Edgar Allan Poe famously proclaimed the death of a beautiful woman "the most poetical subject in the world." The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author's history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.
Beatrice Glow is a New York- and Bay Area-based multi-sensory and interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the social history of plants. For her first exhibition in a major U.S. museum, Glow delves into the unseen and unsavory sociohistorical and ecological realities underlying the tobacco industry’s veneer of luxury through her digitally printed and embroidered silk textiles, VR-sculpted and 3D-printed objects, watercolors, and scent experiences.
Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare is an exhibit telling the story of the Cold War in Hollywood. It brings the history of the Cold War to life through personal narratives of blacklisted people, members of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and film executives, telling the stories of people on both sides of the Communist/anti-Communist divide. The exhibit features film stills, photographs, movie posters, documents, and more, and explores the intersection of politics, popular culture, economics, and the First Amendment.
Baltimore National Heritage Area Urban Ranger-Led Walking Tour Tours
Explore Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods: The Inner Harbor, Little Italy, and historic Jonestown. Discover the people and places that have shaped Baltimore over the past four centuries.
Meet the urban ranger on Constellation Pier, 301 E. Pratt Street
Every Saturday and Sunday, Time: 10:30 am,
This experience is approximately 90 minutes in duration and 1.5 miles
For a tiny neighborhood squeezed between the University of Maryland and Camden Yards, Ridgely’s Delight contains an oversized history. George Washington slept here and Babe Ruth was born here! Join us to walk the preserved, picturesque streets of one of the earliest neighborhoods in Baltimore while we look back at the stories of both its famous visitors and the ordinary Baltimoreans who worked and raised their families here.
Baltimoreans celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution. We used it to defend the city from the British in the War of 1812 and to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join us on a tour of Federal Hill and the neighborhood around it to learn about this waterfront community’s rich history, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in Federal Hill, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.
Join a virtual reading of the first-person narrative, "A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story," with authors Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan and with Maryland Center for History and Culture education staff. Following the reading, create your own carousel mobile from home.
This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering, an automated confirmation email will provide connection instructions. If you register by July 20, materials for the carousel mobile project will be mailed to you.
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore’s rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. Join us on a tour to hear the stories behind the landmarks of Baltimore’s grandest historic neighborhood.
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum's free August speaker program presents Rodney Jones with the story of his father, Herbert H. Jones Jr. and his founding of the International Air Association (IAA), one of the first black owned and operated charter air carriers in the country. IAA was based at Martin Airport in Middle River. Discover the legacy of this Maryland aviation pioneer who served as a Tuskegee Airman. Although sponsored by the Museum, this event is held at the Lockheed Martin administration building's auditorium at 2323 Eastern Blvd, Middle River, MD 21220.
Featuring Esther Krinitz's Holocaust survival story exquisitely told through 36 hand-embroidered works, this exhibition pays tribute to humanity's long history, past and current, of unjustly persecuted innocents and the dream of a world at peace. A preamble to Esther's fabric collages include South African Truth and Reconciliation embroidered testimonies, work gathered from Lily Yeh's partnership with Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivors, and more.
BNHA 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) invites Baltimore City youth to participate in our 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition. The purpose of this contest is to engage City youth in an art exhibit showcasing their unique talents while also expressing their view of life in Baltimore City. The expectation is that the artwork will reflect Baltimore’s historic people, places, significant architecture or represent a historical event.
Who are Marylanders, why are they so obsessed with their flag, and what does duckpin bowling have to do with the Baltimore Orioles? This exhibition explores how Maryland and its people have changed since its founding in 1634. Learn how the dynamic geography of the state drove its industry, population, and the identity of Marylanders, and how the arts and culture of Maryland reflect on its past. For traveling visitors and lifelong Marylanders, Discover Maryland shows there is much to uncover about Maryland. Open through March 2022.
The Unfinished Revolution explores the turmoil of the United States’ emergence on the world stage between 1775 and 1815. The exhibition highlights two points that became certain—the country’s revolution remained unfinished, and Marylanders of many races and creeds were at the forefront of each conflict.
Admission is free for MCHC members.
***All tours offered on a pay-only-what-you-can basis and proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum***
The historic Poe House is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 response in Maryland, but that doesn’t mean Poe’s chamber door is closed to you online. Join us for a live virtual tour of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, led by a real museum docent.