Upcoming Events

January 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
The mysterious new Poe Toaster will be appearing at night on Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday, repeating a 70+ year tradition that was revived in 2016. The Poe Toaster will make his tribute to Edgar Allan Poe in honor of the writer's 208th birthday. Westminster Hall & Burying Ground welcomes the general public to witness the tribute from outside of the church gates between 6 and 7 pm on January 19, 2017. In addition, Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society, will be hosting Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday Observance at 2 pm on Saturday, January 21. There will be theatrical readings of Poe's works, a musical performance from BSO violist Peter Minkler, the traditional Apple Cider Toast to Poe, a Poe themed birthday cake and more. The new Poe Toaster will also make an appearance at the conclusion of the event.

February 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain's few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history, Anishanslin investigates a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade. Tracing these hidden histories shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire.

February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
Just starting to research some Maryland ancestors? Attend this FREE online session to learn the basics of what the H. Furlong Baldwin library contains to help you with Maryland genealogy research. Hear directly from Library and Maryland Genealogical Society staff about library collections and resources, helpful tips, differences between our collections and that of the state archives, and how to prepare to get the most out of your visit. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Session space is limited!

March 2, 2017 - 6:30pm
The Romantic aesthetic of the 1810-1860 period combined history, nature, religion, emotion, and even a fascination for terror into a remarkable mélange expressed in the clothing of the era and influencing fashion design to the present day. Romanticism was rooted in late eighteenth-century European philosophical and literary discussions rejecting Enlightenment reason, and embracing instead the imagination and the unknown. The era's costume design will be discussed in this lecture alongside works of fine and decorative arts to show the pervasiveness of these ideas in the period's culture. Romantic design has been revived repeatedly since the early nineteenth century; indeed, today’s Goth and Steampunk fashion movements are deeply rooted in the Romantic sensibility.

March 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join MdHS volunteer curatorial assistant, Barbara Meger, as she reveals treasures—and perhaps a few secrets—packed away decades ago in Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s trunks. Learn the true identity of some of the “scraps” and the value Elizabeth placed upon them throughout her life as evidenced by her meticulous records and journals. Meger’s research has turned up a chain of evidence that gives us an intimate insight into one of the 19th century’s most celebrated and fascinating women. This is an opportunity to view first-hand these precious object before they return to storage.

March 25, 2017 - 10:00am
Why do we celebrate Maryland Day on March 25th? Explore the story of how and why Maryland was founded. Learn about our state symbols and why our national anthem is so important to Maryland. Participate in a Maryland Day flag ceremony and parade, and assume the identities of important historical Marylanders. Each girl will receive the Maryland Historical Society patch. This program will also cover all requirements for the “Maryland Heritage” patch and “Celebrating Community” badge for Brownies. Please register by March 11.

March 25, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for a glamorous evening at the Lord Baltimore Hotel celebrating our world class fashion collection. Fabulous "fashion forward" designs will be on display throughout the night, both from our vast collection and from a handful of local designers of today. Attire: Black tie, heirlooms or vintage, or out-of-the-box fashion

April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
America’s exotic landscape and discoveries of unfamiliar species of flora and fauna fueled European imagination for nearly two centuries prior to the American Revolution. Nature had long been used as a means to categorize and understand the world in which they lived and America provided a laboratory for learned men across the ocean to substantiate or dispel their own theories and beliefs. American colonists were eager to supply their foreign correspondents with observations, specimens, and seeds. While Europeans enthusiastically solicited information and specimens from the New World, they regarded America as inferior, causing Americans to respond defensively. After the Revolution, Americans, led by men such as Thomas Jefferson, Charles Willson Peale, and the ornithologist Alexander Wilson, approached their natural environment with a greater sense of confidence. This talk will describe how Americans observed and recorded their nature and landscape in ways that justified their own unique beliefs and values.

April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Want to know more about your current Baltimore home or building? Tracking down an ancestral Baltimore birthplace or business? Attend this FREE online session to learn the basics of what the H. Furlong Baldwin library contains to help you with research on residential and commercial real-estate in Baltimore. Hear directly from Library and Maryland Genealogical Society staff about library collections and resources, helpful tips, and how to prepare to get the most out of your visit. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Session space is limited!

April 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
Speaker, David K. Truscello, Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, will share the story of his visit to his grandfather's Italian village, from how he prepared for the trip to why the experience exceeded his hopes and imagination. Enjoy Italian food and background Italian music as we greet spring and our fellow genealogists!

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.

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.