Spring Events Preview: Our Fashion Gala and More

Spring Events Preview

Mark Letzer
From the desk of
Mark B. Letzer

Volume 6 Issue 2
February, 2017

Dear Reader,

Although February can be the coldest and most difficult month of the year to get through, we welcome you inside the society for a warm and inviting Francis Scott Key lecture on the first Thursday of the month, or for a vintage trunk show on March 1 to prepare for our Heirloom to Haute Gala at the Lord Baltimore Hotel on March 25th! We will celebrate Maryland Day that evening along with a live band and an after party hosted by our Young Defenders on the rooftop bar. We are grateful to our lead sponsor PNC Bank, as that evening we will be featuring examples from the museum's costume collection. Garments from the collection will be on view that night pared with those of local designers making this an unparalleled opportunity to embrace four centuries of fashion.

Our Spring is packed with other activities from genealogical workshops to a new series of free brown bag lunch lectures on the third Tuesday of the month from February through June.

We look forward to sharing these events and many more with you this spring.


Special Event
The Maryland Historical Society
cordially invites you to attend

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Saturday, March 25 | 6:30 PM until midnight

Please join us at the Lord Baltimore Hotel for an opulent evening as we celebrate the dazzling fashion collection at the Maryland Historical Society.

Local contemporary designers will showcase their vintage-inspired creations alongside our world class collection. Highlights will feature fashion-forward Marylanders of the past and present.

Cocktails. Dinner. Dancing.

$250 per guest | Vintage evening wear or black tie

Guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop bar
and spectacular views of Baltimore.

Complimentary valet parking available at
20 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

HtoHGalaInviteRooftop Join the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society for an after party featuring a premium open bar, specialty cocktails, and small bites at the Lord Baltimore SkyBar.

9 PM to midnight
$60 per member | $75 per nonmember
Valet parking included
Click here for more information.


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Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

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Shop For Your Gala Outfit at
Our Vintage Pop Up Trunk Show!
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6:30-7 PM Fashion Primer
7-9 PM Curated Shopping

Planning to attend our 2017 gala, Heirloom to Haute, or the after party with the Young Defenders? Take the mystery out of vintage clothes shopping with the Heirloom to Haute Vintage Pop Up! Trunk Show. Join us on Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Maryland Historical Society for an evening of curated shopping with local vintage clothing dealers and a "runway for less" fashion primer with Glamour Girl, Lisa Simeone.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to work directly with our vintage dealers who will help with your vintage makeover. Clothing options for men and women will be available.

Clothing dealers include:
- Luna Blue Vintage
- Retropolitan Fine Antiques & Vintage
- Tea Street Vintage
- The Zone
- The Johns Hopkins Women's Board and selections of their evening wear from the Semi-Annual Best Dressed Sale!

Ticketing and Further Information:
Tickets for our Heirloom to Haute Vintage Pop Up! Trunk Show are $10 for MdHS Members/$15 for non-Members. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

More Spring Events at the
Maryland Historical Society

Genealogy 101

Finding Your Roots: Genealogy 101
Thursday, February 2, 2017
A FREE Online Program for MdHS Members

Just starting to research some Maryland ancestors? Attend this FREE online session to learn the basics of what the H. Furlong Baldwin library contains to help you with Maryland genealogy research. Hear directly from Library and Maryland Genealogical Society staff about library collections and resources, helpful tips, differences between our collections and that of the state archives, and how to prepare to get the most out of your visit. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Session space is limited!

Registered members will receive step by step instructions on how to participate in this live virtual experience via email.

This program is almost sold out! Register now by clicking here. Not a MdHS Member? Join today!


Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World
Thursday, February 2, 2017
6 - 8:30 PM

Presented by Zara Anishanslin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Art History at the University of Delaware

Through the story of a portrait of a woman in a silk dress, historian Zara Anishanslin embarks on a fascinating journey, exploring and refining debates about the cultural history of the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. While most scholarship on commodities focuses either on labor and production or on consumption and use, Anishanslin unifies both, examining the worlds of four identifiable people who produced, wore, and represented this object: a London weaver, one of early modern Britain's few women silk designers, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a New England painter. Blending macro and micro history, Anishanslin investigates a range of subjects including self-fashioning, identity, natural history, politics, and trade. Tracing these hidden histories shows how making, buying, and using goods in the British Atlantic created an object-based community that tied its inhabitants together, while also allowing for different views of the Empire.

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Portrait of a Woman in Silk: Hidden Histories of the British Atlantic World" is part of our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. 6 PM Cocktails, 6:30-7:30 PM Lecture, 7:30-8:30 PM Reception. Tickets are $50 per lecture; $225/individual series; $350/couple series. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Sacrificing Margaret Morgan: Slavery and Freedom
through the Lens of Prigg v. Pennsylvania, the Pivotal Supreme Court Case

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
FREE, Brown Bag Lunch Series (Bring Your Lunch)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-1 PM

Sacrificing Margaret Morgan
Prigg v. Pennsylvania is a transformative Supreme Court case often examined from the perspective of Constitutional Law. However, Iris Leigh Barnes' study "from below" represents an overdue and careful analysis of the Harford County Court records that led to Prigg and reveals aspects of Margaret Morgan, her life, and what life was like in Harford County, Maryland, and the Upper Chesapeake region for African Americans, free and enslaved. She argues that the records further illuminate the importance of Morgan's case in revealing the efforts of the region's pro-slavery and slaveholding aristocracy to maintain the "peculiar institution," even if it meant disregarding the lives of Margaret Morgan, her children, and others like them.

Presented by Iris Barnes, doctoral candidate, Morgan State University, Maryland Historical Society Wing Fellow 2015

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Sacrificing Margaret Morgan" takes place on Tuesday February 21 from 12-1pm. This lecture is free. Register now by clicking here.

Gothic to Goth

Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6 - 8:30 PM

Presented by Lynne Z. Bassett, Textile and Costume Historian, Guest Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Romantic aesthetic of the 1810-1860 period combined history, nature, religion, emotion, and even a fascination for terror into a remarkable mélange expressed in the clothing of the era and influencing fashion design to the present day. Romanticism was rooted in late eighteenth-century European philosophical and literary discussions rejecting Enlightenment reason, and embracing instead the imagination and the unknown. The era's costume design will be discussed in this lecture alongside works of fine and decorative arts to show the pervasiveness of these ideas in the period's culture. Romantic design has been revived repeatedly since the early nineteenth century; indeed, today's Goth and Steampunk fashion movements are deeply rooted in the Romantic sensibility.

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion and Its Legacy" is part of our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. 6 PM Cocktails, 6:30-7:30 PM Lecture, 7:30-8:30 PM Reception. Tickets are $50 per lecture; $225/individual series; $350/couple series. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Trunk

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Treasures in her Trunks
Thursday, March 9, 2017
6:30 PM

Join MdHS volunteer curatorial assistant, Barbara Meger, as she reveals treasures-and perhaps a few secrets-packed away decades ago in Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte's trunks. Learn the true identity of some of the "scraps" and the value Elizabeth placed upon them throughout her life as evidenced by her meticulous records and journals. Meger's research has turned up a chain of evidence that gives us an intimate insight into one of the 19th century's most celebrated and fascinating women. This is an opportunity to view first-hand these precious object before they return to storage.

Ticketing and Further Information:
Tickets for "Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: Treasures in her Trunks" are $10 for MdHS Members and $15 for non-Members. Register now by clicking here. Light refreshments will be served.

Curious Revolutionaries from Baltimore to Philadelphia: Exhibition Research at the MdHS and APS
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
FREE, Brown Bag Lunch Series (Bring Your Lunch)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-1 PM

Peale
This brown bag talk will describe research undertaken at the Maryland Historical Society alongside research at the American Philosophical Society in the planning for the upcoming exhibition, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia (opening April 7, 2017). Diana Marsh will describe how archival collections and their content were translated into thematic approaches to the exhibition, as well as into exhibition texts, spatial design, graphics, programming, and guide materials for the show.

Presented by Diana Marsh Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow, American Philosophical Society

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Curious Revolutionaries from Baltimore to Philadelphia" takes place on Tuesday March 21 from 12-1pm. This lecture is free. Register now by clicking here.

Girl Scouts

The Historic Girl: Maryland Day Celebration
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 AM - 1:30 PM

Why do we celebrate Maryland Day on March 25th? Explore the story of how and why Maryland was founded. Learn about our state symbols and why our national anthem is so important to Maryland. Participate in a Maryland Day flag ceremony and parade, and assume the identities of important historical Marylanders. Each girl will receive the Maryland Historical Society patch. This program will also cover all requirements for the "Maryland Heritage" patch and "Celebrating Community" badge for Brownies. Please register by March 11.

Ticketing and Further Information:
Tickets are $15/Girl Scout; FREE for parents. To register for The Historic Girl, click here.

Nature and Landscape

Nature and Landscape: Shaping Early America's Identity
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6 - 8:30 PM

Presented by Margaret Pritchard, Senior Curator and Curator, Prints, Maps, and Wallpaper at Colonial Williamsburg

America's exotic landscape and discoveries of unfamiliar species of flora and fauna fueled European imagination for nearly two centuries prior to the American Revolution. Nature had long been used as a means to categorize and understand the world in which they lived and America provided a laboratory for learned men across the ocean to substantiate or dispel their own theories and beliefs. American colonists were eager to supply their foreign correspondents with observations, specimens, and seeds. While Europeans enthusiastically solicited information and specimens from the New World, they regarded America as inferior, causing Americans to respond defensively. After the Revolution, Americans, led by men such as Thomas Jefferson, Charles Willson Peale, and the ornithologist Alexander Wilson, approached their natural environment with a greater sense of confidence. This talk will describe how Americans observed and recorded their nature and landscape in ways that justified their own unique beliefs and values.

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Nature and Landscape: Shaping Early America's Identity" is part of our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. 6 PM Cocktails, 6:30-7:30 PM Lecture, 7:30-8:30 PM Reception. Tickets are $50 per lecture; $225/individual series; $350/couple series. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Property Research 101

Finding Your Place:
Property Research 101

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7-8 PM
A FREE Online Program for MdHS Members

Want to know more about your current Baltimore home or building? Tracking down an ancestral Baltimore birthplace or business? Attend this FREE online session to learn the basics of what the H. Furlong Baldwin library contains to help you with research on residential and commercial real-estate in Baltimore. Hear directly from Library and Maryland Genealogical Society staff about library collections and resources, helpful tips, and how to prepare to get the most out of your visit. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Session space is limited!

Registered members will receive step by step instructions on how to participate in this live virtual experience via email.

Register now by clicking here. Not a MdHS Member? Join today!

Mariano CubÁ y Soler

Mariano Cubí y Soler: The Legacy of a pioneer Spanish Linguist in Maryland
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
FREE, Brown Bag Lunch Series (Bring Your Lunch)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-1 PM

This presentation offers an overview about the life and academic legacy of Mariano Cubí y Soler. His work in Maryland as a Spanish linguist, polyglot translator, author, and university professor is recognized as an important part of his academic evolution. Furthermore, his academic achievements beyond Maryland are also shared with the purpose of acknowledging the many contributions he made to the fields of linguistics and the teaching of foreign language in the United States and abroad during the nineteenth century.

Presented by Luis Pentón Herrera, doctoral candidate, University of Chicago

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Mariano Cubí y Soler" takes place on Tuesday April 18 from 12-1pm. This lecture is free. Register now by clicking here.

Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution
Thursday, May 4, 2017
5:30 PM

Washington's Immortals
Join us for a riveting book talk with author Patrick K. O'Donnell, as he discusses his latest work Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution. A light reception and book signing will follow his talk.

O'Donnell is a best-selling military historian and the foremost authority on America's elite fighting units. His tenth book,Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution, brings the Revolutionary War to vivid life, through the eyes of the Maryland Regiments, whose actions at key battles from Brooklyn to Yorktown changed the course of history. Grounded in an unprecedented access to unpublished primary sources and personal accounts, O'Donnell presents, for the first time, a Band of Brothers-style account of the Revolutionary War.

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Washington's Immortals" takes place on May 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for MdHS Members/ $15 for non-Members. Register now by clicking here.

Mt Vernon

The Historic Girl: Immigration at the Turn of the 20th Century
Saturday, May 13, 2017
10 AM

Explore what life was like for immigrant families coming into Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century. Learn how the B&O Railroad encouraged the influx of immigrants to Baltimore, and discover what immigrants experienced at the Locust Point immigration station. Each girl will receive the Maryland Historical Society patch. This program will also cover most of the requirements for the "Playing the Past" badge for Juniors. Please register by April 30.

Ticketing and Further Information:
Tickets are $15/Girl Scout; FREE for parents. To register for The Historic Girl, click here.

Early National Lotteries and Baltimore's Jewish Networks
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
FREE, Brown Bag Lunch Series (Bring Your Lunch)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-1 PM

Hebrew document
Young Jewish Baltimore entrepreneurs Jacob, Mendes and Phillip Cohen, act as agents selling lottery tickets along the Chesapeake shores. Mendes and Phillip are arrested for selling tickets marked to raise funds for the proposed Washington Monument in the District of Columbia on a Norfolk, Virginia wharf. After Jacob bails out his brothers, the wealthy Jacob hires the most outstanding attorney in the new nation - William Pinckney to appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court. While the appeal failed in the historical opinion from Chief Justice John Marshall, the Cohen family, undeterred, became a prominent and wealthy family in nineteenth century Baltimore history.

Presented by Candace Gray, doctoral student, Morgan State University


Ticketing and Further Information:
"Early National Lotteries and Baltimore's Jewish Networks" takes place on Tuesday, May 16 from 12-1pm. This lecture is free. Register now by clicking here.

Civil War soldiers

Civil War Voices from the National Archives and Personal Collection
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
FREE, Brown Bag Lunch Series (Bring Your Lunch)
3rd Tuesday of the month, 12-1 PM

Researcher John Emond presents dramatic, humorous, and poignant "voices" of soldiers from the North and South through their documents and letters.

Presented by John Emond, Maryland Historical Society Maritime and Library Committees member

Ticketing and Further Information:
"Civil War Voices from the National Archives" takes place on Tuesday, June 20 from 12-1pm. This lecture is free. Register now by clicking here.


March Madness, with a Fundraising Twist!

BracketsforGood
The Maryland Historical Society is proud to announce that we are one of 64 non-profits selected to participate in Brackets For Good Baltimore! Each round of this online, bracket-style tournament, MdHS will be matched-up against another non-profit and will compete to raise the most donations in order to advance to the next round. After advancing, the fundraising match-ups continue until a champion is crowned and receives an additional $10,000 grand price donation!

This competitive, yet friendly tournament is a fun way for us to raise awareness for our organization's mission and collaborate with the non-profits in our community. We hope that you choose to support us in this exciting competition!

The tournament begins on Friday, February 24th, so be sure to click here for more information, the tournament schedule, our Round 1 opponent, and links to our Brackets For Good profile!

Watch this video to learn more about Brackets for Good!

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Trivia Time!

North Pole Explorer
Name This Man
Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered last month's question!

The Baltimore-born silent film star who joined the Maryland Athletic Club and began a body building regimen that would give him his famous film physique was Francis X. Bushman. He played Messala in the 1925 version of Ben Hur.

Ready for this month's question?

Question: The 1st African-American polar explorer to reach the North Pole in 1909 was born and raised in Maryland! Tell us his name and the town of his birth.

Email us your answer, and you, too, could win a prize! Best of luck.

Until next month,

Mark Letzer

Mark B. Letzer
President, The Maryland Historical Society

From Our Friends:
Maryland Genealogical Society Spring Luncheon, The Lacemaker: The Fabric of Family

Saturday, April 8, 2017
12- 3 PM

Italian food
Speaker, David K. Truscello, Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County, will share the story of his visit to his grandfather's Italian village, from how he prepared for the trip to why the experience exceeded his hopes and imagination. Enjoy Italian food and background Italian music as we greet spring and our fellow genealogists!

Ticketing and Further Information:
Tickets are $40/MGS Members; $45/nonmembers (walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting). Event will be held at Liberatore's Timonium, 9515 Deereco Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093. To register, click here.
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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 (museum only) 12 pm-5pm.
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