Archive for the The Exhibition Process Category


Aging Gracefully

By Alexandra Deutsch, Chief Curator Age Progression Image by Mike Streed In 1858, when Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was seventy-three years old, she lamented “My Beauty is departed,” a sentiment she had uttered for decades. Her beauty had been celebrated throughout her life. In her youth, she was thought the most beautiful woman in America. Her […]

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s Manuscript Collection

One of the most exciting things about our upcoming “Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy” exhibition has been exploring Elizabeth’s very personal manuscript collection. Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch has more.

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Fashionista

For the past year, the Maryland Historical Society has been incredibly lucky to have the expertise of curatorial volunteer, Barbara Meger.** Barbara has been a serious student of needlework, historic textiles and fashion for over 45 years and brings remarkable knowledge and insights to the museum’s textile collection. Over the past six months, Barbara has […]

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Behind the Scenes

Exhibition Designer, Chuck Mack, looks at paint samples and compares them to interiors from the Napoleonic-era. Now that spring is here, preparations for the opening of ‘Woman of Two Worlds:’ Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy are moving at a rapid pace! The exhibition opening is less than three months away […]

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Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s Timeline

With special attention to costume. Prepared by Barbara Meger for the Maryland Historical Society, November 2012 Sources: Burn, Helen Jean. Betsy Bonaparte. Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society (2010). [B] Lewis, Charlene M. Boyer. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte—An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (2012). [L] In Europe. Date Location Event Costume/textile […]

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Bringing Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte To Life

By Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch Alexandra poses as Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte You just never know what you might have to do as a curator! In the past month, I had to “strike a pose” twice, all in the name of my curatorial duties for our new exhibition, Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and […]

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