Lecture: Last Moments of Command: The significance of George Washington's resignation in Annapolis and the Restoration of Maryland's Historic Old Senate Chamber
From February 06, 2014 7:00 pm until February 06, 2014 8:30 pm Save to calendar
Sasha Laurie, Maryland State Archives, Curator of the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property Director of Interpretation of the Maryland State House
and Elaine Rice Bachmann, Maryland State Archives, Director of Artistic Property, Exhibits and Outreach
Several nationally significant events took place in Maryland's historic old senate chamber in 1783-1784, including George Washington's resignation of his commission as commander-in-cheif of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783 and the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784. The presenation will address the significance of George Washington's resignation, the state's acquisition of Washington's personal copy of his resignation, and provide insights into the history and ongoing restoration of the Old Senate Chamber. Maryland's most important room, the Old Senate Chamber in the State House, is undergoing a comprehensive restoration for the first time in more than a century. The room was gutted in the 1870s, restored to a colonial revival appearance in 1905, and stripped to its original bricks in 2007. After six years of intensive study by scholars and architectural historians, the state is restoring the Chamber to its appearance on December 23, 1783, a process that will be completed in December 2014.