Annapolis Remembered is a web site by Remember Inc., a 501 (c)3 organization. We are exploring different methods and media to help share our stories: theater, art, books, video and the Internet.
On this web site: You may comment on existing stories or categories and/or send us stories and photos. You can search our archives for stories and photos that interest you.
Since its inception in 1989, Remember Inc. has dedicated itself to preserving the stories of longtime Annapolis residents and to presenting them in theatrical formats that evoke the sights, sounds, even the smells of life in Annapolis in the early 20th century. Memories of the steamboats, the trains, the celebrations, the steamy summer evenings, in a time when neighbors knew each other well and most shopkeepers lived above their stores, are captured in interviews and images archived in collections that bring back the past in vivid, moving detail.
Remember Inc. believes in the value of saving the rapidly disappearing past and in sharing it theatrically to enrich present and future generations. It is vital to educate the public to understand the need to preserve the present, as it will become our past. Stories that capture the character of our city happen every day and Remember Inc. wants to be sure that they are saved and shared.
In 1990 and 2001, Remember Inc. presented The Annapolis I Remember at the Francis Scott Key Auditorium of St. John’s College. Funded by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, this production celebrated in story and song the history of Annapolis from 1900 through the 1960’s.
Performed in July, 1993 and 1994, Annapolis Celebrations continued the journeyby commemorating the cultural diversity of our city through music and storytelling.
Remember Inc. brought to life the Annapolis Pageant, written by Jeff Holland, to celebrate Annapolis’ 300th birthday in 1999. Visitors and locals alike were entertained during an evening that covered 300 years of Annapolis history with music, choirs, actors, fife and drum and a lot of humor!
In June of 2004 and 2005, we held storytelling gatherings at 49 West and produced Volumes I and II of Annapolis Stories: The Mayor’s Collection, sponsored by Mayor Ellen Moyer.
In 2006 and 2007, Grand Ole Osprey took listeners on a musical history tour of three amazing centuries of Annapolis and Eastport and raised funds for the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s post-Isabel renovations.
Now it’s time for our story and yours to continue…
A new generation has grown up since Annapolis Celebrations, and the organization’s current focus is on these younger people and the generations just preceding theirs. It’s the stories of the mid-1960’s through the millennium that we are currently collecting.
What is are your stories? Your experiences? Your memories? Which Annapolis community did your family call home? In which river did you swim and crab and water ski? Where did you learn to sail? Who were your friends, and where are they now?
It is your stories of Annapolis we’re interested in collecting.
What impact did growing up in this beautiful area have on you as a child and on the adult you are today?
Quotes that nicely summarize our philosophy:
“We owe it to each other to tell stories.”
Neil Gaiman, British Author
“We’re all stories, in the end.”
Steven Moffatt, Scottish Television Writer & Producer
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman, British Author
“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”
Ben Okri, Nigerian Poet & Novelist
“Soft as some song divine, your story flows.”
Homer, Greek Author & Epic Poet