- Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Historical Society Abbreviation MHS Formation 1844 Purpose/focus Education and historical preservation Location 201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4674
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Coordinates: The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), founded in 1844, is the oldest cultural institution in the U.S. state of Maryland. The society "collects, preserves, and interprets objects and materials reflecting Maryland's diverse heritage." MdHS has a museum, library, holds educational programs, and publishes scholarly works on Maryland.
The Society's campus is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland at 201 West Monument Street. This location is the main building of the Maryland Historical Society, which has been housed at the Enoch Pratt House since 1919. The house was originally built in 1847 and was presented to MdHS in 1916 by Ms Mary Washington Keyser as a tribute to her husband, H. Irvine Keyser who was a member of MdHS from 1873 until his death in 1916. Enoch Pratt (1806-1896) is a well known philanthropist who created the Enoch Pratt Free Library and gave substantial contributions to the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center, and the Maryland School for the Deaf.
The MdHS has published a quarterly journal, now entering completing its 103 year. The Maryland Historical Magazine is a peer reviewed journal boasting one of the largest readerships among state historical society journals. The society also publishes books on Maryland history that are distributed through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, including Crime and Punishment in Early Maryland written by former MdHS librarian Raphael Semmes (1890-1952). MdHS has over 100 titles in the Library of Congress.
Notables in exhibition at the MdHS are the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and the letters and journals of Benjamin Banneker. The MdHS showcases include 231 weapons, 866 pieces of jewelry, 2,200 Native American prehistoric archeological objects, 15,000 musical scores as well as a remarkable collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings and silver, maritime artifacts, Maryland painted and inlaid furniture, quilts, costumes, ceramics, dolls and toys. Exhibits include Maryland's history, Maryland in art and furniture in Maryland life.
- “Tradition and Generosity.” Special Issue, Maryland Historical Magazine 101, no.4 (Winter 2006): 467-203.
- “H. Irvine Keyser.” Historical marker database (accessed November 21, 2008)
- “ Enoch Pratt House.” Historical marker database (accessed November 21, 2008)
- index.html “Publications.” Maryland Historical Society (accessed November 21, 2008)
Museums in Maryland ArtAcademy Art · African Art Museum of Maryland · American Visionary Art · Art Gallery at the University of Maryland · Baltimore Museum of Art · Brooke Whiting House of Art · Charm City Art Space · Contemporary · Havre de Grace Decoy Museum · Janus Museum · Maryland Art Place · Maryland Institute College of Art Galleries · Ratner Museum · Strathmore · Walters Art Museum · Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art · Washington County Fine Arts Aerospace & AviationGlenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum · Goddard Visitor Center · Hagerstown Aviation Museum · Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Entertainment History &
Historic housesAdkins Historical Museum · Baltimore Museum of Industry · Banneker-Douglass Museum · Barbara Fritchie House and Museum · Beall-Dawson House · Belair Mansion · Belair Stable Museum · Benson-Hammond House · Bowman House · Button Farm Living History Center · Clara Barton National Historic Site · Carroll County Farm Museum · Carroll Mansion · Costen House · Cray House · Darnall's Chance · Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum · Evergreen Museum & Library · Flag House · Furnace Town · Girdletree Barnes Bank · Government House · Great Blacks in Wax Museum · Hager House · Hammond-Harwood House · Hampton National Historic Site · Hancock's Resolution · His Lordship's Kindness · Historic London Town · Historic St. Mary's City · Homewood Museum · J. Millard Tawes Historical Museum · Jerusalem Mill Village · Julia A. Purnell Museum · Kennedy Farm Ladew Topiary Gardens La Grange Plantation · Laurel Museum · Marietta House Museum Maryland Historical Society · Maryland State House · Miller House Museum Montpelier Mansion · Mother Seton House · Mount Clare Museum House · Mount Harmon Plantation · Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm · Pemberton Hall · National Colonial Farm · Poplar Hill Mansion · Riversdale · Rose Hill Manor Park & Children's Museum · Schifferstadt Architectural Museum · Smallwood State Park · Sotterley Plantation · Star Spangled Banner Flag House and 1812 Museum · Steppingstone Museum · Surratt House Museum · Susquehanna State Park · Taylor House · Teackle Mansion · Thomas Stone National Historic Site · Tudor Hall (Bel Air, Maryland) · Tudor Hall (Leonardtown, Maryland) · Union Mills Homestead · William Paca House & Garden
MaritimeAnnapolis Maritime Museum · Calvert Marine Museum · Capt. Salem Avery House · Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum · Concord Point Lighthouse · Cove Point Light · Havre de Grace Maritime Museum · Historic Ships in Baltimore · Joppa Wharf Museum · Maryland Dove · Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum · Point Lookout Light · Richardson Maritime Museum · Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse · Tilghman Watermen's Museum · Turkey Point Light Station · Upper Bay Museum · U.S. Naval Academy Museum · Waterman's Museum MilitaryAirmen Memorial Museum · Antietam National Battlefield · Bainbridge Naval Training Center Museum · Fort Frederick State Park · Fort George G. Meade Museum · Fort McHenry · Fort Washington Park · Maryland Museum of Military History · Monocacy National Battlefield · National Cryptologic Museum · Point Lookout State Park · U.S. Army Ordnance Museum RailwayB&O Railroad Museum · Baltimore Streetcar Museum · Boonsboro Trolley Museum · Brunswick Railroad Museum · Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum · Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum · Huntington Railroad Museum · La Plata Train Station · Marion Station Railroad Museum · National Capital Trolley Museum · Perryville Railway Museum · Queponco Railway Station · Stevensville Train Depot · The Train Room and Museum · Western Maryland Railway Historical Society Museum Science, Natural History
& MedicineBaltimore Public Works Museum · Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge · B. Olive Cole Pharmacy Museum · Cylburn Nature Museum · Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center · Discovery Station · Eden Mill Nature Center · Lamar Heritage and Culture Center · Maryland Science Center · National Electronics Museum · National Museum of Dentistry · National Museum of Civil War Medicine · National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge · Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine · University of Maryland School of Nursing Living History Museum · William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History
Sports TransportationBob's Vintage Museum · Canal Place · C&D Canal Museum · Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park · Queen City Transportation Museum · Thrasher Carriage Museum · Wheels of Yesterday Heritage Miscellaneous
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