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Whist, Anyone?

Nov 10, 2022

Many modern enthusiasts appreciate a good round of cards as much as the early American colonists. How did card playing become popular? According to some internet accounts, the earliest playing […]

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The Piano Forte

Oct 11, 2022

The Hammond-Harwood House has a beautiful London-made 1806 piano forte which resides elegantly in the ballroom. This would have been an appropriate instrument for the residents of the period. We […]

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Inside the Tall Case Clock

Sep 29, 2022

What does it mean to keep time? The Hammond-Harwood House has eight clocks from various periods and our goal is to have them working. They certainly each have different housings, […]

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Front Door

Jul 28, 2022

This imposing home, situated on one of the main arteries leading to the seat of power in Colonial Maryland, was intended to broadcast the owner’s affluence. As such, it announces […]

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Lansing Mirror, c. 1780

Jul 1, 2022

Do you ever wonder how museum collections develop over time? Here is how two historic house museums worked together to bring an object into context so that it left one […]

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Juneteenth 2022: Celebrating an Early Black Artist

Jun 19, 2022

On this Juneteenth, let’s recognize and celebrate Moses Williams, an early Black artist, and his influence on our perceptions of race and culture in America. As the maker of thousands […]

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Report on Matthias Hammond (1748-1786), 1992

Jun 17, 2022

Author: Dr. Jean B. Russo Over the Hammond-Harwood House Museum Association’s eighty-four-year history, the organization has hired numerous scholars to conduct research into relevant history topics. One such researcher was Dr. Jean B. Russo, who […]

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Bed in the Chippendale Style

Jun 17, 2022

Maryland, c. 1780-1790 Maker: Unknown  Medium: Mahogany F61 Museum Purchase in 1952 Beds in the 18th century bore witness to the most important events in family life–from birth to death. […]

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Decanter

May 31, 2022

English, c. 1800 Medium: Glass G10.1 Donated by Mrs. Miles White in 1951 A look into the more spirited history of Maryland’s past leads us to an examination of this English […]

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Ladder Back Side Chairs

May 24, 2022

English c.1770 Maker: Unknown Medium: Ash or Beech F 193.1-2 Donated by Ann Kelsey Somers in 2004 These often overlooked side chairs reside in the stair hall of the Hammond-Harwood […]

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