The Mary­land Historical So­ci­ety

Where Baltimore - - Editor's Itinerary -

Since its 1844 found­ing, the so­ci­ety (page 24) has amassed more than 350,000 ob­jects and mil­lions of books and doc­u­ments on Mary­land’s his­tory. Start a short visit on the first floor. To the right of the glass en­try­way (above), find in­trigu­ing hints of life in 1815 and 1915 through ob­jects stowed in time cap­sules un­cov­ered at the (first) Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment. On the sec­ond floor, glimpse the orig­i­nal man­u­script of Fran­cis Scott Key’s “Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” (above, right), shown for a few min­utes on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Af­ter, turn the cor­ner to learn all about the doomed marriage of Napolean Bon­a­parte’s younger brother, Joseph, to lo­cal El­iz­a­beth Pat­ter­son Bon­a­parte (above, cen­ter), whose beauty and wit (not to men­tion low-cut French gowns) at­tracted many suit­ors (and scan­dals). If there’s still time, pe­ruse the ex­quis­ite fur­ni­ture on the third floor, where pe­riod paint­ings are dis­played with the well-pre­served pieces they high­light.

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