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Button Farm Living History Center
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Maryland Emancipation Day


Saturday, October 31, 2020 @ 12-3PM

Celebrate the day in 1864 when Maryland changed its constitution to abolish slavery six months before the end of the Civil War. This outdoor, open-air, event includes an emancipation-themed self-guided tour of the farm and Slave Cemetery accessible by your phone through our QR portal. Scavenger hunts, farm animals, hands-on history and musical acts will help to round out the day. 

This is our final Open House weekend for the season at Button Farm. Fresh air and social distancing/PPE protocols will be in place. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Go to our Eventbrite link to learn more and reserve your parking space today! 

More Emancipation Week Events


Emancipation Day observances have largely gone virtual this year. Come to Button Farm for our live, in-person event Saturday, then log-on from the comfort of your home for these online events from our partner organizations:
 
Montgomery Parks
Wednesday, October 27, 2020 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
Zoom and streaming events, presentations and workshops from Montgomery & Prince George's Parks, Sandy Spring Slavery Museum & Button Farm Living History Center
https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/maryland-emancipation-day-celebrations/
 
Peerless Rockville
Sunday, November 1, 2020 @ 7-8PM
“Shadow on the Household - One Enslaved Family's Incredible Struggle”
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shadow-on-the-household-one-enslaved-familys-incredible-struggle-registration-125918209755
 
Montgomery History
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 @2PM
“Emancipation in Montgomery County, Maryland” w/ Eileen McGuckian and Susan Soderberg (lecture) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UheypPwAR-WfXF-WesNCFQ

Seeking Vendors for Emancipation Day


Button Farm’s open house season culminates on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 12-3PM with our annual Emancipation Day Celebration, when we observe the day when Maryland abolished slavery on November 1, 1864.

Button Farm welcomes vendors to set up tables, display their wares, sell products and present activities.

Those interested should complete this survey form to be part of this special event.

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