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The staff of the Maryland State Archives presents educational programs to the community to share information about our collections. We invite you to participate in our upcoming events or to view recordings of our past programs. If you have a suggestion for a program topic or search tip you would like to see here in the future, please email your recommendation to Thank you for your support.

Past Events

View recordings of past lectures, seminars, tours and workshops, as well as helpful training videos on how to use various records in our collections in our free online Presentation Library.

Upcoming Events

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Title: Heroes of the Underground Railroad in Washington and Maryland

Thursday, February 10, 2022 , 1:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Masur, National Parks Service historian and author
Location: Online Event, View Event Information

Dr. Masur will discuss her latest book, Heroes of the Underground Railroad around Washington DC, sharing stories of nine Maryland freedom seekers originating from a variety of counties and settling in varied destinations in the Northeast and abroad. In some ways the experiences of these men and women fit stereotypes of the Underground Railroad—Vigilance Committees, Quakers, crossing into Pennsylvania, heading to the north. However, their stories are unexpected in the key interventions of fellow African Americans, and in the necessity of repeated flight forcing them to rebuild their lives more than once. Hope you will join us for this important event.

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Title: Reflections on Early Maryland and its Lost City

Date and Time: March 10, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Henry Miller, Maryland Heritage Scholar, Historic St. Mary's City
Location: Online Event

The story of seventeenth-century Maryland is given little recognition in American history and yet it is one of high relevance. In this presentation, some of the many findings about Maryland are considered, including the decades long archaeological search for its first capital of St. Mary’s City. History and Archaeology provide distinct insights about the past and when combined, a much fuller understanding of this new immigrant society that formed along the Chesapeake Bay may be obtained. As with all human endeavors, early Maryland was a mixture of the positive and the negative, but certain aspects were radically new and significant precedents directly instituted by Lord Baltimore. These have enduring value and merit broader acknowledgement. Presented by Dr. Henry Miller, an historical archaeologist who has worked in the Chesapeake region since 1972. Dr. Miller served as Laboratory Director and then Director of Research for the state museum of Historic St. Mary’s City between 1977 and 2018 and is now the museum’s Maryland Heritage Scholar. In 1997, he served as President of the international Society for Historical Archaeology, and in 2011-12, he taught and did researched at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, U. K. He has been the Principal Investigator on numerous archaeological projects and co-director of the unique Project Lead Coffins that identified 17th-century members of Maryland’s founding family – the Calverts. Miller has conducted the excavation, analysis, design and reconstruction of six 17th-century buildings, including the 1660’s Brick Chapel, and been involved with numerous HSMC exhibits as well as those at Jamestown, Yorktown, Colonial Williamsburg and the Maryland Historical Society, and served as a Core Team member in design of the Written in Bone: Forensic Files from the 17th-Century Chesapeake exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (2009-2014). In 2020, he was honored to receive the J. C. Harrington Medal from the Society for Historical Archaeology, the highest international award in the field for lifetime contributions to scholarship.

Title: Thurgood Marshall

April 14, 2022 1:00pm
Presenter: Larry S. Gibson, LLB
Location: Online Event

Title: The Reemergence of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture

Date and Time: May 12, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenters: Chief Strategy Officer Nancy Proctor and Chief Experience Officer David London, The Peale Center
Location: Online Event

Date and Time: June 9 2022, 1:00pm
Location: Online Event

Title: Frederick Douglass and the Emancipation and Freedman’s Memorial, Washington, DC

Date and Time: July 14, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Vince Vaise, Chief of Visitor Services, National Parks Service
Location: Online Event

Title: The Haley Family and the Centennial Celebration of Alex Haley's Birth

Date and Time: August 11, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Chris Haley, Director, Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland
Location: Online Event

Title: The Story of the Star Spangled Banner Flag

Date and Time: September 8, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Amanda Shores Davis, Executive Director, Flag House
Location: Online Event

Title: Researching Indigenous People in the collections of the Maryland State Archives

Date and Time: October 13, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenters: Director Maria Day and Deputy Director, Special Collections of the Maryland State Archives
Location: Online Event

Title: Revolutionary War General Baron de Kalb

Date and Time: November 10, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: John Beakes, Maryland Military History Society
Location: Online Event

Title: The Historic Importance of General George Washington’s 1783 Resignation, Annapolis, Maryland

Date and Time: December 8, 2022, 1:00pm
Presenter: Burt Kummerow, Founding Director, Maryland Four Centuries
Location: Online Event

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