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Student Research Center

Discover the real “stuff” of history with SeaRCH, the Student Research Center for History, designed to introduce students to primary source-based historical research at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. Through SeaRCH, students gain access to the MCHC’s vast collections of original manuscripts, images, and artifacts. Students work alongside professional researchers, developing nuanced content knowledge through the use of important research and analytical skills. Please visit our Schedule Programs page to book your SeaRCH program.

High schoolers look at a historic document while doing research at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

SeaRCH Programs

Introduction to Research

An introduction to the handling and analysis of original primary source manuscripts and images, using the MCHC archives. Programs address one of the following topics:

  • Slavery and the Underground Railroad
  • Civil War Perspectives
  • Progressive Era in Maryland
  • The Civil Rights Movement

Grades: 6th – College
Cost: $8 per student
Details: 1–2 hour sessions


Custom SeaRCH Programs

An opportunity for classes to conduct in-depth research using original primary sources on a variety of topics in Maryland and U.S. history. Requires advance notice, 4-6 weeks.

Grades: 6th – College
Cost: $10 per student
Details: 1–2 hour sessions


Virtual Search Program

Want to do a SeaRCH program but can’t come into the building? We can bring you the program virtually through live, interactive programs featuring MCHC collections materials.

Grades: 6th – College
Cost: $75 per session for Maryland schools/ $125 for Out of State schools
Details: 1 hour program (Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 40 students per program)


National History Day Research

An introduction to primary source research strategies, as well as guidance for creating successful National History Day projects, which align to the year’s theme.

Grades: 6th – 12th
Cost: $8 per student
Details: 1–2 hour sessions


Want to enhance your onsite SeaRCH Program with a tour?

View tour options on the Onsite School Tours page.


Have a Question?

Call 410-685-3750, ext. 334, or email search@mdhistory.org, or read our SeaRCH Program Guidelines.

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