Upcoming Events

March 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Lord Baltimore Fellow, Carrie Glenn will examine the effects of the Haitian Revolution on North Americans traveling to and trading with Saint Domingue. She will discuss the following questions: in what ways did revolutionary turmoil alter trade? And, how did those merchants in Saint Domingue’s port cities adjust to war and revolution?

March 22, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

March 24, 2018 - 12:00am
The Maryland Historical Society invites you to join us for a very special event as we celebrate Maryland culture and cuisine at our annual Maryland Day fundraiser. Guests will experience a taste of Maryland's diverse fares from across the state, as well as regional beer, wine, and spirits. We will be serving small plates and cocktails adapted from historic recipes found in our own collections. Noted celebrity chefs will lend their talents to ensure a delightful and delicious, fun event!

March 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
Why do we celebrate Maryland Day on March 25th? Explore the story of Maryland from when it was founded through to the modern day! Learn about our state symbols, our relationship with the National Anthem and lead a special Maryland Day ceremony and parade.

April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
From the drinking songs of colonial Annapolis, the liturgical music of Baltimore's Zion Lutheran Church, and the work songs of the tobacco fields to the exuberant marches of late nineteenth-century Baltimore Orioles festivals, and the triumphs of the Baltimore Opera Society, David Hildebrand will shed light on more than 300 years of Maryland’s music history. His work touches on the development of music clubs like the Tuesday Club, Florestan Society, and H. L. Mencken’s Saturday Night Club, as well as lasting institutions such as the Peabody Institute and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He will also discuss the wide range of music created and performed by Maryland’s African American musicians along Pennsylvania Avenue in racially segregated Baltimore, from jazz to symphonic works.

April 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Join us digitally from your home! Free for Members! VP of Collections and Interpretation Alexandra Deutsch highlights paintings and objects in the museum's exhibition Structure and Perspective and discusses how the contemporary paintings by David Brewster are paired with objects from MdHS's collection to inspire dialogue about contemporary themes of race, gender, politics and landscape. Ask questions, make observations and learn some of the stories behind the curation of this "out of the box" exhibition.

April 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Find our table at this very special event during Enoch Pratt Library's 16th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza held at the Maryland Historical Society!

April 12, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Originally built on the rural outskirts of Frederick in 1799, by a perverse accident of the history the house once owned by Chief Justice Taney later came to be situated where one would least expect to find it—in the heart the city’s African-American community. Lord Baltimore Fellow, Tracee Haupt will examine the historical interpretation of Taney’s legacy at the house museum and its impact on the community.

April 26, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

April 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Who are some of the important women who ruled Maryland? Learn about the legacies of Queen Henrietta Maria, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the myth versus reality of Pocahontas.

May 10, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

May 12, 2018 - 11:00am
Join The International School of Protocol, the premier provider of etiquette training, for an interactive hour of modern manners that will empower your child or teen with some table manners and social graces.

May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
How does one behave as a gentleman or lady? Learn etiquette of the past from several of Maryland’s finest historical characters.

May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
FREE! In 1968, nine Catholic peace activists protested the Vietnam War in a fiery blaze in Catonsville, Maryland. Almost 50 years later, hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of Baltimore to protest the death of Freddie Gray. The 2015 uprisings resonated deeply in our culture, representing an ongoing sense of deep dissatisfaction with the status quo in our society. The tradition of protest extends beyond Maryland throughout our entire nation. What does this history tell us and how are we impacted by this legacy today? This community forum will explore the history of social protest in the United States and invite each participant to weigh in on the relationship between unrest and democracy.

May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
FREE! Join us on May 12 for the opening of the exhibit Activism & Art: the Catonsville Nine, 50 Year Later, as well as a screening of Lynne Sachs' documentary Investigation of Flame and a dynamic discussion with film directors, Joe Tropea and Lynne Sachs. Light refreshments will be served following the screening.

May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Over the course of the Civil War, Marylanders and residents of neighboring Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia broke the Mason-Dixon Line. Before the war, that perceptual boundary stood as a firm division between different aspects of American society: North and South, freedom and slavery. Yet during the Civil War, the question of loyalty shattered that clear division. Lord Baltimore Fellow, Charles Welsko will discuss Maryland’s place in the Union, along with how Mid-Atlantic residents articulated their loyalties to the Union or Confederacy reshaped regional boundaries and borders between 1861 and 1865.

May 16, 2018 - 10:00am
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 was a momentous event that reshaped the urban landscape of the city. We will track the course of the fire over the 31 hours it raged, examine first-hand accounts and photographs of the aftermath, and see how city planning and firefighting methods changed as a result of this catastrophe.

May 24, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history-themed book & an art-making activity from 10:30am-11:30am every 2nd & 4Th Thursday of each month. Topics connect to our monthly Family Themes

June 2, 2018 - 6:00pm
FREE! In an effort to represent all Marylanders, the Maryland Historical Society is building an LGBTQ collection. Our goal is to exhibit LGBTQ history in context by establishing a collection that represents the evolution and revolution of this diverse, and often unrepresented community.

September 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Among the collection of furniture made by Marylanders from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, the Maryland Historical Society holds a significant collection of furniture imported to the colony and the state throughout its history. Exploring these pieces allows us to broaden our understanding of Maryland’s furniture trade by expanding our investigation into the pieces that were brought to the state via family connections, business alliances, trade, and migration. By doing so, we can explore questions relating to the influence of outside style sources and craft practices, as well as the role furniture played in creating individual and family identities. Mallin’s presentation will also include a sneak peek into how these pieces can be used interpretatively within the museum context to broaden our understanding of Maryland and engage an expanded audience.

October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
“Ribbon trimmings are all the fashion at Bath” is a quote from a letter Jane Austen sent to her sister, Cassandra, in March, 1814. In this and many other letters, Austen demonstrates a lively interest in current trends as they relate to her personal wardrobe. Callahan will discuss and illustrate Austen’s fashion concerns within the context of the dramatic changes that occurred in women’s attire over the course of her lifetime from 1775 to 1817. Using references to clothing in Austen’s letters and novels, the lecture will place fashion within the framework of English society of the era.

November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
The last proprietary governor of Maryland, Sir Robert Eden (1741-1784) furnished his Annapolis mansion with expense and care in the hopes of making it the political and social center of the colony. The result was later described as “the best house in Annapolis,” but at the cost of considerable financial debt to the governor. Separated as a result of the American Revolutionary War, this presentation will examine the relationship of Robert Eden to his possessions and make a case for the place of objects in the historian’s understanding of the Loyalist experience.