June events at the Maryland Historical Society
The Story Behind the History: The World War II Collection, associate director for Special Collections Elisabeth Proffen
June 9, 1 p.m.
Join the MdHS on the second Friday of every month for a sneak peek into the stories behind some of the most exciting and unusual pieces in our Library and Museum collections. Meet MdHS curators and librarians to find out just where we found those diaries, who owned that painting and much more. Programs are free with museum admission. Call (410) 685-3750 for more information.
The Story Behind the History at the Fells Point Maritime Museum Cultures at Jamestown
June 9, 1 p.m.
Jamestown Settlement’s Godspeed and the Virginia Landing Party Festival are visiting East Coast Ports to promote America’s 400th Anniversary and will be in Baltimore June 9-12. On June 9 at 1 p.m. the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will host one of its community outreach events, Cultures at Jamestown, at the Fells Point Maritime Museum. This special “Story Behind the History program sponsored by the MD Historical Society” will be free with museum admission. Participants will explore reproduction artifacts from Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum in the Williamsburg, Va.-area, to compare and contrast the housing, tools, clothing, food and technology of Powhatan Indians, English settlers and Africans in 17th-century Virginia. They will also investigate the economic, and other, reasons that brought settlers to Virginia, and the cultural exchange of Virginia’s colonial inhabitants.
The Fells Point Maritime Museum is a satellite site of the MD Historical Society and is located at 1724 Thames St in the heart of Fells Point. For more information, call (410) 685-3750 ext. 321 or visit www.mdhs.org.
Linen Connection Sale
June 11, 1 p.m.
Learn how to shop for, identify fabrics and care for antique and vintage linens with Sarah Curzon of Curzon Hill Antiques. Please register early. Call (410) 685-3750 ext. 305 for more information.
Fells Point Anniversary
June 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy half-priced admission in celebration of the anniversary of the opening of the Fells Point Maritime Museum. Learn about Fells Point’s role in the Baltimore’s shipbuilding industry and why the British took aim at Baltimore’s “nest of pirates” in the War of 1812. Browse the expanded gift shop and visit the new Time and Tide Theater exhibit on immigration in Baltimore opened in partnership with the Fells Point Preservation Society and the Baltimore Immigra-tion Memorial. Call (410) 685-3750 ext. 321 for more information.
Civil War Recruiting Day at the Baltimore Civil War Museum
June 25, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Experience what it was like to be enlisted and trained in the military during the Civil War with the 2nd and 4th U.S. Infantry “Sykes’ Regulars.” Sykes’ Regulars honors the proud heritage and traditions of the United States Army and those who served in its ranks during the American Civil War, 1861-1865.
Enlist now for service in the U.S. Army. Receive any state bonus money and Foreigners will earn citizenship upon completion of enlistment. You must be free, between the ages of 18 and 35, sober, disease-free and have at least 4 strong teeth.
Call (410) 385-5188 for more information.
Civil War Photographs
“The Civil War in Maryland: Rare Photographs from the Collection of the Maryland Historical Society and its Members” are now on display in the galleries of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library of the Maryland Historical Society. Curated by Ross J. Kelbaugh, the exhibit will be the largest collection of original photos of Civil War Maryland ever displayed, including many images never before exhibited, and will cover the time period just before the start of the conflict through the postwar era. In addition to the collection of the MdHS, the exhibit will feature rare images from Maryland Union collector Arthur G. Barrett, Civil War authors’ Ross J. Kelbaugh and Daniel Carroll Toomey, Maryland Confederate collectors David P. Mark, Sr. and Frederick D. Shroyer, and others.
Key photographs on display will include:
• Rare outdoor photographs of the Carroll family’s Doughoregan Manor.
• Portraits of the first African American casualty of the Civil War.
• A newly discovered portrait of the citizen killed in the Pratt Street Riot who may also be the first Confederate soldier ever killed in the Civil War.
• Rare photographs taken after the Battle of Antietam.
• The largest number of wartime photographs of Baltimore ever displayed.
• Unpublished photographs of Fort Federal Hill in Baltimore and other Union camps around Maryland.
• Portraits of African American soldiers from Maryland including one very rare photograph of a member of the 4th U.S. Colored Troops from the Eastern Shore who was mortally wounded.
• The only known photographs of Barbara Frietchie, the Frederick heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem of the same name.
• The largest collection of images of Marylanders who served in the Union and Confederate armies that has ever been exhibited.
• Rare Civil War stereoviews.
Ross J. Kelbaugh, an active member of the Library Committee of the MdHS since 1987, has assembled the largest private collection of vintage Maryland photographs and related material in the state. His interest and passion for the Civil War and historic photographs began when he was in elementary school at the start of the Civil War Centennial and continues today. Kelbaugh, co-author of the Baltimore County Public School’s grade 8 American History Gifted & Talented curriculum, retired from his career as an American history teacher at Catonsville High School in 2001. In recognition of his contributions to the field, he was selected as “Teacher-Historian” by the United States Capitol Historical Society in Washington, D.C. On the day of his retirement from teaching, Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger declared “Ross J. Kelbaugh Day” in honor of “his lifetime commitment to providing a positive and productive learning environment for young people.”
Today he pursues his second career as founder and CEO of HistoricGraphics.com, a vintage image solutions company that has provided period paintings, prints, and photographs from his collections for books, magazines, media, and museum exhibitions. Many items were also selected for interior sets of the Ted Turner Picture’s Civil War movie “Gods and Generals” starring Robert Duvall. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, and has been a consultant for the National Park Service, the Maryland State Archives, Maryland State Department of Parks & Recreation, the University of Maryland and the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland. He is author of the “Directory of Maryland Photographers, 1840-1900, Introduction to Civil War Photographs” and the recently published “Introduction to African American Photographs, 1840-1950.
The exhibition will close Oct. 14, and will be open during library hours only. The library is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Call (410) 685-3750 ext. 349 for more information or visit www.mdhs.org.
The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), founded in 1844, is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. Located at 201 W. Monument St. in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the MdHS collects, preserves, and interprets more than seven million artifacts and documents reflecting Maryland’s diverse heritage through a museum, library, press, and extensive educational programs. The collection includes the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” as well as one of the most extensive collections of Americana in the world. The museum of the Maryland Historical Society has several permanent exhibits including Looking for Liberty, Furniture in MD Life, Maryland Through the Artist’s Eye, and Served in Style: Silver Collection of the Maryland Historical Society.
Temporary exhibitions are open throughout the year in the galleries of the museum and the library. Satellite sites include the Baltimore Civil War Museum and the Fells Point Maritime Museum.
Spring exhibitions at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
‘Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005’
May 5 – Oct. 29
“Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005” is a rich, contextual journey through the evolution of dining from the Renaissance to the present. More than 300 objects will be on view, including historic and modern flatware from Cooper-Hewitt’s permanent collection. The exhibition offers a scholarly yet celebratory overview of the history of culinary culture, exploring the physical forms and social meanings of eating utensils and serving tools.
Objects will be organized according to a wide range of dining-related topics, such as the ergonomics of the table, commemorative flatware, and flatware as social commentary in the 20th and 21st centuries. The development of production methods, such as silver-plating, forging and gilding, and the role of new materials, such as stainless steel and Bakelite, will also be explored. In the main gallery of the exhibition, visitors will encounter a large circular table set with eight different historical place settings, each representing a specific decorative style.
A special section devoted to the 20th century will address themes such as the role of the designer, with pieces by Josef Hoffmann, Peter Behrens and Scandinavian designers such as Georg Jensen and Arne Jacobsen. Among the exhibition highlights is a collection of unusual specialized dining tools from the late 19th century, including silver ice cream hatchets, asparagus tongs and scallop forks.
‘Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape’
May 19 – Oct. 22
“Frederic Church, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran: Tourism and the American Landscape” explores the promotion of nature tourism in 19th-century America through Cooper-Hewitt’s extraordinary collections of oil paintings, drawings and watercolors by three major American artists. The exhibition offers a new perspective on Church, Homer, and Moran by demonstrating the role of their landscape works in the broader contexts of the decorative arts and graphic design.
More than 100 landscapes will be featured in the exhibition, alongside more than 150 examples of ephemera — such as hotel and railroad brochures, broadsides, maps and tourist guidebooks — and a selection of related objects from the Museum’s product design and decorative arts department and the National Design Library.
Cooper-Hewitt’s remarkable collection of Homer paintings, watercolors and drawings — donated by Homer’s brother — is one of the most complete chronicles of a 19th-century American artist in any museum and allows for the intimate observation of the artist at work. The Museum also has the largest number of Church works in the world, donated to the Hewitt sisters by Church’s son, Lewis P. Church.
“‘Tourism and the American Landscape’ provides an opportunity for the Museum to display some of its rarely shown treasures, many of which derive from the original acquisitions of the founding Hewitt sisters,” said director Paul Warwick Thompson. The exhibition presents Cooper-Hewitt’s Americana collection for the first time in more than 15 years and is the premiere showing of many of its Homer oil paintings.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st St., New York, NY 10128