Upcoming Events

May 7, 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.

May 14, 2015 - 6:00pm
Explore exciting programs including our new interactive distance learning program, Timeline Studio, the Digital Historical Investigations Portal, and many more!

May 16, 2015 - 9:00am
Join us for a bus excursion to Washington DC led by Burt Kummerow with stops at Ford's Theatre, Lincoln's Cottage at Soldier's Home, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

June 11, 2015 - 5:30pm
Join us for a lecture on the forensic investigations of the 17th Century Chesapeake with Dr. Doug Owsley, Physical Anthropology Division Head at the Smithsonian Institution. Archaeologists have rebuilt the Brick Chapel in St. Mary’s City based on evidence of its construction and material remnants recovered from the site. The chapel as it stands today speaks to the devotion and early determination of the Chesapeake colonists to settle in this new land. The skeletons recovered from 17th century graves, both here and throughout the mid-Atlantic region provide us with another sort of foundation upon which to reconstruct history. The information from the bones and burials allow us to assemble the personal histories of Chesapeake colonists. Brick by brick and bone by bone we piece together this complex history.

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