Upcoming Events

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 - 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.

October 4, 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.

October 4, 2018 - 1:00pm
As we approach the centennial of the end of World War I, visit the Maryland Historical Society for a special guided tour of the Voyage of the Deutschland exhibit, which highlights the fascinating story of espionage and the conflicted allegiances of German Americans in the state. The tour will start at 1 PM, and visitors can enjoy free admission to the museum on Thursday, October 4th.

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.

October 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
This event is part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Catonsville 9 action. Visit Activism and Art: The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later at the Maryland Historical Society during open hours and view the film at the Parkway Theater on October 5.

October 6, 2018 - 10:00am
This free and family-friendly event is the culminating event of Baltimore Architecture Month and invites the public to explore dozens of historic and modern structures in Baltimore City for free, including the first floor of the Enoch Pratt House at the Maryland Historical Society. We will also be screening documentary and archival film shorts in France Auditorium as part of our fifth annual "Maryland on Film" series.

October 7, 2018 - 8:00pm
This event is part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Catonsville 9 action. Visit Activism and Art: The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later at the Maryland Historical Society during open hours and view the film at the Old Greenbelt Theater on October 7.

October 10, 2018 - 10:00am
Explore the history and culture of Maryland through its many art forms. Through hands-on learning and craft making, students will examine and try their hand at early photography methods, explore the music culture of Maryland, and learn how different mediums of art have been used to change our communities.

October 10, 2018 - 5:30pm
The Maryland Historical Society is hosting a maritime talk October 10 with Steven Ujifusa, author of “Barons of the Sea: And their Race to Build the World's Fastest Clipper Ship.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The lecture starts at 6 pm, followed by a Q&A with the audience, and then a wine and cheese reception and book signing. Copies of “Barons of the Sea” will be available for purchase.

October 14, 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.

October 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Every Second Sunday visit us for free!

October 14, 2018 - 1:00pm
Free. No advance registration required. How can creating art inspire change? Explore the possibilities during this free Second Sunday drop-in where we will get creative with our printmaking skills and ask ourselves “What are we passionate about?” Fulfills the Heritage Studies Patch for Girl Scouts.

October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
Free. Bring your lunch. This talk explores the history of Provident Hospital in West Baltimore before it was absorbed by Liberty Hospital. Records from the Maryland Historical Society and the city archives show Provident’s rise and fall within a regional and national context, revealing the city’s tangled networks of racial financing, politics and dispossession. It challenges standard narratives of institutional mismanagement, labor unrest and poverty, and argues for a more sustained historical understanding of relations between racism, capitalism and health inequality in Baltimore. Provident Hospital opened with 10 beds in 1894 during an era when African American’s had few options for adequate healthcare. The hospital provided a place for black doctors to develop their skills, black nurses to gain training, and black residents to receive treatment “by physicians of their own race.” Provident grew to nearly 300 beds and 1,000 staff across multiple West Baltimore locations. The hospital suffered dire financial straits in the 1970s, however, and closed in 1985.

October 27, 2018 - 10:30am
This event is full. Box lunches will be served. Explore the lives of the people who shaped Maryland history on this special Halloween tour of Green Mount Cemetery and the Maryland Historical Society. With Mark Letzer, MdHS President & CEO, tour our galleries to learn about the great Marylanders of the past, including Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Enoch Pratt and William Henry Rinehart. Following lunch, visitors will motorcade to Green Mount Cemetery to visit the graves of these and many other famous Marylanders. A walking tour along the historic paths under fall foliage will highlight the people, legends, and lore surrounding one of Baltimore's historic cemeteries.

November 1, 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.

November 1, 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.

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.

November 3, 2018 - 12:00pm
$25/person; Ages 7-15 Advance registration required. The Holidays are knocking! Do your children know how to behave around guests or at the holiday table? Back again to visit the Maryland Historical Society, the International School of Protocol will be here to prepare your children to receive proper instruction on how to behave at the dinner table this holiday season. Real food served!

November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm
The 70s, 80s, 90s are BACK! Neon, legwarmers, mom jeans, power suits…refresh your closet and rewind to the days of disco, New Wave and grunge while shopping curated vintage from some of the area’s top dealers. DJ, signature cocktail and light fare fuel your shopping energy. Early access shopping from 6 pm to 7 pm for $10, free from 7 pm to 10 pm.

November 11, 2018 - 12:00pm
Every Second Sunday visit us for free!

November 11, 2018 - 1:00pm
Free. No advance registration required. Let’s celebrate the 1970s! View some of our 1970s vintage objects from our collection and decorate your own cat-eye glasses! Come to make a local vintage Hon accessory during our free Second Sunday drop-in.

November 15, 2018 - 2:00pm
This event is part of a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Catonsville 9 action. This is a FREE event

November 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Free. Bring your lunch. Learn how education for black girls was necessary for social advancement in southern society in this presentation given by Lord Baltimore Fellow Lisa Rose Lanson of Marquette University. Literacy was recognized in the post-Civil War period as a means of subverting the white institutional belief that black girls had no right to access notions of domestic femininity and womanhood that governed white women during the 19th century. Through education, women defined themselves and their relationship to their family, community, and the larger civil society. By the mid-1880s, Baltimore’s black community demanded better access to education to teach black children self-sufficiency, independence and to participate in concepts of racial uplift, thus suggesting earlier local efforts with schooling and education in the antebellum period continued throughout the post-war period.

December 1, 2018 - 10:00am
Let’s make toys! Our friends from FullBlast STEAM will bring their maker technology here to us to design, create and program working robots for an obstacle course and competition. You don’t want to miss this STEAM event!

December 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.

December 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.

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

December 9, 2018 - 1:00pm
Free. No advance registration required. Tin toys were imported from Germany and sold for a single penny between 1890-1935. Find out more about these 20th-century toys during our free Second Sunday drop-in. Create your own version of a penny toy to take home! Fulfills the Art-Miniatures Badge for Frontier Girls.

December 18, 2018 - 12:00pm
Presented by Paul Rubenson, MdHS Exhibitions Manager. Animated Christmas wonderlands! From repurposed clock works to water pumps, from candles to incandescent lights, from old washing machine motors to electric TRAINS, TRAINS, TRAINS, mechanically-minded Marylanders added life to the German immigrant tradition of miniature worlds under the Christmas tree. This talk explores the roots and reasons behind a local craft tradition that embraced early twentieth-century technological enthusiasm to become an American holiday staple. Paul Rubenson is an historian of technology with an MA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.