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.
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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.
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.
Costume Historian Nora Ellen Carleson will explore the late 19th and early 20th century dressmakers of Baltimore who clothed the city's most fashionable denizens through importing, smuggling and the creation of their own luxurious fashions. This lecture is part of the Francis Scott Key Lecture series. Cost is $50 for member and nonmembers.