Upcoming Events

March 7, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum this day as part of our Free First Thursdays.

March 7, 2019 - 11:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month. 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 7, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Alden O’Brien Maryland has a rich and unique quilt tradition. Maryland women made use of the finest fabrics pouring into Baltimore’s port and, later, cottons produced in America’s factories to create stunning works of textile art. Alden O’Brien will explore how English quilt traditions, decorative arts trends, Maryland furniture and even local Baltimore life inspired quilt makers to develop quilt styles that fit within regional traditions, yet were uniquely Maryland, from early 1800s chintz appliqué, to the famous Baltimore Album quilts at mid-century.

March 10, 2019 - 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 be able to vote on issues that were important to you? This program results in the "Playing the Past" badge! $10 per scout/free for adults Registration required.

March 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Get ready for Maryland Day! Use a passport to explore several historical stops in Maryland. Talk to one of our first Marylanders, create a Maryland sun catcher and sport some Maryland Day flair. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays! Free Event No advanced registration required.

March 15, 2019 - 1:00pm
The Maryland Historical Society is beaming into the Orleans Street branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library on March 15, 2019, 1:00-2:00pm, to conduct a Virtual Field Trip —"Maryland Women Through History"—for library visitors. Learn from one of our museum professionals about women in Maryland who changed the course of history by examining primary sources such as newspaper articles, photographs, diary entries, and more! Women highlighted in the program include Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Elizabeth Ann Seton, and Harriet Tubman.

March 23, 2019 - 2:00pm
Opening Saturday, March 23, 2-5 pm, $10/members; $15/nonmembers, wine & cheese reception This yearlong exhibition features traditional and contemporary quilts by Mimi Dietrich and the personal stories behind them, along with historic quilts from the MdHS collection. Mimi is a Maryland-born quilter, teacher of quilting and honoree in the Quilters Hall of Fame.

March 25, 2019 - 10:00am
Join us for Maryland Day on Monday, March 25. The Museum will be free and open to the public.

March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
In celebration of March 25 as Maryland Day, the Maryland Historical Society is hosting a free Brown Bag Lunch & Learn lecture by Jean Russo, co-editor and co-author of the Johns Hopkins Press's “Maryland: A History.” Admission will be free to the MdHS museum, and gallery tours will take place after the lecture.

March 28, 2019 - 6:00pm
“The Woman's Hour” is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights. It is the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battlesDoors open at 6 pm. The lecture begins at 6:30 pm The recently published “The Woman's Hour” is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the last campaigns forged in the shadow of the Civil War, and the beginning of the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights. It is the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

April 4, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum this day as part of our Free First Thursdays.

April 4, 2019 - 11:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month. 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.

April 4, 2019 - 6:00pm
Presented by Alexandra Deutsch. In her 90th year, Elizabeth Bonaparte, the former wife of Napoleon’s youngest brother, Jérôme, met Martha Custis Williams Carter, the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington, at Mrs. Gwinn’s Boarding House in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. Their daily conversations, recorded in Markie’s diaries, reveal stories about Elizabeth that have never been told until now. This lecture, given by Alexandra Deutsch of MdHS, presents a very different side of these two women who, seemingly very different, came to love and trust one another with their intimate thoughts.

April 5, 2019 - 1:00pm
Take a virtual field trip at the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library with a museum professional from the Maryland Historical Society. Analyzing primary sources, participants will decide if Marylanders aligned more with the Union or Confederates during the Civil War. This is a free program.

April 14, 2019 - 12:00pm
We are celebrating the opening of Hometown Girl with a community festival! Enjoy demonstrations and vendors. Participate in adult & family workshops, quilting activities and crafts for every age. Add to our community project and enjoy a student art show. Come celebrate all things quilts! FREE

April 14, 2019 - 1:00pm
Make a quilt-related to craft in celebration of the "Hometown Girl" quilt exhibition. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays and no advanced registration is required.

April 16, 2019 - 12:00pm
Two young Baltimoreans, Hester Dorsey Richardson and Louise Courtauld Osburne Haughton, founded The Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore in 1890 to "encourage exact and noble thinking among our women." Over the next 50 years, the Club met on a weekly basis to discuss the literature they read—and wrote—with the goal of cultivating both their minds and their literary reputations. This talk will describe the history of the Club, focusing on some of the Club's key figures, using archival materials held at MdHS and an online archive of their hundreds of publications, which were tracked down over the past year by undergraduate students at Loyola University Maryland. A print anthology of works, “Parole Femine: Words and Lives of the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore,” is forthcoming later this year.

April 17, 2019 - 10:00am
Have you ever wondered why counties, streets, cities, and bodies of water in Maryland are named the way they are? This Homeschool Day will break down the many names of places within Maryland and see where their names came from, how names have changed, the historical figures the places are named after, and understand the importance of the names!

April 24, 2019 - 5:30pm
Award-winning artist Patrick O’Brien will discuss his striking paintings that depict the classic age of sail. He will show many of his paintings, and discuss his extensive nautical and historical research that ensures that his paintings are definitively accurate renditions of battles at sea, historic waterfronts, and other aspects of maritime history. Light refreshments follow the lecture. The cost is $10 for MdHS members and $15 for non-members. Hosted by the MdHS Maritime Committee.

April 27, 2019 - 12:00pm
Learn how to edit entries on Wikipedia.com and use archival collections to share the stories of unsung Marylanders. Bring your own laptop. This is a free program.

May 2, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum this day as part of our Free First Thursdays.

May 2, 2019 - 11:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month. 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.

May 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
Take a self-guided tour to learn about mothers who shaped Maryland history. Create a special Mother’s Day craft. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays and no advanced registration required.

May 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Allen Abend, author of the 2018 book Maryland’s Treasure & Burden: Baltimore’s Peabody Institute Art Collection, will present the importance of the founding of the Peabody Institute and its Gallery of Art. The intertwined histories of the Peabody Institute and the Maryland Historical Society will be highlighted. He will discuss the remarkable art collection that was amassed by the Peabody Institute during and after the gallery’s almost fifty-year existence as Baltimore’s major fine arts venue. The collection, now owned by the state of Maryland, includes objects that have been on loan to the MdHS for many decades.

June 6, 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.

June 9, 2019 - 10:00am
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the entire museum on the first Thursday of every month.

June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm
Connect with the collections and learn the basics of taking a good selfie using your own smart phone. Museum admission is free on Second Sundays and no advanced registration required.

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 - 11:00am
Sit for a tintype portrait ((wet plate collodion process), individually or in groups. Receive a copy of your tintype a week later. Another copy becomes part of the MdHS collection. Cost is $25 members and $30 non-members. Registration is required.

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 27, 2019 - 12:00pm
Save the date! More information to come.

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.

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.