The institution formerly known as the Maryland Historical Society reopened its doors to guests on September 9. As part of its reopening, the museum announced its new name– the Maryland Center for History and Culture.
According to a press release, the new name is part of an effort to develop the institution as a place where community members can learn more about the nation’s history and culture through the lens of Maryland and through multiple perspectives. President and CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture Mark Letzer said, “The Maryland Center for History and Culture has always been more than a museum and library. We provide space for the community to hold meaningful conversations and explore the enormous impact Marylanders have had on our nation’s history. Over the last several months, we have witnessed how important these conversations are during this time of transition in our country, our city, and our organization.” The institution’s rebranding includes a new website and a new visual identity which references its collection of historic quilts.
The Center also debuted three new exhibits with its reopening. Forgotten Fight: The Struggle for Voting Rights in Maryland, the institution’s first virtual exhibition focuses on the women’s suffrage and African American suffrage movements. The two in-person exhibits explore Baltimore’s movie theaters and the role of album quilts in 1940s occupational therapy.
The Maryland Center for History and Culture will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am- 3 pm beginning September 12.