MARAC Annapolis: Annapolis-Area Historic District Event Nov. 4-5

MARAC attendees, here’s a chance to see the ***inside*** of private homes within the Annapolis Historic District and support architectural preservation while taking a tour. Annapolis by Candlelight tour is an annual fundraiser for Historic Annapolis, Inc. a membership, non-profit organization founded to ensure that the legacy of Annapolis’s past would continue to enrich the city’s future.  Established in 1952, Historic Annapolis is the leading nonprofit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, Maryland.
Friendly volunteers at each historic property will explain the architectural features, along with stories about current and past residents of the home. This tour is popular with architecture and history buffs, home remodelers, antiques lovers, interior decorators, and those who just like to soak up the local charm of Annapolis on an autumn evening.
Annapolis By Candlelight

NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2016
A crisp autumn evening is the perfect time to walk through one of the historic neighborhoods of Annapolis. The experience is even better when the doors to some of the homes are open and you are invited inside. Each year in early November, Historic Annapolis showcases privately-owned historic houses on its popular Annapolis by Candlelight tour. Visitors see how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings built in the 20th, 19th, or 18th century. Each house is a reminder of the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Maryland’s capital city and illustrates the practical and aesthetic benefits of effective historic preservation.
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Location:  Houses will be located along Church Circle, Duke of Gloucester and Market Streets, and Shipwright Harbor
$35 for General Admission
$30 for HA Members and Volunteers
All tickets $40 beginning October 31
Advance reservations encouraged


Special Election Results and Call for Nominations and Volunteers for 2017 Election

The MARAC Nominations and Elections Committee want to thank the membership who participated in the recent special election to fill a vacancy on the Finding Aids Award Committee. Six candidates competed for one open position, with a term that ends in Summer 2017. A total of 316 votes were recorded and Michele Combs from the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University was the winner of the election. Many thanks to the candidates who ran in the election and for all of the members who voted! Thanks also go to Don Sailer and the MARAC Web Team as well as to Jim Gerencser, MARAC Administrator, for their assistance in holding this election.
Speaking of elections, the Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking volunteers and nominations for the 2017 MARAC election. Open positions in the election will include:
·       Chair-Elect
·       Secretary
·       Meetings Coordinator
·       Nominations and Elections Committee (3 members)
·       Arline Custer Award Committee (2 members)
·       Finding Aids Award Committee (2 members)
·       Scholarship Committee (2 members)
·       Distinguished Service Award Committee (1 member)
·       Members-at-Large (4 members)
Please contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested in running or if you would like to nominate a colleague.
2016-2017 Nominations and Elections Committee:
Katie Hall, Chair (
Andrew Cassidy-Amstutz (
Lynn Eaton (
Jessica Johnson (
Valerie-Anne Lutz (

Call for PhD Students in Digital Curation, Digital Humanities, and Related Areas

First Consideration Deadline: December 15, 2016

This year Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics is launching its redesigned interdisciplinary PhD program in Information Studies. We are currently accepting applicants for a variety of funded research assistantship positions in areas such as: 

● Archives and records management
● Digital curation
● Digital humanities

Further information may be found at:

Please consider attending our open house on November 4, 2016:

Please direct questions to Alex H. Poole (

Alex H. Poole
PhD in Information Studies
College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

MARAC Annapolis: Shakespeare’s First Folio in Maryland

A special exhibit will be available at the St. John’s College, Annapolis campus located near the conference hotel’s location in the city’s Historic District.

Shakespeare’s First Folio in Maryland  
Shakespeare will make a special appearance at St. John’s College, in the form of a national traveling exhibition, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
St. John’s College, Annapolis was named Maryland’s only site to host an original 1623 First Folio. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio throughout 2016 to all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. This first-ever national tour of one of the world’s most influential books celebrates 400 years of Shakespeare and his legacy. The First Folio includes 36 Shakespeare plays, 18 of which had never been printed before. Without the First Folio, all of those plays—including MacbethJulius CaesarTwelfth NightThe TempestAs You Like It, and more—might have been lost forever. Compiled by two of his friends and colleagues, the First Folio was published seven years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616.
To celebrate the First Folio, St. John’s is partnering with Maryland Humanities and the Annapolis Shakespeare Company to offer performances of Shakespeare’s plays, educational workshops, and a variety of activities for the public. The exhibition will be on view November 1–December 4, 2016 at the Mitchell Gallery on the Annapolis campus. Gallery hours are 12:00–5:00 p.m. TuesdaySunday and 6:45–7:45 p.m. on Fridays. Upcoming events include:
  • Friday, November 4, at 8:00 p.m. – A concert of Shakespeare-related music by the renowned Folger Consort, St. John’s FSK Auditorium
  • Saturday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. – An opening program “A Celebration of Shakespeare in Performance” and reception: Online registration required—opening soon at
  • Sunday, November 6, 1:00–2:30 p.m. – A panel discussion on approaches to staging Shakespearean plays with socially or politically challenging content, FSK Auditorium
For a full listing of events visit:
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the support of, The Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small, and other generous donors.

MARAC Restaurant Listings

Greetings from Annapolis LAC! We are thrilled to welcome you to Annapolis in 2016, and are equally happy to share all the dining options available to you in our beautiful town. The following list of restaurants includes the following tags. Please see this Google Map to see all the restaurants listed and their proximity to the conference hotel. Looking forward to eating with you in Annapolis!

  • Close to the hotel
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Gluten-free friendly
  • Eastport
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhood favorite
  • Historic setting

49 West Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & Gallery
This small space offers a cozy, jazzy atmosphere.  Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The bar offers an intriguing selection of beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails. Delectable desserts, baked goods, and a full array of coffee confections–made with locally roasted, fresh coffee beans–are sure to please every palate.
  • Close to the hotel
  • Neighborhood favorite

Bean Rush Cafe
Specializing in breakfast, coffees, lattes, mochas, and teas, and sandwiches,  this is a delightful find off the beaten path.
  • Neighborhood favorite

Café Normandie
French cuisine.
Award winning Chef Jean Louis Evennou offers a kitchen dedicated to locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, often obtained that day from local farmers and producers.
  • Downtown

Modern Thai. Beware limited seating, recommend you call before dropping in on a busy evening.
  • Close to the hotel
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Gluten-free friendly

Galway Bay
Authentic Irish pub and restaurant located steps away from the Maryland State House and Gate 3 of the U.S. Naval Academy. There is only one vegetarian option, but it’s delicious! (Please note that LAC happens to know that Galway already has a lot of reservations for MARAC weekend, we suggest you call ahead).
  • Gluten-free friendly
  • Neighborhood favorite
  • Downtown

Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar
Highly recommended by locals for outstanding sushi, sashimi, and more with a traditional vibe. The waiters politely greet customers in Japanese and the chefs serve fresh specials. Lots of seating, including a small patio outside. Centrally located on Main Street, Downtown.
  • Downtown

Osteria 177
Italian cuisine by Chef/Owner Arturo Ottaviano. Food is sourced locally. Seasonal menu. A quiet, upscale restaurant with art deco flair. Perfect for foodies and people who love coastal Italian cooking.  Make reservations before you go.
  • Downtown

Davis’ Pub
American fare, featured on the Food Network and a favorite local watering hole for the community of Eastport. Worth going over the bridge for a super casual meal and a look at the fishing side of Annapolis. There is a decent veggie burger!
  • Eastport
  • Neighborhood favorite

Boatyard Bar and Grill
A bit expensive but with a lively atmosphere that centers around the community of Eastport. Known for its interior decor this is as close to the yacht life as you can get.
  • Eastport
  • Neighborhood favorite

Iron Rooster
BREAKFAST ALL DAY!!  American/Southern fare. Plus–lunch, supper, & drinks.
If you “Like” Iron Rooster on Facebook you’ll get a FREE jar of BACON!! (check with server to confirm this is still a practice)
  • Downtown

Level: a small plates lounge
A small plates/tapas style restaurant featuring inventive farm-to-table dishes and hand-crafted cocktails. Open for dinner only and reservations are strongly suggested.
  • Close to hotel
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Gluten-free friendly

Miss Shirley’s
Serving breakfast, brunch & lunch, Miss Shirley’s offers cuisine rooted in Southern fundamentals and the abundance of fresh ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. Specialities include decadent pancakes–a must menu item!!
  • Close to the hotel
  • Neighborhood favorite

Red Red Wine
Wine bar serving sophisticated yet casual fare.
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhood favorite

Reynolds Tavern
The oldest tavern in Annapolis, and one of the oldest in the United States.
Reynolds Tavern serves a full lunch menu, English afternoon tea, and dinner. In the spring, summer and early fall, we offer casual, alfresco dining in our courtyard. The cellar pub in the Tavern’s original kitchen gives you a flavor of the Tavern’s rich history.
  • Close to the hotel
  • Historic setting

The Starbucks under Maryland Inn
If you love Starbucks, you’ll love this particular Starbucks located in the very foundations of one of Annapolis’ most historic Inns. If you journey into the heart of this brick fortress, you may notice a gated hole in the wall. Ask the nearest barista for that local story…
  • Downtown
  • Historic setting

Bakers & Co
Even the truest Annapolitan will cross the bridge for this Eastport bakery, the undisputed best bakery in town! Try their almond croissants for a small piece of Paris on the Severn.
  • Eastport
  • Neighborhood favorite

Vin 909
No reservations–first come first served.  Enjoy a glass of wine or beer as you wait for a table.
Winecafé is built on family history and passion for food, wine, and beer.  American fare with many ingredients sourced from local, organic providers. Influences and roots include Mediterranean, Californian, and New England cuisines.
  • Eastport
  • Neighborhood favorite

Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge
Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge is an award winning restaurant and live music venue offering a farm to table menu for diners and an array of unique cocktails.
  • Close to the hotel
  • Neighborhood favorite

Dry 85
A modern industrial take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The back alley garage where someone today would sneak a bourbon, beer or gourmet comfort food.
  • Downtown

Fado Irish Pub is the top Irish Pub in Annapolis. The drinks are exceptional and the food is always fresh. The three level pub includes a rooftop patio.
  • Close to the hotel

Carpaccio offers more than just a menu of authentic Italian specialties, it has a fountain view patio and comfortably enjoy it in.
  • Close to the hotel

Dunkin’ Donuts @ 38 West St
  • Close to the hotel

Luna Blu
Luna Blu is an intimate Italian Restaurant located in the historic district of downtown Annapolis. Located on the new “hot spot” addition of West Street it has murals & archways that lend a homey vibe at this trattoria specializing in Southern Italian cooking.
  • Close to the hotel

Ram’s Head Tavern
An Annapolis Landmark since 1989! Rams Head is family owned and operated. Formally called “The Crown and Dial” and “Sign of the Green Tree” in the late 1700’s, this historic location was purchased by the Muehlhauser family in 1989.  Originally seating only 30 customers in the original pub, it has expanded over the course of 20 years to the bustling location that it is today.
  • Close to the hotel
  • Historic setting

Middleton Tavern
Middleton Tavern was host to a galaxy of the nation’s most revered leaders during the period following the American Revolution. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were numbered among its prominent patrons. If you like oysters, this is the place to get them!
  • Downtown
  • Historic setting

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Scholarship Winners!

The MARAC Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of our scholarships to support attendance at the Fall 2016 meeting in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Marsha Trimble Award ($400 towards conference registration and travel) is being presented to Jessica Whitmore. Jessica is currently pursuing her MS in Information and Library Science with a concentration in Local and Archives Studies at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She works at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Shannon McDonald is the recipient of our $250 award for conference registration and travel. Shannon earned her Master of Arts in Archives and Public History with a concentration in Archives from New York University in 2015. She currently works for History Associates, Incorporated in Rockville, Maryland. 
The Karen A. Stuart Local History Collection Workshop and Attendance Award is being presented to Sarah Hedlund. Sarah is pursuing her Masters of Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives and digital curation at University of Maryland. She currently works at the Montgomery County Historical Society in Rockville, Maryland.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship winners!
MARAC Scholarship CommitteeBen Blake
Maria Day
Amanda Hawk
Lori Hostuttler
Jessica Wagner Webster
Emily R. Cottle, Chair