Upcoming Events

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 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
Join us for our 2018 Annual Meeting. This year we are excited to “Unlock the Collection” and offer a glimpse into one of our most prized collections, a select sampling of rarely seen treasures from the deepest vaults of the Maryland Historical Society on exhibit for the first time as a group. You will see documents, photographs, and artifacts spanning the earliest years of the Maryland colony well into the twentieth century. Highlights include letters from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, Charles Dickens, and Helen Keller — even Queen Victoria is represented. The Maryland Historical Society is the custodian of over 1,400 documents penned by famous individuals. Due to their fragile nature, they are seldom on view to the public. Admission is Free. Light refreshments will be served.

July 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
This talk will explore the intellectual underpinnings of Maryland’s distinct strain of Federalism in the Early American Republic. It will examine how select Maryland Federalists, as chronicled in their public and private writings, waged an ideological war against Jeffersonian tenets and practices in the context of the First Party System. Moreover, it will consider Maryland’s particular Federalist attributes within the wider framework of southern Federalism’s development in the early national period.

August 22, 2018 - 4:30pm
Join us for a free teacher happy hour and view our resources available for use in your classroom. You will have an opportunity to interact with professional museum educators and observe examples of onsite and virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online curriculum, and more.

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.