Maryland Center for History and Culture

Maryland Center for History and Culture The Maryland Center for History and Culture collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. Originally founded as the Maryland Historical Society in 1844, MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community by exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland.

As the oldest operating nonprofit cultural institution in the state, MCHC houses a collection of 7 million books, documents, manuscripts, and photographs, and 350,000 objects in its museum and library located in Baltimore. MCHC is also a leading center of Maryland history education through its onsite school tours, student research center, virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online digital learn

As the oldest operating nonprofit cultural institution in the state, MCHC houses a collection of 7 million books, documents, manuscripts, and photographs, and 350,000 objects in its museum and library located in Baltimore. MCHC is also a leading center of Maryland history education through its onsite school tours, student research center, virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online digital learn

Operating as usual

09/15/2021

In July, when Maryland was at its hottest, we opened the "Losing Winter" exhibition so that we might dream of winter's return. But will winter return as we once remembered it? Tune in tomorrow evening, Sept. 16, 6-7 pm, to hear how we created "Losing Winter" to include oral histories and images of winters past in Maryland. Register:
https://bit.ly/2Z3VVmR

And watch here as the sculptures carved the day the exhibition opened on July 24 melted, drawing attention to the fleeting nature of human memory and the melting glaciers in distant parts of the world.

We are pleased to announce a partnership with designer Tory Burch who has drawn inspiration from the Claire McCardell co...
09/14/2021

We are pleased to announce a partnership with designer Tory Burch who has drawn inspiration from the Claire McCardell collection in our Fashion Archives, as well as McCardell's personal and professional correspondence in our research library. In a statement released this past weekend at New York Fashion Week, Tory Burch said:

“Our Spring/Summer 2022 collection is inspired by Claire McCardell’s ingenuity and her legacy of American sportswear which revolutionized the way women dress. She discarded the rules of what women should wear, instead problem-solving for the reality of their lives. Her designs instilled a sense of freedom, encouraged self-expression and empowered women with a casual elegance that is as relevant today as it was in the late 1940s."

Also, to support the preservation of Claire McCardell's legacy, we have partnered with Tory Burch to establish the Tory Burch Claire McCardell Fashion Fellowship at MCHC, with more news coming in spring 2022 about the fellowship.

“Tory and Claire view fashion as both empowering and fun as represented through their timeless, beautiful and wearable collections,” says Allison Tolman, VP of Collections & Interpretation at MCHC.

Learn more about our Claire McCardell collection: mdhistory.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/766

See selections from Tory Burch's Spring/Summer 2022 collection: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2022-ready-to-wear/tory-burch/slideshow/collection

Tory Burch images: Courtesy of Tory Burch.

MCHC Images: Red and black plaid wool dress, designed and worn by Claire McCardell, 1948. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian McCardell, 1977.68.5

Green crepe halter dress, Claire McCardell by Townley, c. 1950. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Gift of Mrs. Francis J. Conley, 2001.53.2

This September, members of Maryland’s Jewish community are celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur...
09/13/2021

This September, members of Maryland’s Jewish community are celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We wish you all a happy High Holidays and happy Jewish New Year.

On September 13, 1814, as Jewish Baltimoreans were preparing for the High Holidays, their planning was interrupted by British naval vessels appearing on the horizon prepared to bombard Fort McHenry. Jewish Baltimoreans raced to join their militia regiments and to help defend the city. One of these men was Mendes Cohen, a defender at Fort McHenry. Twenty-five hours later on September 14, after the successful defense of the city, Jewish Baltimoreans gathered to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and celebrate the New Year.

To learn more about Mendes Cohen and other Marylanders’ roles in the Defense of Fort McHenry, visit the newly opened exhibition "The Unfinished Revolution" - www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/the-unfinished-revolution.

Image: Mendes I. Cohen, by unknown artist, oil on canvas, c.1835-40. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Bequest of Mrs. Harriett Cohen Coale, 1947.2

This September, members of Maryland’s Jewish community are celebrating the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We wish you all a happy High Holidays and happy Jewish New Year.

On September 13, 1814, as Jewish Baltimoreans were preparing for the High Holidays, their planning was interrupted by British naval vessels appearing on the horizon prepared to bombard Fort McHenry. Jewish Baltimoreans raced to join their militia regiments and to help defend the city. One of these men was Mendes Cohen, a defender at Fort McHenry. Twenty-five hours later on September 14, after the successful defense of the city, Jewish Baltimoreans gathered to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and celebrate the New Year.

To learn more about Mendes Cohen and other Marylanders’ roles in the Defense of Fort McHenry, visit the newly opened exhibition "The Unfinished Revolution" - www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/the-unfinished-revolution.

Image: Mendes I. Cohen, by unknown artist, oil on canvas, c.1835-40. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Bequest of Mrs. Harriett Cohen Coale, 1947.2

09/12/2021

Repost from @toryburch

Our Spring/Summer 2022 collection is inspired by Claire McCardell’s ingenuity and her legacy of American sportswear which revolutionized the way women dress. The season reflects her then-radical ideas with a delicate tension between the retro and the modern.

Styling: @brian_molloy
Casting: @ashleybrokaw
Production: @alexdebetak
@bureaubetak
Hair @guidopalau
Beauty: @diane.Kendal @narsissist
Nails: @tenoverten
Front of House: @kcdworldwide
Special thanks to Maryland Center for History and Culture
#ToryBurchSS22 #151Mercer #ToryBurch

Calling all artists! The Maryland Center for History and Culture is seeking to engage an artist to create and execute wo...
09/12/2021
Request for Proposals (RFP) for Public Art Mural in Market Center Historic District – Maryland Center for History and Culture

Calling all artists!

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is seeking to engage an artist to create and execute work to be installed over eight existing panels located on the Greyhound Bus Garage building on Centre Street near the corner of Park Avenue, directly across from the Mount Vernon Marketplace.

The request for proposals (RFP) can be found on our website. The deadline to submit is October 1.

Summary The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) seeks to engage an artist to create and execute work to […]

Today we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 20 years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including over 60 victims ...
09/11/2021
9/11 Memorial of Maryland – Silman

Today we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 20 years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including over 60 victims who had ties to Maryland. Take time to visit a memorial located outside the Baltimore World Trade Center honoring these Marylanders.

The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland was constructed in 2011 using three 22-foot-long steel beams salvaged from the wreckage of the New York World Trade Center as well as limestone from the Pentagon. Its marble platform is inscribed with the names and birthdays of those victims from Maryland, as well as a timeline of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001.

A key feature of downtown Baltimore’s World Trade Center plaza, this memorial honors the 63 Marylanders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The inspiration for the memorial, a 22-foot-long steel artifact consisting of three twisted and torn steel columns, is drawn from the wreckage of the ...

Our newest exhibition opens today! "The Unfinished Revolution" explores the turmoil of the United States’ emergence on t...
09/10/2021

Our newest exhibition opens today! "The Unfinished Revolution" explores the turmoil of the United States’ emergence on the world stage between 1775 and 1815. The exhibition highlights two points that became certain—the country’s revolution remained unfinished, and Marylanders of many races and creeds were at the forefront of each conflict.

See the exhibition tomorrow on Free Second Saturday - we will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more about the exhibition www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/the-unfinished-revolution.

Our newest exhibition opens today! "The Unfinished Revolution" explores the turmoil of the United States’ emergence on the world stage between 1775 and 1815. The exhibition highlights two points that became certain—the country’s revolution remained unfinished, and Marylanders of many races and creeds were at the forefront of each conflict.

See the exhibition tomorrow on Free Second Saturday - we will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more about the exhibition www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/the-unfinished-revolution.

We are proud to be a supporting partner for the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum - LCJM’s Civil Rights Curricu...
09/09/2021

We are proud to be a supporting partner for the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum - LCJM’s Civil Rights Curriculum project. Baltimore City Schools’ teachers (8th to 12th grade) are invited to participate in this training opportunity. Educators and their students will be introduced to instructional resources related to the rich and often untold stories of Baltimore’s civil rights history. Visit bit.ly/LCJMcurriculum to learn more.

The Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum has designed a Civil Rights curriculum to highlight the long civil rights movement in Baltimore and beyond from the Civil War through the Modern Civil Rights Movement.

We are looking for several 8th-12th grade social studies/U.S. history BCPS teachers to implement our curriculum in their classrooms and provide us with feedback.

Baltimore has a rich Civil Rights legacy, one that Baltimore youth should have access to.

Visit bit.ly/LCJMcurriculum learn more.

#Baltimore #CivilRights #Education #Museums #Curriculum

Teachers, as you head back to school, let us bring Maryland history to your classroom. Our Virtual Field Trips are inter...
09/07/2021

Teachers, as you head back to school, let us bring Maryland history to your classroom. Our Virtual Field Trips are interactive, fun, and easy —no permission slip required! These live, 60-minute lessons cover the timeline of American history through the lens of Maryland, from the early Native Americans, to the Revolutionary War, to the civil rights movement.

Choose from 11 different programs for K-12 students. Book here: http://ow.ly/r6Ad50G3nZr

#VirtualFieldTrips

Teachers, as you head back to school, let us bring Maryland history to your classroom. Our Virtual Field Trips are interactive, fun, and easy —no permission slip required! These live, 60-minute lessons cover the timeline of American history through the lens of Maryland, from the early Native Americans, to the Revolutionary War, to the civil rights movement.

Choose from 11 different programs for K-12 students. Book here: http://ow.ly/r6Ad50G3nZr

#VirtualFieldTrips

Our newest item on consignment in the Museum Store is this pair of Capodimonte Potpourri Jars. Capodimonte is a porcelai...
09/05/2021

Our newest item on consignment in the Museum Store is this pair of Capodimonte Potpourri Jars.

Capodimonte is a porcelain made by the Capodimonte porcelain factory. The factory operated in Naples, Italy, between 1743 and 1759. #Capodimonte is the most impressive factory for early Italian porcelain and is most famous for its molded figurines.

These are available in store and online here: https://shop.mdhistory.org/pair-of-capodimonte-potpourri-jars.html

#ShopMDHistory #ConsignmentFinds #WhatsInStore

Our newest item on consignment in the Museum Store is this pair of Capodimonte Potpourri Jars.

Capodimonte is a porcelain made by the Capodimonte porcelain factory. The factory operated in Naples, Italy, between 1743 and 1759. #Capodimonte is the most impressive factory for early Italian porcelain and is most famous for its molded figurines.

These are available in store and online here: https://shop.mdhistory.org/pair-of-capodimonte-potpourri-jars.html

#ShopMDHistory #ConsignmentFinds #WhatsInStore

Visit us the evening of Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m., as we participate in the Bromo Art Walk, which will include over 2...
09/04/2021

Visit us the evening of Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m., as we participate in the Bromo Art Walk, which will include over 20 performances, exhibits, and open studios throughout the Bromo Arts District. Art walkers are invited to discover new stories from Maryland’s past at MCHC as well as enjoy live music by artist Joel Santiago in the outdoor lot.

This event is free but registration is recommended in order to receive event updates and special discounts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bromo-art-walk-registration-163399611637?aff=erelexpmlt

Visit us the evening of Thursday, Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m., as we participate in the Bromo Art Walk, which will include over 20 performances, exhibits, and open studios throughout the Bromo Arts District. Art walkers are invited to discover new stories from Maryland’s past at MCHC as well as enjoy live music by artist Joel Santiago in the outdoor lot.

This event is free but registration is recommended in order to receive event updates and special discounts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bromo-art-walk-registration-163399611637?aff=erelexpmlt

A statue honoring fashion designer and Maryland native Claire McCardell is being installed this month in her hometown of...
09/03/2021

A statue honoring fashion designer and Maryland native Claire McCardell is being installed this month in her hometown of Frederick. A photograph from MCHC's collection inspired the statue’s design. Read more in this recent Frederick News Post story: https://news.yahoo.com/debut-statue-honoring-frederick-fashion-074700296.html?guccounter=1

McCardell is known for revolutionizing women’s fashion and her work has been displayed in institutions across the country. The Fashion Archives at MCHC proudly holds one of the largest collections of Claire McCardell designs: mdhistory.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/766

Photo: Portrait of Claire McCardell holding notepad and pencil, by Wynn Richards (1888-1960), 1945. Maryland Center for History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Claire McCardell Photograph Collection, PP238.04.021

Rendering: Repost from The Claire McCardell Project.

#ClaireMcCardell #FashionFriday

Are you an educator at an independent school in the Maryland/D.C. area? Join us virtually on Thursday, September 16 at 3...
09/02/2021

Are you an educator at an independent school in the Maryland/D.C. area? Join us virtually on Thursday, September 16 at 3:45 pm as we partner with the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS). MCHC education staff will share information about instructional resources and programs for the classroom, including Virtual Field Trips, Traveling Trunks, and digital curriculum.

The workshop is free for AIMS members, but registration is required:
www.aimsmddc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1547071

If you can't attend, learn more about our education resources here: www.mdhistory.org/learn.

Image: Students at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, MD, participate in a Virtual Field Trip with an MCHC educator.

Are you an educator at an independent school in the Maryland/D.C. area? Join us virtually on Thursday, September 16 at 3:45 pm as we partner with the Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS). MCHC education staff will share information about instructional resources and programs for the classroom, including Virtual Field Trips, Traveling Trunks, and digital curriculum.

The workshop is free for AIMS members, but registration is required:
www.aimsmddc.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1547071

If you can't attend, learn more about our education resources here: www.mdhistory.org/learn.

Image: Students at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, MD, participate in a Virtual Field Trip with an MCHC educator.

09/01/2021

The Museum and Library are closing at 2:30 today, Wednesday, September 1, due to impending inclement weather. Please stay safe.

This wooden hurley was brought from Ireland to the United States in 1915 by Richard Francis Cashen and used for the coun...
08/31/2021

This wooden hurley was brought from Ireland to the United States in 1915 by Richard Francis Cashen and used for the country’s native Gaelic game of hurling. The object of the game was to use a hurley to hit a ball either over the opponent’s crossbar for one point or into the guarded net below the crossbar for three points. The tick marks in the handle are likely evidence of previous players keeping track of their score.

Uncover more fascinating objects like this one and learn more about our state’s history since its founding in 1634 throughout our exhibition, “Discover Maryland.” Museum admission is FREE on September 2 for First Thursday.

Image: Hurley, Richard F. Cashen (1895-1963) or Cornelius J. Cashen (1883-1977), 1895-1915, metal and wood. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore City Life Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Cashen Arthur, BCLM-1994.102.1.

This wooden hurley was brought from Ireland to the United States in 1915 by Richard Francis Cashen and used for the country’s native Gaelic game of hurling. The object of the game was to use a hurley to hit a ball either over the opponent’s crossbar for one point or into the guarded net below the crossbar for three points. The tick marks in the handle are likely evidence of previous players keeping track of their score.

Uncover more fascinating objects like this one and learn more about our state’s history since its founding in 1634 throughout our exhibition, “Discover Maryland.” Museum admission is FREE on September 2 for First Thursday.

Image: Hurley, Richard F. Cashen (1895-1963) or Cornelius J. Cashen (1883-1977), 1895-1915, metal and wood. Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore City Life Collection, Gift of Elizabeth Cashen Arthur, BCLM-1994.102.1.

With many students across Maryland returning to school, we are sharing an interesting teaching tool tied to our state's ...
08/30/2021

With many students across Maryland returning to school, we are sharing an interesting teaching tool tied to our state's history that was recently added to our collection.

This oversized “Dick and Jane”-style handmade book was discovered at a construction site and left on the doorstep of the Enoch Pratt House, owned by and adjacent to the Maryland Center for History and Culture. “Our Big Book” is from the Pumphrey School in Anne Arundel County, which taught African American students in the early 20th century. It begins with familiar images from the popular “Dick and Jane” books used for teaching reading and includes hand-stamped letters and photographs of the students and teachers at the Pumphrey School. It may have been made as a class project or as a reading resource for the students to be able to see themselves in the popular reading books of the time.

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For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my family read about the life of Black Americans in Maryland from 1634-1868. Feel free to use it as a teaching tool.
listen to this recording that is a piece of Maryland music history.
Happy Repudiation Day!
Maryland based storyteller Peter Brooks recites the Yoruba tale of the "Children of the Sun and Moon"
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I am interested in learning more about the Baltimore Clipper passenger ships used around the time of the Civil War for folks heading to California either via the isthmus or the horn. Everything from deck and cabin layout to ports of call and encounters with Confederate blockades, cost of passage, and information about the land crossing which took about 2 weeks but apparently saved more than double that time sailing around South America. Do you have any of these documents (original, facsimile, or--ideally, for research purposes--online)? Thank you!