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From colonial impressions of the Chesapeake Bay to detailed city plans for guiding Baltimore's rapid expansion, this exhibition features over thirty of the most stunning and historically significant maps of Maryland from the collection of the late businessman, philanthropist, and Johns Hopkins alumnus Willard Hackerman. The maps are brought together with related rare books and prints, ephemera, and digital story maps to reveal the passion of a collector, the early mapping of Maryland, and the potential of combining historical maps with modern data to re-examine the past.
In 1968, nine Catholic peace activists protested the Vietnam War in a fiery blaze in Catonsville, Maryland. “Activism and Art: the Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later” examines one of the most iconic and written-about acts of political protest in 20th century American history. Through art created by Catonsville Nine activist Tom Lewis and elements of the documentary “Hit & Stay: a history of faith and resistance,” this exhibit explores the motivations and considers the consequences of civil disobedience, and contextualizes this protest in our present turbulent political climate.
"Structure and Perspective" brings together commissioned works by Maryland-born artist David Brewster with objects from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection. This marrying of old with new, contemporary with “antique,” creates a dialogue that inspires thought-provoking discussions of how the objects of the past remain relevant to today’s ever-changing social landscape. It also highlights Brewster’s often challenging perspective on the modern world, one that looks to the overlooked or unseen.
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.
Returning for its 6th season, Christmas Village in Baltimore will once again transform West Shore Park at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an authentic German Christmas market! Kicking off the season with the NEW preview weekend (November 17th - November 18th), the event will continue running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve (November 22nd – December 24th, 2018). There will be a large variety of weekday and weekend events designed to please young and old which await to be explored!
The history of the London theaters during Shakespeare’s lifetime is a fascinating field of study that can help us better appreciate Shakespeare’s stagecraft. Come learn about the Theatre, commonly credited as the first permanently built theatre, the Red Lion, the Rose, the Curtain, the Hope, the Swan, and the two theaters most closely associated with Shakespeare: the Globe and the Blackfriars.
This event is FREE.
Beer, wine, and snacks provided!
Historic Ships in Baltimore honors those who served during WWII with a memorial ceremony held on board USCGC TANEY, marking the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Go on a self-guided tour of Hampden's historic churches. All churches on the list are free to visit and open from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Explore Hampden's history and learn about the congregations and organizations located in the buildings today.
Link to Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MCuEEitiio2X30zYUChRFD2NT15izwdX&usp=sharing
Event Hub: St. Mary's Outreach Center
3900 Roland Avenue
Construction Date: 1873
Robert I. Cottom, PhD, better known as Ric to friends and public radio listeners, was serving as editor of the scholarly Maryland Historical Magazine when he was called to share his knowledge of Maryland history on Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR. He soon became host of Your Maryland, which quickly caught on for its colorful, human-interest glimpses into Maryland’s past. With the release of his book, Your Maryland: Little-Known Histories from the Shores of the Chesapeake to the Foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Mr.
Join us for a free Family Second Sunday drop-in activity. This month, learn about tin toys that were imported from Germany and sold for a single penny between 1890-1935. Create your own version of a penny toy to take home. Also, view a special display of historic toys from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection.
Join us for our free Family Second Sunday drop-in activity. This month we are celebrating the 1970s and making a local vintage Hon accessory. View 1970s vintage objects from our collection and decorate your own cat eyeglasses. No advanced registration is required.
Harry Houdini wasn’t born – he was invented. The world’s most famous magician began life as Erik Weisz, the son of a Hungarian rabbi. This engaging and entertaining living history performance tells the story of how Erich Weiss became Harry Houdini and investigates the technologies, marketing prowess and entertainment trends that transformed him into a superstar. Harry Houdini is portrayed by David London.
Admission is $1 for Downtown Dollar Day.
Dr. Alan Kreizenbeck is a theatre practitioner with a love for popular entertainments. Come learn about the history of vaudeville, famous Jewish vaudevillians (in both Yiddish and “mainstream” theatres), Harry Houdini’s vaudeville career, and vaudeville in Baltimore. Corny old jokes will be re-told, songs will be presented, and many photographs will be shared.
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, given by Paul Rubenson, explores the roots and reasons behind a local craft tradition that embraced early twentieth-century technological enthusiasm to become an American holiday staple.
Sure, Hanukkah might be over by Dec 22nd, but it takes a good long while to burn off all those latkes and jelly doughnuts. Creative Alliance and Charm City Klezmer are here to put you through the aerobic paces with our annual Holiday Klezmer dance party. Learn and participate in traditional Yiddish dances while Baltimore’s best klezmer band keeps you moving!
Baltimore's Finest Funk & Soul DJs, Landis Expandis (Skintight) and Rob Macy (Save Your Soul at Lithuanian Hall) return to Creative Alliance to host another epic party to ring in your 2019 with some serious “Love, Peace and Soul.” This year, they welcome Baltimore’s most righteous R&B and funk band, The Jonathan Gilmore Experience, who will make it their duty to move your booty.
Always wanted to learn how to make cocktails like the pros? Come join one of our tour guides as we walk you through the history of Sagamore Spirit and the process of how we make our Rye Whiskey. Gather in one of our tasting rooms with individual stations to make some of our signature cocktails. You’ll get hands-on in creating two cocktails that are easy enough to recreate at home. Get ready to have some fun and enjoy some thirst quenching cocktails!