This year the 3rd annual Collectors’ Day at the Hammond-Harwood House takes you to the table of yesteryear as we explore culinary material culture. Sources like inventories, cookbooks, and letters help us gain an understanding of an early American kitchen and dining room. With these primary documents we can build the story of the objects in the collection or of the previous owner’s interests. We can learn about the construction of the collection objects and about the decorative, the intellectual, and the conventional aspects of each piece. Home of the historic Maryland’s Way Cookbook, the Hammond-Harwood House is proud to offer this day of collections, lectures, and culinary delights.
The Hammond-Harwood House Museum, an 18th-century Anglo-Palladian house with a well-curated collection of American fine and decorative arts, will host Collectors’ Day, with speakers at the event discussing recipes and dining culture of early America.
1 p.m. Afternoon refreshments
1:45 p.m. Optional Curator’s Tour of dining material culture
3 p.m. Lectures in the ballroom
5 p.m. Curated wine tasting experience & heavy hors d’oeuvres reception with historic sweets and savory recipes
Joyce White, a food historian, operates A Taste of History with Joyce White, offering food history PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics along with food tastings. Joyce also writes articles for local publications. Joyce has served as foodways consultant to the Riversdale House Museum and William Paca House, and as guest curator for the Maryland State Exhibit for the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, LA. She is on the Board of Trustees for Annapolis’ c. 1774 Hammond-Harwood House Museum. Joyce has a B.A. in American Studies from William Smith College and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State University.
Janine E. Skerry, Ph.D. | In 2016, Janine E. Skerry became senior curator of metals at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she had previously served since 2009 as curator of metals and since 1993 as curator of ceramics and glass. She holds degrees from Yale University; the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and the University of Delaware; and Boston University.
For reservations please call 410-263-4683 ex 10. $75 per person. Limited capacity, lectures will take place in the ballroom, a period room in the mansion. Tickets includes all lectures, food, and curated wine experience.
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