Announcements & Events

Maryland Museums Association Statement on Confederate Monuments and Memorials:

posted Aug 22, 2017, 10:15 AM by Maryland Museums Association

The Maryland Museums Association encourages museums, historic sites, and cultural attractions across the state to be resources for accurate historical information and context regarding confederate statues; to be leaders in facilitating difficult, but important discussions about them; to provide safe, welcoming spaces for such discussions to take place; and to engage with and listen to the communities of which they are a part. As an organization, we unequivocally condemn violence, hatred, bigotry, and racism of any kind. 
Below is a list of resources for those sites looking for context, guidance, and examples from other sites on how to deal with this issue: 

The Atlantic:…/the-stubborn-persiste…/479751/ 


Southern Poverty Law Center:…/whose-heritage-public-symbols-c…

New Orleans Mayor, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Statement:…/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor…

Public Statements from the Field:

National Trust for Historic Preservation:…/national-trust-statement-on-conf…

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience:…/the-end-of-an-era-on-hi…/

American Association of State and Local History:

American Alliance of Museums:…/social-media/charlottesville_aam.pdf

Public Statements from Museums:

National Museum of African American History and Culture…/statement-tragedy-charlottesville-va

National Civil Rights Museum:…/ncrmstatement…

Levine Museum of the New South:…/levine-museum-responds…

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:…/museum-condemns-violence-in-charlot…

Brew & Review - Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum

posted Feb 25, 2017, 8:51 AM by Adam Y   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT 
@ The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum 
216 Emory Street 
Baltimore, MD 21230 

Attention Museum Professionals! 

Join the staff of the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum for a beer (or wine) as they chronicle their 2015 gallery redesign using inexpensive technologies such as SC-card players, audio boxes, and graphic presentations. RSVP to

Brew & Review: Sandy Spring Museum's Exhibit: Weaving Community

posted Sep 5, 2015, 10:47 AM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated Sep 5, 2015, 10:47 AM ]

Friday, October 16, 2015
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join us at the Sandy Spring Museum to review an exceptional interactive exhibit, Weaving Community.  From September through December, all visitors to the Museum are invited to weave on a giant loom that will be constructed from the eleven-foot tall oak beams that frame the exhibit hall.  Working with artist Suzanne Herbert-Forson, everyone is invited to weave with us on a larger-than life loom, to add your creative input into this group project, and to meet new people. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own materials to weave into the project!  Suitable items include yarn, fabric strips, belts, ties, long pieces of wire, and so on. “Weaving community” is a metaphor for bringing together diverse elements of the community.

From 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Museum will be hosting its monthly History Happy Hour with archaeologists from the University of Maryland speaking about The Hill: Maryland’s Oldest Black Community.  Tickets will be half price ($10) for Brew’n’Review attendees. 

The site is located on the north side of Maryland 108 in Sandy Spring.  Parking is available.

Brew & Review: Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers' Office

posted Sep 5, 2015, 10:44 AM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated Sep 5, 2015, 10:45 AM ]

Thursday, September 10, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Come to visit Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers' Office (managed by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine under contract with the US General Services Administration).  The site was uncovered by a GSA staff member in 1996, and it has recently opened to the public on weekends.

Interpretive plans are developing, and Mary Alexander will lead a discussion of options for tours and other public programs.

The site is located at 437  7th Street NW, just one block south of the Gallery Place Metro stop.  Parking in the area is not only scarce but expensive, so use the Metro if possible.

Museum Interpretation: Hooking Visitors for the Long-Term

posted Jul 29, 2014, 9:23 AM by Adam Y

Hosted by Historic London Town and Gardens
839 Londontown Road; Edgewater, MD 21037

This is the 12th workshop in the series Creating a Visitor-Centered Museum

The day's sessions are:
  • "Seizing History by the Horns: Making Your Visitors Want to Return" - Tim Grove (Smithsonian)
  • "Using Improv to Improve Your Interpretation" - Free Range Improv
  • "Hands on History Tours (Trust Us, Visitors Won't Destroy Your Stuff" - Emilie Parker (Rosenbach Museum)
  • "Tales from the Front Lines" - Veteran Docents
$15 Students
$30 General Registration
$20 Staff and Volunteers of Supporting Organizations.
(Lunch included in price. Prepaid registration requires. Limited space available.)

Click here for a registration form, or see the bottom of this page.

Next Brew & Review - Roger Brooke Taney House

posted Jun 10, 2014, 10:26 AM by Maryland Museums Association

Monday, June 23, 2014, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Roger Brooke Taney House
121 S Bentz St.
Frederick, MD

Join us to discuss the challenges of interpreting middle-class life and slavery in a home named for the author of the Dred Scott Decision, although he never lived there.

A brief tour will be followed by refreshments, snacks, and lively discussion.

RSVP online at

This is a MAHM sponsored program. 

Next Brew & Review - Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum!

posted Nov 12, 2013, 1:46 PM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 1:49 PM ]

Monday, November 25, 2013, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663

This is the next in a series of Peer Review events organized by MAHM to bring Maryland museum professionals together for lively discussions on important topics in the field. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This Brew and Review will be a discussion and exhibition critique about CBMM’s Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake. Offering a social history perspective, this exhibit integrates new research about slavery from a Pulitzer-prize winning author and the MD State Archives while utilizing a variety of interpretative methods including cultural mapping, audio interactives, a detailed diorama and as well as a 3-D virtual flyover of the region.

Come discuss this innovative project with Robert Forloney, the Director of the Center for Chesapeake Studies and the overall Project Director for this initiative.

This is a MAHM sponsored program. 

*NEW* MAHM E-mail & Web Listserve - NOW ONLINE!

posted Nov 1, 2013, 4:35 AM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated Nov 5, 2013, 7:21 AM ]

The Maryland Association of History Museums has gone "live" with its new Google Groups listserve!  We are very excited about this new tool to help Maryland museums personnel keep-in-touch and share their knowledge and resources with one another.

How do I join? (3 ways...)
  1. Invitations to the listserve have been sent to MAHM members!
  2. We are an inclusive community of museum volunteers and professionals, and because of that you may directly request to join at the following site:!forum/mahmlistserve
  3. Alternately, you may also join by sending an e-mail request to, or by e-mailing any MAHM board member explicitly stating you would like to join the Maryland Association of History Museums listserve.  Please indicate what school or museum you are affiliated with and in what capacity.

    Note: You may use your pre-existing work/personal e-mail account to join this MAHM Google Groups listserve (a Google Gmail account is NOT required).  Please note, however, that you will still have to sign-up/register your non-Google e-mail with Google ahead of time to join the listserve. The process is simple, and involves little more than registering your current e-mail address with Google and picking a password at Google's new account page. 

Below are some general guidelines for using the listserve...
Be polite and respectful at all times. Failure to abide by the following may result in either a warning, or immediate removal from the group.

What may I use this for?
This listserve is intended as a forum for collegial discussion, questions and assistance among Maryland's community of professional or volunteer museum docents, directors, curators, exhibitors, educators, students and teachers. 

What should I not use it for?
The listserve is not intended as a means of publicizing the programs of individual sites, unless said program is a type of workshop intended to advance the knowledge and quality of the Maryland museums community generally, or to facilitate broader discussion about museums work.  Moreover, solicitors will not be entertained, and any such users may be immediately removed or warned pending the situation.

Do I have to be a MAHM member to use the listserve?
No. Membership in the Maryland Association of History Museums is not required to join.  However, membership is strongly encouraged, as the purpose of MAHM is to improve the quality of museum programming and exhibiting state-wide. 

MAHM Mission:
The Maryland Association of History Museums is an alliance of historical and cultural institutions that collect, hold, interpret and protect the cultural and material heritage within the state.  The association advocates for members by enhancing professionalism in those institutions and individuals, and promoting awareness of museum interests.

The Board of Directors
Maryland Association of History Museums
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Next Brew & Review - Brunswick Heritage Museum!

posted Oct 15, 2013, 8:52 AM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated Oct 15, 2013, 8:56 AM ]

October 29, 2013, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Brunswick Heritage Museum
40 West Potomac Street
Brunswick, MD 21716

This is the next in a series of Peer Review events organized by MAHM to
bring Maryland museum professionals together for a lively discussion on
important topics in the field.

This Brew & Review will be a discussion about the “Pints & the Past”
program run by the Historical Society of Frederick. “Pints & the Past”
is a free series for anyone interested in getting together to chat about
history. This creative means of engaging audiences in history is part of a
larger trend in the field and should be fodder for good discussion!

Come brew and review the “Pints & the Past” program with Kristen Butler
from the Historical Society of Frederick County and Rebecca O’Leary
from the Brunswick Heritage Museum.

Also, while visiting, check out the Brunswick Heritage Museum’s new
exhibit: “Tipplers and Teetotalers in a Railroad Town”

(This is a Maryland Association of History Museums sponsored program.)

MAHM Survey - Please Help Us to Help and Serve You!

posted May 15, 2013, 11:47 AM by Maryland Museums Association   [ updated May 16, 2013, 1:07 PM ]

Please help MAHM as we move forward in our Strategic Planning Efforts.

We would like to do our best to assist the Maryland Museum community and can only do so if we know what you need from us!

We have a very short survey. Please fill it out to help us better serve you and pass along to colleagues!

Click here for the survey.

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