Festival Marks 1786 Annapolis National Convention

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Tourist look up at what is believed to be the oldest American flag with the 13 stars of the 13 original colonies represented as they tour of the State House in Annapolis in 2010. Annapolis was settled in 1649 and from 1783 to August 1784, Annapolis served as the United State's first peacetime national capital. There in 1783 General George Washington resigned from the Continental Army. The next year, the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolution was ratified there. In 1786 the city served as the seat of the Annapolis Convention, at which delegates from five states met to discuss proposed changes to the Articles of Confederation by which the country was then run.  (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourist look up at what is believed to be the oldest American flag with the 13 stars of the 13 original colonies represented as they tour of the State House in Annapolis in 2010. Annapolis was settled in 1649 and from 1783 to August 1784, Annapolis served as the United State’s first peacetime national capital. There in 1783 General George Washington resigned from the Continental Army. The next year, the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolution was ratified there. In 1786 the city served as the seat of the Annapolis Convention, at which delegates from five states met to discuss proposed changes to the Articles of Confederation by which the country was then run. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A festival is marking the 1786 Annapolis National Convention.

The event begins Wednesday in Annapolis and continues through Saturday.

The festival is being called “Prelude to Philadelphia: The 1786 Annapolis National Convention.” It will showcase the role Annapolis played in the formation of the United States as the bridge between the end of the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Convention.

The festival will feature an exhibit titled “America’s 14 Forgotten Presidents of Congress 1774-1789.” The festival also will feature a re-staging of the 1786 Annapolis National Convention with presentations by elected officials.

Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and St. John’s College President Christopher Nelson are scheduled to participate.

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