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.
The Moment Was Now is a new musical play that takes place in post-civil war Baltimore in 1869, a turning point in US history where America almost did the right thing. Echoing the current moment, the play centers around the impassioned search for unity between the dynamic historic leaders of powerful constituencies during Reconstruction. The conflicts and possibilities unfold at a fictional meeting convened by Frederick Douglass and are elevated by the musical and spoken word format. Hope hangs in the balance at this most unusual gathering of suffragette, abolitionist Susan B.
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.
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.
View and purchase paintings of Mount Vernon Place by members of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). During the summer months, artists from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association bring their easels to Mount Vernon Place to capture its magnificent history, landscape, and architecture. For the September show, the en plein air artists ("en plein air" refers to painting outdoors) will display their work for view and purchase in the enclosed courtyard of the Garrett Jacobs Mansion. Tickets include a wine and cheese reception that will accompany the exhibition.
Enjoy free museum admission and collection highlights tours at 11 a.m. every first Thursday of the month. Explore the galleries with a staff member, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display, and learn about Maryland’s rich history. Groups of 10 or more people must book the tour ahead of time.
Additional 1 p.m. tours will be offered in September and November.
* On Sept. 5, at 1 p.m., tour the War of 1812 exhibition in honor of Defender’s Day.
The impact on today’s fashion by Maryland-born Claire McCardell is huge, but is unknown by most. Join the Maryland Historical Society’s Curatorial Assistant Barbara Meger as she shares results of her research into the manuscript and fashion archives and reveals the depth of McCardell’s contribution. This lecture is part of the Francis Scott Key Lecture series. Cost is $50 for member and nonmembers.
A full weekend of architectural adventure in Baltimore!
2019 marks the sixth annual Doors Open Baltimore, the city’s largest festival of architecture and neighborhoods. Doors Open Baltimore invites thousands of visitors to explore Baltimore’s neighborhoods, peek inside some of the city’s most stunning spaces, and make meaningful connections to the built environment and the people who design, build preserve and carry out amazing work in our city.
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10am–4pm
Celebrate the opening night of Spectrum of Fashion: Celebrating Maryland’s Style, the largest costume exhibition in the Maryland Historical Society’s 175-year history. Be among the first to view this visually stunning installation featuring nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing spanning four centuries.
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!
From Guglielmo Marconi’s experiments in sending audio signals via radio waves in the 1890s to the strains of Rock and Roll coursing through teenage ears in the 1960s, and everything in between, Baltimore historian Jack Burkert explores the Golden Age of Radio in the lives of Americans, with a special focus on Baltimore. In today’s world of internet and visual media, we forget how radio transformed America with national networks, new snazzy commercial jingles, and the story of how one company came to dominate the new radio market only to suddenly exit altogether. Of course, Mr.
This is a historical play about one of the most important American spies of World War II who most people have never heard of. The performance, geared for an adult audience, portrays the true story of Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native.
The event is sponsored by the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and hosted by the Maryland Historical Society
Doors open at 10:30 AM. Light refreshments will be served.
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.
Opus Concert Theatre proudly presents Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, Nabucco. Direct from the Bible (587 BC books of Jeremiah & Daniel), Nabucco is the story of a leader (King of Babylon - Nebuchadnezzar) who declares himself to be above the laws of God & Man. Nabucco has a love story that crosses religious/racial boundaries, faces political lies, manipulations for power, enslavement of the Jews (minorities) and God's final judgement and justice. Semi-Staged Concert Version, with soloists, chorus, sung in English and Italian.
***All tours offered on a pay-only-what-you-can basis and proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum***
The historic Poe House is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 response in Maryland, but that doesn’t mean Poe’s chamber door is closed to you online. Join us for a live virtual tour of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, led by a real museum docent.