Upcoming Events

May 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Join us for a riveting book talk with author Patrick K. O’Donnell, as he discusses his latest book WASHINGTON’S IMMORTALS: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. A light reception and book signing will follow his talk.

May 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Explore what life was like for immigrant families coming into Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century. Learn how the B&O Railroad encouraged the influx of immigrants to Baltimore, and discover what immigrants experienced at the Locust Point immigration station. Each girl will receive the Maryland Historical Society patch. This program will also cover most of the requirements for the “Playing the Past” badge for Juniors. Please register by April 30.

May 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
Young Jewish Baltimore entrepreneurs Jacob, Mendes and Phillip Cohen, act as agents selling lottery tickets along the Chesapeake shores. Mendes and Phillip are arrested for selling tickets marked to raise funds for the proposed Washington Monument in the District of Columbia on a Norfolk, Virginia wharf. After Jacob bails out his brothers, the wealthy Jacob hires the most outstanding attorney in the new nation - William Pinckney to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court. While the appeal failed in the historical opinion from Chief Justice John Marshall, the Cohen family, undeterred, became a prominent and wealthy family in nineteenth century Baltimore history.

May 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
This presentation explores how the memory of prisoners of war during the American Revolution helped construct emerging post-war ideas about the parameters of patriotic enthusiasm and identity. Additionally, it attempts to illustrate how prisoners were not simply casualties of war, but caught in the uncertainty of a fluid revolutionary society.

June 20, 2017 - 12:00pm
Researcher John Emond presents dramatic, humorous, and poignant “voices” of soldiers from the North and South through their documents and letters.

September 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
A friend of Elizabeth Patterson, abandoned wife of a failed Baltimore merchant, a single mother who divorced for love to marry a French artist/architect, and an accomplished editor/writer in her own right, Eliza Godefroy’s life was both extraordinary and tragic. Her failed journal, the first of its kind in America edited by a woman, remains a monument to her skills as a writer and observer of the intellectual life of the emerging urban presence of Baltimore, as much as her second husband's Battle Monument remains as the centerpiece of the city’s official seal. This lecture will explore the career of the brilliant, Eliza Godefroy during the first two decades of the nineteenth century.

October 5, 2017 - 6:30pm
This lecture will introduce several innovative visual and spatial techniques developed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in his representations of the American landscape. In images of the rivers, rocks, buildings, and plantations of Virginia, Latrobe assessed his immigrant condition, meditated on human history, and imagined visions of the future. Latrobe’s sketchbooks at the Maryland Historical Society are recognized as one of the most significant collections of realistic representations of the American landscape prior to the Hudson River School. This research places them in the context of the international avant garde, asserting the significance of Latrobe oeuvre in the transatlantic world of art on the cusp of the nineteenth century.

November 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
What is the future of historic sites? Why are historic sites important today? Drawing examples from Drayton Hall in South Carolina and other National Trust sites through the northeast, including Cliveden in Philadelphia, Montpelier in Vermont, and President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington DC, George McDaniel will discuss how historic sites across the country are working to make their communities a better place through education, economic development, and preservation.

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