Upcoming Events

February 3, 2016 - 6:30pm
Take the mystery out of 1940s vintage clothing with our Vintage Pop Up Trunk Show. Join us for an evening of curated shopping with local vintage clothing dealers and a 1940s fashion primer focusing on period-appropriate silhouettes, accessories, hair, and makeup with Chief Curator, Alexandra Deutsch. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to work directly with our vintage dealers who will help with your soup-to-nuts 1940s makeover. Vintage clothing options for men and women will be available. Walk-in 2016, walk-out 1940s! Light appetizers and beverages will be served

February 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
Unexpected archaeological discoveries have a way of turning conventional scholarship bottoms up, then leaving it careened. Archaeologists working in Virginia and Maryland have over the years brought to light extraordinary structures built by a select group of the region’s greatest pooh-bahs: Sir William Berkeley, Lewis Burwell II, and Robert “King” Carter. This lecture will feature new discoveries about William Berkeley's Green Spring (1643, 1660), Lewis Burwell's Fairfield (1694), and King Carter's Corotoman (1727), as well as Samuel Galloways Tulip Hill in Anne Arundel County (1690s). Presented by Cary Carson, Ph.D., Vice President (retired), Research Division, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. Reception will follow.

February 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
The Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society are proud to present their fourth annual February Bash with an homage to WWII’s Allied Forces! Join us on Saturday, February 27th, for a VICTORY BASH replete with craft cocktails, open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and dancing at Baltimore’s Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Saturday, February 27 from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM. WWII was a trying time for Americans both at home and on duty. Families missed enlisted relatives and creature comforts were restricted by wartime rations. American soldiers faced the horrors of war in unfamiliar lands and many who returned came back changed men. Sacrifice was a common experience for the Greatest Generation, but even in those trying times they knew how to throw a good party! USO shows brought a taste of home to weary troops on the front with the best of American music, dancing, and entertainment, and citizens celebrated countrywide when victory was declared in 1945. Help us channel the swinging spirit of the USO show at a fantastic venue in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood. We’re calling all flyboys and GI Janes to help us put the “big” in big band with a big dance floor, big sound, and delicious eats. No belly aching or borrowed brass allowed.

March 3, 2016 - 6:30pm
Discover how new technologies have transformed how we research and what we know about early southern decorative arts. Google, Google Books, Google Earth, Webcat, and numerous other websites place layers of information at the fingertips of collectors and scholars instantly. Research that formerly could take years can now sometimes be completed in minutes, creating an avalanche of new discoveries about southern-made objects, who made them, and the diverse cultures they represent. Presented by Robert Leath, Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections & Research, MESDA. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. Reception will follow.

April 7, 2016 - 6:30pm
Learn about the history of Maryland’s most iconic food traditions and food businesses, such as Maryland Beaten Biscuits, crab cakes, coddies, McCormick Spices and Old Bay to some less well-known fare including black licorice, white potato pie, and peach fluff. A look at Native American fare will also be included. The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to taste as assortment of sweet and savory Maryland fare such as Mock Turtle Soup, Crab Chips, Otterbein's Cookies, Jewish Apple Cake, and Maryland White Potato Pie! Presented by Joyce White, Food Historian. Lecture begins at 6:30 PM. Reception will follow.