historian & Author
“John Eager Howard in the American Revolution”
Evening Speaker – 7:00 p.m.
Patrick O’Donnell, Historian & Author
“Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution”
Maryland’s Revolutionary War Story
Maryland was established as a British colony in 1632, when the Calvert family received a grant from King Charles I of England to create a haven for English Catholics in the New World, in the Chesapeake Bay region. Maryland declared itself a sovereign state in 1776 and joined others in signing a collective Declaration of Independence that summer. Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton signed on Maryland’s behalf. Alt-hough no major Battles of the American Revolutionary War occurred in Maryland itself, Gen. George Washington counted the “Maryland Line” regiment who fought in the Continental Army as among his finest soldiers. The Mary-land 400 fought in numerous battles throughout the war. Military leaders from Maryland included Mordecai Gist, John Eager Howard, and Otho H. Williams. On April 28, 1788, Maryland became the 7th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Find Maryland trip planning tools on http://www.visitmaryland.org/, where you can discover information about Revolutionary War sites.
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