• Collector’s Day
Creating Collections:
Using Primary Documents to Build Narratives

Saturday, November 3 at 3 p.m.

Primary documents can provide a wealth of information about your collection. Sources like wills, inventories, letters and other documents help us gain an understanding of a collection, whether it is inherited or acquired. With these sources 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.
The Hammond-Harwood House Museum, an 18-century Anglo-Palladian house with a well-curated collection of American fine and decorative arts, will host Collectors’ Day, an afternoon symposium, on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Speakers at the event will focus on using primary documents to build and maintain a collection. In conjunction with the 2018 exhibition “Architect & Apprentice”, the symposium will feature two speakers with knowledge of collections that connect to the life of Hammond-Harwood House architect William Buckland (1734-1774).

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Capacity is limited.

Tickets: $75

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SPEAKERS: Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, the MontgomeryGarvan Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will speak about her research on the Lloyd family furniture. The family’s collection once spanned two important buildings—their city dwelling, the Chase-Lloyd House, with interiors designed by William Buckland in Annapolis, and their plantation, Wye House in Easton, Maryland. Lloyd descendants still live at Wye House amongst their family’s holdings. Paul Koch, noted Annapolis collector, will speak about how he used primary documents to build his collection of 18th century books from the 1774 inventory of William Buckland, architect of the HammondHarwood House.


1 p.m. Afternoon refreshments

1:45 p.m. Optional Curator’s Furniture Tour

3 p.m. Lectures in the ballroom

5 p.m. Wine reception in the mansion’s garden.









  • Artisans of a Great House
Ms. Betsy Greene – Decorative Painting

Rescheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am to noon.

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In this hands on workshop series artisans explore the trades employed by families who lived in the great houses of the Chesapeake, like the Hammond-Harwood House. Skilled faux grain artisan Betsy Greene will take participants on a tour of the graining in the mansion and also talk about the work she did on the reproduction floor cloth in the entryway. After the tour there will be a faux graining workshop in the classroom where participants create a take home

Biography: Betsy Greene, Decorative painting

Betsy Greene was born and raised in Annapolis, MD. After graduating from Annapolis Sr. High, she studied fine art at St Mary’s College in Southern MD and the Md. Institute of Art in Baltimore. While living in Baltimore in the early 1980’s, she apprenticed to a furniture restorer, and through this connection, learned about the art of Decorative Painting. After a five year apprenticeship, Betsy went out on her own as a decorative painter and has been working as just that for the past 30 odd years. Along the way, mostly self taught, she has worked mostly in the Baltimore Washington area, and has also traveled to New York, Paris, and Miami, to ply her trade. The work has consisted of murals, painted furniture, floor cloths and a multitude of decorative finishes on every surface imaginable. She has also been commissioned paintings and mosaics. She has worked in many prestigious locations, including The Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, as well as many private residences churches and commercial sites. She resides in Baltimore with her son and husband.


  • An Evening of British Music inspired by the collection – CANCELLED
    with the Annapolis Chamber Players

Inspired by English paintings, engravings and other decorative treasures, the Annapolis Chamber Players present an elegant evening of intimate English chamber music.

Featured works by Purcell, Holst, and more will illustrate the societal influence on the salon and the music privately enjoyed by patrons and friends.

Thursday, November 15 at 7pm

$35 per person /30 Members

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  • Peale Portrait Tour

Saturday, November 17 at 2 pm

$15 per person /$10 Members

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The Hammond-Harwood House Museum has an extensive collection of Peale portraits and landscapes.

This 90 – minutes tour delves into the fascinating world of the Peale family and their artwork. Highlights include an 1835 Rembrandt Peale painting of George Washington, a 1789 Charles Willson Peale painting of Hester Baldwin Chase, and a rare landscape scene by James Peale.


  • Jane Austen Tour

Wednesday, November 21 at noon

$10 per person/Members Free

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Tour of the house that compares the customs and social graces of the Loockerman family, who lived in the Hammond-Harwood House in the early 19th century, with those of characters in Jane Austen novels.


  • Holiday Greens Show Preview Party

Friday, November 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

$35 per person/ $30 per member

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Tour Hammond-Harwood House decorated for the holidays, circa 1825. Preview beautiful and authentic holiday greens, available for purchase. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and period drinks.