Upcoming Events

August 20, 2020 - 12:00pm
The year 2020, in addition to being an election year, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment’s ratification. MdHS’s upcoming virtual exhibition, Forgotten Fight: The Struggle for Voting Rights in Maryland explores the long, combative road that Marylanders walked to get their right to be heard. But who were these champions? This month, as we honor the women who devoted their life to women’s suffrage, MdHS presents “Unlocking the Exhibition: The Women of Forgotten Fight.” Join Joe Tropea, MdHS’s Curator of Films & Photographs, Mallory Herberger, Special Collections Archivist, and Ashlee Anderson, Digital Learning Specialist as they talk about finding the forgotten figures who forged the path in women’s suffrage. Learn how suffragists were uncovered and brought to light through the MdHS collections, and the valuable work they did for women’s rights.

September 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
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 - 4:00pm
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 - 12:00pm
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”.

December 3, 2020 - 12:00pm
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.