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Early Collecting

Sep 4, 2019

Early 20th century collecting was a matter of personal preference, and St. John’s had some of the finest collectors in America looking out for the “Harwood House.” The death of Hester Ann Harwood in 1924 necessitated the disposal of her estate. The contents of her ancestral home were sold in 1925, and the house itself […]

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Antique Auction

Sep 4, 2019

Hundreds scramble to buy antiques at Harwood Home An Account from the The Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD Annapolis, May 20, 1925–Desire to see the glory of Old Hammond or Harwood House and its treasures drew many persons to today’s sale of the personal property of Miss Hester Ann Harwood, the last occupant of the house. […]

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Game Room Curtains

Feb 1, 2019

The Hammond-Harwood House Museum is updating the window treatments in the Game Room. With a generous donation from the Barry Walsh Memorial Fund, started by Hammond-Harwood House docent Frances Newton Harwood, this project can be accomplished. Extensive research of the variety of late 18th and early 19th century window curtains revealed some alternative options of […]

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Caring for Your Collections

Oct 18, 2013

It seems like everyone collects something – heirloom furniture, baseball cards, vintage purses… Sometimes it’s a purposeful process and sometimes you look around the house and realize that your possessions seem to have multiplied. At least, I do. Whether the collection is intentional or accidental, the outcome is usually the same: you have objects you […]

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A New Look

Apr 5, 2013

By Tara Owens The Hammond-Harwood House opens for the season this Saturday, April 6 at 12pm.  In preparation for opening day, my fellow intern Brianna Arnold and I rotated the objects in the exhibit gallery.  The overall goal of this redesign was to provide a better introduction to the House for visitors and give them a […]

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Polishing Things Up

Feb 15, 2013

By Tara Owens This Monday the Hammond-Harwood House hosted the event “Collector’s Corner Workshop: Silver Cleaning & Care.” Cohosted by our very own Allison Titman and the wonderful Samantha Dorsey from The City of Bowie Museums, the event welcomed other museum professionals and interested members of the community. The workshop discussed the differences between sheet, […]

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Nap Time

Feb 1, 2013

On snowy Friday afternoons my thoughts can’t help but turn to hibernation. Or at least a long nap in a cozy bed. If I wasn’t such a rule-abiding curator, I could curl up in the high-post bed in the Northeast Bedchamber and put my doll (or cat!) in the miniature bed at its foot. But […]

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An Unexpected Find

Sep 21, 2012

By Collections Assistant Brianna Arnold Over the past few months I have been tasked with compiling an inventory of the collection here at the Hammond-Harwood House. This has consisted of me scouring the house searching for objects and listing where I have found them. While on my latest hunt for a few hard-to-find pieces I […]

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Own a Piece of History?

Aug 3, 2012

Anyone have one of these sitting in their house? Someone brought us this advertisement recently, and it was the first I had ever heard of furniture pieces from the Hammond-Harwood House collection being reproduced. I would love to see one of them, and plan on keeping my eyes peeled at consignment stores and thrift shops […]

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