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September 8, 2016 - 6:30pm
Baltimore is home to 246 monuments and public artworks earning it the moniker, “The Monumental City”. The recent uproar over the fate of four of the city’s sculptures, such as the Lee and Jackson monument, prompts us to reevaluate how think about and teach history. Should the monuments be melted down (as King George III's statue was in 1776), moved, or interpreted in place? Making use of the collections of the Society and other historical institutions in and out of Baltimore, this illustrated lecture will offer some concrete suggestions for how we may think about city’s monuments, both past and future
September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm
A perfect introduction for anyone looking to conduct research on their family or any other topic! Learn the ins and outs of utilizing our library from our knowledgeable Special Collections Archivists. This online session will provide an overview of what the library collections contain, what are “Special Collections” and how to access them, how to request items in advance of a visit, and what to expect when you arrive. Staff will be on hand for Q&A following the presentation. Registered members will receive step by step instructions on how to participate in this live virtual experience via email.
September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
November's presidential election will be the 58th in American history. While all presidential campaigns and elections are significant, political observers still discuss a few that were characterized by extraordinary circumstances: incivility, arbitration by the U.S. House, Electoral College surprises, multiple parties and candidates, civil unrest and so forth. Join our panel of experts as they discuss four such elections that reverberate today and their impacts on American political history: 1824 (J.Q. Adams/Jackson/Clay/Crawford), 1860 (Lincoln/Douglas/Breckenridge/Bell), 1876 (Hayes/Tilden) and 1912 (Wilson/Roosevelt/Taft). The issues that arose in these earlier contests provide a fascinating lens through which to view the coming election in November.
Maryland Genealogical Society Seminar, Research Riches in Our Backyard: NARA, DAR, and Library of Congress
September 24, 2016 - 9:00am
Maryland researchers have easy access to some of the premier genealogical destinations in the country. Come join us for a full day of inspiration and instruction on how take advantage of your geographical good fortune!
September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
On Thursday evening, September 29, the Maryland Historical Society will open an exhibit commemorating the centennial of the German cargo U-boat Deutschland’s visit to the Baltimore Harbor in 1916. The exhibit explores the technological development of submarines, America's neutrality in World War I, the reaction of the large German community in Baltimore, and the later involvement of the United States in the War and the Deutschland as a merchant ship-killer. At 6 PM, the opening celebration will begin with two distinguished naval historians as keynote speakers, to place in historical context the topics that form the themes of the exhibit. Gary Weir is the chief historian of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Dr. Weir's first book was Building the Kaiser's Navy, and among his other works is a modern edition of Lowell Thomas's classic about German U-boat crews, Raiders of the Deep. Dr. Weir will speak on the technological development of the submarine, and the role of the submarine in the operational plans of the German navy as World War I developed. Nicholas Lambert, currently the Class of 1957 Distinguished Chair of American Naval Heritage at the U.S. Naval Academy, is the author of, among other works, Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War. Professor Lambert will speak about the Royal Navy's blockade of Germany, with comments about cargo submarines like the Deutschland. After the speakers provide their remarks, they will take questions from the audience. Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing. The lecture will be followed by an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, and German food and beer.
October 6, 2016 - 6:30pm
Examine the representation of liberty in the art of Charles Willson Peale and the language of liberty as it appears in Peale's paintings. A slaveholder from Maryland, Peale became a soldier in the American Revolution and a representative in the Pennsylvania legislature that abolished slavery in the Commonwealth. This lecture will explore how the logic of liberty carried Peale forward through his artistic and civic career.
October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
What is “American Art”? Join us for a virtual visit, as we explore the highlights of our collections and celebrate Maryland’s rich contributions to American cultural arts! Marylanders, both famous and unknown, have played an integral part in defining the essence of American art. From the renowned works of Charles Willson Peale to the iconic sound of Eubie Blake, travel back in time as we glimpse the United States through the artist’s eye. Registered members will receive step by step instructions on how to participate in this live virtual experience via email.
October 8, 2016 - 2:00pm
This special event commemorates the mysterious passing of Baltimore's most beloved literary son. It will feature dramatic readings of Poe's works and his obituaries as well as other tributes inspired by Poe. The new Poe Toaster will also be on hand; his presence might not be seen, but his appearance will be felt. The event takes place around Poe's original grave in the grassy graveyard behind the church.
October 13, 2016 - 6:30pm
Join us for the launch of Alexandra Deutsch's new book, A Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte on October 13. A discussion of new discovers relating to our collection and Deutsch's research will begin at 6:30PM, followed by a celebratory reception.
October 15, 2016 - 10:00am
Join us as we explore the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the importance of exercising the right to vote. Girl Scouts will learn to answer important questions such as, why was democracy so important for Americans during the Revolutionary Era, what does an election year mean for us today and how can Girl Scouts get involved? The Maryland Historical Society patch is included in the cost of this program. Participation in this program will also cover all of the requirements for the “Playing the Past” badge for Juniors.
Maryland Blood: An American Family in War and Peace, The Hambletons 1657 to Present, Book Launch Party with author Martha Frick Symington Sanger
October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
From William Hambleton’s arrival on the Eastern Shore in 1657 and through every major conflict on land, sea, and air since, a member of the Hambleton clan has participated and made a lasting contribution to this nation. Their achievements are not only in war but in civic leadership as well. Among its members are bankers, business leaders, government officials, and visionaries. Not only is the Hambleton family extraordinary by American standards, it is also remarkable in that their base for four centuries has been and continues to be Maryland. The blood of the Hambletons is also the blood of Maryland, a rich land stretching from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the tidal basins of the mighty Chesapeake to the mountains of the west, a poetic framework that illuminates one truly American family that continues its legacy of building new generations of strong Americans. Join us for the launch of Martha Frick Symington Sanger’s new book, Maryland Blood: An American Family in War and Peace, The Hambletons 1657 to Present. A discussion of Sanger's research will begin at 6:00PM, followed by a celebratory reception and book signing.
October 22, 2016 - 10:00am
This one-day, free and family-friendly event is the culminating event of Baltimore Architecture Month, and invites the public to explore dozens of historic and modern structures in Baltimore City for free, including the Enoch Pratt House at the Maryland Historical Society! The MdHS library has also compiled approximately two and a half hours of footage exploring the geography of our home state.
October 29, 2016 - 10:30am
Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland history on this special Halloween tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. Join Mark Letzer, MdHS President & CEO, on a tour of our galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt, and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, visitors will motorcade to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries.
November 3, 2016 - 6:30pm
Spanning three centuries, the costume collection at the Maryland Historical Society boasts many rare survivals which will be highlighted during this richly illustrated lecture. The recent efforts to rediscover and rehouse the vast costume collection will additionally be discussed. Attendees will be offered a rare opportunity to see selections from the collection, many of which have not been on view at MdHS for decades.
December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm
Join us for our annual Monument Lighting Open House from 5-8PM. Come in out of the cold and enjoy cookies, hot cider, and a performance by the Institute of Notre Dame choir. And, don’t forget to stop by our new and improved Museum Shop to find holiday goodies and antique treasures for everyone on your list. Admission to the Museum is FREE!
December 3, 2016 - 12:00pm
The MGS Holiday Luncheon will feature Dr. William J. Sheleski's presentation on how one amateur genealogist used an assorted series of disparate facts, hints, educated guesses, and (mostly) dogged determination to find the records of his grandfather’s deployment to and from Europe during World War I. In the process, he learned about other available World War I records, many of them obscure, and how to access them.