The Maryland Historical Society

Behind the Scenes

May 03, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To collect, preserve and interpret objects and artifacts that illuminate the state's history. The museum and library are home to more than 7.5 million objects, manuscripts and rare books ranging from before settlement to the present and representing virtually every aspect of Maryland history and life. Among its collection are paintings, furniture, silver, textiles, ceramics and glass.

Latest accomplishments: The recent merger with the Baltimore City Life Museums, ending eight months of speculation on the future of the local history institution. Through the merger, the city's collection of more than 300,000 objects will be preserved and kept accessible to the public.

On the horizon: Opening May 7, "Celebrating the Baltimore City Life Collections," the first public display of the Baltimore City Life Museums' collections since that institution closed. Also, the first portion of the newly reinstalled furniture gallery opens June 5.

About the MHS: Membership: 4,600 households. Attendance: 103,000 annually. Operating budget: $3 million. Endowment: $26 million.

Where and when: 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 410-685-3750.

Stanard T. Klinefelter, president of the MHS, on the acquisition of the City Life Museums collection: "I am really excited about closing the City Life transaction and keeping the collection in Baltimore. I'm personally very excited about giving Nipper [the 44-year-old RCA mascot] a new home, but beyond Nipper there are wonderful paintings and artifacts which will enhance and complement our collection."

Members of the board

James C. Alban III

William R. Amos

Gregory H. Barnhill

Clarence W. Blount

Forest F. Bramble Jr.

Stiles T. Colwill

Charles W. Conley

William B. Dulaney

Dennis A. Fiori

Sarah Fisher

Dr. Earl P. Galleher Jr.

Louis L. Goldstein

Jack S. Griswold

David L. Hopkins Jr.

Dr. Lenwood M. Ivey

Barbara P. Katz

Jennifer W. Lambdin

Jean Maddux

William J. McCarthy

Karen McGregor

J. Jefferson Miller II

Milton H. Miller Sr.

John W. Mitchell

Camay Calloway Murphy

William T. Murphy III

Howard P. Rawlings

J. Marshall Reid

William T. Reynolds

Richard C. Riggs Jr.

Dr. James G. Roche

Jacques T. Schlenger

Kurt L. Schmoke

G. Dowell Schwartz

Dorothy McIlvain Scott

Pamela H. Shriver

Henry H. Stansbury

Dr. H. Mebane Turner

George R. Tydings

David McI. Williams

Howard D. Wolfe Jr.

Pub Date: 5/03/98

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