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Cathy McDermott: A Remembrance

Last July 14, longtime MdHS volunteer and member of the library committee Cathy M. McDermott passed away. On April 14, 2018 the Special Collections Department was named in her honor. Reference librarian Francis O’Neill provides the following remembrance: At this point I’m a little vague on the “when”, but I’m very clear on the “why” [...]

The History of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library

1844 – Alarmed by the disgraceful condition of the state’s historical documents, Brantz Mayer and twenty-two civic-minded Baltimoreans organized the Maryland Historical Society in 1844 to collect “the scattered materials of the early history of the state” and preserve its heritage through research, writing, and publications. 1845 – In a joint venture with the Library [...]

“This curious Art”: Shorthand record of George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

“This curious Art will teach you to take down, the great Affairs of Government and Crown.”(1) James Weston, 1743 Special Collections staff pulled this document while prepping for an upcoming exhibit and all agreed we had never seen eighteenth-century shorthand — nor did we know this writing form existed. Moving two steps ahead of “that’s [...]

Frederick Douglass: Significant Moments in His Life in Maryland in His Words

Two hundred years ago this month, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born at Holmes Hill Farm in Talbot County, Maryland. His mother Harriet Bailey, was a slave, and it is believed that his father was Aaron Anthony, Harriet’s master and an overseer on one of the Lloyd family farms on the Eastern Shore. This child [...]

Mason and Dixon and Knopfler and Taylor: The BBC visits the MdHS

Chris Jackson, a senior producer for the BBC, was driving near his home in Newcastle, England when he heard a song on the radio by Mark Knopfler, a famous British rock star, entitled “Sailing to Philadelphia” recorded as part of the album of the same name with James Taylor.  Knopfler, a native of the northeast [...]

Portraits and Paper Art — The Schröder Family at MdHS

The museum staff refreshed the Folk Art gallery several months ago and in perusing the newly installed pieces, this intricately designed paper cutwork immediately caught our attention. The delicacy of the work, coupled with the knowledge that a ten-year-old girl had created these mini masterpieces captivated our imaginations. Who was this child? Label copy identified [...]

The Maryland Military Homefront during World War I

This piece originally appeared in the Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 111, No.1 (Spring/Summer 2016) As cultural institutions around the world commemorate the centennial of the Great War, the Maryland Historical Society prepares for a new museum exhibit on the arrival of the Deustchland, (Currently on display at MdHS) a German merchant submarine that visited Baltimore [...]

Taking a Stand in History! National History Day Research at MdHS

Within my role in the education department at MdHS, I have the pleasure of interacting with middle and high school students who have gone the extra mile for their National History Day projects. Founded in 1974, the NHD program is the social studies equivalent of a science fair, allowing young people to apply their creativity [...]

“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 [...]

#AskAnArchivist Day is October 5th!

October is American Archives Month! The Maryland Historical Society Library staff will be celebrating our amazing collections all month long and connecting with members and researchers.  On Wednesday, October 5, we’ll be hosting #AskAnArchivist Day on Society’s Facebook and Twitter pages! Special Projects Archivist Lara Westwood will be answering all your burning questions about the Maryland Historical Society’s Special Collections [...]

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