Years ago, the MDSSAR donated $5000 to the creation of a display case in the State House for GW's resignation speech that came out of private hands - it sounds like there will be a ceremony to unveil it now.
We are delighted to report that the state of-the-art display case for George Washington’s resignation speech will be unveiled at a special ceremony in the rotunda of the Maryland State House on February 16. The unveiling of the case has been awaiting the opening of the restored Old Senate Chamber, a project that has kept the chamber closed for almost five years. As part of the Maryland Senate’s annual Presidents’ Day celebration, the unveiling will be a major ceremonial event.
The featured speaker will be Alan Taylor, holder of the Thomas Jefferson History Chair at the University of Virginia and winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832.
Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, retired state archivist, will be the MC for the evening. It was his extraordinary efforts that made the acquisition of Washington’s resignation speech by the Friends of MSA possible. The unveiling of the speech is being done in coordination with the opening of the restored Old Senate Chamber. The restored chamber will look at as it did on the day that Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army on December 23, 1783. In the Stairwell and Committee Rooms will be new exhibits that interpret that event as well as the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, and Annapolis in the 18th century.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event is open to the public, however depending on how many legislators and guests attend., you may be standing for the event. You will also need your photo ID to get into the event.