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    I need to visit several historic sites from different periods and write a paper along with a presentation. I would like help with the site I intend on visiting for the Colonial period as 1) I don't know much about this period and 2) As a science major I have difficulty researching topics in history.

    I would like information on the Mount Clare Museum House is Baltimore (mountclare.org). In particular: How does it fit into the Colonial period and in the colony of Maryland, what's its historic significance, and how does the museum tell the story of the colonial period. Any other relevant information would be appreciated.

    Please note that these are my own objectives to gain a broad understanding before I visit the museum. They are not the objectives of the assignment.

    I believe 1000 words will suffice. I don't mind if you are not a Colonial period expert as long as you're confident you can research this and provide a complete response.

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    I would like information on the Mount Clare Museum House is Baltimore (mountclare.org). In particular:

    How does it fit into the Colonial period and in the colony of Maryland?
    The home fits wonderfully into the Colonial Period, as it tells the story of true American history. The Colonial Period was a time when the new settlers broke away from the old guard, being mother England. During this time period, the Declaration of Independence was signed, America's first President was inaugurated and the first Colonies were born. This museum is at the epicenter of this period, as the home was part of a self-sufficient plantation in colonial times, and has seen three wars, the American Revolution, War of 1812, and the Civil War.

    What's its historic significance?
    Its historic significance is significant. Its significance lies in the fact that this building and grounds are the pyramids of this nation. Slavery was used to build it and maintain it, just as the pyramids were built. Being a young country, America's history is recent. This museum tells of a time past but not as far gone as other nation's history.

    The museum is the only remaining pre-Revolutionary house in Baltimore. It was built in 1760 by Charles Carroll, a barrister (lawyer), and distant relative of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Charles Carroll the barrister inherited the family plantation upon the death of his brother and constructed Mount Clare, a two-story Georgian brick house with a partial basement and attic. Mount Clare is Maryland's first museum house and one of the oldest and finest examples of colonial Georgian architecture in the city and the state.
    Mount Clare was the center of Georgia Plantation, which was a self-sufficient plantation with a diverse community. The estate supported wheat fields, a grist mill, an orchard, racing stables, flour mills, brick kilns, and a shipyard.
    The outbuildings of the plantation were all destroyed after the house fell out of family hands in 1840. During the Civil War, Union officers used Mount Clare as quarters. After 1865 a group of German men leased the house and used it as a German beer garden until 1890, when the City of Baltimore purchased the house and 70 acres of land for a park in South Baltimore. The National Society of Colonial Dames in Maryland took over operation in 1917, providing needed repairs, restoration and redecoration. This restoration and redecoration has brought this historic house and its rich history for all to see and study.
    How does the museum tell the story of the colonial period?
    The museum's role in history is impressive. The museum tells the story of the colonial period through its structure, grounds, many exhibits and artifacts. Mount Clare Museum House offers a unique look at Maryland's colonial past through the eyes of the Carroll family.
    • The museum has many exhibits throughout the year that recreate the past for today's society to understand the society of the past, which is America's Colonial period.
    • During the holidays, Mount Clare is decorated in the traditional 18th and 19th century style, using greens and dried plant materials accented with fruits, nuts, feathers and pine cones. This may sound like a simple fact, but it is a significant fact as it brings today's visitors to a simpler time. These artifacts are hand crafted and show how the holidays were celebrated during the Colonial Period.
    • Mount Clare also discuss slavery, which was prevalent during the Colonial Period, through special tours telling the African-American experience at the House and in Carroll Park and the roles the African-American played.
    • Many archaeology digs were performed at Mount Clare. The museum exhibits these artifacts and today's visitor can explore the past through the stories revealed from findings of archaeology digs conducted around the mansion. These artifacts give today's visitor a vision of what materials were used for certain artifacts and the craftsmanship that was put into the items.
    • The museum also has a "World of Young Girls in Colonial Maryland" exhibit. This exhibit focuses on Mary Clare Carroll, who was the younger sister of Charles Carroll, Barrister, the man who built Mount Clare Mansion in 1760. This exhibit is important as it focuses on the children of the Colonial period.

    This exhibit introduces today's society the world of young Mary Clare to show and learn what life was like for children in colonial Maryland. The exhibit focuses on the books, clothing and hobbies of the period. One of the most significant hobby of the period focuses on needlepoint, which was an art form back in the Colonial Period and performed exclusively by women.
    • Clothing of the period is displayed to show the fashion of the Colonial Period. The clothing exhibits are significant, as they discuss the time and show the detail and quality of the seamstresses of the day, as the majority of the clothing of the period was handmade.

    The clothing also shows the stature of the citizens of this time period. History has showed that the average citizen of the Colonial Period was rarely taller than 5' 6" and not too often, overweight. These were the days before processed foods and saturated fats and the clothing is important as we can compare these factors to today's obese society.

    • Hats were commonplace in the Colonial Period. For the museum's 250th anniversary, Mount Clare will exhibit hats of the period. This exhibit plays a large role as hats tell a story of the time. The hats categorize social class, as today's cars categorize this class.

    Any other relevant information would be appreciated.

    • Slavery at Mount Clare was not typical of a plantation of its time. It is different because enslaved workers were involved not only in the typical agricultural and domestic work but also in industrial jobs at the Baltimore Iron Works. Most slaves of the day worked on the plantation only.

    • At one point over two hundred enslaved individuals were used as labor on the plantation and the iron works at Mount Clare and their work supported the elegant lifestyle of the Carrolls in the mansion. As slavery is wrong, it happened and must be studied and discussed.

    • The Barrister's record books indicate that the Georgia Plantation functioned as a working agricultural site, growing both tobacco and grain crops.

    Please note that these are my own objectives to gain a broad understanding before I visit the museum. They are not the objectives of the assignment.

    I believe 1000 words will suffice. I don't mind if you are not a Colonial period expert as long as you're confident you can research this and provide a complete response.

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

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