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The staff of the Maryland State Archives presents educational programs to the community to share information about our collections. We invite you to participate in our upcoming events or to view recordings of our past programs. If you have a suggestion for a program topic or search tip you would like to see here in the future, please email your recommendation to Thank you for your support.

Past Events

View recordings of past lectures, seminars, tours and workshops, as well as helpful training videos on how to use various records in our collections in our free online Presentation Library.

Upcoming Events


June Virtual Lunch and Learn - “The Best Evidence Yet for an Anomalous Animal”: Documenting the Cultural History of Chessie the Sea Monster

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 1:00pm
Presented by Dr. Eric A. Cheezum
Online Event

Dr. Eric A. Cheezum will present on his new book, Chessie: A Cultural History of the Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster, telling the story of the Bay's legendary cryptid, and will describe the research methodology involved in uncovering its history. Dr. Cheezum explores the project's origin as his dissertation and its long gestation and path to publication, along with the extensive research and interviews that made the work possible, and some of the key figures and connections whose generosity ensured that the facts of Chessie's amazing career were brought to the surface. As Chessie's story will show, truth really is stranger than fiction!

Eric A. Cheezum is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He received his B.A. in History from Salisbury State University in 1999, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina in 2002 and 2008, respectively. Besides Chessie: A Cultural History of the Chesapeake Bay Sea Monster (Johns Hopkins, 2024), he is the co-author of Woodrow Wilson (CQ Press, 2003) with Kendrick A. Clements. He is an adjunct professor at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland and a full-time farmer.

Community Collections Grant Writing Workshop

Monday, June 17, at 10:00 am - 1:00pm
Presented by Nancy Melley, Program Director for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Location: Maryland State Archives
Free registration required

Are you or your organization looking for funding for a digitization project? Whether you are new to the process or have done it before, this program will teach you about possible funding sources and give you a chance to learn more about the application process.

This three-hour workshop will introduce attendees to the competitive archival grant programs at the National Archives, which are made through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The primary emphasis of this workshop will be on the Access to Historical Records grant program. Learn more about the program here.

Attendees will have the opportunity to read and comment on two sample applications as part of the review process. They also will learn general tips that successful applicants have used to strengthen their applications.

The workshop also will offer attendees the opportunity to start designing their own project and application package: defining project scope, devising a budget, developing a work plan, and preparing an application.

Nancy Melley, a program director from the NHPRC, will help participants understand the grant application process, including the components of a good project summary, narrative, budget, and supplemental materials. The instructor also will discuss the review process, the response phase, and Commission recommendations.

LGBTQ in Maryland

July Virtual Lunch and Learn - Unearthing, Preserving, and Promoting LGBTQ+ History in Maryland

Thursday, July 11, 2024 at 1:00 PM
Presented by Ben Egerman
Online Event

An 1870s lesbian gunslinger. Extravagant 1930s drag balls. Mass protests of the 1980s and 1990s. All are a part of our story.

In 2018, Preservation Maryland engaged in a project to create the first comprehensive study of LGBTQ+ history and historic preservation across Maryland. In conducting the research for this project, Ben Egerman was able to identify a wide array of places associated with LGBTQ+ history and create a number of resources to help those interested in the subject learn more about our communities’ rich and vibrant history in the state.

Since then, he has presented with another librarian and community elders on the subject of local LGBTQ+ history to audiences across the state, as well as working with students, artists, and academics to promote and build awareness of Maryland’s LGBTQ+ past.

This talk will discuss these projects, what they tell us about Maryland’s history, and some of the difficulties in doing research in this area–all punctuated by amazing and eye-opening stories of LGBTQ+ people and life in the state stretching back nearly 200 years.

Ben Egerman (he/him) is a public librarian and researcher living in Baltimore. His work with Preservation Maryland on the Maryland LGBTQ Historic Context Study yielded a preliminary list of over 300 extant sites related to LGBTQ+ history in the state, and has been recognized by the American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History , who awarded the project the Allan Berube Prize for community history in early 2024. He has worked with a fellow librarian and two community elders to bring various stories from Maryland’s LGBTQ+ past to audiences in libraries across the state. He aims for his work to lie at the intersection of community building, advocacy, and public history.

Highway to Nowhere

August Virtual Lunch and Learn - Race and the Road: Fighting the “Highway to Nowhere” and Neighborhood Destruction in Baltimore

Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 1:00pm
Presented by Evans Paull
Online Event

Drawing from his book, Stop the Road, Stories from the Trenches of Baltimore’s Road Wars, Evans Paull gives an up close and personal account of Baltimore’s 40-year battle over expressway plans. Paull reveals astonishing stories of how a ragtag band of neighborhood activists, preservationists, and environmentalists managed to protect Baltimore’s historic waterfront communities of Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, and Canton. But this talk also provides a unique window into the city’s callous and unfair treatment its African American populations. The most famous example is the “Highway to Nowhere,” but Paull also delves into the equally revealing cases of the highways that shattered Sharp-Leadenhall and Rosemont. This is Baltimore and its history with race, all revealed in unflinching detail.

Evans Paull

Northwest Baltimore resident E. Evans Paull is the author of Stop the Road, Stories from the Trenches of Baltimore’s Road Wars (2022). His career spanned 45 years working as a city planner, first in Baltimore and then nationally on urban redevelopment issues. Paull’s consulting business, Redevelopment Economics, specialized in the challenging renewal issues that come under the umbrella of “brownfields” (contaminated/impaired land).

Paull has won several awards, including: Brownfields Leadership Award, Phoenix Award (for brownfields redevelopment), Governor’s Smart Growth Award and Professional Achievement in Economic Development Award from the Maryland Chapter American Planning Association. Paull has authored articles that have appeared in twelve professional journals

Paull is now retired and enjoying life with his wife, three children, and one grandchild.

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