Upcoming Events

January 20, 2020 - 10:00am
Practice your loops, swirls and basic strokes as we learn how to read historical documents from written by Marylanders just like us. Using chalk, ink, quills and paint, participants will be engaged in local history while learning or perfecting this lost art.

January 20, 2020 - 10:00am

February 6, 2020 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

February 6, 2020 - 11:00am
A collection highlights tour takes place at 11 a.m.—explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

February 6, 2020 - 6:00pm
The enslaved community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon developed over many years, starting with 10 people when Washington was 11 years old, and growing to over 300 at the end of his life. This lecture explores the large number of individuals who were forced into slavery through inheritance, marriage, acquisition, estate sales’ purchase, rented from neighbors, born at Mount Vernon and purchased from slave ships. Together they shared difficult lives and are buried in a graveyard near the Washington tomb.

February 9, 2020 - 12:00pm
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

February 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Gather around our sewing table and practice this traditional skill. Using the historic and contemporary quilts on display in our exhibition, Hometown Girl, participants will stitch their way through the basics of applique and other types of sewing possibilities.

February 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Join us for a lecture on Rick Bell’s most recent book, Stolen. The gripping true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South-and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice. Richard Bell, Ph.D. teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award.

March 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

March 5, 2020 - 11:00am
A collection highlights tour takes place at 11 a.m.—explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book a tour ahead of time.

March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
In 1836, the United States government received a startling and mysterious gift—a half-million-dollar bequest to establish an institution in Washington “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” The donor was an English scientist James Smithson, who had never set foot in the United States. The Smithsonian became the largest museum and research complex in the world, but the man behind it all remained an enigma.

March 7, 2020 - 11:00am
In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, MdHS is highlighting the strong female role-models represented in the Spectrum of Fashion exhibition. This tour is an hour long and free to the public.

March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm
In honor of Women’s History Month and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, MdHS is highlighting the strong female role-models represented in the Spectrum of Fashion exhibition. This tour is an hour long and free to the public.

March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Join a Women's Suffrage March! Create your own "Votes for Women" sash and write a speech advocating for a woman's right to vote. Learn about some of the heroines of the movement, including women that played a major role right here in Maryland. What would it be like to be a girl at this time? How would you feel not to be able to vote on issues that were important to you?

March 8, 2020 - 12:00pm
Visit us for free every Second Sunday!

March 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has officially been selected to build a new Maryland Dove, a reproduction of the 17th-century trading ship that accompanied the first settlers to what is now Maryland in 1634. This build is recognized on an international level as the only one of its kind at this time, and may well be the most historically sound reproduction built in modern times. Join us for Maryland Day 2020 and listen to CBMM President Kristen Greenaway and Shipwright Joe Connor as they present how they are preserving and transferring traditional skills through CBMM’s Shipyard.

April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm
Born in England and educated in Germany, Benjamin Latrobe arrived in the United States in 1796 and soon was providing the new republic with canals, water systems and, most famously, buildings. This lecture will examine his contributions to American society and the challenges that arose in his private and public life.

April 29, 2020 - 6:00pm
Enjoy one more trip to Howard Street and hear the stories of Hutzler’s, Hochschild’s, Hecht’s, Stewart’s and the other establishments that comprised Baltimore’s former bustling commercial district. Join noted department store historian, lecturer, and author Michael Lisicky as he explains why Baltimoreans still hold Hutzler’s, and many similar institutions, dear to their hearts.

September 10, 2020 - 6:00pm
What prompts a German-born artist to create a massive painting illustrating a major turning point in the American War of Independence 75 years after the event without a commission? This lecture will discuss how Leutze romanticized the past by examining the artistic choices he made in creating his painting Washington Crossing the Delaware and his other work owned by the Maryland Historical Society, Settlement of Maryland by Lord Baltimore.

October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm
Today, African American women are an organized and consequential facet of our body politic. How did they get here? To understand their story is to understand the politics of our own time, setting aside old narratives and learning about the future through black women’s ongoing quest for rights. Vanguard, a new book by Martha S. Jones, tells how they built their movement which was plagued by ridicule and resistance and fought fiercely and for many years after the 19th Amendment, extending to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

November 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
The period leading up to the American Revolution was one of great wealth, prosperity and sophistication in Maryland’s colonial capital. This lecture will explore 18th-century Annapolis architecture, decorative and fine arts in this period and its appellation “Golden Age”.