Upcoming Events

August 22, 2018 - 4:30pm
Join us for a free teacher happy hour and view our resources available for use in your classroom. You will have an opportunity to interact with professional museum educators and observe examples of onsite and virtual field trips, traveling trunks, online curriculum, and more.

September 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Visit us for free every first Thursday of the month. Join us in the lobby at 11 a.m. for a collection highlights tour.

September 6, 2018 - 11:00am
Every first Thursday of the month visit us for free and take a collections highlights tour. Tours take 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.

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.

September 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Around Mount Vernon Place, memorials in bronze and marble honor slaveholders—George Washington, John Eager Howard and, until recently, Roger B. Taney. No statue recognizes the labor of the enslaved people who worked and lived in the neighborhood’s handsome antebellum houses. The stories of slavery and emancipation on Mount Vernon Place are far from simple, however, including the monument to the Marquis de Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution who personally urged George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to emancipate their slaves and abolish slavery in the United States.

September 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Every Second Sunday visit us for free!

September 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Free. No advanced registration required. Tools are another link to the enslaved people, immigrants, Native Americans and free peoples. They tell their stories, life, and work. Join us as we explore examples of tools used by men and women displayed in our newly refreshed Divided Voices Civil War exhibit. Participants will be inspired to craft their own tool and write its story. This is our first free drop-in activity for the first Second Sunday season. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays!

September 12, 2018 - 5:30pm
Richard Hardesty’s current research examines the role the Baltimore Orioles played in highlighting the city’s racial turmoil, urban renewal and identity. The lecture will look at the social and cultural connections of Baltimore’s professional sports teams, the Orioles and the Colts, to the local community during the 1960s. Particular focus will be made on how players and management responded to the 1968 Baltimore riots, which erupted after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In light of the 50th anniversary year of these unfortunate events, this event compares those reactions to the events of April 2015. The Baltimore Orioles infamously played a game with empty stands to avoid the potential of violence, as had happened outside of the stadium during the unrest.

September 16, 2018 - 10:00am
With the help of a living history interpreter, Girl Scouts will be immersed into the traditions of African American folktales. Scouts will examine the power of words and imagination while learning how slaves used storytelling as a connection to their cultural heritage and to communicate their hopes and fears.

September 18, 2018 - 12:00pm
Hear an overview of the life and military service of James J. Archer of Harford County. Gen. Archer was the first general officer in the Army of Northern Virginia captured during the Civil War. His infantry brigade opened the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and one of his soldiers killed Union Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, commander of the Army of the Potomac’s First Corps. Archer and his brigade were imprisoned during a Union counterattack. Archer survived but died of illness in October 1864. “Archer’s Brigade” as his command was known, fought in all major battles of the eastern theater of war, including the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Presenter, Dr. Mark A. Snell with Mississippi State University, himself a resident of Gettysburg, is writing a biography of Archer based on the Archer Family Collection at the Maryland Historical Society. Dr. Snell’s biography spans Archer’s boyhood along the banks of the Susquehanna, to his service in the Mexican War, to his casting his lot with the Confederacy.

September 22, 2018 - 10:00am
Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket – and we are one of them! The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people.

September 26, 2018 - 5:30pm
Join us as we highlight enhancements to our Civil War gallery, Divided Voices. Director of Education David Armenti will moderate a panel discussion regarding the complexities of the African American experience in colonial and antebellum Maryland, including contributions by the scholars Chris Haley, Dr. Richard Bell, and Dr. Martha Jones. After the panel discussion, join us for a reception and exhibit walkthrough with curatorial and education staff.

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.