Maryland Center for History and Culture

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The Maryland Center for History and Culture (MCHC) (formerly the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS)),[5] founded on March 1, 1844,[1] is the oldest cultural institution in the U.S. state of Maryland. The organization "collects, preserves, and interprets objects and materials reflecting Maryland's diverse heritage". The MCHC has a museum, library, holds educational programs, and publishes scholarly works on Maryland.

Maryland Center for History and Culture
Logo of the Maryland Center for History and Culture
FormationMarch 1, 1844; 176 years ago (1844-03-01)[1]
Legal status501(c)(3) nonprofit organization[2]
PurposeTo promote the understanding and appreciation of Maryland's history and culture.[2]
Coordinates39°17′49″N 76°37′7″W / 39.29694°N 76.61861°W / 39.29694; -76.61861Coordinates: 39°17′49″N 76°37′7″W / 39.29694°N 76.61861°W / 39.29694; -76.61861
Louise L. Hayman[3]
Mark B. Letzer[4]
PublicationMaryland Historical Magazine
SubsidiariesMHS Monument Street Inc[2]
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014)$3,398,882[2]
Employees (2013)
Volunteers (2013)


The campus of the Maryland Center for History and Culture is located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland at 610 Park Avenue.[6] This location is the main building of the MCHC, which has been housed at the Enoch Pratt House since 1919. The organization changed its name from the "Maryland Historical Society" to the "Maryland Center for History and Culture" in September 2020 shortly after celebrating its 175th anniversary.[5]

The Enoch Pratt 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 MCHC TodayEdit


The MCHC has published a quarterly journal, now entering completing its 103rd year. The Maryland Historical Magazine is a peer-reviewed journal boasting one of the largest readerships admong state historical organization journals. The organization 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). The MCHC has over 100 titles in the Library of Congress.


Notables on exhibit at the MCHC are the original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the letters and journals of Benjamin Banneker. The MCHC showcases include 231 weapons, 866 pieces of jewelry, 2,200 Native American prehistoric archaeological 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.


The H. Furlong Baldwin Library’s collections are both diverse and substantive. The library enables researchers, teachers, and students to see for themselves the records of the past, and to study and learn from its many treasures. The library’s collections include 60,000 books, 800,000 photographs, 5 million manuscripts, 6,500 prints and broadsides, 1 million pieces of printed ephemera, extensive genealogy indexes, and more, reflecting the history of Maryland and its people. These collections are accessible to visitors on-line and at the MCHC campus in Baltimore.

On July 9, 2011, Barry Landau and Jason Savedoff were arrested and later indicted for the theft of 60 society documents.[citation needed]

Preserve the Baltimore UprisingEdit

The MCHC is a community partner of Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, a digital archive devoted to preserving and making accessible media created and captured by people and organizations involved in or witness to the protests following Freddie Gray's death in 2015.[7] The 2016-2017 MdHS exhibit What & Why: Collecting at the Maryland Historical Society included items from the Preserve the Baltimore Uprising collections in a video installation.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Maryland Historical Society". Business Information. Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation Business Services. Archived from the original on December 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Maryland Historical Society Inc" (PDF). Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. Guidestar. Retrieved October 15, 2020. Archived October 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society. Retrieved October 14, 2020. Archived October 15, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Staff". Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Archived October 13, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b "About". Maryland Center for History and Culture. Retrieved September 17, 2020. The Maryland Historical Society introduced its new identity as the Maryland Center for History and Culture in September 2020. Having just celebrated its 175th anniversary, the historical society’s leadership elected to rebrand the organization for the future as an inclusive “center.” Archived September 17, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Directions & Parking". Maryland Center for History and Culture. Retrieved September 17, 2020. Our address: 610 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21201 .... The parking lot entrance is located off Monument Street, between North Howard Street and Park Avenue. Archived September 17, 2020, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Home · Preserve the Baltimore Uprising: Your Stories. Your Pictures. Your Stuff. Your History". Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "Objects, Photos From Baltimore Uprising 2015 Featured In New Maryland Historical Society Exhibit | Maryland Historical Society". Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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