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Growing Up in Fell's Point: More Jennie Sokolowska Stories

August 17th 2017

The previous installment of this series appeared on December 15, 2016. Jane Schoeberlein (1924-2014), known as Jennie Sokolowska in her…

 

Mason and Dixon and Knopfler and Taylor: The BBC visits the MdHS

August 3rd 2017

Chris Jackson, a senior producer for the BBC, was driving near his home in Newcastle, England when he heard a…

 

Portraits and Paper Art -- The Schröder Family at MdHS

July 20th 2017

The museum staff refreshed the Folk Art gallery several months ago and in perusing the newly installed pieces, this intricately…

 

The Velvet Kind: The Sweet Story of Hendlers Creamery

July 6th 2017

Originally posted July 18, 2013 July in Maryland can be truly miserable. The temperature sizzles at over 100 degrees for…

 

The Wednesday Club: A Musical Soirėe

June 22nd 2017

In 1858, German born musician and publisher Otto Sutro was a popular bachelor with an active social life in Baltimore.…

 

The Search for Air in Baltimore: Open-Air Education at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

June 8th 2017

In the early twentieth century, student health attracted increasing attention from educators, medical professionals, and architects. This concern came in…

 

“The darkest hours are often the harbingers of a bright dawn:" The Diary of Hester Ann Wilkins Davis

May 25th 2017

  The library recently acquired a diary kept by Hester Ann Wilkins Davis during the Civil War years. It was…

 

French Delegation to Baltimore, May 1917: A Botanical Memento

May 11th 2017

One hundred years ago today these pansies bloomed in a lush and colorful bed on the east side of Mount…

 

The Newcomer Memorial Font: Art and Industry in Baltimore City

April 27th 2017

Baltimore’s long history as “The Monumental City” and current art culture means that there is an abundance of outdoor sculpture…

 

The Maryland Military Homefront during World War I

April 11th 2017

This piece originally appeared in the Maryland Historical Magazine, Volume 111, No.1 (Spring/Summer 2016) As cultural institutions around the world…

 

Lost City: Baltimore’s Trolleys, Trackless Trolleys and Buses

March 30th 2017

There was a time when you could take a trolley from Liberty Heights Avenue or Roland Avenue down to Stewart’s…

 

Taking a Stand in History! National History Day Research at MdHS

March 16th 2017

Within my role in the education department at MdHS, I have the pleasure of interacting with middle and high school…

 

The Baltimore Chronicle: Baltimore's Community Newspaper

March 2nd 2017

In the late 1960s—late 1970s, a number of alternative and underground newspapers sprang up in Baltimore. These papers intended to…

 

Uncommon Works: The Rare Book Collection at the Maryland Historical Society

February 16th 2017

Since the Maryland Historical Society’s founding in 1844, the library has amassed a spectacular collection of over seven million items. …

 

"It's Groundhog Day!"

February 2nd 2017

Groundhog Day is a much celebrated American holiday, but its roots stem from older traditions in Europe when people were…