Upcoming Events

November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
From the time that European and English explorers began to colonize the New World, artists and mapmakers created visions of the American landscape that fueled the European imagination. They depicted a wilderness inhabited by exotic species and people they regarded as savage. These images provided fertile ground upon which Europeans could project their own beliefs and aspirations, supplying them with powerful tools for propaganda. Gradually, colonials themselves began to play a larger role in shaping an image of America. This talk explores how visual images depicting the south and those who lived within its bounds defined the cultural landscape of the region.

November 20, 2014 - 6:00pm
Based on real events and incorporating actual excerpts from the Observer and other publications of the time, THE OBSERVER provides readers with an illuminating window into an era when the young nation was struggling to define its identity. It also immerses them in the world of what was then the third-largest city in the country, from two points of view: that of the preening and gossipy elite, and that of ordinary working people who were barely scraping by. At the same time, the book spins a universal tale of forbidden ambition, frustrated love, and, ultimately, hard-won empathy that transcends the barriers of class and culture. Join us on November 20 as Natalie Wexler discusses her research for writing this historical fiction, much of which has been compiled from resources in the Maryland Historical Society’s archival collection.