Elena Volkova’s Advanced Photography class visited the Maryland Historical Society. It is the oldest cultural institution in the state of Maryland. The society displays a large collection of objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse heritage.

During their visit, the students looked at 19th century images of Maryland, and early portraits of Baltimore and its residents. The trip was insightful to the students and provided them a better understanding of 19th century photography.

The students were able to view a rare object, a Mathew Brady Civil War book (top and bottom right). It is one of only 5 existing copies that remain today, the students were fortunate to see the book in person.