As a valued member of our organization, we want you to be the first to learn about an exciting transformation taking place. In September, the Maryland Historical Society will rebrand itself as the Maryland Center for History and Culture. After 176 years, we are stepping into a new identity that better reflects our mission to provide space for the community to discover and develop a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. Your history lives here.
The name change process took more than two years and was marked by extensive research and surveys. Accompanying our rebrand is a new visual identity, presented here in this packet. Inspired by the quilts in our collection, the “M” in our new logo represents pieces of a pattern coming together but not complete—history is about collecting stories, but more stories are always yet to be told. The logo also radiates out and radiates in, symbolizing the lives we touch and the ideas we bring together.
The months leading up to our rebrand launch have been challenging due to our closure, but the results have been surprising and exciting. Our free virtual conversations have brought together thousands of individuals interested in our region’s history, and in historic moments relevant again today. You can expect more virtual programming this fall, including our first-ever virtual exhibition. In addition, we are unveiling new onsite exhibitions, as well as enhanced digital access to our nationally and internationally renowned museum and library collections on our new website, also launching with the rebrand.
Your support as a member has played a major role in our ability to better define our identity and enhance our physical and virtual reach across Maryland and beyond. We are also grateful to the many individual donors who have contributed to our Shaping the Future of History campaign, which has made this rebrand work, along with a transformational vision for our future, possible. Details of the campaign and how you can participate will be announced soon.
We invite you to join us as we reopen the museum exclusively to members September 9-11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum will officially reopen to the public September 12, while the library will remain closed until October 7 to accommodate building upgrades. Amid the historic events currently taking place in our state, our country, and across the globe, there is no better time to look to our history and culture to understand what came before us, and how it connects to the present.