MD Historical Society Hosts Joseph Balkoski

MD Historical Society Hosts Joseph Balkoski
Lecture: The American Armed Forces on D-Day

On Sunday, January 29, 2006, at 1:00PM, Joseph Balkoski will give a lecture at the MD Historical Society (MdHS) on the American Armed Forces on D-Day.
Join the MdHS for an insightful account of the important contributions of the American armed forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Joseph Balkoski is the Command Historian for the Maryland National Guard and author of several books that chronicle the experience of the citizen-soldier in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Stackpole Books published the most recent book, "Utah Beach," outlining the U.S. airborne operations on D-Day and the amphibious landing at Utah Beach, in August 2005.
Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 410-685-3750, ext. 321.
Attendees will also have the chance to see the exhibit Tell Us Your Stories- Baltimore's Buffalo Soldier. In collaboration with Towson University students and with the help of a grant from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts, the MdHS will open the exhibition "Tell Us Your Stories- Baltimore's Buffalo Soldier" in January 2006. This exhibit tells the story of Norman Gilyard, a Baltimore native who served as a Buffalo Soldier during World War II. The exhibition will explore the role of African Americans during World War II and will include Mr. Gilyard's Buffalo Soldier uniform shirt, pictures of Mr. Gilyard and his regiment, his original discharge papers, and an oral history interview conducted by Leon Bean, Mr. Gilyard's grandson. The exhibition will close June 2006.
The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), founded in 1844, is the state's oldest cultural institution. Located at 201 W. Monument Street in the Mount Vernon Cultural District, the MdHS collects, preserves, and interprets more than seven million artifacts and documents reflecting Maryland's diverse heritage through a museum, library, press, and extensive educational programs. The collection includes the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" as well as one of the most extensive collections of Americana in the world. The museum of the Maryland Historical Society has several permanent exhibits including "Looking for Liberty", "Furniture in MD Life", and "Maryland Through the Artist's Eye". See the bombardment of Ft. McHenry, hear the stories of civil rights activists, and experience the trials and triumphs of America's past. Satellite sites include the Baltimore Civil War Museum and the Fells Point Maritime Museum.