Subject: Hampton Highlights Spring 2015
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Date: 5/6/2015 9:18 AM
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Hampton Highlights Spring 2015

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Friday, April 24 at 10 am
as we celebrate the grand opening of
Hampton's new Visitor Contact Station!

Hampton National Historic Site
535 Hampton Lane, Towso
n MD 21286

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Events are subject to change; new events are being added.

Please check Events Calendar or call the Visitors' Center to verify:
410-823-1309, x-251

Unless otherwise noted, events are free to attend.
The Mansion's first floor and the Orangery are handicap-accessible.


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APRIL 19 - 25, 2015:
Hampton National Historic Site will be celebrating National Park Week in a big way. A week-long series of events will highlight the history of Hampton NHS, involve exciting activities for kids, and focus on how and why it became a unit of the National Park Service. 

“Hampton has been called Baltimore County’s best kept secret and it’s time we let that secret out. It is Baltimore County’s only National Park unit. It has stories that are nationally significant, that relate to conservation of both cultural and natural treasures.” says Chief of Interpretation Vince Vaise.

April 19: Ducking Dog Day 11 am - 4 pm
April 20: The Painting that Saved a Mansion
10 am and 2 pm
April 21: Grounds, Gardens, and Historic Landscapes 10 am
April 22: Planting a Legacy...Earth Day at Hampton 10 am
April 24: Grand Opening of Visitor Contact Station 10 am
April 25: Historic Preservation Program 11 am
April 25: Student/Teacher Art Exhibition 2 pm - 4 pm

Please join us for one or all of the exciting events being planned for National Park Week as we celebrate with the community all of the wonderful things that are happening at Hampton!!

For details and updates (events subject to change):
or call the Visitors Center: 410-823-1309 x-251
A message from HHI's President Ann H. Boyce:
As Spring arrives, please help us celebrate the grand opening of the Visitor Contact Station, along with the many exciting events scheduled to take place in conjunction with National Park Week. Many thanks to the National Park Service, along with the Board and Women's Committee of HHI, for their imagination and great efforts on behalf of Hampton NHS.

And from Hampton's Curator, Gregory Weidman:
HHI is pleased to announce a major gift that will be part of Hampton NHS’s collection. The rare book of sheet music, c. 1825, was custom-bound for Eliza Eichelberger Ridgely, later 3rd mistress of Hampton, and her aunt Henrietta Eichelberger. The volume is 242 pages and contains 18 different works for piano, harp, and voice by Mozart, Latour, Rossini, Boieldieu, Playel, Dusseck, and others. The works were transcribed by about 9 different hands. The cover has brown half leathers, grey-green paper on boards, and a leather label panel stamped in gold "E.E. RIDGELY & H. EICHELBERGER."  The fly leaf is signed in ink by the renowned “Lady with a Harp” herself, "Eliza E. Ridgely/Baltimore". Remarkably, Hampton NHS already owns a matching volume, which has been in the collection since given to the park in 1949 by Mr. & Mrs. John Ridgely, Jr.!

There is an interesting story behind this wonderful gift to HHI. The owners of the manuscripts, one of whom is a harp musician, had driven from Virginia to attend the Magical Strings performance at Hampton last May. In conversation with several HHI board members and President Ann H. Boyce after the performance, Michael & Marilyn Newman mentioned the volume and expressed interest in seeing it return to Hampton. A meeting was set up with Curator Gregory Weidman, and the Newmans brought the volume to Hampton, where it was examined alongside the matching book and other examples of Eliza Ridgely’s sheet music. The Newmans have now generously donated this very special volume to Historic Hampton, Inc. It will be on loan to the Hampton NHS museum collection.

Ringing the Bells: April 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm. For the past four years the NPS and other organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army. To honor this celebratory bells will ring at Appomattox at 3:00 pm on April 9, marking the time the meeting between the Generals concluded. While Lee’s surrender did not end the War, the act is seen as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed which cost more than 750,000 American lives. After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country at 3:15 pm for four minutes, each minute symbolic of a year of war. Hampton will be proud to ring its own antebellum bell to commemorate this historic event, and remind us that the bell will never again be heard by enslaved people in America. Have you got a bell at your house? Please join in the celebration. For more info:

Music on the Astor Piano: Sunday, April 12, 2015 in the Mansion's Great Hall at 2 pm. Anita Avery of Musica Antiqua will perform music from Hampton's collection on the newly-acquired Astor piano forte. The music spans seven generations of Ridgelys (1790s - 1940s). Selections range from a genteel minuet and light classics, to Rogers & Hammerstein, and the WWII Army Nurse Corps March. SPACE IS LIMITED.

A Spring Luncheon...Vintage Americana
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 10:30 am
at the Engineers Club of Mt. Vernon

Please join the Women's Committee of HHI as they host this popular annual event, which includes complimentary valet parking, entertainment, a silent auction, and a cash bar. All proceeds will directly benefit projects at Hampton National Historic Site.

For more details:
Ducking Dog Day: Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Ridgelys were avid hunters for many generations (family relative James McHenry Howard, pictured above), and Charles Ridgely was the President of the Carroll's Island Ducking Club, where the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was bred. Join us for this exciting program showcasing the State Dog of Maryland, and featuring decoy carvers, displays about duck hunting from the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, and more.
3rd Annual Student/Teacher Art Exhibition:  Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2pm - 4 pm in the Orangery. All are welcome for the 3rd Annual Hampton Arts Initiative (HAI) Student/Teacher Exhibition. The event, which will feature original works of art inspired by Hampton NHS, is the result of a successful partnership between HHI/NPS and Baltimore County Public Schools. Teachers and students K-12 from all over Maryland were invited to submit entries, which will be judged and awarded prizes. Please join us as we celebrate local talent! 
Harps and Bards of Celtic Lands: Sunday, May 3, 2015, 12 pm - 1:30 pm in the Orangery. Join Philip & Pam Boulding of Magical Strings for a presentation on the ancient bardic traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including colorful stories related to the harp. Discussion will include construction methods used for building harps from ancient times to the present, along with different playing and arranging techniques. Magical Strings will demonstrate on their Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, and other instruments. If you have your own harp you are encouraged to bring it! Workshop to be followed by a performance in the Mansion's Great Hall at 3 pm. SEATING IS LIMITED.

On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: May 23, 2015, at 2pm. Dressed in period attire, Ranger Anokwale will guide visitors through the authentic slave quarters, dairy and overseer’s home and give voice to the enslaved African Americans who helped to make the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible.

Our Family Tells Stories Series: Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 2pm, Orangery. Join us for another "funtastic" afternoon of Afrocentric storytelling with the very talented Diane Macklin. The "Lady teller" has delighted audiences for over 15 years, sharing tales through a "dynamic" style (as seen in the Washington Post), seasoned with rhythm, sounds, and movement, while engaging listeners of all ages. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of educational fun!
Programs are brought to you by
the National Park Service at Hampton National Historic Site

and Historic Hampton, Inc.,
with support  from the many friends of Hampton, including:
In addition, we are grateful that many of this year's programs are made possible by a generous grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendation expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities
or the Maryland Humanities Council.
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