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Grand Opening Itinerary

(click HERE for a printable version)
10:00am: Welcome from the Honorable County Executive Steve Schuh
Steve Schuh became the Anne Arundel County Executive on December 14, 2014 after serving in the House of Delegates for eight years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees in business and in education from Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.  He is also a graduate of the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Program.
10:15am: The Cutting of the Ribbon by the Honorable Mayor Michael Pantelides

Michael Pantelides became the Mayor of the city of Annapolis on December 2, 2013. Mayor Pantelides is committed to promoting progress, while preserving the past and ensuring this historic integrity of the city is not jeopardized. Mayor Pantelides is active in the community on many levels. He is a board member of the 21st century education foundation and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau.


11:00am: Ambassador David McKean, "The Life of President Thomas McKean"

David McKean served as Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2016-17. A distinguished strategic policy advisor, scholar, and former Senior Advisor for the implementation of the Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, he holds broad expertise in U.S. diplomatic and development efforts abroad and the alignment of policies, missions, and operations to improve institutional effectiveness. He is a descendant of President Thomas Kean, the last signatory to the Declaration of Independence and one of the earliest to sign up for the Revolution. Thomas McKean lived a radical, politically intriguing life and was one of the most influential of America's Founding Fathers.


12:00 noon: A Conversation with President John Jay
Grab something to eat and come listen to John Jay's recollections about his life.

"Phil Webster does a wonderful job of highlighting the life of one of the great Founding Fathers. (President) John Jay was a man of character, principle and religious conviction. With the trend in America to forget our history, this book is a refreshing reminder of our great heritage." Matthew Staver, Liberty Counsel


1:00pm: Peter Hanson Michael, "Remembering President John Hanson"

Peter Hanson Michael is president of both the John Hanson Memorial Association---a national body honoring John Hanson's life and nation-saving deeds, and sponsor of the John Hanson National Memorial erected in 2011 in Frederick, Maryland---and Michael Strategic Analysis, an award winning strategic planning, market research and litigation support firm. Michael is publisher of Underground Railroad Free Press, the top-circulation Underground Railroad news publication. He was educated at the University of Maryland, Berkeley and Princeton.
3:00pm: Mark Croatti, "The Treaty of Paris Period"
Mark Croatti, the Director of the Hall of Presidents Before Washington, will briefly explain how the Treaty of Paris directly led to having to write a new Constitution as an introduction to the 15-minute Annapolis City TV film "Annapolis During the Treaty of Paris Period," produced by Rhonda Wardlaw.

Highlights of the film include a re-enactment of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris by Congress, led by President Thomas Mifflin (David Smith, left) and an analysis of the negotiations that led to the signing of the Treaty of Paris by Dr. R.J. Rockefeller (below).

3:30pm: Dr. R.J. Rockefeller, "Presidents before the Executive Branch"

Dr. R. J. "Rocky" Rockefeller is a Connecticut-born member of a New York family, raised in Virginia. He has a BA in History from the College of William and Mary and earned his MA and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His specialties include colonial America, early modern England, and Maryland history. He served at the Maryland State Archives before joining AACC's regular faculty in 2011. Dr. Rockefeller is the author of Their Magistrates and Officials: Executive Government in Colonial Maryland, 1715-1776.