Plus a sneak peek at our "Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy" Exhibit
March 7, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "After a long and difficult Atlantic winter crossing, the ships
Ark and Dove
sailed up the Potomac River in March of 1634," says President
, "Almost four centuries and twenty generations of dramatic history have followed those humble beginnings."
The Maryland Historical Society will be honoring
's brave and hopeful first settlers on
Thursday, March 21
The event, entitled "
at the Beginning" will feature a presentation from
Dr. Henry Miller
, Director of Research at Historic St. Mary's City. A great storyteller, Dr. Miller will bring the tale of
's first century to life.
The cost is
for MdHS members and
for non-members. Call 410-685-3750 Ext. 377 or visit
In addition, in celebration of Women's History month, the
Maryland Historical Players
are hosting a Tribute to
's Civil War Heroines on
Saturday, March 9.
will lead an interactive audience discussion in the Maryland Historical Society Galleries at
No advance reservations are necessary.
Speaking of famous
women, the Maryland Historical Society is referring to 2013 as the 'Year of Betsy,' as it presents a major new exhibition about the life, the love and the fashion of
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
. Known as Betsy to her friends, she was regarded as the most beautiful woman of the 1812 era – and set the gossipmongers atwitter with her revealing dresses. Betsy married Napoleon's brother, moved to France, faced family heartbreak and eventual betrayal from her husband
and returned to
, where she became one of the city's wealthiest landowners. Betsy truly was the Notorious Belle of
, and she is regarded today as one of the country's most fascinating early celebrities.
Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy"
exhibition will feature hundreds of objects – including Betsy's scandalous fashions – on display beginning on
June 9 th 2013
For a sneak peek into Betsy's life, and the fascinating behind-the-scenes-details of the exhibition process, Chief Curator
has started a blog entitled "Woman of Two Worlds." You can access it by visiting this link:
Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the
. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect
's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine."
For more information, contact Marketing Director
at 410-685-3750 Ext. 322 or
SOURCE The Maryland Historical Society