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. Founded in 1844, originally as the Maryland Historical Society, the Maryland Center for History and Culture is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution.
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We serve upwards of 100,000 people through our museum, library, press, and education programs. The MCHC is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

Mission: The Maryland Center for History and Culture collects, preserves, and interprets the history, art, and culture of Maryland. By exploring multiple perspectives and sharing national stories through the lens of Maryland, the MCHC inspires critical thinking, creativity, and community.

Operating as usual

09/14/2020
Hutzler's Victory Window

Did you know that Hutzler’s department store had the first Victory Window in the nation? In 1942, the iconic Howard Street window display in Baltimore was transformed into a patriotic vignette advertising war bonds, selling over $2 million in its first year.

Visit the Maryland Center for History and Culture to see the new Victory Window in our "Hutzler’s Experience" exhibition: https://www.mdhistory.org/exhibitions/the-hutzlers-experience/

Need new school or office supplies? The Maryland Center for History and Culture has got you covered! Celebrate our new n...
09/13/2020

Need new school or office supplies? The Maryland Center for History and Culture has got you covered! Celebrate our new name and reopening with brand new swag, now on sale in our Museum Store. Shop online 24/7 or visit us Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shop: https://shop.mdhistory.org/

"While the old moniker was 'noble,' Letzer said, it was also limiting. The word 'society,' widespread in the 19th centur...
09/13/2020
Seeking renewed identity, Maryland Historical Society reopens with a new name

"While the old moniker was 'noble,' Letzer said, it was also limiting. The word 'society,' widespread in the 19th century, can come across as elitist. 'We wanted people to know immediately that it was a welcoming place, that it was for everyone,' he said." Read more in today's The Baltimore Sun...

After six months closed by the coronavirus, the Maryland Historical Society reopened to the public on Saturday with a new name: The Maryland Center for History and Culture.

09/12/2020
Rebrand Reveal and Reopening September 2020

It has been a busy week as we unveiled our new name, and today we are happy to reopen the museum doors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.! We encourage you to reserve a ticket prior to your visit - https://www.mdhistory.org/visit/hours-admission/

Enjoy two new onsite exhibitons - "Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters," and "Wild and Untamed: Dunton's Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilts."

We will be open, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The library will reopen October 7 after building upgrades are complete.

Have you visited the Maryland Center for History and Culture's new user-friendly website rebuilt from the ground up? New...
09/11/2020
Maryland Center for History and Culture

Have you visited the Maryland Center for History and Culture's new user-friendly website rebuilt from the ground up? New digital access to hundreds of museum/library collection items, an enhanced finding aids database, and a new museum blog are just a few of the features. Explore and enjoy!

https://www.mdhistory.org/

At the Maryland Center for History and Culture, we're proud to be a leading resource of Maryland and U.S. history for educators and lifelong learners.

Thank you WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore for coverage of what is new with us. As a reminder, admission is free on our public reo...
09/11/2020
Maryland Historical Society Reopening Wednesday As Maryland Center For History And Culture

Thank you WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore for coverage of what is new with us. As a reminder, admission is free on our public reopening day tomorrow, Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., but we recommend you reserve a ticket ahead of time on our website due to our new safety procedures and limited capacity: https://www.mdhistory.org/visit/hours-admission/

After 176 years, the Maryland Historical Society is reopening its doors as the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

09/10/2020
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

Tune in today at 4:30 PM for a Facebook Live Watch Party with Museum Learning Manager, Alex Lothstein. Viewers will see an MCHC-produced video highlighting the contributions of women and African Americans to Maryland industries during World War II and will have the opportunity to chat questions to Alex.

During World War II, Marylanders of many backgrounds played central roles in supporting the war effort. Some groups such as women and African Americans faced significant discrimination, but persevered to make major contributions on the homefront and beyond. Maryland’s wartime industries were especially impactful, providing ships, airplanes, and other supplies for frontlines in Europe and in the Pacific.

Join the Maryland Center for History and Culture (formerly the Maryland Historical Society) to learn more about the role that Marylanders played on the homefront during World War II! Alex Lothstein, Museum Learning Manager, will discuss the fascinating stories of those individuals while also featuring relevant images and perspectives from the MCHC collections.

Topics will include: origins of the local shipbuilding industry, the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, the Glenn L. Martin Company, the Fairchild Aircraft Plant, and migration and housing for wartime workers.

#mdfleetweek

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The Maryland Center for History and Culture is excited to partner with Historic Ships of Baltimore and Living Classrooms...
09/10/2020

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is excited to partner with Historic Ships of Baltimore and Living Classrooms for Virtual Maryland Fleet Week 2020! Tune in today at 4:30 PM for a Facebook Live Watch Party with Museum Learning Manager, Alex Lothstein. Viewers will see an MCHC-produced video highlighting the contributions of women and African Americans to Maryland industries during World War II and will have the opportunity to chat questions to Alex. We hope you’ll join us to learn more!

Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/mdfleetweek/videos/987125651692766

Image: Employee Activities, Glenn L. Martin Company, Airplane Manufacturers. Photograph by Aubrey Bodine, 1943, B841.2U. A Aubrey Bodine Collection, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Center for History and Culture, Baltimore.

09/09/2020
Announcing the Maryland Center for History and Culture

We are pleased to announce an exciting transformation. Today, the Maryland Historical Society has become the Maryland Center for History and Culture. After 176 years, we are stepping into this new identity that better reflects our mission to provide space for the community to discover and develop a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. Your history lives here.

Visit and learn more on our new website: https://www.mdhistory.org/

And visit us in person as we reopen this week. Members enjoy early access tomorrow and Friday, and we are open free to the public on Saturday, September 12. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed.-Sat.

Come explore and enjoy the "new" us!

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09/09/2020

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09/09/2020

Maryland Center for History and Culture

As schools reopen for teachers and students across Maryland, we want to announce scheduling is also now open for our edu...
09/08/2020

As schools reopen for teachers and students across Maryland, we want to announce scheduling is also now open for our education programs. These include Virtual Field Trips through Zoom, and Traveling Trunks with pre-designed lesson plans and reproduction objects that allow educators to lead activities over video conferencing software.

Questions? Contact [email protected], or visit us at mdhs.org. Stay tuned for the launch of our new website that will make scheduling programs even easier.

Image: Items contained in the Civil War Traveling Trunk.

We are pleased to announce our "Spectrum of Fashion" exhibition is reopening to the public this Saturday, Sept. 12 and w...
09/08/2020

We are pleased to announce our "Spectrum of Fashion" exhibition is reopening to the public this Saturday, Sept. 12 and will be on view through December 2020. Members get early access this week, Sept. 9-11. Our new hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission is free on Sept. 12.

Visit mdhs.org to learn about our enhanced safety procedures and recommended advanced ticket reservations.

#MarylandHistory #SpectrumofFashion #FashionArchives

09/08/2020
Unlocking the Exhibition: The Women in Forgotten Fight

We are reopening the museum in person this week (Sept. 9-11 for members, and Sept. 12 for the general public) and also launching our first-ever virtual exhibition on Sept. 9. Re-watch our most recent virtual program for an inside look at, "Forgotten Fight: The Struggle for Voting Rights in Maryland." You’ll meet a few MdHS staff members and learn about how several suffragists’ stories were uncovered and brought to light through our collections. https://vimeo.com/453739756

Watch this virtual program for an inside look at MdHS’s upcoming virtual exhibition, "Forgotten Fight: The Struggle for Voting Rights in Maryland,"…

Now we are six days from reopening the museum and the new exhibition, "Wild and Untamed: Dunton's Discovery of the Balti...
09/07/2020

Now we are six days from reopening the museum and the new exhibition, "Wild and Untamed: Dunton's Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilt." Learn how quilts served as the building blocks for Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr.'s groundbreaking work in occupational therapy. Admission to the exhibition is free on Saturday, Sept. 12. Learn more: https://www.mdhs.org/exhibitions/wild-and-untamed.

Learn more about our reopening: https://www.mdhs.org/pressrelease/maryland-historical-society-preparing-reopen

09/04/2020
"Flickering Treasures" Opening September 12, 2020

As movie theaters begin to reopen across Maryland, we are ready to celebrate the history of the movies in Baltimore on this #FilmFriday. In just nine days, take a stroll down the red carpet when we reopen our museum Saturday, September 12, and enjoy one of our newest exhibitions, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters," brought to you by PNC. Learn more: https://www.mdhs.org/exhibitions/flickering-treasures

And learn more about our reopening and safety procedures: https://www.mdhs.org/pressrelease/maryland-historical-society-preparing-reopen

#FlickeringTreasures

In just 10 days, we are excited to welcome you back to our museum on Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy special me...
09/03/2020

In just 10 days, we are excited to welcome you back to our museum on Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy special member days Sept. 9-11. Maryland history and culture await you! The library will reopen October 7 after building upgrades are complete.

To ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all, we are implementing new safety procedures, including limiting capacity, requiring masks, increasing cleaning, and offering advanced ticket reservations, beginning Sept. 9. Learn more: https://www.mdhs.org/pressrelease/maryland-historical-society-preparing-reopen

And learn more about our new exhibitions opening next week: https://www.mdhs.org/museum/exhibitions/upcoming

#MarylandHistory

FSK from Home! What do the paintings “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and “Settlement of Maryland by Lord Baltimore” h...
09/02/2020

FSK from Home! What do the paintings “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and “Settlement of Maryland by Lord Baltimore” have in common? They are both paintings where the past was romanticized by artist Emanuel Leutze.

Dive deeper into Leutze’s artistic choices virtually on Thursday, September 10 at noon with School of Visual Arts instructor and former Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum Educator Alice Schwarz. We hope you can join us for this alternative offering of our traditional Francis Scott Key Lecture Series for free!

Register here: https://bit.ly/3gRf0M3.

09/02/2020
Historic Amusement Parks in Maryland: Separate But Not Equal

Did you miss our program about Maryland’s historic amusement parks? Don’t worry - the recording is now available to watch!

This virtual program recalls Maryland’s amusement parks of a bygone era, with special consideration to Gywnn Oak Park. MdHS proudly welcomes Jason Rhodes, author of “Images of America: Maryland’s Amusement Parks,” and Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, co-authors of the recently published children’s book about Gwynn Oak, “A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story,” whose story is told in more detail in Nathan's earlier book for teens and adults: “Round and Round Together” to our virtual program stage.

Watch the program on our Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/451505051

This virtual program recalls Maryland’s historic amusement parks, with special consideration to Gywnn Oak Park, presented by Jason Rhodes, author of 'Images…

In the latest issue of Maryland Historical Magazine, we bring you the first two of three articles by William F. Messner ...
08/31/2020

In the latest issue of Maryland Historical Magazine, we bring you the first two of three articles by William F. Messner on Maryland’s Eastern Shore’s black communities from 1870 into the 20th century. The changes that occurred in black demographics, education, political activity, and church life as opportunities opened up for black women and men in terms of labor freedom are illustrated in more detail in the lives, successes, and challenges of community leaders Joe Gray and Nace Hopkins. Articles begin on pgs. 187 and 203. http://ow.ly/zpSH50B4H5P

All issues of MdHM are available online for free. http://ow.ly/ngSz50B4H5N

For your very own printed collectible copy, become a member of the Maryland Historical Society.

Image: Likely Lewis Roberts, the 11-year-old son of Horace Roberts, a farm hand on the Clora Dorsey Farm, unknown photographer, c.1890–1901. Initially published in James Dawson, ed., 100 Years of Change on the Eastern Shore: The Willis Family Journals, 1847–1951 (n.p.: published by Charles F. Willis III, 2014), reproduced with permission.

It was 130 years ago #OnThisDay, August 30, that the battlefield at Antietam in western Maryland was officially establis...
08/30/2020

It was 130 years ago #OnThisDay, August 30, that the battlefield at Antietam in western Maryland was officially established as the Antietam National Battlefield Site. The Battle of Antietam, also called the Battle of Sharpsburg, which took place September 17, 1862, is known for being the bloodiest single day of the Civil War. Indeed it remains still the bloodiest day in U.S. history, with close to 23,000 killed, wounded, reported missing or captured. While the reality of the day was one of carnage, American printmakers in the later decades of the 19th century often produced romanticized images of the battlefield. The image seen here depicts a confrontation at Antietam's Creek Lower Bridge, later called Burnside's Bridge. While dead and wounded soldiers figure in the forefront, the sharp uniforms and polished brass buttons of the soldiers present an image of confidence that belied the horrors of the day.

Image: Battle of Antietam, lithographic print by Kurz & Allison Art Publishers, 1862 (published 1888), Large Prints Collection, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

This week we were thrilled to receive the news that the Maryland Historical Society has received a Save America's Treasu...
08/28/2020

This week we were thrilled to receive the news that the Maryland Historical Society has received a Save America's Treasures grant for conservation of our nationally significant daguerreotype collection. The collection of more than 300 objects—photographic images created through the first commercially successful photographic process—helps to tell the story of the evolution of photography while also documenting our regional and national history. We are elated to have the opportunity to conserve these unique items. The Save America's Treasures grant is a federal grant program managed in partnership by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Park Service.

Learn more here: http://ow.ly/N4iy50BaXvz

Image: This full-plate daguerreotype from is from a series of Baltimore scenes attributed to Henry H. Clark. Clark’s daguerreotypes are the earliest known photographs of the city. View of Baltimore Harbor from Federal Hill, full-plate daguerreotype by Henry H. Clark, circa 1845-1850, MC711.4. Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society.

On this day in 1776, soldiers from Maryland fighting in the Continental Army fought in their first major battle of the A...
08/27/2020

On this day in 1776, soldiers from Maryland fighting in the Continental Army fought in their first major battle of the American Revolution. To defend New York City from the British attack, George Washington placed troops at defensive fortifications on Brooklyn Heights. As the British forces landed on Long Island, Washington moved a few battalions to the Heights of Guan to defend the four passes and inflict damage of the advancing British army before retreating to the forts of Brooklyn.

The 1st Maryland Regiment, under the immediate command of Mordecai Gist, was tasked with defending the Gowanus Road. During the night of the 26th, the British began a night march around the American defense and passed through the lightly defended Jamaica Pass. On the 27th of August, the British and their Hessian allies began diversionary attacks as the main British Army began to sweep down from the flank on the American forces defending the Heights of Guan.

At the Vechte-Cortelyou House, Lord Stirling and the Maryland and Delaware regiments were defending their position for four hours from the British diversionary attacks. Little did they know, the main British force had begun their attack on the flank. By 11:00 AM, Lord Stirling's forces were being attacked on three sides; in the middle by British regulars and Marines under General Grant, on the left by Hessians under command by von Heister, and on the rear by the main British force under General Sir William Howe. Their only escape was through the swamps of the Gowanus Creek.

Stirling tasked the Maryland Regiment with protecting the rear of the retreating American forces. The Maryland 400, as they were called, launched two attacks on the British positions. By the end of the day, around 250 Maryland troops lay dead and only nine, including Mordecai Gist, made it back to American lines. Washington supposedly said of the Maryland troops: “Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose.”

The Maryland Chapter of the Society of Cincinnati has graciously provided funding that provides free Colonial Maryland and Revolutionary War based Virtual Field Trips and Traveling Trunks to educators throughout Maryland. Interested? Click here to schedule: https://www.mdhs.org/education/schedule-now

Image: Charles Wilson Peale, Mordecai Gist, 1774, 1991.20.1, Museum Collection, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.

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