Upcoming Events

May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm
Immerse yourself in the era of the smoky jazz joint with vintage cocktails and the smooth sounds of Lafayette Gilchrist in our Monument Street Garden. Dress in 1950s inspired attire for the possibility to win fabulous vintage prizes. A preview of newly acquired Eubie Blake materials will be on display this evening, including his practice piano. Lite fare and vintage cocktails will be served.

June 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
Join us on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:00-7:30 PM for our Annual Meeting and the opening of our newest exhibition, What & Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society. A light reception will follow.

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

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.

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.

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