News Releases

October 2019

Statewide Grant Program Launched to Support Local Museums and Historic Sites

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the launch of the MdHS Pathways Grant Program, a competitive program that will provide support for capacity-building projects at historical organizations throughout Maryland. The program's goal is to carve a pathway for local museums, historic sites and other organizations in Maryland's heritage community to achieve long-term resiliency and efficacy. [READ MORE]

September 2019

New Board Members Announced

The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees—John Banes, Neal Naff, M.D., and Henriette Taylor. [READ MORE]

August 2019

Paul Henderson Photographs on view at Goucher College Library, September 19, 2019 - May 24, 2020

The Goucher College Library and the Maryland Historical Society are excited to announce the upcoming exhibition Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era, opening September 19, 2019. This traveling exhibition from the collections of MdHS features images by photojournalist Paul Henderson (1899-1998), the Baltimore Afro-American's first photographer. [READ MORE]

June 12, 2019

Brewington Book Prize Awarded to John C. North II

The Maritime Committee of the Maryland Historical Society has awarded the 2019 Brewington Book Prize to Judge John C. North II for his book, “Tradition, Speed, and Grace: Chesapeake Bay Log Sailing Canoes” (St. Michaels, Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 2018). [READ MORE]

June 5, 2019

Maryland Historical Society Presents Photography Exhibition that Explores Humankind's Favorite Subject—Ourselves

The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) presents Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves, an exhibition of portraiture that celebrates photography as an expression of identity, place and sense of belonging. On view, June 19, 2019-July 1, 2020, Reflections encompasses nearly the entire era of photography, from the earliest 1840s daguerreotypes to modern day digital photographs and Instagram "selfies." [READ MORE]

May 30, 2019

“Project Runway” Stars to be Featured in Upcoming Spectrum of Fashion Exhibition and Opening Gala

As the Bravo channel's "Project Runway" prepares to wrap up its season, the Maryland Historical Society is proud to announce the participation of "Project Runway" mentor Christian Siriano and "Project Runway" contestant Bishme Cromartie in the upcoming MdHS exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, opening October 5, 2019. [READ MORE]


May 28, 2019

Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes History - Lecture is June 27

The Maryland Historical Society is hosting a lecture and reception for fans of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on June 27, 6-8 pm. University of Maryland historian and MdHS Trustee Dr. Richard Bell will give a talk titled, "Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes History," focused on what the success of this Tony-winning musical tells us about the marriange of history and show business. [READ MORE]


February 28, 2019

New Exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, to open October 5, 2019

The Maryland Historical Society (MDHS) is unlocking one of its greatest archival treasures to the public this fall in a new exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, opening October 5. Featuring nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, as well as decorative arts, this visually stunning installation will highlight the extraordinary breadth of the MdHS costume collection, spanning four centuries. [READ MORE]

February 25, 2019

MdHS Sharpens Focus on Existing Resources by Offering Excess Real Estate to Redevelopment

As part of its strategic plan, adopted in 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Society has agreed to offer the organization's unused real estate to redevelopment in order for MdHS to focus its attention and resources on spaces that meet its needs and further its mission. This decision puts MdHS on a path for greater sustainability, as well as greater innovation and more nimble implementation of programming. [READ MORE]

February 20, 2019

New Exhibition, Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich, Features Work of Nationally-Renowned, Baltimore-based Quilter

The Maryland Historical Society is proud to present a new exhibition, Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich, opening March 23, 2019, featuring one-of-a-kind appliqué quilts created by Baltimore-native Mimi Dietrich. Ms. Dietrich is one of Maryland’s and the nation’s most accomplished quilters. [READ MORE]