Maryland Historical Society

“Maryland is a cornerstone for all American history. By preserving and sharing our exceptional stories, we can educate and inspire everyone with a connection to our amazing and diverse state”

– Mark Letzer, President

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Our Story/About Us

Founded in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is the state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution. In keeping with the founders’ commitment to preserve the remnants of Maryland’s past, MdHS remains the premier institution for state history. With over 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, MdHS serves upward of 100,000 people through its museum, library, educational programs, and press.

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The Maryland Historical Society seeks to illuminate the past, lend perspective to the present, and inform the future through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of manuscripts, archives, and objects that together form the fabric of Maryland History.

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