2023 National Treaty of Paris Festival

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Discover how Annapolis connected the American Revolution to the Constitution through the 1783 Treaty of Paris. Celebrate the 240th anniversary of this historic event at this special two-day festival which will include:

Lectures on the importance of the Treaty of Paris including a presentation on the Revolutionary War from an international perspective by Dr. Matthew Dziennik and the French historical society W3R

Outdoor exhibits :W3R (National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association), Daughters of the American Revolution, Peggy Stewart Chapter, Ann Arundell County Historical Society, Colonial Tours of Annapolis, Arundel-on-the-Bay History Group, The Sons of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones Chapter,

Indoor exhibits: Historic Annapolis, Historic London Town and Gardens, Chesapeake Crossroads Heritage Area, Daughters of the American Revolution, Peggy Stewart Chapter, Arundel-on-the-Bay History Group, The Sons of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones Chapter and  Signed, original documents of the Fourteen Pre-Washington Presidents under the Articles of Confederation and Continental Congress

Activities for all ages and reenactments

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Festival Itinerary: 

10:00am: Indoor exhibits and outdoor activities in Revolutionary War attire.

10:15am: The Auditorium opens.

10:40am: The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Color Guard will enter the auditorium.

10:45am: Formal festivities begin.  Presentation and Posting of Colors.

10:45am: The Color Guard will present colors.

10:50am: The audience will Pledge Allegiance.

10:55am: The Color Guard will post national colors.

11:00am:  The Color Guard will exit the auditorium.

11:00am-Former Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer

11:05am-State Delegate Dana Jones

11:10am-State Senator Sarah Elfreth

11:15am-State Delegate Shaneka Henson

11:20am-Mark Croatti

11:30am: First Presentation, Dr. Matthew Dziennik (Professor, Department of History at the United States Naval Academy and contributor to Beyond 1776: Globalizing the Cultures of the American Revolution 2018, University of Virginia Press).

12:45pm - 1:30pm: LUNCH BREAK (indoor and outdoor activities will continue all day)

1:30pm: Second Presentation, Mark Croatti, M.A. (Instructor, Department of History at the United States Naval Academy and the creator of "The Hall of Presidents Before Washington" exhibit at The Westin in the Presidents Hill neighborhood of Annapolis 2017 Grand Opening).

3:00pm: Auditorium re-enactment, "The Signing of the 1783 Treaty of Paris"

5:00pm: The library closes until the festival resumes tomorrow.

Festival will continue on Sunday, September 17 starting at 1 pm.

For more information visit: https://www.presidentsbeforewashington.org/2023-festival

American Sign-Language (ASL) interpreters are available with advanced notice for library-sponsored programs. To schedule an interpreter, complete this request form at least 24 hours prior to the event date.  For questions, email translations@aacpl.net.