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A 'Season of Antietam' and Maryland on Film
A 'Season of Antietam'
September 20, 2012
The 'Challenges and Divisions'
On Saturday, September 22 at 2pm: The Maryland Historical Society Players will hold a special performance of their Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War Outreach Tour.
Both performances demonstrate the challenges and divisions of the Civil War in Maryland as well as the way African-Americans took on leadership roles in their fight for their freedom.
Never-Before-Seen Civil War Photographs
On Friday, September 28 at 6pm, Ross J. Kelbaugh will discuss his important new book, "Maryland's Civil War Photographs: The Sesquicentennial Collections" (The Maryland Historical Society, 2012). No matter how well you think you know Civil War photographs, believe me, you will see some of Maryland's rich Civil War photographic legacy for the very first time.
One of the photographs included in the book is the photograph above depicting John Merryman, First Lieutenant in the Baltimore County Horse Guard, 6th Regiment, Maryland Militia. Merryman was involved in a well-known U.S. Federal court case in 1861.
"Most of the important Civil War photographs are in private hands," Ross says, "So this is your chance to see photographs you won't have access to anywhere else." Major collectors and contributors will also be on hand Friday night -- the book would not have been possible without their help and support.
Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, September 29, is Smithsonian Museum Day with free admission to our museum. All day, we will host special lectures and tours about Medicine and Photography in the ‘Season of Antietam.' Clarence Hickey will portray Dr. Edward Stonestreet, who was a Rockville physician and U.S. Army Surgeon. He will demonstrate Civil War-era medical techniques on a mannequin dressed as a Civil War soldier: removing a Civil War bullet, demonstrating Civil War Anesthesia instruments, and discussing the pre-op and post-op care of the wounded.
Maryland On Film:
Many people think of the Maryland Historical Society as a repository of primary sources – such as the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner, maps, prints and broadsides. But did you know that our library owns approximately 1,000 hours of oral history audio and a collection of several hundred films and VHS recordings?
Other Events in October
On Thursday, October 4 at 6pm: Our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series continues with a special presentation on Mapping Baltimore During the Era of the War of 1812, by Edward C. Papenfuse, PhD, Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents, Maryland State Archivist.
One Final Note
I hope you like our new 'look.'
I also want to let you know that the latest issue of our Maryland Historical Magazine is now available on our website. Simply login to view it. You will need your membership number, which can be found on your membership card. Your password is your last name with the first letter in uppercase.
I'd also like to introduce a new Trivia feature, beginning with this week's question
Until next month,
When to Visit:
Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday from 12 noon – 5 pm (Museum Only)
Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine."
The Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street and open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday (library only) 12 pm-5pm.