Best Non-Art Museum
Maryland Historical Society
Published: September 21, 2011
201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org
The Maryland Historical Society is having a banner year. With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s inception, the Mount Vernon museum rolled out an ambitious and fascinating exhibit of our state’s split North-South personality called Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War. Under the direction of museum Director Burt Kummerow and Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch, the exhibit explores our region’s divided loyalties using a combination of photographs, displays, fascinating relics such as a carbine rifle used by John Brown’s group at Harper’s Ferry and a dress in which a Confederate sympathizer could smuggle information to her comrades, and a roving group of actors who dramatize, in full period costume, the forgotten narratives of the Civil War. The exhibit has spawned a number of smaller shows and lectures, revealing our region’s important role in the bloody war, and the fissures and uneasy truces that exist today. Understand your state; visit the Maryland Historical Society.