Upcoming Events

September 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Maryland’s most important room, the Old Senate Chamber in the State House, is currently undergoing a comprehensive restoration for the first time in more than a century. Learn about this historic restoration project and the legacy of the Old Senate Chamber. Several nationally significant events took place in the chamber in 1783-1784, including George Washington's resignation of his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in December 1783 and the ratification of the Treaty of Paris in January 1784.

September 6, 2014 - 9:00am
Kick of the Star-Spangled celebrations this summer with the Maryland Genealogical Society. Learn about the War of 1812 and where the records are kept. Visit the Maryland Historical Society’s wonderful War of 1812 Exhibit. This includes the new “BEARINGS of Baltimore, Circa 1815,” an interactive, detailed 3-D map/image of Baltimore as it was during the War of 1812.

October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm
Maryland-made objects and woodwork were among Henry Francis du Pont’s greatest treasures. The du Ponts’ expansive beach house in Southampton, Long Island was called Chestertown House after the Maryland town which yielded woodwork for its primary reception room. In expanding the house at Winterthur during his building campaign of 1929-31, H. F. du Pont incorporated historic woodwork from Maryland houses in many rooms. The woodwork for his bedroom came from a house in Cecil County while the Marlboro room is a composite of paneling from Patuxent Manor in Calvert County. From Wye House on the Eastern Shore is the mahogany billiard table made in Annapolis in the late eighteenth century. This lecture will examine furniture, portraits, silver, and textiles among Winterthur’s holdings from The Old Line State.

November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
From the time that European and English explorers began to colonize the New World, artists and mapmakers created visions of the American landscape that fueled the European imagination. They depicted a wilderness inhabited by exotic species and people they regarded as savage. These images provided fertile ground upon which Europeans could project their own beliefs and aspirations, supplying them with powerful tools for propaganda. Gradually, colonials themselves began to play a larger role in shaping an image of America. This talk explores how visual images depicting the south and those who lived within its bounds defined the cultural landscape of the region.