MCHC announces new series launching with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, Ph.D.

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Librarian of Congress and Baltimorean, Carla Hayden, Ph.D., will join Catherine Mayfield, France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in a conversation about how museums and libraries can make their collections useful in today’s world. The program is the first in a four-part series entitled, “Core Conversations,” and will explore the institution’s four newly identified core values: discovery, dialogue, authenticity, and community.

“Our transformation to the Maryland Center for History and Culture has been years in the making,” said Mark Letzer, president and CEO of the MCHC in a press release. “Central to this major shift is our commitment to providing space for the community to hold meaningful conversations and explore the enormous impact Marylanders have had on our nation’s history. Since March, we have pivoted and hosted a number of virtual programs, and have had thousands from around Maryland and beyond our state borders, join conversations about our region’s history, and in historic moments relevant to today. We hope this series of conversations will hit a similar chord for the public.”

Conversations in the on-going series will focus on the other values of the organization. Each will ask a relevant question, prompting discussion to illuminate the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s core values and shed light on its new direction as an institution.

The newly branded Maryland Center for History and Culture, previously The Maryland Historical Society, reopened to the public on September 12, revealing its new name and identity at that time. The new approach reflects the organization’s mission to define itself as a space where the community can discover and develop a deeper understanding of the nation’s history and culture through a Maryland prism. The mission and vision statement represents the institution’s role within the community and reflects its goal to collect, preserve and interpret Maryland history. The four core values will help frame the MCHC’s initiatives, including its education programs, exhibitions, special events, research requests, and visitor interactions.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences, however, registration is required. Those interested in registering can do so through the link here. Once registered for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture’s series will continue throughout the fall, with other noted speakers to be announced. Visit the MCHC online for a full list of fall virtual programming.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is now open with limited hours and capacity due to COVID-19. As of September 12, museum hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The hours will also apply to the library when it reopens on October 7 after building upgrades are complete. Entry will be monitored to ensure proper social distancing. Masks are required.



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