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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.
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 a visually stunning installation highlighting the extraordinary breadth of the Maryland Historical Society’s costume collection across four centuries and features nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, as well as decorative arts.
Spectrum of Fashion tells an American social history rooted in Maryland. The clothing has connections to presidents and to the formerly enslaved, to the internationally famous, and to everyday Marylanders, all of whom have important stories to tell.
The enslaved community at George Washington’s Mount Vernon developed over many years, starting with 10 people when Washington was 11 years old, and growing to over 300 at the end of his life. This lecture, presented by Mary Thompson, a Research Historian with The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, explores the large number of individuals who were forced into slavery through inheritance, marriage, acquisition, estate sales’ purchase, rented from neighbors, born at Mount Vernon and purchased from slave ships.
Using the historic and contemporary quilts on display in the Hometown Girl exhibition, participants will stitch their way through the basics of applique and other traditional types of sewing. Admission is free for this program and the museum.