Maryland Historical Society

Theme: Stewards of Hidden History

Background and History

Founded in 1844, is the oldest cultural institution in the U.S. state of Maryland. The society “collects, preserves, and interprets objects and materials reflecting Maryland’s diverse heritage.” MdHS has a museum, library, holds educational programs, and publishes scholarly works on Maryland. The Society’s campus is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland at 201 West Monument Street. This location is the main building of the Maryland Historical Society, which has been housed at the Enoch Pratt House since 1919.

The library enables researchers, teachers, and students to see for themselves the records of the past, and to study and learn from its many treasures and includes: 231 weapons, 866 pieces of jewelry, 2,200 Native American prehistoric archaeological objects, 60,000 books, 800,000 photographs, 5 million manuscripts, 6,500 prints and broadsides, 1 million pieces of printed ephemera, 15,000 musical scores as well as a remarkable collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings and silver, maritime artifacts….in addition to extensive genealogy indexes reflecting the history of Maryland and its people.

Face: Louise Brownell (Chief Steward)


Maryland Historical Society

Bad Times in Ba'more frank1988