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Historic Annapolis opens new exhibit about Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence

Annapolis—Historic Annapolis, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, “We Hold These Truths: Maryland’s Signers and the Declaration of Independence” at the William Paca House and Garden.

This exhibition closely examines the Declaration of Independence and explores the lives of the Maryland men who pledged themselves to its purpose and ideals: William Paca, Samuel Chase, Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Thomas Stone. 

Each of these men lived in Annapolis at one time or another, and Annapolis is the only city in the nation that still has surviving houses of all of its state’s signers. 

In the new exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to view historic objects associated with each signer and learn the surprising “truths” about the personal and political lives of these four patriots.

“This exhibit will reveal ‘truths’ of all sorts about the Declaration of Independence and the Maryland men who signed it,” said Glenn Campbell, Senior Historian for Historic Annapolis, and content developer for this exhibition. “Both the ‘self-evident’ truths that are part of the traditional telling of the tale, as well as some truths that are often glossed over or ignored.”

“As our nation moves toward the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration, it’s important for us to understand that the men who put their signatures to this document were not perfect,” said Robert Clark, President and CEO of Historic Annapolis. “And, to learn about their flaws as well as their successes, and to understand the reasons for their commitment to this cause of independence.” 

Visit We Hold These Truths at the William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. The exhibition is included with admission, which starts at $5 per person. For hours and to purchase tickets in advance, visit: annapolis.org.

The exhibit is funded by the General Society of Colonial Wars and the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland.

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