BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After 176 years as the Maryland Historical Society, the building is reopening its doors Wednesday as the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

“We’re trying to really become an intuition that reaches out to the whole state, and not only to the whole state, but also to newer and diverse audiences,” Mark Letzer, President and CEO of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, said.

The center’s new identity reflects the organization’s mission to define itself as a space where the community can come together for a deeper understanding of our nation’s history and culture.

“Everyone thought we could be better, that we could be more relevant, and in changing the name we feel that that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Louise Hayman, Past Chairman of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, said.

The center has been closed since March 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been a hard road to get here the last six months with COVID, but we welcome the people of Maryland to come back here,” Letzer said.

The museum has also made some adjustments amid the coronavirus pandemic, like a screen that slides through pictures with just a swipe of the hand.

New exhibits include a look inside Baltimore’s forgotten movie theaters, a virtual exhibit on the struggle for voting rights and how Baltimore album quilts were used for occupational therapy.

The museum opens to the public Saturday, September 12.

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Stetson Miller


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