Maryland Historical Society

Maryland Historical Society Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. We serve upwards of 100,000 people through our museum, library, press, and education programs.
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Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) features Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War exhibit. The impact of the war on the people of Maryland is told on personal terms in “Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War.” The largest Civil War exhibit in the museum’s 167-year history occupies over 5,000 square feet and tells the story of a tragedy in three acts: the romantic war, the real war and the long reunion. For more information, please visit http://www.mdhs.org or call 410-685-3750. Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, this institution now serves upward of 100,000 people through its through museum, library, press, and educational programs. MdHS is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

Mission: The Maryland Historical Society seeks to illuminate the past, lend perspective to the present, and inform the future through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of manuscripts, archives, and objects that together form the fabric of Maryland History.

This Sunday, Dec. 1, noon-5 p.m., the Maryland Historical Society is offering free museum admission if you spend at leas...
11/29/2019

This Sunday, Dec. 1, noon-5 p.m., the Maryland Historical Society is offering free museum admission if you spend at least $20 in the museum store in celebration of Museum Store Sunday. Enjoy this special shopping opportunity at our one-of-a kind store. Learn more at https://hubs.ly/H0l--HY0.

#museumstoresunday #shopmuseumstores #patronofculture #beapatron #iamapatron

Thanksgiving wishes from the Maryland Historical Society! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Our museum and libr...
11/28/2019

Thanksgiving wishes from the Maryland Historical Society! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Our museum and library are closed today and will reopen tomorrow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photo: Dining room, Thanksgiving Day. Red Cross Institute for the Blind, 1919. Photo by the Hughes Company. PP148.66, MdHS.

The Maryland Historical Society is again participating in Museum Store Sunday to offer you, our patrons, a curated, stre...
11/27/2019

The Maryland Historical Society is again participating in Museum Store Sunday to offer you, our patrons, a curated, stress-free, and unique shopping experience this holiday season. Every purchase at a Museum Store fosters the ongoing appreciation and knowledge of history, art and culture, science and education – and directly supports the mission of MdHS.

This year we are offering a 10% discount on regular gifts and books, and an extra 10% for members who shop in the store. We will have additional promotions and giveaways too! For more information call 410-685-3750 ext. 377, or email [email protected].

Would you like to provide a high level of customer service to Maryland Historical Society members, visitors, volunteers ...
11/27/2019

Would you like to provide a high level of customer service to Maryland Historical Society members, visitors, volunteers and staff? We are hiring! Learn about the current opening we have for a Visitor Services Associate: https://hubs.ly/H0l-SjS0

Next week on #GivingTuesday, the Maryland Historical Society will be turning the tables and giving thanks to YOU. We wan...
11/26/2019

Next week on #GivingTuesday, the Maryland Historical Society will be turning the tables and giving thanks to YOU. We want to highlight just how much impact our incredible donors have had on our mission to educate people of all ages about the rich history and culture of Maryland and the nation. Stay tuned on Tuesday, December 3, to hear more of our gratitude.
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📷: Mordecai Gist (1743-1792), Charles Wilson Peale, Oil on Canvas, Maryland Historical Society (1991.20)

Do you like fashion? Do you like history? If you answered yes to either of these questions, come to the Baltimore County...
11/25/2019

Do you like fashion? Do you like history? If you answered yes to either of these questions, come to the Baltimore County Public Library's Pikesville branch Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. or the Arbutus branch Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and enjoy our Passion for Fashion virtual program. The clothing discussed during this program has connections to presidents and to the formerly enslaved, to the internationally famous, and to everyday Marylanders, all of whom have important stories to tell. Learn more here: https://hubs.ly/H0lZnHL0

Spend the day with MdHS as we visit our neighbor state to see "Costuming THE CROWN" at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Libra...
11/25/2019

Spend the day with MdHS as we visit our neighbor state to see "Costuming THE CROWN" at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on Saturday, December 7.

The exhibition, which closes on January 5, features 40 iconic costumes from the Emmy® award-winning Netflix series The Crown, a dramatized history of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Price is $175/person and includes transportation, a three-course champagne luncheon in the historic Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, and exclusive gallery tours of the exhibition and the museum at Yuletide.

Pre-registration required. For tickets, visit https://www.mdhs.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=460.

Photographs copyright Alex Bailey/Netflix, Inc.
The Crown is produced by LEFT BANK Pictures in association with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION for NETFLIX.

11/17/2019
The Crown Season 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Season 3 of The Crown premiers today on Netflix!

Revisit Seasons 1 and 2 by traveling with the Maryland Historical Society to Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library on Saturday, December 7 for an exclusive tour of the exhibition, "Costuming THE CROWN."

We've done all the planning for you. Attendees will enjoy a three-course champagne luncheon in the historic Green Room at the Hotel du Pont followed by tours of the exhibition and the museum at Yuletide.

Price is $175/person and includes transportation, lunch, and tours. Pre-registration is required: https://www.mdhs.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=460.

Times change. Duty endures. As Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) faces a rapidly changing Britain, her family continues to struggle against the needs of the...

Thank you to Made In Baltimore for putting the spotlight on our museum store. Stop by this weekend and get your holiday ...
11/16/2019
Retailer Spotlight: Maryland Historical Society - Made in Baltimore

Thank you to Made In Baltimore for putting the spotlight on our museum store. Stop by this weekend and get your holiday shopping done early. We are also hosting a Vintage Holiday Market Nov. 22-23 and will offer discounts on Museum Store Sunday, Dec. 1. The store is also open 24/7 at https://maryland-historical-society.shoplightspeed.com/

We put a spotlight on the Maryland Historical Society gift shop, which features locally made and historically relevent products.

We congratulate Mallows Bay Park on becoming a National Marine Sanctuary. The Maryland Historical Society regularly host...
11/15/2019

We congratulate Mallows Bay Park on becoming a National Marine Sanctuary. The Maryland Historical Society regularly hosts outreach events at Mallows Bay with Susan Langley, a member of our maritime committee. We look forward to continued future partnership and use of this special state and national historical landmark.

Maryland has a new National Marine Sanctuary!

Bright and early on November 9, the coldest day of 2019, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Dr. Neil Jacobs and Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Reuben Collins II, President of the Charles County Commission, came together at Mallows Bay Park, Charles County, formally to establish the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary and dedicate a commemorative flagpole. Almost six years in the making, the Sanctuary is the 14th to be created and the first new one in nearly 20 years. This historic event was celebrated by about 300 friends and supporters, including Senator Chris Van Hollen, the Maryland Secretaries of Planning and Natural Resources, and representatives of the Piscataway Conoy Peoples, as well as partners and well-wishers from as far away as Thunder Bay, MI, Philadelphia, PA, Woods Hole, MA, and Newport News, VA.

Photo: Secretary Rob McCord and SHPO Elizabeth Hughes hold commemorative paddles, with the hull of the steamship Accomac visible in the distance. Photo: Christopher Morris

From food to décor, there’s a lot to prepare with the holiday season fast approaching. Check “setting the holiday t...
11/14/2019

From food to décor, there’s a lot to prepare with the holiday season fast approaching. Check “setting the holiday table” off your list with the Maryland Historical Society's Vintage Holiday Market. Shop vintage art, collectibles, and more from some of Maryland’s finest dealers. Register for early access on Nov. 22, or shop for free (and enjoy free museum admission!) on Nov. 23.

Pre-register: https://hubs.ly/H0lPtzL0

Dr. Richard Bell, University of Maryland historian, tells the gripping true story of five free boys kidnapped and forced...
11/13/2019
Stolen

Dr. Richard Bell, University of Maryland historian, tells the gripping true story of five free boys kidnapped and forced into slavery in 1825 in his new book, "Stolen." He discussed his book and the Reverse Underground Railroad on WYPR's On The Record this week, https://hubs.ly/H0lNTSf0, and in the Washington Post, https://hubs.ly/H0lNSvg0.

We look forward to hosting a lecture in February with Richard Bell, a member of the Maryland Historical Society's board of trustees, to discuss "Stolen." Pre-register: https://hubs.ly/H0lNQ8Y0

How could five boys, walking free in Philadelphia in the summer of 1825, be kidnapped, forced into the hold of a boat, chained and beaten, brought to the

TOMORROW, 6-8 p.m. – Get a closer look into the depths of the smallest and oldest homes in Fell’s Point: the Caulker...
11/12/2019

TOMORROW, 6-8 p.m. – Get a closer look into the depths of the smallest and oldest homes in Fell’s Point: the Caulkers’ Houses. Archaeologists Jason Shellenhamer and Lisa Kraus will present their findings of the nearly 200-year-old homes and the objects found within that uncover the lives of those who lived there.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 with light refreshments to follow. Walk-ins welcome. Pre-register: https://hubs.ly/H0lMdkl0

It’s not too early to get into the holiday spirit, and with the Maryland Historical Society's Vintage Holiday Market y...
11/08/2019

It’s not too early to get into the holiday spirit, and with the Maryland Historical Society's Vintage Holiday Market you can do just that. Shop from a range of antique dealers and vendors to set your holiday table this year. Register for early access on Nov. 22 or shop for free on Nov. 23. https://hubs.ly/H0lJsJC0

MdHS is down on the shore all weekend at Waterfowl Festival. Find our booth in the “Buy, Swap, Sell” area in the gym...
11/08/2019

MdHS is down on the shore all weekend at Waterfowl Festival. Find our booth in the “Buy, Swap, Sell” area in the gym at Easton High School. We have Eastern Shore-related publications and prints for sale, in addition to fun crafts for kiddos!

#marylandhistory #easternshore #waterfowlfestival2019

This week on the library's "underbelly" blog, one of our volunteer curatorial assistants shares what she's learned over ...
11/04/2019
Claire McCardell: In Print & Out of the Box

This week on the library's "underbelly" blog, one of our volunteer curatorial assistants shares what she's learned over many years studying the extensive Claire McCardell manuscript and garment collection housed at the Maryland Historical Society. McCardell, a native of Frederick, Md., was one of the most prominent American fashion designers of the 20th century.

  In preparation for the opening of the new Spectrum of Fashion exhibition at the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), and the Francis Scott Key Lecture, “Why We Wear What We Wear—The Legacy of...

Today is the last day of Baltimore Book Festival - don’t forget to stop by our booth! We are selling a selection of ou...
11/03/2019

Today is the last day of Baltimore Book Festival - don’t forget to stop by our booth!

We are selling a selection of our publications at 20% off. Come see what MdHS has to offer!

The Maryland Historical Society is partnering with The Charles Theater on Monday, November 4 to offer a screening of Foc...
11/01/2019

The Maryland Historical Society is partnering with The Charles Theater on Monday, November 4 to offer a screening of Focus Features' "Harriet" at 6:50 p.m. After the credits roll, Archivists Chris Haley and Maya Davis of The Study of the Legacy in Maryland will discuss the film.

Tickets are available online at https://hubs.ly/H0lB7360. Be sure to select the 6:50 p.m. showtime.

The Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland is a program of The Maryland State Archives and seeks to preserve and promote the vast universe of experiences that have shaped the lives of Maryland's African American population. For more information about the project, please visit https://hubs.ly/H0lB4PD0.

MdHS is excited to have a presence at the 2019 Baltimore Book Festival—a celebration of the literary arts—taking pla...
10/31/2019
Brilliant Baltimore | A Festival of Literature & Light

MdHS is excited to have a presence at the 2019 Baltimore Book Festival—a celebration of the literary arts—taking place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Inner Harbor. Stop by our booth to peruse a selection of MdHS Press publications for 20% off or enjoy a $15 discount on individual and family memberships.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is uniting two of its marquee events: Baltimore Book Festival and Light City. Brilliant Baltimore will illuminate the city with literature, ideas, world-class light art installations, and live performances. Check out the schedule by Books, Performa...

Bruce Goldfarb, Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland, spoke with WYPR about Frances Glessner L...
10/30/2019
Forensic Science In A Nutshell; Donating Your Body To Science

Bruce Goldfarb, Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland, spoke with WYPR about Frances Glessner Lee's "Nutshells," mini crime scenes that revolutionized homicide investigation. Listen to Bruce's interview, https://hubs.ly/H0ly1sV0, and join him and other panelists at the Maryland Historical Society tonight, 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm), for a discussion on Glessner's life and work. Pre-registration recommended: https://hubs.ly/H0ly0Qp0

A tiny knife, a miniature bloodstained blanket. Bruce Goldfarb , of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office , tells us about the tiny clues staged by Frances

What has the soil under the Caulkers' Houses told us about history? Hear from the archaeologists during a lecture Nov. 1...
10/29/2019

What has the soil under the Caulkers' Houses told us about history? Hear from the archaeologists during a lecture Nov. 13, 6-8 pm, at the Maryland Historical Society.

The houses – the two oldest wooden structures in Baltimore's Fell's Point neighborhood – were once occupied by African American ship's caulkers employed to do the same work that famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass did when he lived in Baltimore.

Pre-register to attend at https://hubs.ly/H0lwKzK0.

Join us at the Maryland Historical Society tomorrow, October 29, from 3-4 p.m., for the first MdHS Pathways Grant Progra...
10/28/2019

Join us at the Maryland Historical Society tomorrow, October 29, from 3-4 p.m., for the first MdHS Pathways Grant Program Workshop. The session will include an application walk-through, Q&A, and other learning opportunities on how to submit a strong application. RSVP at https://www.mdhs.org/civicrm/event/info?id=476&reset=1.

The grant program provides capacity-building funds for small historical organizations statewide. Letters of Intent are due Nov. 22. To be added to the program's mailing list, email [email protected].

Interested in how your organization can get support for projects from the Maryland Historical Society? Introducing the M...
10/22/2019

Interested in how your organization can get support for projects from the Maryland Historical Society? Introducing the MdHS Pathways Grant Program! Join us on October 29, 3-4 pm, for the first MdHS Pathways Grant Program Workshop. Learn about the application process, ask questions, and more. RSVP at https://hubs.ly/H0lpkqy0.

To be added to the program's mailing list, email [email protected].

After the show comes the after party! It's been nearly two weeks since the "Spectrum of Fashion" Gala and we're still re...
10/18/2019

After the show comes the after party! It's been nearly two weeks since the "Spectrum of Fashion" Gala and we're still reeling from all the fun after the fashion show. The dance party may be over, but stop by the Maryland Historical Society this weekend to see the full "Spectrum of Fashion" exhibition. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the "Pathways Grant Program." The competitive grant...
10/18/2019
MdHS Pathways Grant Program | Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the "Pathways Grant Program." The competitive grant program provides capacity-building funds for small historical organizations statewide. Applications due Dec. 13. Mandatory Letters of Intent due Nov. 22. Email [email protected] for more information or click the link below.

"With many daily needs and limited staff, historical organizations often struggle to invest in the long-term planning, capacity-building and best practices that are so important to ensuring a sustainable future. We believe the Pathways Grant Program fulfills a real need in Maryland that will foster a more resilient heritage community that is better able to share their unique value with the public.” - Mark Letzer, President & CEO, MdHS.

Dating back to 1844 in Baltimore, Maryland’s premier history museum and library preserve and teach four centuries of exciting and dramatic stories to visitors of all ages.

The Maryland Historical Society mourns the passing of the great statesman U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. He was a great advo...
10/17/2019

The Maryland Historical Society mourns the passing of the great statesman U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. He was a great advocate for the city of Baltimore and Maryland, and we extend our sympathies to his family.

(Photo from the MdHS Group Portrait Vertical File, June 12, 2003)

#ElijahCummings

The Baltimore Running Festival takes places this Saturday, October 19, and runners will pass near the Maryland Historica...
10/17/2019
Baltimore Running Festival: Road closures, top marathon contenders and how to watch

The Baltimore Running Festival takes places this Saturday, October 19, and runners will pass near the Maryland Historical Society on Charles Street through our Mount Vernon neighborhood. Access around the Mount Vernon area will be limited and guests should refer to the links below for better access to our museum and parking. Our free museum parking lot is located on W. Monument St. between Park Ave. and Howard St. Best access to our parking lot and museum will be the through the West side of the city. You can find more information at the link below.

Enjoy our museum and cheer on the runners!

Here's everything you need to know for Saturday’s Baltimore Running Festival.

From BmoreArt this week: "Why is a collective Baltimore fashion show important? Rather than presenting one style or mess...
10/15/2019
Photo Essay: Spectrum of Fashion Runway Show – BmoreArt | Baltimore Contemporary Art

From BmoreArt this week: "Why is a collective Baltimore fashion show important? Rather than presenting one style or message, the 'Spectrum' runway show reflects the mission of the exhibition: to present a wide and diverse range of excellence, and to show that the past and present reality of fashion are clearly linked to Baltimore’s cultural identity in a local, regional, and national consciousness."

Photo Essay: Spectrum of Fashion Runway Show BmoreArt StaffOctober 14, 2019Art and CultureBaltimoreFashionFeature StoryPhotographyScene SeenVisual Art0 Comments Is Baltimore a fashionable city? If the Spectrum of Fashion runway show was any indication, the answer is a resounding OH MY GOD YES. The c...

Please join us at the Goucher College Library on Thursday, October 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the Maryland Histori...
10/14/2019

Please join us at the Goucher College Library on Thursday, October 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the Maryland Historical Society's current traveling exhibition: "Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era."

This reception is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Goucher College Library and is free and open to the public.

For more information and to learn about other public events celebrating this exhibit, please visit https://hubs.ly/H0lbx3B0 or contact [email protected].

For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the America...
10/14/2019
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking How We Celebrate American History

For many Americans, the second Monday in October is a celebration of Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage to the Americas. But a growing number of cities, states and universities are rethinking the celebration of Columbus Day and encouraging a focus on more complete narratives and differing perspectives of our history.

Today at the Maryland Historical Society, we are commemorating the arrival of Columbus in the New World by focusing on the Indigenous peoples of Maryland. We are opening our museum for free and offering self-guided scavenger hunts through the galleries to explore clues and find answers about Native Americans in Maryland.

For more about Indigenous Peoples' Day, read the following from the Smithsonian Magazine:

“In 1977 participants at the United Nations International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas proposed that Indigenous Peoples’ Day replace Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. And it urges Americans to rethink history.” (Smithsonian 2019)

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! On Monday, more states, cities, and communities than ever will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of or in addition to Columbus Day. They’re part of a larger movement to see a more complete and accurate history of the United States presented in our schools an...

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201 W Monument St
Baltimore, MD
21201

Light Rail: Centre Street stop MTA Bus #27: Madison Street stop Charm City Circulator: Purple Route, stop #307, Washington Monument (N. Charles St. & E. Mt. Vernon Pl.).

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(410) 685-3750

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