Upcoming Events

June 19, 2019 - 5:30pm
Starting with early portraiture, this photography exhibition explores themes of identity and place that are at the cornerstone of human experience and widely examined in contemporary photography. “Reflections” draws from MdHS’s photograph holdings, including daguerreotypes, salt prints, glass negatives, silver gelatin, and digital prints. This is a free event that includes a light reception.

June 22, 2019 - 10:30am
Sit for a tintype portrait (wet plate collodion process), individually or in groups. Portrait sessions may contain up to 4 persons for a 30-minute time slot. Two tintypes will be produced in one session: one for the individual or group and one to be placed in MdHS's collection.

June 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Dr. Richard Bell. This summer, Baltimore has Hamilton-mania! Everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. In this talk, which is aimed at people who know the soundtrack or who have seen the show, University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We will learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United Sates and about why all that matters. We will examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made?

July 20, 2019 - 10:00am
MdHS will offer free admission on the Saturday & Sunday during Artscape. Come in to cool off in the galleries and tour current exhibitions.

July 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Maryland Historical Society is transforming its courtyard into a Colonial Market Square during the day, and a Colonial Market Tavern at night. Free for MdHS members, and $5 for nonmembers, including museum admission. Limited free parking is available in the MdHS parking lot.

July 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
Experience the bawdy side of Colonial Maryland with beer, oysters and Colonial tavern singers in the Maryland Historical Society’s courtyard. Tavern Night is an extension of fun from Colonial Market Day, also taking place July 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at MdHS. Tavern Night, however, is for ages 21 and older.

August 1, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

August 1, 2019 - 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.

September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm
Nora Ellen Carleson will explore the late 19th and early 20th century dressmakers of Baltimore who clothed the city's most fashionable denizens through importing, smuggling and the creation of their own luxurious fashions.

October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Barbara Meger. The impact on today’s fashion by Maryland-born Claire McCardell is huge, but one which is unknown by most. We take for granted what we wear. Join Volunteer Curatorial Assistant Barbara Meger as she shares results of her research into the MdHS manuscript and fashion archives and reveals the depth of McCardell’s contribution.

October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm
Join us for a night full of food, fashion, and dancing to commemorate the opening of our exhibition Spectrum of Fashion: Celebrating Maryland's Style. Tickets available June 1 for members, June 15 for non-members.

November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Lance Humphries, Ph.D. When the Maryland Historical Society took up its home in the Enoch Pratt House in 1919, the Mount Vernon neighborhood was undergoing a major evolution in its history as a home to the city's elite during the Gilded Age, from the mid- to late-19th century. This lecture, presented by Lance Humphries, will map out the development of the area over the last 100 years.