Spectrum of FashionSpectrum of Fashion
Now Open Through December 2020
The Maryland Center of History and Culture has unlocked one of its greatest archival treasures in a new exhibition, Spectrum of Fashion, open through December 2020. The visually stunning installation highlights the extraordinary breadth of the MCHC costume collection across four centuries and features nearly 100 examples of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, as well as decorative arts.Learn More
Wild and UntamedWild and Untamed
Dunton’s Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilts
Follow Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr. on his journey to understand the Baltimore album quilt tradition and learn how quilts served as the building blocks for his groundbreaking work in occupational therapy. Explore our internationally famous quilt collection, including never-before-seen pieces, and Dr. Dunton’s personal works to unravel a narrative that connects Dunton’s views on quilts, gender, and mental health in the 1940s.Learn More
Flickering TreasuresFlickering Treasures
Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters
In 1896, Marylanders crowded to Electric Park to see the lights and attractions, including the very first moving-picture show. Movies were magical, transporting the viewers to new places, inviting them to escape their everyday lives, marvel at a new technology, gather news, and appreciate art. Movie theaters became symbols for the worlds they were unlocking, ethereal buildings where people gathered to take a journey together through the movie screen.Learn More
Dedicated to preserving the irreplaceable history of Maryland
The H. Furlong Baldwin Library invites visitors to explore the records of Maryland’s past and preserves irreplaceable historical materials for future generations.
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A Word From Our Members
Our members believe what we believe: history can illuminate the past, lend perspective to the present, and inform the future. Don’t take our word for it. Hear what they have to say.Join or renew
There is a lot to be gained by joining which contributes to the preservation of so many items in the [MCHC] collection that are precious to our country’s history. The museum was a surprise to me, and had me engaged for hours. The gift shop had so many lovely things, and the discount offered to members is a great incentive to purchasing books. When I cannot get to [the MCHC], they have an online collection that allows access to amazing documentation.Kimberly K. Walters, Member Since 2017
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