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

April 27

***UPDATE***

Leadership at the Maryland Historical Society continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases identified in Maryland. Following Governor Hogan’s announcement that schools will remain closed through May 15, the Maryland Historical Society has announced the institution will remain closed, with a planned re-opening on Wednesday, June 3.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for our employees, and with the understanding that we continue to offer web-based learning opportunities for Maryland students learning from home, and forge forward with new web offerings for our supporters and virtual guests,” said Mark Letzer, President and CEO, Maryland Historical Society.

MdHS staff has been working to create and make available virtual offerings to entertain and engage history lovers of all ages as we all #stayhome. Visit the Events page for upcoming virtual events and the Digital Learning Resources page for educational offerings. 


March 27, 2020

**UPDATE**

Over the past weeks, Maryland history has unfolded in a way none of us expected. We know these are challenging times, and we wish everyone well as we weather the COVID-19 epidemic together. As we all do our part to flatten the curve, the Maryland Historical Society will remain closed through April 30. All scheduled programming through April will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.

MdHS will continue monitoring COVID-19 and will work closely with local, state, and federal experts on this topic to ensure we are up to date as this evolves.


March 16, 2020

**UPDATE**

To prioritize the health and safety of staff, the Maryland Historical Society is closing its administrative office beginning March 18, through March 31. 

Most staff will telework during this period, with limited staff onsite to maintain buildings and collections as needed. Our museum, library, and imaging services will have limited capacity during this time to answer research inquiries.

The museum and library are currently closed to the public through March 31, and all onsite public programs have been cancelled through April 12. 

We take the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers very seriously and will continue to follow the guidance of state and city officials and amend our plans accordingly during this unprecedented time. Visit mdhs.org for updates as things change. 

We thank you for your continued support and understanding, and look forward to seeing you at the Maryland Historical Society in the near future.

March 13, 2020

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.

During this closure:

·       Visitors will not be permitted onto museum and library property, located at 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore

·       All staff will continue to work either onsite or remotely

·       The library staff will continue to be accessible, Wednesday through Friday, by phone and email at 410-685-3750 ext. 359, or [email protected].

Though there is no evidence of exposure to COVID-19, the Maryland Historical Society’s goal is to mitigate the spread of the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. They also advise the public to avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

When it became evident that the coronavirus disease posed health concerns to the public in mid-February, the Maryland Historical Society upgraded the availability of hand sanitizer throughout the premises. Additionally, since that time the museum and library has increased the routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the workplace and at workstations, countertops, doorknobs and more.

Prior to reopening in April, the entire facility will be re-cleaned and sanitized. Leadership continues to work closely with local, state and federal experts on this topic to ensure that we are up to date on the situation as it evolves.

The Maryland Historical Society also encourages educators to take advantage of our virtual programs to make up for cancelled onsite field trip programs and other disruptions to learning once schools have reopened. These programs include Virtual Field Trips and online curriculum resources available for K-12 classrooms through the Historical Investigations Portal via CourseArc.

For more information about the digital content and program offerings available virtually during this time period, visit the Maryland Historical Society at www.mdhs.org or on social media.

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Media Contacts:

Jennifer Michael, [email protected], 410-685-3750 x322

Lauren Walbert, Hillman Communications, [email protected], 443-683-0294