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We Are Maryland
In order to focus on the diverse history of the entire state and to better service all of its residents, the “We Are Maryland” program at the Maryland Historical Society aims to highlight resources in its collection from each of the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. By reaching out to historical societies, libraries and tourism groups it is hoped that the program will draw in visitors to this free program and promote a sense of connection to the Maryland Historical Society by state residents with whom we typically do not connect.
The Maryland Historical Society has designated one month to each of the four regions in the state. During these months, residents of each region will be eligible for free weekend admission to the museum to see objects from their county/region highlighted. This will allow visitors to see how their local history ties in to that of Maryland and the Maryland Historical Society.
In addition to free museum admission, a special membership offer will be available to those visitors. MdHS will also host a free genealogy workshop on the third Saturday of each month with a focus on that month’s region. Listed below are the months each region will be featured as well as the date for their genealogy workshop.
March: Central MD (workshop March 18 @ 9 AM)
Baltimore County & City, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Montgomery
April: Southern MD (workshop April 15 @ 9 AM)
Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s
May: Eastern Shore MD (workshop May 20 @ 9 AM)
Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester
June: Western MD (workshop June 17 @ 9 AM)
Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Washington
Special MdHS Membership Offer:
During each county's designated month, all visitors with a valid county ID may become members of the Maryland Historical Society at a special discounted rate.* Individual Memberships will be available for $35 (normally $50) and Family Memberships will be available for $50 (normally $65). All memberships are tax deductible and come with great benefits. Some of these benefits include:
1) Unlimited free access to our museum with over 350,000 objects and to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, home to 7 million books, documents and photographs.
2) Discounted tickets to events, lectures, workshops and educational programs
3) Subscriptions to the Maryland Historical Magazine, MdHS News, and History Alive!
4) Access to two nationwide reciprocal museum programs that include 300 organizations in over 40 states around the country.
*offer applies to new memberships only.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ):
1) Is this program free? Are there any hidden costs?
The “We Are Maryland” program is free to Maryland residents. There is no cost to participate!
2) Can I plan to bring a large group to take part in the program?
We would love to entertain your group and ask that you just notify us a few weeks in advance if you plan on bringing a large group, especially during one of our free genealogy workshop days. This is simply so we have the appropriate staffing on hand.
3) Do you have bus parking available?
It is possible we can accommodate your bus if you give us advance notice. Please let us know at least 3 weeks in advance if you are planning on needing bus parking. Bus parking is limited.
4) Will there be something featured on display from every region/county?
Yes. One of the reasons this program is so exciting is because it highlights our entire collection as well as how each region and county played a role in shaping the state. Many items in our collection are interconnected. Visitors will leave understanding how their region and prominent people from different counties played a role in our state’s history.
5) Is there anything for kids to do during the visit to the museum?
We encourage you to bring your children during your visit. We have a popular museum scavenger hunt that children can participate in for free when they arrive. They would need an adult to escort them around the museum. After they’ve found all the items on the list, they can get a free prize from the Visitor Services desk in the main lobby area.
6) Does your museum have a café or other place to eat?
While there is no café in the museum, there are plenty of places to eat or get coffee within a block on the museum. The Mount Vernon Marketplace is right next door and features over a dozen local owned food shops/restaurants.
7) Can people take pictures at your museum?
Yes, photography is allowed as long as the flash is turned off on your camera.
8) What about the free genealogy workshop? How does that work?
On the third Saturday of their designated months, residents of that month’s region will have access to a free genealogy workshop in the Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Our experienced library staff will be on hand and will provide an approximately 45 minute presentation on what resources our library houses and how participants can use them. After the presentation, participants will be able to dive into the library and do genealogy research on their families or other related topics. The free workshops will start at 9:00am on the dates in the Program Features section of this page.