Upcoming Events

September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. A friend of Elizabeth Patterson, abandoned wife of a failed Baltimore merchant, a single mother who divorced for love to marry a French artist/architect, and an accomplished editor/writer in her own right, Eliza Godefroy’s life was both extraordinary and tragic. Her failed journal, the first of its kind in America edited by a woman, remains a monument to her skills as a writer and observer of the intellectual life of the emerging urban presence of Baltimore, as much as her second husband's Battle Monument remains as the centerpiece of the city’s official seal. This lecture will explore the career of the brilliant, Eliza Godefroy during the first two decades of the nineteenth century.

September 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Maryland is home to a wide variety of different ethnic groups. Did you know that Baltimore once had a large and thriving German community? Or that Maryland was home to many important abolitionists and Civil Rights leaders? Come learn about these groups and more as we explore the rich diversity of Maryland’s history and the important contributions these groups have made to Maryland and the nation.

September 19, 2017 - 12:00am
This lecture will describe research undertaken at the MdHS alongside research at the American Philosophical Society in the planning for the upcoming exhibition, Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia (opening April 7, 2017). The lecture will describe how archival collections and their content were translated into thematic approaches to the exhibition, as well as into exhibition texts, spatial design, graphics, programming, and guide materials for the show.

October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm
Francis Scott Key Lecture Series. This lecture will introduce several innovative visual and spatial techniques developed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in his representations of the American landscape. In images of the rivers, rocks, buildings, and plantations of Virginia, Latrobe assessed his immigrant condition, meditated on human history, and imagined visions of the future. Latrobe’s sketchbooks at the Maryland Historical Society are recognized as one of the most significant collections of realistic representations of the American landscape prior to the Hudson River School. This research places them in the context of the international avant garde, asserting the significance of Latrobe oeuvre in the transatlantic world of art on the cusp of the nineteenth century.

October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
A FREE Members Only Program Join Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist, retired, for an engaging look at one of Baltimore’s earliest maps and the bankrupt London surveyor who brought order to the boomtown chaos of a growing city. How did Poppleton’s use of military triangulation, rather than the compass and chain, produce an extraordinarily precise map, one that remains accurate today.

October 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
FREE Family Days Program Learn about Maryland’s Haunted History in this Halloween based event. Visitors will learn about Edgar Allen Poe’s relation to Maryland and read his works, explore period clothing styles to inspire their own costumes, and more!

October 12, 2017 - 10:30am
Bring your child to one of our newest programs! FREE with museum admission. MdHS offers special readings of history books for preschool aged children and families. Every program includes a group reading of a book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Story topics connect to our monthly Family Day theme.

October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
Join us for the opening reception of Structure and Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland's Social Landscape. The evening will feature a guest DJ and a wine reception. Attendees will be invited to view the exhibition and participate in a 'What's your perspective?' activity.

October 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Please join us for a glimpse of the treasures found in the chamber papers of Judge Morris Ames Soper (1873–1963). Hailed as one of the most influential jurists of the twentieth century, this presentation includes the behind-the-scenes story of the collection and highlights of correspondence with Thurgood Marshall, H.L. Mencken, and Charles Ponzi.

October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
Join us for a fascinating book talk with author Roger Ekrich, as he discusses American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution. A light reception and book signing will follow his talk.

October 20, 2017 - 10:00am
Help the Maryland Historical Society solve a “History Mystery” while completing a Girl Scout Badge! Scouts will learn to use their powers of observation while looking at historical documents, communicate in secret spy code, and use clues to figure out some puzzles of the past. This program will cover all of the requirements for the Junior “Detective” badge.

October 26, 2017 - 10:30am
Bring your child to one of our newest programs! FREE with museum admission. MdHS offers special readings of history books for preschool aged children and families. Every program includes a group reading of a book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Story topics connect to our monthly Family Day theme.

October 28, 2017 - 10:00am
FREE Event! MdHS will be offering tours of the Enoch Pratt House located at the corner of Park and Monument Street. Exhibits and film screenings will be free all day!

November 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Got a secret? Wanna keep it? Join us as we learn about espionage throughout Maryland’s history. We’ll talk about George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring during the Revolution, Harriett Tubman’s espionage activities during the Civil War, and more. We’ll also try out different codes and methods of sending secret messages, and follow clues to claim a prize.

November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Join Director of Collection and Interpretation, Alexandra Deutsch as she leads a behind-the-scenes tour of Structure & Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland's Social Landscape.

November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Francis Scott Key Lecture Series What is the future of historic sites? Why are historic sites important today? Drawing examples from Drayton Hall in South Carolina and other National Trust sites through the northeast, including Cliveden in Philadelphia, Montpelier in Vermont, and President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington DC, George McDaniel will discuss how historic sites across the country are working to make their communities a better place through education, economic development, and preservation.

November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
A FREE Members Only Online Program. Join Special Collections archivists Lara Westwood and Damon Talbot for a brief overview of the library, including: What to expect when you visit the library and how to find relevant materials for your research. They will also share some of their favorite items in Special Collections for a sense of all the amazing resources available. A question and answer session will follow the program.

November 4, 2017 - 10:30am
Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland's history on this special tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. Join Mark Letzer, MdHS President and CEO, on a tour of our galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt, and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, visitors will drive to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends, and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries.

November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Join us for the opening reception of Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl. The evening will feature a guest DJ. We will be serving a signature cocktail.

November 10, 2017 - 10:30am
Bring your child to one of our newest programs! FREE with museum admission. MdHS offers special readings of history books for preschool aged children and families. Every program includes a group reading of a book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Story topics connect to our monthly Family Day theme.

November 11, 2017 - 10:30am
Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland's history on this special Halloween tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. Join Mark Letzer, MdHS President and CEO, on a tour of our galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt, and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, visitors will drive to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends, and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries.

November 11, 2017 - 2:00pm
FREE Event! What’s Your Perspective: Community Panel Discussion. Questions and unique perspectives are the heart of the concept of Structure and Perspective. Throughout the exhibit, visitors are asked to share their perspectives on the specific themes explored in the artwork by David Brewster and curated objects from the Museum. As individuals, our perspectives and approaches to these themes are different, so how do we connect, support, and share ideas as a community of Marylanders? In this interactive community discussion, the panel and audience will dialogue during a guided exploration of the diverse perspectives through which people approach these questions about Maryland’s social landscape.

November 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
Free Family Program. Enjoy a day of celebration and discovery for the whole family inspired by the collections and exhibits of the Maryland Historical Society. Family days will feature a variety of themed hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more for kids ages 4 and up. Harvesting the Past: Native Americans in Maryland Maybe you’ve heard about the pilgrims in New England and the first Thanksgiving, or the landing of the Ark and the Dove in St Mary’s, but what else can we learn about Native Americans in Maryland? Visitors will learn about several Native American tribes from Maryland, farming and harvesting in Maryland, and more!

November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Join us for a night of photography, music and drinks at the Windup Space for a satellite exhibition of dozens of Joseph Kohl photographs from the Maryland Historical Society's exhibit Unscripted Moments: The Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl, showing throughout the month of November. The photographs exhibited will not be on view at MdHS, and can only be viewed at the Windup Space at 12 North Avenue. This is a free event. Light refreshments, cash bar. 4 Hours of Funk dance party to follow.

November 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
The American Revolution split not only communities, neighbors, and friends along patriot, loyalist, and neutral lines, but also families. One of them was the James Tilghman family of Maryland. Did the Tilghmans adapt and maintain their relationships, or were their family bonds permanently damaged?

December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm
FREE Family Program. Enjoy a day of celebration and discovery for the whole family inspired by the collections and exhibits of the Maryland Historical Society. Family days will feature a variety of themed hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more for kids ages 4 and up. Happy Holidays How do celebrations in Maryland reflect diverse cultural, ethnic, and varied religious ideas from around the world? What symbols do we know and recognize that help us celebrate? Visitors will learn about some of the major holidays we celebrate in December from diverse viewpoints.

December 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Bring your child to one of our newest programs! FREE with museum admission. MdHS offers special readings of history books for preschool aged children and families. Every program includes a group reading of a book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Story topics connect to our monthly Family Day theme.

December 28, 2017 - 10:30am
Bring your child to one of our newest programs! FREE with museum admission. MdHS offers special readings of history books for preschool aged children and families. Every program includes a group reading of a book and a craft activity related to the story and lesson of the book. Story topics connect to our monthly Family Day theme.

January 17, 2018 - 10:00am
War has been an unfortunate constant throughout human history, and Maryland’s history is no different. We will be looking at Maryland’s role in many of America’s wars and the contributions and sacrifices made. Come learn more about the significant contributions of Maryland Patriots in the Revolutionary War, how the first blood of the Civil War was spilled on Baltimore streets, and the curious case of a German submarine in Baltimore’s harbor during World War I.

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