// author archive

mdhslibrarydept

mdhslibrarydept has written 124 posts for underbelly

Uncommon Works: The Rare Book Collection at the Maryland Historical Society

Since the Maryland Historical Society’s founding in 1844, the library has amassed a spectacular collection of over seven million items.  MdHS archivists and librarians care for such treasures as Charles Carroll of Carrollton’s copy of the William J. Stone Declaration of Independence, the extensive collection of business and personal papers of Baltimore socialite and businesswoman [...]

“It’s Groundhog Day!”

Groundhog Day is a much celebrated American holiday, but its roots stem from older traditions in Europe when people were more in tune with Mother Nature, seasonal changes, and animal behavior. Today, many Americans are aware of the summer solstice and winter equinox, but before the Roman calendar existed, the year was divided into four [...]

English Empire, Catholic Marketing: Promoting Investment and Settlement in Seventeenth Century Maryland

“… I had procured a red bird and kept it a good while to have sent it to you but I had the ill fortune to loose it by the negligence of my servant who carelesly let it out of the cage… The Lyon I had for you is dead, if I can get an [...]

Growing Up in Fell’s Point: Jennie Sokolowska’s Stories

My mother Jane Schoeberlein, known in her youth as Jennie Sokolowska, passed away in December 2014. As a means of memorializing her, and also to hold on to her spirit for just a little bit longer, I wrote down some stories and memories that she had shared with me about her youth. Here is a [...]

Traveling through History: Stories of the Northern Central Railroad during the Civil War

The Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCR) in the GunpowderFallsState Park is a popular destination in northern Baltimore County for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Walkers, runners, and horseback riders enjoy the trail year-round; kayakers and tubers paddle and splash through the river in the warmer months; anglers and fly fishermen bask in the GunpowderRiver [...]

Mariano Cubí y Soler: The legacy of a pioneer Spanish linguist in Maryland

Earlier this year I started researching into the life and works of Professor Mariano Cubí y Soler as a Lord Baltimore Fellow at the Maryland Historical Society. During this time, I have learned a great deal about professor Cubí y Soler, an innovative and distinguished scholar in the nineteenth century in the United States, Latin [...]

Staff Favorites: “President Lincoln’s head rested on this wall paper . . . April 14, 1865”

So wrote Henry Furgeson, beneath the scrap of burgundy and rose pattern wallpaper found in the Mary Ann Booth collection (MS 2125) during the research for the MdHS Civil War exhibit in 2011. This decorative paper lined the walls of Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre the night John Wilkes Booth assassinated the sixteenth president of [...]

Staff Favorites: “Behind the Scene’s At Hutzler’s”

As we’ve previously pointed out, choosing a favorite thing among millions of archival materials stored at MdHS is a practically absurd task. While this writer skews toward more modern fare, say for example photography by local heroes Paul Henderson, Robert Kniesche, or Joseph Kohl, it’s still a Sophie’s choice. Finding my arm twisted vigorously by [...]

Staff Favorites: Thomas Boyle’s Proclamation

The following tale is based on historic fact with a dose of urban legend…. On a dark and stormy night (no, not really) in July 1814, Captain Boyle, a highly successful privateer and commander of the Baltimore-built ship Chasseur, set sail on a cruise across the Atlantic to “take prizes” –  to attack enemy merchant [...]

Staff Favorites: A Mysterious Dispatch

Each Thursday in October, underbelly staff members will highlight their favorite collections items in honor of American Archives Month. Choosing a favorite item from a collection of over seven million manuscripts, photographs, maps, rare books, prints, and more can pose a challenge. From the most famous documents, including Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript for “The [...]

Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On YoutubeVisit Us On Pinterest