Images of Maryland’s History from MDCH

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By Teresa Duggan

If you visit our homepage this week, you’ll see one of five images featured at the top, with the caption “View Maryland’s history at”. I created these images after working with our Digitization Unit to totally revamp the web interface for Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage (MDCH), launched in March.

small copy of an MDCH homepage image for - workers on a banana boat

In searching for cool old images to bring to light some highlights of the digital collections there, I found so many interesting scenes from the history of Baltimore and all around Maryland that I was asked if we could share a few on as well.

Photos of people and street scenes are compelling to me because I can picture real scenes in a particular time and place, especially if it’s an area I’m familiar with. My take on the homepage images in rotation now:

These are just a few of my favorites that happen to fit the size and shape of our homepage banner image, but there are thousands more to search for or browse by collection. If you have a favorite item on, please copy the “Reference URL” link at the top of the item’s page and share the link here as a comment.

MDCH Reference URL link area

I love this postcard of the Patterson Park Pagoda.
Posted by: Jessica Keyes at 5/23/2012 1:07 p.m.

The 1869 map of Baltimore by Sachse is pretty incredible in its detail. I love this section because I can zoom in and see what my old house and street in Federal Hill looked like 143 years ago:
Posted by: Michael Scott at 5/31/2012 3:28 p.m.

@Michael Scott: Yes, that map has tons of interesting details, so it's good to see the overview and then pick a section to zoom in on. If anyone else wants to see Federal Hill, for example, it's on Map Part 11: If you're familiar with Baltimore's layout, you can first go to the "Composite map with part labels" here to spot your section: I love seeing all of the businesses along the roads and waterways too. Lots of horses and steamboats around Federal Hill back then, apparently!
Posted by: Teresa at 5/31/2012 4:52 p.m.

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