The BCHS is pleased to announce the
2018 Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore’s History

Each year the Baltimore City Historical Society awards the Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore’s History.
The winner for 2018 is Anne Louise Hollmuller for her essay entitled

Judged by the Generations: Baltimore’s Confederate Monuments and the Shaping of Historical Memory

You can read the winning essay here.


Baltimore History Evenings is a series of presentations and discussions on Baltimore’s history

Baltimore History Evenings are held at The Village Learning Place (directions) at seven o’clock PM on the third Thursday of every month from January to June.

The next Baltimore History Evening is on May 16, 2019

Elisabeth Gilman: Crusader for Social Justice
A genuine Baltimore blue blood and the daughter of Daniel Coit Gilman, the first president of The Johns Hopkins University, Elisabeth Gilman had a long career as a reformer. Her career included a run as the Socialist Party candidate for Maryland governor in 1930. She was an advocate of civil liberties and racial equality, and a founder of The Maryland Civil Liberties Committee.


PRESERVATION: Baltimore City Historical Society promotes the study, presentation, and appreciation of history of our city. We work with Baltimore historians to sponsor programs on city history and help museums and universities support their collections of historical documents, records, and artifacts.

EDUCATION: We’re dedicated to helping residents and visitors learn about of our city’s defining moments – and understand Baltimore’s historical and cultural significance. We encourage everyone to take a closer look at the familiar historic sites, notable people, and diverse neighborhoods that are part of everyday life in Baltimore.

COMMUNITY: Through our website, events, archives, and social media, we strive to create a gathering place for those who want to explore and celebrate Baltimore’s rich history and cultural heritage. And we invite everyone to share stories, ask questions, or offer insights by contacting us here.




The Baltimore City Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization. We offer free events throughout the year to Baltimore history buffs, but we depend upon yearly membership dues from those of you who are certifiable enthusiasts.

We keep our annual dues low, and have a variety of membership levels. If you join, you can flash your official membership card all around town.

Consider joining the BCHS or making a contribution today.


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