Upcoming Events

September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
Twenty-four years after Sotheby’s legendary auction, the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor continue to capture our imaginations. Once worn by a woman who was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond, the collection is comprised examples from the great French Maisons, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also included jewels by “cutting edge” designers of the day such as Suzanne Belperron, Fulco di Verdura and David Webb. The personal inscriptions on some of the jewels tell the tale of what was perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that led Edward VII to abdicate the throne of Great Britain for the woman he loved.

September 11, 2015 - 5:30pm
Join the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society in the Monument Street Courtyard for floral cocktails in celebration of Flower Mart in Mt. Vernon Square. Light refreshments, as well as beer, wine, and unique floral and shrub cocktails will be served.

September 19, 2015 - 10:30am
Celebrate Constitution Day! Participants will create their own powdered wig or mobcap and dress up in colonial-style clothing, as well as discuss why American’s drafted the United States Constitution even after the Declaration of Independence. Participants will have time to create their own constitutions, as well as practice writing and signing their names with a fountain-style pen. Don’t miss your chance to learn about Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence: William Paca, Thomas Stone, Samuel Chase, and Charles Carroll of Carrollton. The Stone Declaration and paintings of the four Maryland signers are currently on display in the exhibition, Inventing a Nation. All ages are welcome.

September 20, 2015 - 3:00pm
What happened to privateers after the War of 1812? Join author David Head for a fascinating look at this little-known, but fascinating point in maritime history. Head will discuss his new book, Privateers of the Americas (publish date: October, 2015) which examines raids on Spanish shipping conducted from the United States during the early 1800s -- and how they influenced politics in South America. Wine & cheese will be served. Lecture will be held at the Pride II Headquarters.

September 26, 2015 - 10:30am
A billion dollar boondoggle from World War I has created a favorite destination for kayakers nearly a century later. Mallows Bay, on the Potomac just south of Washington DC, is home to one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world, as well as newly formed micro-environments for a plethora of Chesapeake Bay wildlife. On September 26, join us for a guided kayak tour of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. The bus will depart from MdHS at 10:30 AM and return by 6:00 PM. Parking is available at MdHS. A boxed lunch and all kayaking equipment are included in the program fee.

October 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
While Kuhn's portrait of Henry Darnall and his slave is one of the best-known images of colonial American art, the pendant portrait of his sister Eleanor has attracted little scholarly attention. This lecture will reveal that Eleanor's portrait was not simply a status symbol, as many have assumed, but also Kuhn included symbols that reaffirm the Darnall's commitment to their faith during a time of heightened persecution of Catholics and the colony's rapid Anglicization. The portrait's details, including the flowers, enclosed garden, and fountain, suggest Eleanor's metaphorical relation to the Virgin Mary and her future significance to her family as caretaker of the faith.

November 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
To modern eyes, the nineteenth century appears almost obsessed with the stages of grief and mourning as represented through the clothing of the bereaved. Such an attitude reveals more about twenty-first century attitudes and does not yield helpful or productive insights into the past. In fact, our nineteenth century forebears, through sheer necessity, had in a number of ways a healthier understanding and approach to the real pain associated with the death of loved ones and processing the loss afterwards. This lecture will explore the traditions and culture associated with mourning in the nineteenth century confers a greater understanding of their lives and teaches a few lessons to the modern inquirer.