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News & Highlights
News & Highlights
Our History Alive Newsletter:
October, 2015: There's a mastodon in Mount Vernon! A new installation at the Maryland Historical Society illustrates Maryland's instrumental role in the natural sciences. Standing 10 feet tall by 18 feet long, a replica American mastodon (Mammut americanum) fills one section of the museum's Four Centuries of Maryland History gallery.
This month you'll also want to check out our special Maryland on Film II Day on Saturday, October 3 and our Used Book Sale running from Friday, October 2-Sunday, October 4. It's back by popular demand, after several years of amassing an enormous collection of books. You'll have over 6,000 volumes to choose from. Do not miss this great opportunity to build your library with some wonderful titles! Click here for more.
Celebrating The Washington Monument's Bicentennial
June 12, 2015: Beginning July 4, 2015, The Maryland Historical Society will proudly display items recovered from not one but two time capsules in Baltimore's Washington Monument, as well as other important documents surrounding the Monument's creation. The exhibit, entitled 'Treasures Unearthed From Baltimore's Washington Monument,' will open in coordination with the Monumental Bicentennial, an all-day neighborhood-wide celebration presented by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and Bank of America. Admission to the Maryland Historical Society will be free all day on July 4th. The exhibition will be on public view through December 31, 2015. Read on for more.
A Public Call for Photos
The Maryland Historical Society believes that the events unfolding around the city in the wake of Freddie Gray's death are important and historic. With many people plugged into the instant technologies of social media &cell phone photography, more people than ever before can participate in recording and preserving history as it unfolds. The Maryland Historical Society believes that it is important that these materials are preserved in a historical repository so that they are not lost.
As protests took place during late April/early May, the Maryland Historical Society asked the general public to submit photographs and other materials to document the demonstrations, unrest, and cleanup efforts.
The response has been overwhelming.
Photographs, videos, and oral histories have been sent in from young, old, amateur, and professional documentarians. We are posting the materials on the web site, www.baltimoreuprising2015.org/.
The web site is a collaborative effort between the Maryland Historical Society and faculty from the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. We are actively seeking additional partners to help gather as many materials as possible.
Now, you can contribute your digital materials directly to the website!
If you want to help preserve the Baltimore Uprising, please click and download this PDF explaining the 10 easy steps to uploading materials.
If you are interested in joining our efforts to Preserve the Baltimore Uprising and have questions about how you can join in, please contact Joe Tropea at the Maryland Historical Society by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New Exhibition!
Now On View: The Maryland Historical Society proudly presents a new exhibition, entitled ‘A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s City’ that opened on Maryland Day, March 25, 2015. The coffins, which are made of lead, held members of the Calvert family and represent the only physical remains of Maryland's founding family scholars have ever recovered. The exhibition contains the coffins in the exact arrangement as they were discovered in the foundation of the Jesuit Chapel, the oldest brick building in Maryland. Read on for more.
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