Archive for May, 2013

Big Stories in Small Pieces of History: President Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment Trial (March 13-May 26, 1868)

On Monday, May 13, the FBI and NARA returned twenty-one of the documents stolen from the Maryland Historical Society Library on June 15, 2011.* Among the invitations and announcements were several pieces of political ephemera, including tickets to President Andrew Johnson’s congressional impeachment trial in the spring of 1868. Johnson (1808–1875), seventeenth president of the [...]

Everyday People: Paul Henderson Collection Goes to City Hall

  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here in the Imaging Services Department at MdHS. Through some wild confluence of ambition and scheduling, I agreed to curate and deliver a 48-piece photography exhibition the very week of the debut of my new documentary, HIT & STAY, at the Maryland Film Festival. I can’t really [...]

Baltimore’s Clothes Horse: David Abercrombie

Abercrombie & Fitch – the name brings up images of young, scantily clad men and women staring out from advertisements with smoldering eyes and pouty lips. But the store known today for its teen apparel as well as its controversial ideas about how to dress children was originally a much different enterprise, offering clothing and [...]

AV Report: Attention All Filmmakers

With the fifteenth annual Maryland Film Festival underway, many Baltimoreans have no doubt noticed that filmmakers from around the globe have converged on the city. You may have seen them drinking our best beer, eating in our finest restaurants, partying in our hotels, and swaying MFF swag bags. Naturally we thought this would be a [...]

The Quasi-War (1798-1801): Diplomatic Treasures from a Long Forgotten Dispute

MdHS cataloger Kristi Thomas recently pulled together all of the institution’s holdings on the French Spoliation Claims, a little-known group of pamphlets and documents on a long-forgotten episode during which thousands of citizens sought compensation from the federal government for ships and cargoes captured and destroyed during the Quasi-War with France, 1797–1801. This international drama offers [...]