St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) share physical spaces at the historic triangle of land on the south side of Route 5, with a permanent inclination to share land and to steward programs. Both the College and HSMC are chartered to preserve, interpret and educate the public about our unique history.
The College and HSMC serve the citizens of Maryland by revealing through education and celebration and revere the significance of our regional legacy. Through our partnership,
students benefit, as well as visitors, and all of us who identify as citizens or students in a state with a rich and illustrious history.
This collaboration has led to the articulation of the joint programs and projects, including:
- HSMC is a partner in the College’s Center for the Study of Democracy and Museum Studies
- HSMC staff teach College courses, provide internships, and supervise senior SMP’s
- HSMC also hires students to work on archaeological sites and within archaeological curation
- HSMC also hires students to work as costumed interpreters in the City
- A number of students attend the HSMC’s annual summer Field School
- The Heirloom Garden Project, a joint grant held by HSMC and the College’s environmental
studies on the Kate Chandler Campus and Community Farm
- Collaboration with College’s theater, film and media studies department on recent site-specific staging of “Macbeth”
- Hawktoberfest events routinely include fun run/walks through HSMC
- HSMC staff participate in the annual Museum Studies Week activities/panels
- As part of the Museum Studies steering committee, HSMC members help select our
Joint Land-use planning and capital projects beginning in the early 2000’s led to:
- The St. John’s Site, located on HSMC property surrounded by College property. The State required the College to coordinate planning and project management, and the College
provides parking and utilities.
- Anne Arundel Hall: located on College property, the College provides HSMC 40% of the building to house its archaeology labs, offices and curation facilities.
- Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center, located on College property, the HSMC’s new visitor and exhibit center will commence construction in 2022. (Note: per an agreement with the
State, the College is responsible for project management of the Interpretive Center)