Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Public-related)

Period of Performance

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Funding Totals

$49,500.00 (approved)
$49,500.00 (awarded)

Reinterpreting the c.1760 William Brown House

FAIN: ZPP-283350-22

Historic London Town & Garden (Edgewater, MD 21037-2120)
Diana Klein (Project Director: May 2021 to present)

Reinterpretation of London Town’s William Brown House to include the stories of the enslaved, bound labor, lower economic status travelers, and alms house residents.

The William Brown House Re-Interpretation Project will advance the interpretation of the c.1760 National Historic Landmark from an outdated model focused solely on the colonial period and its eponymous architect to one telling a more complete story of the people who lived, worked, and traveled through the building. The grant will sustain 3 staff positions: the Director of Public Programs, Public History Specialist, and the Visitor Services Coordinator/Collections Manager. They will draft a new interpretive plan and signage focused on individuals' stories, and update each room's interpretation with new material culture. Even before the pandemic, updating the building’s interpretation had been identified as a key priority in our strategic plan. With the 250th anniversary of America nearing, it is critical to begin these efforts now, so that the museum can reinterpret the building based upon the new interpretive plan and lay the foundation for future programming for our growing audience.

Media Coverage

London Town Receives Nearly $50K Grant (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Steve Adams
Publication: Bay Weekly
Date: 10/21/2022