Upcoming Events

February 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
William Henry Rinehart was one of the most highly regarded sculptors of his day. Before his untimely death in 1874 in Rome, his studio produced almost 100 portrait busts in marble. This talk will explore the context of the neoclassical portrait bust in the nineteenth century, by taking a close look at Rinehart's busy studio practice.

February 28, 2015 - 9:00pm
Join us for craft cocktails, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and dancing at the Maryland Historical Society on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM and celebrate the story one of Maryland’s most memorable characters, Edgar Allan Poe. The Party & The Pendulum: A Poe Masquerade is the third annual February fundraiser hosted by the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society and proudly sponsored by PNC Bank.

March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
In the nineteenth century, Baltimore artist Andrew John Henry Way was one of America’s most beloved still-life painters. His still-lifes of tables overflowing with fruit, alcohol, and oysters celebrated the abundance of the America dinner table and the culinary treasures of mid-Atlantic cuisine. But it was his depictions of grapes that mapped Way as the country’s leading still-life painter. Way was a grape enthusiast, portraying the fruit in all shapes, colors, and varietals. It is no coincidence that Way painted grapes at a time when this fruit served as a poignant metaphor for the taste and cultivation of the American nation. Depictions of grapes also carried great symbolism during and after the Civil War, relating to the social discord and later reunification of the country. Foods such as grapes could communicate such powerful meanings because they triggered conversations about the agricultural conditions of land and labor that struck the very nerve of the Civil War. This presentation contextualizes the grape paintings of Andrew John Henry Way in the cultural climate of post-war Baltimore.

April 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
In 1990, archaeologists discovered three lead coffins at the Chapel site in St. Mary's City. This find led to a major scientific investigation and international attention in 1992. In this talk, Dr. Henry Miller who co-directed the project will summarize and update the findings, address the identities of the people, and explore the meaning of this regal form of interment for early Maryland history.