Used Book Sale at Maryland Historical Society This Weekend

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Back by popular demand! The Maryland Historical Society hosts its popular Used Book Sale with Free Museum admission all weekend from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4

Come peruse more than 6,000 titles, including a wide selection of Maryland-themed books, as well as popular fiction, reference, non-fiction, and much more at bargain prices. Lithographs, photo prints, antique and rare books will also be on sale.

Spend $10 or more during the used book sale and receive a free copy of In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812, while supplies last!

Plus, Saturday, October 3 is Maryland on Film II day, and between 10 am and 4 pm, MDHS will screen 11 short films and videos, including a newly restored version of the film “The Great Hurricane of 1933”.

Ocean City

In 2013, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded the Maryland Historical Society a grant to preserve “The Great Hurricane of 1933,” which captured the incredible destruction of Ocean City, Maryland.

S. Watts Smyth of St. Louis, Missouri captured the harrowing footage of the 1933 hurricane while on vacation with his family. The Smyths had driven fifteen hours in their brand new Cadillac LaSalle to visit the beach for their annual vacation only to be caught in one of the worst weather events in Maryland history. On August 22, after four days of saturating rain, the hurricane made landfall. Heavy winds picked up and battered the boardwalk, pummeled the city with large waves, and destroyed the town’s railroad bridge and fishing camps. The storm’s greatest and most lasting impact was a 50-foot wide, 8-foot deep inlet that was carved through the barrier island by a continuous four day ebb tide, flowing from the bay out to the ocean. Three entire streets were submerged at the south end of the town. The destruction, in the end, proved a boon for the town. The inlet made Ocean City the state’s only Atlantic port. The resulting commercial and sport fishing boom greatly shaped the character of the Ocean City we know today, as vacationers flocked to the seaside town in large numbers to crab and fish, and dozens of hotels and restaurants sprang up to meet their needs.

MDHS will also screen 10 other films dating from the 1930s to the 1990s. And did we mention FREE POPCORN?! You won’t want to miss it!

Edited from Press Release

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