Upcoming Events

January 11, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

January 14, 2018 - 1:00pm
Come and learn what it means to be a hero from objects here at the Maryland Historical Society! Explore in our Divided Voices gallery and learn of our Maryland heroes from the Great Baltimore Fire and Civil War

January 24, 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.

January 25, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

January 27, 2018 - 9:00am
FREE Elementary Teacher Workshop hosted at the Maryland Historical Society for content from the Colonial period to the American Revolution!

February 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
Archaeologist Terry Brock will look at the lives of African Americans who were enslaved at St. Mary’s Manor during the mid-19th century, a plantation that once sat in the location of Maryland’s first capital. His talk will examine some of the archaeological investigations conducted by Historic St. Mary’s City on two former slave quarters that were occupied into the early 20th century, and how these buildings changed after Emancipation. Brock will also discuss how these buildings, and the lives of those living within them, fit into the larger context of slavery, the Civil War, and post-Emancipation Maryland.

February 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
FREE! David Blight is currently writing a new, full biography of Frederick Douglass that will be published by Simon and Schuster in September 2018, titled Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. This lecture will focus on the meaning of Douglass’s life and thought, as well as the importance of writing his biography, especially in light of the commemoration of his 200th birthday.

February 8, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

February 11, 2018 - 1:00pm
Learn about the history of folk art and how traditions & cultural identity are handed down through generations of Marylanders. Enjoy our With an Artistic Eye: Folk Art in Maryland gallery with a scavenger hunt and create your own version of a 19th-century paper cutwork!

February 22, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

March 8, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, food historian Paul Freedman will present a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie’s palate, he will reveal how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco’s fabled The Mandarin, evoking the richness of Italian food through Mamma Leone’s, or chronicling the rise and fall of French haute cuisine through Henri Soulé’s Le Pavillon, Freedman uses each restaurant to tell a wider story of race and class, immigration, and assimilation.

March 11, 2018 - 1:00pm
How has photography & film shaped the way we understand our state? Take a deeper look at some of Maryland’s iconic photos and film.

March 14, 2018 - 10:00am
Join us during Women’s History Month as we pay tribute to some of Maryland’s most notable ladies. From a well-known “conductor” of escaped enslaved people, to the founder of the American Red Cross, to a lesser known flag maker and a newspaper publisher, we’ll examine the important contributions of Maryland women throughout history.

March 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Lord Baltimore Fellow, Carrie Glenn will examine the effects of the Haitian Revolution on North Americans traveling to and trading with Saint Domingue. She will discuss the following questions: in what ways did revolutionary turmoil alter trade? And, how did those merchants in Saint Domingue’s port cities adjust to war and revolution?

March 22, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

March 24, 2018 - 6:30pm
The Maryland Historical Society invites you to join us as we celebrate Maryland culture and cuisine at our annual Maryland Day fundraiser on Saturday, March 24 at the Maryland Historical Society. Guests will experience a taste of Maryland's diverse fares from across the state, as well as regional beer, wine, and spirits. Noted celebrity chefs will lend their talents to ensure a delightful and delicious event!

March 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
Why do we celebrate Maryland Day on March 25th? Explore the story of Maryland from when it was founded through to the modern day! Learn about our state symbols, our relationship with the National Anthem and lead a special Maryland Day ceremony and parade.

April 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
From the drinking songs of colonial Annapolis, the liturgical music of Baltimore's Zion Lutheran Church, and the work songs of the tobacco fields to the exuberant marches of late nineteenth-century Baltimore Orioles festivals, and the triumphs of the Baltimore Opera Society, David Hildebrand will shed light on more than 300 years of Maryland’s music history. His work touches on the development of music clubs like the Tuesday Club, Florestan Society, and H. L. Mencken’s Saturday Night Club, as well as lasting institutions such as the Peabody Institute and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He will also discuss the wide range of music created and performed by Maryland’s African American musicians along Pennsylvania Avenue in racially segregated Baltimore, from jazz to symphonic works.

April 7, 2018 - 10:00am
Find our table at this very special event during Enoch Pratt Library's 16th Annual Fairy Tale Extravaganza held at the Maryland Historical Society!

April 12, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Originally built on the rural outskirts of Frederick in 1799, by a perverse accident of the history the house once owned by Chief Justice Taney later came to be situated where one would least expect to find it—in the heart the city’s African-American community. Lord Baltimore Fellow, Tracee Haupt will examine the historical interpretation of Taney’s legacy at the house museum and its impact on the community.

April 26, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

April 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Who are some of the important women who ruled Maryland? Learn about the legacies of Queen Henrietta Maria, Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the myth versus reality of Pocahontas.

May 10, 2018 - 10:30am
It is hiSTORY Time at the Maryland Historical Society! MdHS offers a special preschool story time of a history themed book & an art-making activity.

May 12, 2018 - 11:00am
Join The International School of Protocol, the premier provider of etiquette training, for an interactive hour of modern manners that will empower your child or teen with some table manners and social graces.

May 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
How does one behave as a gentleman or lady? Learn etiquette of the past from several of Maryland’s finest historical characters.

May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm
FREE! Over the course of the Civil War, Marylanders and residents of neighboring Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia broke the Mason-Dixon Line. Before the war, that perceptual boundary stood as a firm division between different aspects of American society: North and South, freedom and slavery. Yet during the Civil War, the question of loyalty shattered that clear division. Lord Baltimore Fellow, Charles Welsko will discuss Maryland’s place in the Union, along with how Mid-Atlantic residents articulated their loyalties to the Union or Confederacy reshaped regional boundaries and borders between 1861 and 1865.

May 16, 2018 - 10:00am
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 was a momentous event that reshaped the urban landscape of the city. We will track the course of the fire over the 31 hours it raged, examine first-hand accounts and photographs of the aftermath, and see how city planning and firefighting methods changed as a result of this catastrophe.

September 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Among the collection of furniture made by Marylanders from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, the Maryland Historical Society holds a significant collection of furniture imported to the colony and the state throughout its history. Exploring these pieces allows us to broaden our understanding of Maryland’s furniture trade by expanding our investigation into the pieces that were brought to the state via family connections, business alliances, trade, and migration. By doing so, we can explore questions relating to the influence of outside style sources and craft practices, as well as the role furniture played in creating individual and family identities. Mallin’s presentation will also include a sneak peek into how these pieces can be used interpretatively within the museum context to broaden our understanding of Maryland and engage an expanded audience.

October 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
“Ribbon trimmings are all the fashion at Bath” is a quote from a letter Jane Austen sent to her sister, Cassandra, in March, 1814. In this and many other letters, Austen demonstrates a lively interest in current trends as they relate to her personal wardrobe. Callahan will discuss and illustrate Austen’s fashion concerns within the context of the dramatic changes that occurred in women’s attire over the course of her lifetime from 1775 to 1817. Using references to clothing in Austen’s letters and novels, the lecture will place fashion within the framework of English society of the era.

November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
The last proprietary governor of Maryland, Sir Robert Eden (1741-1784) furnished his Annapolis mansion with expense and care in the hopes of making it the political and social center of the colony. The result was later described as “the best house in Annapolis,” but at the cost of considerable financial debt to the governor. Separated as a result of the American Revolutionary War, this presentation will examine the relationship of Robert Eden to his possessions and make a case for the place of objects in the historian’s understanding of the Loyalist experience.

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