Category: Historical Society

The Life of Jimmy Carter

On January 6th, Jimmy Carter, our 39th president, wrote a powerful opinion piece in the New York Times about the one-year anniversary of the Capitol insurrection. While his words about the state of our democracy were eye-opening, my mind wandered in a different direction: what do I really know about Jimmy Carter? The first thing…

Myths and Magic: The Salem Witch Trials

Beginning in January 1692, many women and one man were accused of participating in witchcraft. It began when a doctor diagnosed a group of young girls who were experiencing fits consisting of screams, contortions, and seizures as witches partaking in dark magic. Over the course of many months, more than two-hundred women were accused of…

History of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is known and loved across Maryland as our official state dog. But where did this water-loving dog come from? As legend goes, an English shipwreck in 1807 in the Chesapeake Bay left two surviving Newfoundland dogs: Sailor and Canton. Quickly, the two became cherished and adored by residents across the Chesapeake…

History of Old Bay

Cowritten by Lila Gibson and Doug Schwartz For Marylanders, Old Bay is a household name. It goes on everything from crabs (its intended use) to popcorn (probably not its intended use). Although most of us know and use Old Bay, not many people are aware of its historical ties to Maryland. . . and Germany. …