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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 spring 2021. 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

self-care meditation series

Original Air Date: May 17-21

Meditation is the practice of focused attention on an image, sound, or feeling that can help quiet the mind and body. It can regulate emotions, lower pain and stress, ease depression and insomnia, create clearer awareness and insight, and improve spirituality, compassion, and quality of life. In our current exhibition, Wild and Untamed: Dunton’s Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilts, Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr. used the Baltimore album quilt tradition in his work as he developed the basic tenets of occupational therapy. 

fsk from home – eubie Blake: a conversation about rags, rhythm, and race

Original Air Date: May 6, 2021

Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Eubie Blake’s 1921 musical Shuffle Along. Co-authors Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom, with Martina Kado, PhD, MCHC Director of Publications, explore how they used Baltimore-born composer and pianist James Herbert “Eubie” Blake’s personal collections—housed in the MCHC’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library—to write their biography, Eubie Blake: Rags, Rhythm, and Race. Richard and Ken discuss their discoveries about Eubie’s impact on American culture, the racial roadblocks, and how his Baltimore roots shaped his identity.

virtual teacher workshop: lynching in maryland

Original Air Date: April 24, 2021

K-12 educators face particular challenges when addressing the painful history of lynching and racially motivated violence with young learners. Together, MCHC Education Department staff and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will highlight instructional resources and primary source material to support these discussions in the classroom. Participants will gain access to oral history interviews, photographs, newspapers, and manuscripts, and investigative lesson plans about lynching in Maryland. MCHC and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum are both designated members of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

the new death of cinema: shifting landscapes of theatrical presentation

Original Air Date: April 22, 2021

Throughout its 120+ year history, the industry of filmmakers and exhibitors have adapted to, and taken chances on, technology. From COVID-19, to the conversion to digital projectors in the early 2010s, to the loss of audience attendance due to television in the 1950s, to theaters converting to sound 90 years ago, the movie (theater) industry has constantly re-invented, re-structured, and re-organized to become a staple of modern life. Joe Tropea, MCHC Curator of Films & Photographs, and Christy LeMaster, Artistic Director at the SNF Parkway Theatre, join author and Wall Street Journal Film Comment critic, Scott Eyman, and Karin Chien, an independent producer and distributor, in conversation about the shifting landscape of theatrical presentation, from the early 20th century to today.

finding truth, healing, and reconciliation: the history of lynchings in maryland

Original Air Date: April 8, 2021

Between 1865 and 1950, more than 4,000 black Americans were lynched in the United States; at least 40 were in Maryland. The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission (MLTRC), established by state legislation in 2019, is the first of its kind in the nation and is tasked with researching, acknowledging, and commemorating these violent historical events. As a designated member, the Maryland Center for History and Culture hosts Commissioners Dr. David Fakunle and Maya Davis along with Will Schwarz, filmmaker and founder of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, to discuss the commission’s ongoing charge to find truth and reconciliation.

FSK from Home: Saving America’s Treasures: Preserving Daguerreotypes in the MCHC Collection

Original Air Date: April 1, 2021

Learn about our work to preserve more than 300 daguerreotypes that document regional and national history in the MCHC collection, funded by a Save America’s Treasures grant. Zach Long, Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, and Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at MCHC, will dive deep into the art and craft of these first photographic images, highlighting narratives that have emerged through extensive research and the conservation challenges these historic images present.

virtual trivia: maryland day edition

Original Air Date: March 25, 2021

Celebrate Maryland Day with an all-ages virtual trivia exploring our newest exhibition: Discover Maryland. Test your knowledge of how the last 400 years have shaped Maryland and its people. From indigenous peoples and the founding of Maryland, to the landscape and how it has driven the economy and inspired innovation, to the arts and culture that exist in the state today. What comes to mind when you think of Maryland and the people who live here? Join us for four rounds of questions and conversation with MCHC staff.

pandemics, pirates, and prose: the barbary wars and the u.s.

Original Air Date: March 10, 2021

At the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, corsairs from Barbary States seized merchant ships, cargo, and enslaved crews off the North African coast and demanded high payment for safe passage across the Mediterranean. In addition to this crisis, U.S. sailors battled the deadly enemy of yellow fever that swept over ships and ports in the Mediterranean and the U.S. Those who lived to tell the tale wrote about the experience in narratives of Barbary captivity, influencing well-known American sea authors, including Richard Henry Dana Jr. and Herman Melville. Join our virtual peek into an often-overlooked span of U.S. history—the Barbary Wars—and its impact on American culture.

virtual teacher workshop: confederate monuments and memorialization

Original Air Date: March 6, 2021

In recent years, monuments, songs, and other efforts to commemorate the Confederacy have come under intense scrutiny. Perspectives vary about the meaning of these symbols and their role in public spaces. Many teachers struggle with addressing these issues in their classrooms—we are here to help. During this free workshop, the MCHC Education Department highlights instructional resources and primary source material to support discussions on this topic.

FSK from home: painting an american grace, mary anne caton patterson

Original Air Date: March 4, 2021

Join us as we unveil a newly acquired portrait of one of “the American Graces”—Mary Anne Caton Patterson (1788–1853), painted by leading British portrait painter of the time, Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769–1830). Learn what this acquisition reveals about early Baltimore and Mary Anne’s life as Mrs. Robert Patterson, before she became an international celebrity. Presented by Lance Humphries, PhD, Executive Director of Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, with Mark B. Letzer, MCHC President & CEO.

Monuments, memory, and memorialization

Original Air Date: February 25, 2021

As symbols of collective memory, monuments, memorials, and even song lyrics, have had very different meanings to those who create them and those who inherit them. In this virtual program, historians Dr. Renée Ater, associate professor emerita of American art at the University of Maryland, and Dr. Billy Coleman, postdoctoral fellow in early American history at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri, join Ada Pinkston, multimedia artist and 2020 Monument Lab fellow in a discussion about national identity, changed significance, and reinterpretation.

mchc core conversations: community with porchia moore, phd, and nina simon

Original Air Date: December 10, 2020

The MCHC Core Conversation Series celebrates our newly crafted core values: Discovery, Dialogue, Authenticity, and Community. Dr. Porchia Moore and Nina Simon join MCHC’s Vice President of Education & Strategic Engagement, Katie Caljean, in a conversation about how museums can be useful, relevant, and responsive to their communities.

fsk from home: discovering benjamin henry latrobe

Original Air Date: December 3, 2020

In 1796 a 32-year-old, Moravian-educated Benjamin Henry Latrobe arrived in America with eclectic interests, financial difficulties, and a reputation for extravagance. As the “builder of America,” Latrobe never really understood America and came to find an America that never really understood him. Dr. Jean Baker and Dr. Martina Kado, MCHC’s Director of Publications, join in conversation to discuss the life and work of Latrobe, a man who was constantly thwarted but remained a shaping figure of American habits and beliefs. FSK from Home is our virtual program alternative to our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

the dichotomoy of dr. dunton: occupational therapy and the baltimore album quilt

Original Air Date: November 19, 2020

As a 20th-century occupational therapist, Dr. William Rush Dunton Jr. saw potential in a popular tradition of needle crafts dating back to mid-19th-century Maryland women. The “wild and untamed” examples of self-expression through the Baltimore album quilt tradition married the therapeutic benefits of community and occupational therapy’s goal of assisting patients’ successful transition back into society. Allison Tolman, the MCHC’s Vice President of Collections & Interpretation and curator of the new exhibition, Wild and Untamed: Dunton’s Discovery of the Baltimore Album Quilts, and Margot Kopera, MCHC’s Public Programs Manager, along with Sheppard Pratt staff, Lisa Illum, librarian and archivist, and Vaune Kopeck, occupational therapist, explore Dunton’s journey to understand the Baltimore album quilt tradition in this virtual program.

MCHC core conversations: authenticity with aaron henkin & wendel patrick

Original Air Date: November 12, 2020

The MCHC Core Conversation Series celebrates our newly crafted core values: Discovery, Dialogue, Authenticity, and Community. Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick, producers of the WYPR podcast “Out of the Blocks,” join MCHC’s director of education, David Armenti, in a conversation about authentic ways to collect stories and oral history.

Found in Collection: How Maryland’s New Abandoned Cultural Property Law Can Help Your Museum

Original Air Date: November 10, 2020

Though Maryland’s 2020 Legislative Session was cut short by the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s museum community won a major victory with the passage of Senate Bill 88, governing the stuff of a museum registrar’s nightmares: abandoned cultural property. But what does this mean for your institution? How can you make sure you are following the right steps to navigate abandoned property and what is exempt from the bill? This professional development webinar, featuring Allison Tolman, MCHC’s Vice President of Collections & Interpretation, Maryland Assistant Attorney General, Paul Cucuzzella, who represents the Maryland Historical Trust, and Dr. Katherine Grier, Professor Emerita of History at the University of Delaware, answers these questions and more, helping you and your Maryland museum or library navigate the new legislation responsibly.

fsk from home: the golden age of annapolis

Original Air Date: November 5, 2020

The period leading up to the American Revolution was one of great wealth, prosperity, and sophistication in Maryland’s colonial capital. In this lecture, Mark B. Letzer, President & CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, explores 18th-century Annapolis architecture, decorative and fine arts in this period, and its appellation “Golden Age.” FSK from Home is our virtual program alternative to our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

Blocking the Vote: Voter Suppression, Then and Now

Original Air Date: October 29, 2020

55 years after the Voting Rights Act, voter suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. But how did we get here? Elaine Weiss, award-winning journalist and writer, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Dennis Patrick Halpin, PhD, professor of history at Virginia Tech, author of A Brotherhood of Liberty: Black Reconstruction and Its Legacies in Baltimore, 1865–1920, and Nicole Hanson-Mundell, Executive Director of Out for Justice, Inc. discuss the enduring barriers to voting in America, from the 15th and 19th Amendments to today. Moderated by Allison Tolman, MCHC’s Vice President of Collections & Interpretation.

MCHC Core conversations: dialogue with david simon

Original Air Date: October 22, 2020

Unfortunately, we experienced technical difficulties and a recording of the program is unavailable.

spectrum of fashion symposium: sustainable fashion discussion

Original Air Date: October 21, 2020

This virtual discussion brings together local fashion leaders in conversation about various topics including efforts to reimagine a more regional textile economy, how historical fashion can inform sustainable initiatives today, and global problems with fast fashion culture. Featuring Dr. Victoria Pass as moderator with her guests Valeska Populoh, Janice Wallace, Caprece Ann Jackson, and Allison Tolman.

spectrum of fashion symposium: designing the modern woman: Couturieres of the Early 20th Century

Original Air Date: October 20, 2020

Couturieres ushered in a new era of fashion at the turn of the 20th century, providing new designs and fashion innovations for the “modern woman.” April Calahan of the Dressed Podcast takes a deep dive into the work and influence of three of these designers: Jeanne Paquin, Jeanne Lanvin, and Madeleine Vionnet in this virtual program.

spectrum of fashion symposium: a stain on an all american brand: how brooks brothers once clothed slaves

Original Air Date: October 19, 2020

In this virtual program, Dr. Jonathan Michael Square presents his research on Brooks Brothers’ role in producing elaborate uniforms for enslaved coachmen, footmen, and chauffeurs in wealthy American households, known as livery. Learn about how this “all-American” brand profited from the institution of slavery and what research methods were used to uncover this connection.

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. 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 alothstein@mdhistory.org 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

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 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

Learn about shifts in fashion trends throughout history and how they tend to happen in the wake of crisis with Dr. Victoria Pass. 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 in the wake of crisis. 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.


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. 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

MCHC’s Allison Tolman takes a retro deep-dive into the iconic looks, derived from historical designs, that evolve with the characters of the Amazon Prime video series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Along the way, you’ll learn more about how Maryland native Claire McCardell served as the go-to inspiration for modern women in postwar America.


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.