News Releases

May 2020

Maryland Historical Society Looks to Fall Re-opening

Leadership at the Maryland Historical Society has announced the museum and library will remain closed to the public through the summer, with an anticipated fall opening date to be determined. [READ MORE]


April 2020

Statewide Pathways Grant Award Winners Announced

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural MdHS Pathways grant program, a competitive program that supports small historical organizations statewide. Eleven organization representing seven counties across Maryland will receive grants up to $20,000 each to expand their capacity to steward and share state history. [READ MORE]


March 2020

 Maryland Historical Society Launches Collecting in Quarantine Initiative

As we continue to face these challenging times together, the Maryland Historical Society is finding new ways to bring Maryland history to you, and to continue its 175-year-legacy of collecting history, during this unprecedented time. MdHS is now crowd-sourcing for a new initiative – Collecting in Quarantine – to ensure future generations have a reference point for this pivotal moment in history as we navigate the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. [READ MORE]


Maryland Historical Society to Close Temporarily Due to COVID-19 Threat 

In response to COVID-19 and statewide closures, and with the health and safety of our visitors and staff in mind, the Maryland Historical Society’s President and CEO, Mark Letzer, has announced that the organization is proactively shutting its doors to guests beginning tomorrow, March 14, through March 31. All onsite public programs scheduled at the Maryland Historical Society’s museum and library in Baltimore are also cancelled through April 12. [READ MORE]


Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

At the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), the safety of our guests and our staff members is our highest priority. As the current coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, we are monitoring the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local and state agencies and following their guidelines and recommendations. [READ MORE]


February 2020

Original Star-Spangled Banner Manuscript Traveling to State House

On March 3, the Maryland Historical Society's original Star-Spangled Banner Manuscript will take to the road, and head to the State House in Annapolis, where it will be displayed alongside the State House's 1783 George Washington Resignation Speech for the first time. [READ MORE]


Spotlight on Maryland Design Installation is an Ode to Maryland's Creatives

There is love in the air as the Maryland Historical Society officially debuts the newest fashion installation today as a showcase of adoration to Maryland and those who have shaped the culture the state emanates. [READ MORE]

January 2020

Civil Rights Era Photos from Local Journalist on Display at Bowie State

A Maryland Historical Society photography exhibition, depicting African American life during the Civil Rights era, will be on display at Bowie State University's Student Center from Feb. 4-May 22, 2020. The Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era exhibition features select prints from one of the Baltimore Afro-American's first photographers and provides an opportunity for the public to help identify unknown photo subjects. [READ MORE]


December 2019

New Exhibition Evokes Nostalgia for the Hutzler's Department Store

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of The Hutzler's Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution, an exhibition that recalls Maryland's iconic Hutzler's department store. [READ MORE]


Two Free Virtual Field Trips Offered in Winter 2020

In honor of Black History Month, the Maryland Historical Society is offering two free Virtual Field Trips for teachers to engage their students in learning about famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, or the civil rights movement and examples of activism in Maryland. [READ MORE]


October 2019

Statewide Grant Program Launched to Support Local Museums and Historic Sites

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the MdHS Pathways Grant Program, a competitive program that will provide support for capacity-building projects at historical organizations throughout Maryland. The program's goal is to carve a pathway for local museums, historic sites and other organizations in Maryland's heritage community to achieve long-term resiliency and efficacy. [READ MORE]

Spectrum of Fashion Exhibition Opens, Bringing the Fashion Archives to Life

The Maryland Historical Society opened its newest exhibition on Oct. 5, 2019. The Spectrum of Fashion opening featured a fashion show hosted by Maryland-native Christian Siriano. The exhibition showcases nearly 100 of the museum's more than 12,000 garments and accessories, each telling a spectacular story ripe with American – and Maryland – history. The collection is open to the public through October 2020. [READ MORE]

September 2019

New Board Members Announced

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees—John Banes, Neal Naff, M.D., and Henriette Taylor. [READ MORE]

August 2019

Paul Henderson Photographs on view at Goucher College Library, September 19, 2019 - May 24, 2020

The Goucher College Library and the Maryland Historical Society are excited to announce the upcoming exhibition Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era, opening September 19, 2019. This traveling exhibition from the collections of MdHS features images by photojournalist Paul Henderson (1899-1998), the Baltimore Afro-American's first photographer. [READ MORE]

June 12, 2019

Brewington Book Prize Awarded to John C. North II

The Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society has awarded the 2019 Brewington Book Prize to Judge John C. North II for his book, “Tradition, Speed, and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Log Sailing Canoes” (St. Michaels, Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 2018). [READ MORE]

June 5, 2019

Maryland Historical Society Presents Photography Exhibition that Explores Humankind's Favorite Subject—Ourselves

The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) presents Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves, an exhibition of portraiture that celebrates photography as an expression of identity, place and sense of belonging. On view, June 19, 2019-July 1, 2020, Reflections encompasses nearly the entire era of photography, from the earliest 1840s daguerreotypes to modern day digital photographs and Instagram "selfies." [READ MORE]

May 30, 2019

“Project Runway” Stars to be Featured in Upcoming Spectrum of Fashion Exhibition and Opening Gala

As the Bravo channel's "Project Runway" prepares to wrap up its season, the Maryland Historical Society is proud to announce the participation of "Project Runway" mentor Christian Siriano and "Project Runway" contestant Bishme Cromartie in the upcoming MdHS exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, opening October 5, 2019. [READ MORE]


May 28, 2019

Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes History - Lecture is June 27

The Maryland Historical Society is hosting a lecture and reception for fans of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on June 27, 6-8 pm. University of Maryland historian and MdHS Trustee Dr. Richard Bell will give a talk titled, "Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes History," focused on what the success of this Tony-winning musical tells us about the marriange of history and show business. [READ MORE]


February 28, 2019

New Exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, to open October 5, 2019

The Maryland Historical Society (MDHS) is unlocking one of its greatest archival treasures to the public this fall in a new exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, opening October 5. Featuring nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, as well as decorative arts, this visually stunning installation will highlight the extraordinary breadth of the MdHS costume collection, spanning four centuries. [READ MORE]

February 25, 2019

MdHS Sharpens Focus on Existing Resources by Offering Excess Real Estate to Redevelopment

As part of its strategic plan, adopted in 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Society has agreed to offer the organization's unused real estate to redevelopment in order for MdHS to focus its attention and resources on spaces that meet its needs and further its mission. This decision puts MdHS on a path for greater sustainability, as well as greater innovation and more nimble implementation of programming. [READ MORE]

February 20, 2019

New Exhibition, Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich, Features Work of Nationally-Renowned, Baltimore-based Quilter

The Maryland Historical Society is proud to present a new exhibition, Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich, opening March 23, 2019, featuring one-of-a-kind appliqué quilts created by Baltimore-native Mimi Dietrich. Ms. Dietrich is one of Maryland’s and the nation’s most accomplished quilters. [READ MORE]