Upcoming Events

May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
FREE! Join us on May 12th for the opening of the exhibit Activism & Art: the Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later, an exhibit that will examine one of the most iconic and written-about acts of political protest in 20th century American history. On May 17, 1968, nine Catholics entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, Maryland, destroyed draft files in protest of the Vietnam War, and waited peacefully to be arrested. Utilizing the artwork of Catonsville Nine participant Tom Lewis, as well as historic photographs and materials, video from the award-winning 2013 documentary Hit & Stay, and other materials, this exhibit will explore their motivations, consider the consequences of their action, and contextualize this protest in our present turbulent political climate.Light Reception to follow

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. Through hands-on activities and games, we will learn how the Great Baltimore Fire started, spread, and ended. We will also examine the challenges faced by the firefighters, and see how city planning and firefighting methods changed as a result of this catastrophe. The Maryland Historical Society will be joined by the Fire Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore City Fire Department's Mobile Safety Center!

May 24, 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 from 10:30am-11:30am every 2nd & 4Th Thursday of each month. Topics connect to our monthly Family Themes

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.