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Hampton National Historic Site
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A message from HHI's President Ann H. Boyce:
"Holidays at Hampton" - the Yuletide weekend of events - was a big success. Over 1,200 visitors took part in the festivities. The Board of HHI and the NPS wish to thank all involved, including the many local garden clubs, whose members provided decorative talent and floral decor in great style, as displayed (below, left) on the Music Room's Christmas Tree, decorated by Lutherville Garden Club.

Please try to visit the Museum Shop this month, which will close for the winter months on January 31st as the committee reviews options for how best to serve the community going forward. Come take advantage of the Half Price Sale going on now through 1/31, Thursdays - Sundays, 10 am - 4 pm. Updates on reopening will be posted to the Shop webpage:

And from Hampton's Curator, Gregory Weidman:
We are pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Sustineo Alas: World War II at Hampton in the North Portico of the mansion. During World War II, the Latin motto of the US Army Air Force (USAAF) Technical Training Command was Sustineo Alas, translated as “I Sustain the Wings” and meaning “Keep ‘Em Flying..” This motto defines the service of members of the Ridgely family of Hampton during the war. John Ridgely III (1911-1990) served in the Pacific Theatre as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Force, 60th Depot Supply Squadron. His wife, Lillian Ketcham Ridgely (1908-1996), used her training as a registered nurse to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps at the USAAF’s Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi. Back at home, the owners of Hampton faced dramatic changes to the estate, leading to plans to donate the property to the National Park Service (NPS) by the time the war ended in September 1945. John and Lil (pictured below, right) saved many photos, documents, and memorabilia that record these eventful years, and a large selection of these is now on display. Visitors can view the exhibit as part of the regular guided tours at Hampton, Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.


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Unless otherwise noted, events are free to attend.

Events are subject to change, and new events are being added.
Please check the Events Calendar for updates
or call the NPS Visitors' Center to verify: 410-823-1309, x-251.

The Mansion's first floor and the Orangery are handicap-accessible.


NOW THROUGH SATURDAY, JANUARY 31st, 10am - 4pm. Be sure to visit the Museum Shop, where almost every item in stock is marked down 50%. The Shop is now open Thursdays -Sundays, 10am to 4pm, and will close for the winter months on Saturday, January 31. The Shop is scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2015.
Winter Bulbs at Hampton: Some of the favorite flowers at Hampton are bright harbingers of spring. They are short, bulbous plants that bloom in late winter/early spring, and can even be seen poking up through the snow. This is a delightful reminder that spring, in all its glory, will soon be blooming. Above: Chinodoxa, or glory-of-the-snow, has a small, star-shaped flower. These lovely plants are found on site, and are well worth the time it takes to explore and find them!
On The Hampton Plantation: Overseer’s House, Slave Quarters and Farm Tour: January 31 & February 28, 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 made the Ridgelys’ lavish lifestyle possible. Participants will have the chance to experience first hand the replicas of items used during the 1800s on the plantation.
Our Family Tells Stories: Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 2pm, Orangery. Mama Deborah, the Afropella Griot, and her “drummer boy” David Olawuyi will share in the African Oral Tradition with stories, songs and Djeme rhythms. Mama Deborah is a Master Storyteller, member of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland and the National Black Storytellers. Olawuyi is an accomplished African drummer who will move the hearts and souls of everyone who has the pleasure of listening to the powerful rhythms of the Djembe. Bring the entire family and enjoy traditional West African storytelling!
Harriet Tubman Visits Hampton: Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 2pm, Orangery. A native to Maryland, Harriet Tubman is best known for her daring leadership of enslaved African Americans to freedom via the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Janice Curtis Greene brings Harriet Tubman to life through this living history portrayal recounting the early years at Brodas Plantation in Bucktown, Maryland, the horrors of slavery, how she eventually escaped, and her involvement on the Underground Railroad. This portrayal will also include songs like “Steal Away” and “Go Down Moses.”
Servitude at Hampton: In Black and White:
February 21, 2015, at 2pm.
Experience through an enslaved woman's eyes the “peculiar institution” that fueled the U.S.'s economic engine and made vast plantations like Hampton possible. Ranger Anokwale will take you on a 90-minute journey through the mansion, ice house, and octagon house foundation.
CSI Hampton - Forensics and Hampton's Historic Furnishings: Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2pm in the Orangery. Join Curator Gregory Weidman for an in-depth look at the detective work employed at uncovering the past at Hampton. The Ridgelys were a quintessential Maryland family and collectors of fine art. This program will showcase their renowned collection of antique decorative arts and seldom-seen original furnishings material. Highlights will include the ornate Drawing Room, with some of the best examples of Baltimore painted furniture in Maryland. Also in the program: discover how fragments from the past, historic images, and surviving documents provide needed clues to furnish period rooms authentically and how museum professionals date objects to a certain era. How do historians and curators know what they know? Why do Hampton's rooms look so different from our houses today? Join us for this special presentation to find out!.
Save the Date: Ducking Dog Day: Sunday, March 22, 2015. The Ridgelys were avid hunters for many generations, and Charles Ridgely was the President of the Carroll's Island Ducking Club, where the Chesapeake Bay Retriever was bred. This will be an exciting program showcasing the State Dog of Maryland! 
Annual Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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. Details on ticket sales will be posted in March:
Programs are brought to you by the National Park Service at Hampton National Historic Site and Historic Hampton, Inc., with support  from the National Park Foundation, Citizens of Baltimore County, and the many friends of Hampton.

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 of the Maryland Humanities Council.
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