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Curtis W. Jacobs’ Diary and Account Book, 1854–1866

April 19th 2018

Shortly past noon today, April 19, 2018, the niggling “we are forgetting something” hovering on the edges of our brains…

 

Leonora Jackson: “A Name that Will Live in Musical History”

March 29th 2018

Although largely forgotten today, violinist Leonora Jackson was among a group of pioneering female classical musicians who broke down a…

 

Through the Lens: Early Photography and the Cased Photograph Collection at the Maryland Historical Society

March 8th 2018

The Cased Photograph Collection in the H. Furlong Baldwin Library is a remarkable slice of photographic history. The nearly 600…

 

Miss Szold: A Jewish Idealist in the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore

February 22nd 2018

This summer, under the direction of Loyola University Maryland English Professor Jean Lee Cole, I was part of a group…

 

Career Day: Photos by Henderson

February 16th 2018

You may remember having Career Day in school growing up, a day where adults come into your classroom and talk about their line of work. There are countless types of jobs from manufacturing to paper pushing to directing traffic from a barrel on the side of the road (just wait…

 

Frederick Douglass: Significant Moments in His Life in Maryland in His Words

February 8th 2018

Two hundred years ago this month, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born at Holmes Hill Farm in Talbot County, Maryland.…

 

The Rise of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore and the Bethel A.M.E. Church

November 30th 2017

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Bethel A.M.E.) is a Baltimore landmark. It is a tribute to the city’s African…

 

The Case of Kevin Archer

November 16th 2017

In 1986 Anti-Apartheid demonstrations spread across the nation’s college and university campuses. Shantytown protests sprang up at Dartmouth, Georgetown, George…

 

Green Mount Cemetery, John Pendleton Kennedy, and Elizabeth Kennedy's Unusual Grave Marker

November 2nd 2017

Green Mount Cemetery, dedicated in 1839, is a paradigm of the rural cemetery movement which transformed American burial practice.  Like…

 

Happy Halloween

October 26th 2017

Happy Halloween from the Underbelly staff! Enjoy these scary photos from the bowels of the Maryland Historical Society’s archives.  

 

The Dream of the ‘90s is Alive: Pre-processing the Joseph Kohl Collection

October 19th 2017

This post originally appeared on December 12, 2013. Whatever you do, don’t mistake the title of this post as a…

 

An American Tragedy

October 12th 2017

Originally posted on November 29, 2012 Many who devote their lives to bringing about social change can recall a single…

 

General Hospital No. 7 and the Blinded Veterans of the Great War in Baltimore

October 5th 2017

Many of the hundreds of students who pass through the Humanities Building at Loyola University Maryland each year may not…

 

What we lost in the Fire

September 20th 2017

This past summer, I was one of five Loyola University students that conducted research on the Woman’s Literary Club of Baltimore.…

 

Foodways and Fantasies in Nineteenth Century Personal Cookbooks

September 7th 2017

Old cookbooks, both published and handwritten, can offer a tempting glimpse into historic foodways. The H. Furlong Baldwin Library contains…