“Artifacts of Outlander,” an exhibit by Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, will be on display at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick from May 1st to June 30th during normal library hours. The exhibit is inspired by the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, and the Outlander television series on the Starz network.
Outlander features a Scotland bristling under English political control in the 1740s. By that time, Maryland had been an English colony for 100 years, and within a few decades, Maryland would also struggle to overthrow English rule. Scotland and Maryland represented economic assets to England, and laws and taxation ensured that these regions relied on English goods. Colonial artifacts found by archaeologists in Maryland are therefore not so different than one might find in 1740s Scotland.
The exhibit includes weaponry, horse tack, items associated with clothing, apothecary-related artifacts and pottery and glass, displayed against stills from the television series that show similar items used to recreate eighteenth-century Scotland.
On May 7th at 7 pm, Sara Rivers-Cofield, Federal Curator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, will give a talk on the exhibit. The talk is titled “Outfitting Outlander: So much more than kilts, ya ken,” held at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick and sponsored by the MARPAT Foundation.
The exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information call 410-586-8501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, a state museum of archaeology and home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, is a program of the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the Maryland Department of Planning. It is located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River and the St. Leonard Creek in St. Leonard, Calvert County, Maryland.