Upcoming Events

September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm
Twenty-four years after Sotheby’s legendary auction, the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor continue to capture our imaginations. Once worn by a woman who was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond, the collection is comprised examples from the great French Maisons, such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also included jewels by “cutting edge” designers of the day such as Suzanne Belperron, Fulco di Verdura and David Webb. The personal inscriptions on some of the jewels tell the tale of what was perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that led Edward VII to abdicate the throne of Great Britain for the woman he loved.

September 26, 2015 - 10:30am
A billion dollar boondoggle from World War I has created a favorite destination for kayakers nearly a century later. Mallows Bay, on the Potomac just south of Washington DC, is home to one of the largest collections of shipwrecks in the world, as well as newly formed micro-environments for a plethora of Chesapeake Bay wildlife. On September 26, join us for a guided kayak tour of the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay. The bus will depart from MdHS at 10:30 AM and return by 6:00 PM. Parking is available at MdHS. A boxed lunch and all kayaking equipment are included in the program fee.

October 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
While Kuhn's portrait of Henry Darnall and his slave is one of the best-known images of colonial American art, the pendant portrait of his sister Eleanor has attracted little scholarly attention. This lecture will reveal that Eleanor's portrait was not simply a status symbol, as many have assumed, but also Kuhn included symbols that reaffirm the Darnall's commitment to their faith during a time of heightened persecution of Catholics and the colony's rapid Anglicization. The portrait's details, including the flowers, enclosed garden, and fountain, suggest Eleanor's metaphorical relation to the Virgin Mary and her future significance to her family as caretaker of the faith.

November 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
To modern eyes, the nineteenth century appears almost obsessed with the stages of grief and mourning as represented through the clothing of the bereaved. Such an attitude reveals more about twenty-first century attitudes and does not yield helpful or productive insights into the past. In fact, our nineteenth century forebears, through sheer necessity, had in a number of ways a healthier understanding and approach to the real pain associated with the death of loved ones and processing the loss afterwards. This lecture will explore the traditions and culture associated with mourning in the nineteenth century confers a greater understanding of their lives and teaches a few lessons to the modern inquirer.