Preserve Our Past. Inspire Our Future

Protecting Maryland's Past A Project of Maryland Historical Society

Preserve Maryland's history for future generations

Occupying an entire block in the city of Baltimore, the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) houses millions of artifacts and documents that tell the story of our state’s rich and diverse past.

Including the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner, MdHS 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.

The value of these artifacts is profound - connecting upward of 60,000 people annually to Maryland's culture, community and political past.

Partnering with the community, MdHS is currently processing over 6,000 negatives that document education, church, sports, NAACP, entertainment, and politics in the black community in Baltimore in the 1930s-1960s.

The Henderson Photograph Collection project will directly link social history with the visual documentation providing a rich record of Baltimore's Civil Rights Era.

As the keeper of Maryland’s memories, MdHS strives to collect these stories and preserve them for generations to come. Your gift will make this possible.

How can you help?

The National Endowment for the Humanities is facing a 49% budget cut. It is harder than ever to raise the necessary funds for preservation, conservation, and education in the history field.

Your gift will care for the textiles and papers in the MdHS collection and continue the archival project of the Henderson Photography Collection.

Your gift of $10 buys a small archival collection box for the library and museum

Your gift of $25 helps process one folder of a photograph collection

Your gift of $100 exposes 33 students to our collections through a school field trip

Together We Can Make It Happen! Here's How:
Preserve Maryland's historical artifacts $10,000
$4,385 Raised
43% towards $10,000 Goal

Supported by 108 Donations: