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Shaping the Future of History Campaign

A New Path for the Maryland Center for History and Culture

The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC), formerly the Maryland Historical Society, is the premier source for Maryland history, art, and culture with a collection that is second to none. Our collection has endured and grown since 1844, making us the oldest continually operating cultural institution in the state. The MCHC reflects not only the story of Maryland, but also the story of the United States.

The [Maryland Center for History and Culture] is a treasure chest of Maryland’s history. The breadth of this collection offers Marylanders a tangible connection to our state’s storied past.

Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., Maryland Senate President Emeritus

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A Compelling New Vision for MCHC

We are the custodians of all these stories and so many more yet to be told. We want to preserve the time-honored narrative of Maryland history, while writing an inspiring new story for the future of our organization. To achieve this vision, our campaign focuses on three key tenets. As we approach our 200th year, we recognize that balance between education, access, and sustainability is crucial to moving the Maryland Center for History and Culture forward.

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Shaping the Future of History Key Tenets

Education, Engagement, and Expansion

We will transform part of our facility into a state-of-the-art Learning Lab for enhanced educational experiences. We will create intentional community spaces designed for dialogue and discovery. Vibrant, responsive, and inclusive programs that engage and profoundly connect with new, diverse audiences are key to success. 

Investments include:

  • New visitor-centric education spaces
  • Software and technology upgrades to support enhanced onsite and digital programming
  • Equipment for an additional Virtual Field Trip production studio
  • Support for expanded programming resources, such as speaker fees, marketing materials, and fabrication and installation
  • Additional staffing for expanded programming


To welcome and connect with future audiences, we must re-examine and re-envision our campus. By repurposing some of our underutilized structures, we will ensure proper stewardship of our collection and focus MCHC’s resources on strategic investments. Together, these investments will enhance collections access today while ensuring their long-term preservation for future generations.

Investments include:

  • Advanced collections storage and care
  • Improved public use and research of the collection, both onsite and digitally
  • Collections assessment and refinement
  • Curatorial staffing for collections stewardship and interpretation
  • State-of-the-art fire suppression system throughout the library and museum storage and galleries


While MCHC has remained financially solvent through difficult periods, we must diversify our income sources. Our intention is to establish restricted capital funds to ensure long-term sustainability and secure our legacy by dedicating a percentage of every campaign gift to these reserves.

Investments include:

  • Long-term capital assets
  • Reserves for future programming and exhibitions
  • Long-standing financial sustainability

In addition to these three immediate goals, MCHC intends to secure an additional in planned gift commitments. These legacy gifts will sustain and grow MCHC’s endowment, and therefore our organization, for years to come, ensuring that Maryland’s oldest continually operating cultural institution will continue to flourish.

We are an extraordinary repository. Our collection has star power. I want our holdings to be more widely known, accessible, relevant and representative.

Mark Letzer, MCHC President and CEO

Your History Lives Here

The Maryland Center for History and Culture understands how to connect people of all ages to the power of history more than any other organization in our state. It took tremendous vision and foresight in 1844 to invest in an idea—that Maryland history had value and was worth preserving. At MCHC, that vision is alive and well.

Join us as we reimagine how history is experienced and taught.

Our Shaping the Future of History campaign strengthens our vision to deepen society’s understanding of the present through dialogue with the past. MCHC will be nationally recognized as a center for discovery, engaging diverse audiences in authentic experiences onsite and within their communities. A commitment to exemplary stewardship, inclusive programming, and ongoing scholarship and innovation will realize the potential of our museum and library collections to illuminate our world.

Bringing artifacts into the classroom digitally supplements our social studies curriculum in a very authentic way for the students. Virtual field trips are a great, affordable way to encourage a love of history.

Rebecca Kidd, teacher, Urbana Elementary School, Frederick County

With funding and support from this campaign, we are seeking to shape the future of how history is presented far beyond our walls, connecting with new audiences and greatly expanding our national presence.

This is your invitation to share in that vision. To make history a relevant and immersive experience. To ignite countless connections with our origins and celebrated history.

Join us. Your history lives here.

Please contact Hilary Chiang, Director of Individual Giving, at or 410-685-3750, ext. 339, for more information.