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News & Highlights
News & Highlights
Our History Alive Newsletter:
February, 2016: Did you know that when World War II broke out in the U.S. with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the Maryland Historical Society was already 97 years old? Not only were we firmly ensconced in the Mount Vernon neighborhood since 1920 but we celebrated our centennial, hosted Vice President Harry Truman for an evening lecture, and housed the state's official War Records Commission. Collecting information on Maryland's military men and women continued a tradition begun during the first World War when the society also served as the state's official repository. The society published eleven volumes of these records, including personnel service records and reports on industry and agriculture.
Now, 70 years after the end of World War II, we lose veterans at the rate of 400 a day. The passing of the greatest generation is truly a historical milestone of an era that helped shape this country as we know it today. Join us on February 27 for the Young Defender's Victory Bash where we will bring the 1940s to life once again! Click here for more.
A Public Call for Photos
The Maryland Historical Society believes that the events unfolding around the city in the wake of Freddie Gray's death are important and historic. With many people plugged into the instant technologies of social media &cell phone photography, more people than ever before can participate in recording and preserving history as it unfolds. The Maryland Historical Society believes that it is important that these materials are preserved in a historical repository so that they are not lost.
As protests took place during late April/early May, the Maryland Historical Society asked the general public to submit photographs and other materials to document the demonstrations, unrest, and cleanup efforts.
The response has been overwhelming.
Photographs, videos, and oral histories have been sent in from young, old, amateur, and professional documentarians. We are posting the materials on the web site, www.baltimoreuprising2015.org/.
The web site is a collaborative effort between the Maryland Historical Society and faculty from the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. We are actively seeking additional partners to help gather as many materials as possible.
Now, you can contribute your digital materials directly to the website!
If you want to help preserve the Baltimore Uprising, please click and download this PDF explaining the 10 easy steps to uploading materials.
If you are interested in joining our efforts to Preserve the Baltimore Uprising and have questions about how you can join in, please contact Joe Tropea at the Maryland Historical Society by email at email@example.com.
The First Appearance of the New Poe Toaster
January 7, 2016: In honor of the 207th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe (19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849), Westminster Hall & Burying Ground is hosting Edgar Allan Poe's Birthday Observance at 3 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016. The capstone event will be the first and only publicly accessible appearance of the new "Poe Toaster." Read on for more.
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