This weekend, the much anticipated Maryland Historical Society exhibit “Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy” opens. In celebration of the exhibition, the Maryland Historical Society is hosting a Bonaparte Ball at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on Saturday, June 8 at 7pm. And later that evening, from 9 pm-1 am, the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society are hosting an Afterparty to the Bonaparte Ball called Fashionably Late. (For more information call 410-685-3750 x399.)
Much has been written about Madame Jerome Bonaparte — also known as Betsy — who, as a gorgeous 18-year-old, set the gossipmongers atwitter with her revealing empire dresses at local society events. Her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother Jerome became an international drama. Whether in Europe or in Baltimore she always caused a stir with her renowned beauty and wit. Even at ninety-four, Elizabeth was still making news as one of America’s richest women. But despite a life of celebrity and financial success, she lived with unfulfilled imperial dreams.
With hundreds of objects and reams of documents, the Maryland Historical Society is the official keeper of Elizabeth’s memory. On view from June 9, 2013 – June 9, 2014, the “Woman of Two Worlds:” Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy exhibit marks the first time the Maryland Historical Society has featured a exhibition exclusively devoted to a historical female figure.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. As of June 9, General admission to the Maryland Historical Society is $9 for adults, $5 for students and children ages 3-18 and free for children under 3. For more information, visit www.mdhs.org