In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the National Electronics Museum is hosting a temporary exhibit, "The Pace Collection: Unique and Rarely Seen NASA Apollo Mission Hardware". The exhibit features an eclectic mix of artifacts from a private collection. Don’t forget the Museum also has on permanent display the Westinghouse Apollo XI lunar TV camera. The exhibit is free with paid museum admission. Open 10 July through 15 October 2019.
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Starting with early portraiture, “Reflections: A Brief History of Looking at Ourselves” is a new exhibition exploring themes of identity and place that are at the cornerstone of human experience and widely examined in contemporary photography. The year-long exhibition draws from the Maryland Historical Society’s photograph holdings, including daguerreotypes, salt prints, glass negatives, silver gelatin and digital prints.
This exhibition is on view through March 2020. The MdHS museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and on Sundays, 12 pm-5 pm.
The exhibition features 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. In 2015 she was inducted into The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. “Hometown Girl” tells Ms. Dietrich’s story as a life-long Marylander and Baltimore native, and draws inspiration from the many students she has taught over her 35-year career.
Summer and Shakespeare go together like iced tea and lemonade! Prepare for summer fun as we lead you through a discussion of BSF's 2019 summer shows: the heartbreaking tragedy Romeo and Juliet and the side-splitting comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. We will discuss the historical and literary background of these plays along with their characters and themes.
Who was the man who inspired the award-winning, supremely hip musical? How was Hamilton linked to Washington? Was he an abolitionist? What about the duel with Aaron Burr that led to his death? If you can’t see the play, come and learn the real history of Alexander Hamilton and his tumultuous life as explored through questions and answers with historians.
If you are going to see the play or have already seen it, this talk will make the politics and history much clearer!
Maryland Humanities brings arctic explorer Matthew Henson back to life through its program, Chautauqua: Making Waves. Chautauqua celebrates its 25th season this summer. A living history performance by actor-scholar Keith Henley will be followed by a question and answer session, which will spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun.
Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore's successful 19th-century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues. All tours begin at the Enoch Pratt Free Library - Central Branch. Tickets are $10. Please note that advance registration is required; no walk-ups will be accepted.
Maryland Humanities brings Jacques Cousteau back to life through its program, Chautauqua: Making Waves, Chautauqua celebrates its 25th season this summer. A living history performance by actor-scholar Doug Mishler will be followed by a question and answer session, which will spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun.
Anchored by the Phoenix Shot Tower, Historic Jonestown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and includes often overlooked landmarks. In addition to going inside the Shot Tower, on this tour you’ll learn about the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Meeting House) and the third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street Synagogue), and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll.
Maryland Humanities brings "Pirate Queen" Grace O'Malley back to life through its program, Chautauqua: Making Waves Chautauqua celebrates its 25th season this summer. A living history performance by actor-scholar Mary Ann Jung will be followed by a question and answer session, which will spark spirited conversation and provide educational family fun.
Albania, a small Muslim-majority country, proved a surprising refuge for the Jewish community of central Europe during the Holocaust. Thanks to Besa, an Albanian concept sometimes translated as “pledge of honor,” and an oath sworn by much of the population requiring individuals to come to the aid of those in need, this country became a safe haven for Jews escaping Nazi persecution. Join us as we hear the story of one family’s experience from second generation survivors Eli and Benjy Neumann.
Step back in time on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 for a Civil War Encampment and Living History. Two days of special events commemorate Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry and Sykes’ Union V Corps. Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery drills, living history, and skirmishes as visitors get a front row view of Civil War military forces and the effect on civilians at the Union Mills Homestead, where both Union and Confederate forces rested before the decisive battle at Gettysburg.
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Maryland Historical Society is transforming its courtyard into a Colonial Market Square. People of all ages will enjoy living history interpreters, demonstrations, games, crafts and vendors. Free for MdHS members, and $5 for nonmembers, including museum admission. Limited free parking is available in the MdHS parking lot. Rain date is Saturday, August 3.
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. Cost is $10 for MdHS members and $15 for nonmembers, including unlimited drinks. Limited free parking is available in the MdHS parking lot. Rain date is Saturday, August 3.
Baltimoreans celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution. We used it to defend the city from the British in the War of 1812 and to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunneled under it to quarry minerals. Join us on a tour of Federal Hill and the neighborhood around it to learn about this waterfront community’s rich history, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in Federal Hill, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.
Did you know that the Continental Congress met in downtown Baltimore? Or that Abraham Lincoln just barely escaped an assisination attempt there? Or that German agents plotted sabotage on Charles Street during World War I? Downtown has layers and layers of history! Please join us and our tour guide, Mr. Jefferson Gray, as we explore downtown Baltimore from its earliest days through the Civil War, the labor unrest of the Gilded Age, the Great Fire of 1904 and the Civil Rights Movement.
Charles Heller shares a riveting adventure and moving recollection of a loving family-his own-nearly destroyed by the Nazis. From Communist controlled Czechoslovakia to America, this is a tale of persecution, struggle, and survival.
In 2014, archaeologists discovered the remains of a stone slave quarter outside of Annapolis revealing thousands of artifacts, objects and – perhaps most importantly – DNA. Presenter Dr. Julie Schablitsky, Chief Archaeologist of the Maryland Department of Transportation, will explain the discovery process using archaeological finds, a cemetery and genetics.
This program is in observation of the Jamestown 400th Anniversary.
Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you'll discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up!