Upcoming Events

February 28, 2015 - 9:00pm
Join us for craft cocktails, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and dancing at the Maryland Historical Society on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM and celebrate the story one of Maryland’s most memorable characters, Edgar Allan Poe. The Party & The Pendulum: A Poe Masquerade is the third annual February fundraiser hosted by the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society and proudly sponsored by PNC Bank.

March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
In the nineteenth century, Baltimore artist Andrew John Henry Way was one of America’s most beloved still-life painters. His still-lifes of tables overflowing with fruit, alcohol, and oysters celebrated the abundance of the America dinner table and the culinary treasures of mid-Atlantic cuisine. But it was his depictions of grapes that mapped Way as the country’s leading still-life painter. Way was a grape enthusiast, portraying the fruit in all shapes, colors, and varietals. It is no coincidence that Way painted grapes at a time when this fruit served as a poignant metaphor for the taste and cultivation of the American nation. Depictions of grapes also carried great symbolism during and after the Civil War, relating to the social discord and later reunification of the country. Foods such as grapes could communicate such powerful meanings because they triggered conversations about the agricultural conditions of land and labor that struck the very nerve of the Civil War. This presentation contextualizes the grape paintings of Andrew John Henry Way in the cultural climate of post-war Baltimore.

March 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
On the Maryland side of the Potomac River just west of Chesapeake Bay, the largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere sits half-sunk and decomposing. In the early 20th century, hundreds of U.S. vessels were scuttled to Mallows Bay to be destroyed and scrapped – and to this day the remains of dozens of them can still be seen in the shallow water. Working closely with the Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, as well as local county government, private institutions, and educational bodies, such as the College of Southern Maryland, Don Shomette and his team are striving to preserve this regional and national treasure. Join us for his lecture and learn more about the Mallows Bay project, soon to become a National Marine Sanctuary.

March 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
Celebrate Maryland Day by joining us for the opening reception of our newest exhibit, A Tale of Three Coffins: Living and Dying in 17th Century St. Mary’s City, which explores the life and times of Philip Calvert and his family through the forensic study of their coffins and bones. This is the final public exhibition before the coffins are reinterred. Meet personalities and experts behind the fascinating discovery of these unique artifacts from Maryland’s founding family.

March 28, 2015 - 2:00pm
Students from the Baltimore School for the Arts will perform three scenes, focusing on different aspects of World War I and its effects on soldiers, nurses, relief workers and family members. BSA sophomores conducted historical research using primary sources from the MdHS’ archives, unearthing the fascinating experiences of physical, psychological, and social rehabilitation, which diverse Marylanders faced during that era. Now in its seventh year, this project is a collaboration between the BSA, the National Parks Service and the Maryland Historical Society, with generous funding provided by Wells Fargo.

April 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
In 1990, archaeologists discovered three lead coffins at the Chapel site in St. Mary's City. This find led to a major scientific investigation and international attention in 1992. In this talk, Dr. Henry Miller who co-directed the project will summarize and update the findings, address the identities of the people, and explore the meaning of this regal form of interment for early Maryland history.

April 29, 2015 - 6:30pm
Did you miss out on the immersive theatre experience? This is your chance to explore Poe’s mesmeric world, a realm where living, dead, fact, and fiction commingle. Meet and mingle with the members of the cast & creative team. Light fare and cocktails are included.