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Virtual Program Archive

Due to COVID-19, all public programming at the Maryland Center for History and Culture will be virtual through fall 2020. We are pleased to offer an archive of these free virtual programs, ranging from lectures about food and fashion history, to a webinar about collecting in the digital age. As we continue to socially distance, check our Program Calendar for more information about upcoming virtual programs.

Participants of a virtual program on screen.
Guest speakers in Two Sides of the Redline: How Policy Shaped a City of Neighborhoods.

Virtual Program Recordings

Baltimore’s golden age of movie theaters

Original Air Date: October 15, 2020

Take a trip down memory lane with Joe Tropea, MCHC’s Curator of Films & Photographs, Eric R. Cotten, founder of the Baltimore Filmmakers Collective, Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun photographer and author of Flickering Treasures Robert K. Headley, motion picture exhibition historian and author of Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore, and activist Ralph Moore as they muse on Baltimore’s golden age of movie theaters.

tracing the life of frederick douglass

Original Air Date: October 6, 2020

During this live, interactive distance learning program, children and families will learn about the life of Frederick Douglass. By examining primary sources from the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s collections, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the living and working conditions experienced by enslaved Africans and African Americans. From slavery to freedom, participants will gain a better understanding of Douglass’ incredible life and legacy.

FSK from home: vanguard: how african american women led the movement for voting rights

Original Air Date: October 1, 2020

Dr. Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, discusses her new book: Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All in this virtual program. Learn about the black women who built this movement and how it continues to impact politics today. FSK from Home is our virtual program alternative to our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

MCHC Core Conversations: Discovery with carla hayden, phd

Original Air Date: September 24, 2020

The MCHC Core Conversation Series celebrates our newly crafted core values: Discovery, Dialogue, Authenticity, and Community. Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, joins MCHC’s France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Catherine Mayfield, in a conversation about how we can make library and museum collections relevant today and the importance of “discovery.”

Fsk from home: emanuel leutze: myth and memory

Original Air Date: September 10, 2020

Tune in to this virtual program, presented by independent museum educator, Alice W. Schwarz. This deep-dive presentation discusses how German-born artist Emanuel Leutze romanticized the past in two of his most well-known paintings: “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and his other work owned by the Maryland Center for History and Culture, “Settlement of Maryland by Lord Baltimore.” FSK from Home is our virtual program alternative to our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

unlocking the exhibition: the women in forgotten fight

Original Air Date: August 20, 2020

Watch this virtual program for an inside look at MCHC’s upcoming virtual exhibition, Forgotten Fight: The Struggle for Voting Rights in Maryland, launching September 9, 2020. You’ll meet a few MCHC staff members and learn about how several suffragists’ stories were uncovered and brought to light through our collections.

Historic Amusement Parks in Maryland: Separate but not Equal

Original Air Date: August 12, 2020

This virtual program recalls Maryland’s amusement parks of a bygone era, with special consideration to Gywnn Oak Park. The MCHC proudly welcomes Jason Rhodes, author of Images of America: Maryland’s Amusement Parks, and Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, co-authors of the recently published children’s book about Gwynn Oak, A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story, whose story is told in more detail in Nathan’s earlier book for teens and adults, Round and Round Together, to our virtual program stage. 

Two Sides of the Redline: How Policy Shaped a City of Neighborhoods

Original Air Date: July 30, 2020

Across the United States, patterns of racial and economic segregation can be directly attributed to the systematic denial of mortgage and bank lending to African Americans, known as redlining. These nationwide discriminatory practices continued legally until 1968, when the Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in housing. But 50 years after that law passed, the lingering effects of redlining are clear. In this virtual program experts outline the practice of redlining in Baltimore and discuss the historical, demographic, economic, and traumatic impact these policies continue to have on Black communities today.

Moderated by David Armenti, MCHC Director of Education with special guests Dr. Corey J. Henderson, historical trauma healing expert; Eric Holcomb, Executive Director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP); Antero Pietila, journalist, writer, and author of Not in My Neighborhood; and Delegate Stephanie Smith, District 45, Baltimore City.

Colonial Market Virtual Tavern Trivia

Original Air Date: July 23, 2020

Join in the 18th-century fun as we go virtual to offer you the best of our annual Colonial Market. Play along with us in a four-round tavern trivia game on topics all-things Colonial Maryland. You’ll meet some of our favorite Colonial Market living history interpreters along the way!

Unlocking the Exhibition: Between the Seams of Spectrum of Fashion

Original Air Date: July 16, 2020

Close examination of a historic garment can reveal undiscovered stories about its wearer(s). In this virtual program, Ashlee Anderson, Digital Learning Specialist, and Emily Bach, Curatorial Assistant, take a deep-dive into 10 of the pieces on view in the Spectrum of Fashion exhibition at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, providing insight into provenance, fashion trends, and Maryland’s social history.

Virtual Teacher Workshop: African American History and the Freedom Struggle in Maryland

Original Air Date: July 14, 2020

MCHC Director of Education, David Armenti, and Museum Learning Manager, Alex Lothstein, demonstrate the value of MCHC collections for instruction about African American history in this unique virtual workshop. Geared toward K-12 and university-level educators, David and Alex model analysis and classroom instruction strategies for complex topics like enslavement, freedom struggles, and civil rights activism. Please contact Alex Lothstein at for supplemental material.

The Black Freedom Struggle in Maryland, a Discussion with the University of Maryland Department of History

Original Air Date: July 14, 2020

The MCHC welcomes the University of Maryland, Department of History in this virtual program about Maryland’s Black Freedom Struggle. Presentations by Dr. Christopher Bonner, Dr. Michael Ross, and Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown address the Colonization Movement, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and racial terror during the Jim Crow era in Maryland. Dr. Richard Bell moderates.

Quarantine Fashion: A Love Letter to Baltimore Vintage

Original Air Date: July 2, 2020

Learn all about the worldwide phenomenon of quarantine fashion. Alexandra Deutsch, vintage collector and fashion historian, sheds light on how fashion—particularly vintage clothing—creates community, in Baltimore and beyond. Cara Ober, Editor-in-Chief of Bmore Art, joins her in conversation.

Let’s Talk About the Constitution: The Three-Fifths Clause

Original Air Date: June 24, 2020

Professor Richard Bell from the University of Maryland provides a fascinating look into the text of the 1787 federal Constitution and demonstrates how the Three-Fifths Clause wove slaveholder power into the fabric of each of the three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—shaping every aspect of federal policy regarding slavery for decades to come.

Cocktails & Conversation with Mark Letzer, President & CEO

Original Air Date: June 17, 2020

Have you ever wondered how the Baltimore Oriole got its name? Or maybe you are curious about upcoming exhibitions? You’ll learn the answers to these questions and more when you watch this recording of the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s 176th annual meeting (and first ever virtual annual meeting). President and CEO, Mark Letzer, and Vice President of Education and Strategic Engagement, Katie Caljean, talk about where the MCHC is headed and answer questions about the organization from our members. You’ll also hear from outgoing Board Chair, Louise Lake Hayman, and incoming Board Chair, Clinton Daly.

Bay to Table: Rethinking Tradition

Original Air Date: June 11, 2020

Historically, Maryland’s seafood industry has heavily relied on a wholesale system for delivering product to the consumer. With restaurants and oyster bars closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local oystermen are finding new ways to bring those salty bi-valves to your table. Watch this recording of “Bay to Table: Rethinking Tradition” to learn more about why the oyster industry has been so hard hit and how they are reshaping their way of doing business. Moderated by Kate Livie, Chesapeake educator, writer, and historian with special guests Dylan Salmon, Co-Owner of Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, Scott Budden, Partner of Orchard Point Oyster Co., and Tim Wheeler, Associate Editor and Senior Writer at Bay Journal.

Partners In Sensuality: A Wine & Chocolate Virtual Date Night!

Original Air Date: May 28, 2020

Treat yourself to a virtual date night and join food historian Joyce White as she walks participants through an 18th-century chocolate recipe from her kitchen. Learn about Maryland’s connection to chocolate history and create a decadent modern adaption of a historical recipe. Recipes can be found on Joyce’s blog. Some adult content.

Fashion and Crisis: Looking to the Past to Understand How Fashion Might Change in the Future

Original Air Date: May 20, 2020

Victoria Pass, a Visual Culture Specialist and Assistant Professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), discusses fashion and crisis. We find ourselves in a moment of crisis and everything seems to be changing rapidly, including how we dress. How will fashion change as a result of this crisis? By looking back at how fashion changed during the two World Wars, we can see how significant shifts in fashion have often been pushed forward. From the use of protective clothing for factory work and air raid shelters, to rationing and women wearing trousers, fashion has responded to and reflected the changes in people’s everyday lives. Learn about shifts in fashion trends throughout history and how they tend to happen in the wake of crisis.

Collecting in Crisis: Responsive Collecting in a Digital Age

Original Air Date: May 14, 2020

Museums and libraries are at the forefront of collecting and documenting history. But what do you do when history is happening all around you and you can’t get out and do the collecting? How do you document history as it happens in a digital age? This COVID-19-focused webinar led by the Maryland Center for History and Culture aims to provide a roadmap for cultural institutions on crowd-sourced collecting of born-digital materials. The MCHC, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, Salisbury University, and DC Public Library share their approaches to developing, building infrastructure, and conducting outreach to create successful responsive collecting initiatives in a digital age.

Marvelous Style: How Fashion Defines Characters in the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Original Air Date: May 7, 2020

Enjoy this virtual happy hour into the 1950s’ fashions of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. With Allison Tolman, the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s Vice President of Collections, take a retro deep-dive into the iconic looks derived from real historical designs that evolve with the characters of the Amazon Prime video series. See how real 1950s’ designs were reinterpreted, and how Maryland native Claire McCardell served as the go-to inspiration for modern women as we investigate how fashion defines characters in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

One More (Virtual) Return to Hutzler’s and Howard Street

Original Air Date: April 29, 2020

Take one more (virtual) trip to Howard Street. Hear the stories of Hutzler’s, Hochschild’s, Hecht’s, Stewart’s, and the other establishments that comprised Baltimore’s former bustling commercial district. Noted department store historian, lecturer, BSO oboist, and author Michael Lisicky explains why Baltimoreans still hold Hutzler’s, and many similar institutions, dear to their hearts.