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After the 1814 Battle of Baltimore and the defeat of the most powerful country on earth,Baltimoreans and Marylanders marched a year later to a square near the courthouse and laid acornerstone with much pomp and ceremony. Over the next several years, they erected anelaborate memorial to forever remember the local citizens who had lost their lives in the city'sdefense. It was a groundbreaking achievement, and President John Quincy Adams soon

announced that Baltimore should be called "The Monumental City."

Beautiful Lady Baltimore, holdinga victory wreath and a rudder that proclaims an essential localrelationship with bay and ocean, isthe monument's star attraction.Sculpted by Antonio Capellano, anItalian émigré who had studiedwith the best of his era, the Lady isdecked out in a classical andmythic gown so popular in earlyAmerica. She would be right athome among the seven hills of ancient Rome but here she stoodright in the heart of a newAmerican city. She faces theharbor, a source of Baltimore's prosperity and fortune.

Still standing majestically amidst 21st century traffic snarls, Ms Baltimore is showing her ageand getting worse as our modern world attacks her marble façade. There have been years of attempts to rescue her with modern conservation, notably the efforts of Conservator of FineArts, Steven Tatti, Inc. with Crump & Kwash Manufacturing LLC. Now, City officials, along

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), have decided toremove the Lady and replace her with a facsimile that will stand the test of time and restore her all but lost beauty.

Enter the Maryland Historical Society. We offer a perfect location away from the summer storms, the lazy pigeons and the evening dews and damps. Lady Baltimore will be surrounded by the best collection of 1812 era documents and artifacts in the state. Rescued from relentlesscorrosion, she will become a fine legacy of the 1812 Bicentennial. Properly protected andinterpreted, Lady Baltimore will continue to remind us of a great American city coming of ageduring a time of danger and heroic resolve.

 A Bird's Eye View of Lady Baltimore, courtesy S.A.T.

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How Will She Be Moved?

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You may have seen the scaffolding alreadyup around The Battle Monument. Sometimethis month, Lady Baltimore will be placedinto a cage and carefully lowered frommonument. At the same time, the

reproduction statue will be moved into place,offering future generations the joy of seeingthe Monument as it has appeared in the Cityfor almost 200 years.

Once she arrives at our new home, LadyBaltimore will be installed atop a 500 lbsteel-reinforced platform in the 2nd floor Gallery of the Beard Pavilion. Passersby onPark Ave. will be able to view the 8' statuethrough the floor to ceiling windows. Atnight, she will be illuminated.

Alongside Lady Baltimore, a future exhibitwill document the relocation process andinterpret the history of the Battle Monumentas well as its significance for 1812-eraAmerica.

"Lady Baltimore really is the culmination of all trials, tribulations and successes of that1812 generation," says Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch. "She is a superb

compliment to our bicentennial exhibits and programs."

You will be able to see Lady Baltimore 'upclose' for the very first time when theinstallation is complete. We will be hosting

a Lady Baltimore Party in mid-

November that will feature Baltimore'sMayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, as well asthe Executive Director of Baltimore City'sCommission for Historical & ArchitecturalPreservation (CHAP), Kathleen Kotarba.

Keep an eye on your inbox for all of excitingthose details as we get closer to November!

And finally, if you're in the Baltimoreviewing region, check out WJZ-TV andFox

45 Baltimore tonight - both will have

stories on Lady Baltimore's historic move to The Maryland Historical Society!

Interesting Facts AboutLady Baltimore

Location: Calvert and E Fayette Streets, Baltimore

Weight: A delicate 2,750 lbs

Created By: The Battle Monument was designedby Maximilian Godefroy. Lady Baltimore wascreated by sculptor Antonio Capellano

Interestingly, her two current arms are "prosthetic"and created by two of Baltimore's most importantsculptors: Her raised arm is the work of HansSchuler, and her lowered arm is the work of Rueben Kramer. Both original arms had to bereplaced due to storm damage and deteriorationover many years.

Age: 190 years (young!)

Historical Significance: The Battle Monument isthe official emblem of the City of Baltimore and ispart of America's oldest official battle monument.Inscribed with the names of everyone who died inthe Battle of Baltimore, The Battle Monument alsobecame the nation's first "democratic" monument."

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Free Museum Admission to

Our Furloughed Friends

We are sensitive to the recent government shutdown, especially how it has affected familiesthroughout the Maryland, DC and Virginia regions. So we've decided to offer free general

admission to furloughed federal government employees and their families.

We will continue to offer free general admission until the furlough is lifted. Family members of those affected by the shutdown are also eligible for free admission.

With so many people out of work right now, we thought this might be our small way of helping pass the time until a decision is reached.

Simply present your Federal ID at our front desk. We look forward to seeing you.

Upcoming Events in October

Just a Few Seats Left On Our Bus Tour to Wye House!

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On Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 AMuntil 6pm, join us for a rare visit to Wye House, oneof the most important and well-documented plantations in Maryland.

Abolitionist leader and author Frederick Douglass lived at Wye House during his childhood,and he described events at the plantation in his autobiographies.

In recent years, archeological excavations onthe property by The University of Marylandhave provided an important new perspectiveon the lives of African Americans who livedhere. Check out this feature story by NationalPublic Radio.

Our day begins with a curator-led tour of the Academy Art Museum, which recentlyopened a new exhibition titled Joint Heritage

at Wye House. This major interpretiveexhibition draws on archaeological evidence from the slave quarters and the Orangery at WyeHouse. The tour will focus on the culture made by Africans and African Americans, featuringarchival sources, household objects, books, recipe collections, maps, and artwork.

Following the Academy Art Museum, we will enjoy a luncheon at the famed patio on WyeHouse's grounds. Then, we'll take an exclusive tour of Wye House and, after that,theOrangery. The National Trust for Historic Preservation believes the Orangery to be the onlysurviving 18th Century greenhouse in North America.

Tickets are $150 per person, and our luxury motor coach is almost completely sold out! Getyours now by visiting this link or calling 410-685-3750 ext. 377.

History Day Research at The Maryland Historical Society!

Each year, middle and high school students throughout the state of Maryland are invited to participate in a history competition calledHistory Day, sponsored by the Maryland HumanitiesCouncil.

And for three Saturdays in the fall, The Maryland Historical Society invites students and their  parents to participate in a workshop on historical research methods that will help them getstarted on their History Day research.

The sessions are Saturday, October 19, Saturday November 16 and Saturday, December 7.

Each session is limited to 12 students and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upon receiving your registration request, an MdHS educator will confirm that your topic can beresearched using MdHS collections.

While some topics are beyond the scope of MdHS's library resources, individual studentresearch sessions are also available upon request.

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We can't tell you how excited we are to be reaching a young and vibrant new generation of history lovers.

So, what's our next event under the stars? Mark your calendar for Cigar and Whiskey

Nighton October 12 at 6pm!

Sip on some whiskey, smoke a cigar, and enjoy a refined evening in our courtyard. This eventis organized by our young professionals group, the Young Defenders of the MarylandHistorical Society (the same people who brought you the Bootleggers Bash!)

What Does Rye Whiskey Have To Do With Maryland? Plenty!

Image courtesy Ben McGann

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Maryland was home to manydistilleries of rye whiskey, whichhas roots as early as the 1700s.After tobacco crops wereharvested, rye and wheat were

 planted in its place to help addnutrients back into the soil. EvenGeorge Washington, down atMount Vernon, had a rye distillery.

During the Civil War, productionslowed as a high whiskey tax maderye distilling a nearly unprofitable business. But when the war ended, production resumed, and that'swhen Maryland's rye whiskey became the stuff of legend.

Rennert Maryland Straight Rye Whiskey bottle," Paul Henderson, 1949,MdHS, HEN.00.A1-042

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In celebration of Maryland's storiedhistory, on Saturday, October

12 at 6pm, the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society areoffering small-batch boutique

whiskey tastings, provided by theCountry Vintner.

The evening will include aWhiskey bar with all the fixings for your favorite classic cocktails.

Cigars will be provided courtesy of Main Street Cigar & PipeCompany.

We will also be serving horsd'oeuvres in addition to a specialtycocktail for the ladies inattendance, the Scarlett O'Hara!

Plus, we'll feature free guided toursof our   Divided Voices: Maryland inthe Civil War exhibition allthroughout the evening.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call410-

685-3750 x399 or visit this link .

Re-Discovering Maryland's Anna Ella Carroll

 Now here's a challenge to all the Nancy Drews, Alex Crosses, history buffs, women activists,and those in the military - past or present!

I'm sure everyone has heard of the geographic regions of Carroll County and the town of New

Carrollton, and you've likely heard of Charles Carroll, too.

But do you know who Anna Ella Carroll was?

From Thursday October 24-Saturday October 26, we've created a unique series of events aimedat re-discovering this Civil War heroine.

Jointly sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society, the Maryland Women's Heritage Center,

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and the Friends of Anna Ella Carroll, these events will be thought-provoking and important indetermining the recognition of Anna Ella Carroll currently proposed to the U.S. Congress.

You can hear from experts and weigh in on the long-standing controversy about her role andimportance during Lincoln's administration.

The events are:

Re-Discovering Anna Ella CarrollThursday, October 24 at 5:30pmMaryland Historical Society$10/nonmembers; $5/members, seniors, students, and military

Hear from authors and historians. Weigh in on the long-standing controversy abouther role and importance during Lincoln's administration. Light refreshments will beserved.

Moderator:Charley Mitchell, author of  Maryland Voices of the Civil War 

Panelists:Claudia Floyd, Professor of History and Political Science at Stevenson University andauthor of Maryland Women in the Civil War: Unionists, Rebels, Slaves and Spies;Kay Larson, author of Great Necessities: The Life, Times and Writings of Anna EllaCarroll ; Ed Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land PatentsTo reserve tickets, please visit this link or call 410-685-3750 Ext 377

Invisible No More: A Place for Women in Military History

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