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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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

#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 [...]

The Blair Witch is Back!

Maryland’s most famous witch, Elly Kedward, also known as the Blair Witch, returns to the big screen this Friday, September 16, in “Blair Witch,” the direct sequel to 1999′s “The Blair Witch Project.” “The Blair Witch Project” supposedly featured the footage left behind by three student filmmakers who disappeared after venturing into the Black Hills, [...]

The Negro Baseball Leagues and the Baltimore Elite Giants

Baseball is not a new game. Baseball players battled each other as early as the middle of the 19th century, although the game was quite different from today’s.  As early as the 1860s, men played baseball on an open lot on Baltimore’s Madison Avenue near Druid Hill Park. Catchers had no protective gear; a ball [...]

A Fight for Recognition: The Lumbee Tribe in Maryland

The 2010 United States Census listed 566 American Indian tribes in the United States, none of which reside in the State of Maryland, despite the fact that our state has 20,420 Native American residents, 2,270 of whom live in Baltimore alone, according to the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. Why this dichotomy? Especially [...]

Visions of Baltimore Pride, 2000

This week, the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland is celebrating the 41st year of Pride events in the city. What began as a modest rally at the Charles Center plaza in 1975 has grown over the years into block parties, a massive parade in Mount Vernon, a festival in Druid Hill Park, [...]

Port Covington: Baltimore’s Junction with the World

Port Covington long served South Baltimore as an industrial hub of the city. Sharing a peninsula with Locust Point and Fort McHenry, the port was for many years the Western Maryland Railway’s “junction with the world.” It is most remembered as a bustling port, filled with ships and trains ready to send freight across the [...]

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