The Maryland Historical Society presents 'Woman of Two Worlds:' Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy

Socialite and landowner Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was an important female figure in 1812 society

Jun 07, 2013, 08:35 ET from The Maryland Historical Society

BALTIMORE, June 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Maryland Historical Society presents "Woman of Two Worlds:" Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy, an exhibition that brings 1812 Baltimore vividly to life, on view from June 9, 2013June 9, 2014.

"This exhibit and its fascinating story give visitors an opportunity to see the War of 1812 era in a much larger context," says Burt Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society, "Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte brought Napoleonic Europe to Baltimore along with the celebrity that reminds us of a modern day jet setter."

About the Exhibition

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was one of the femme fatales of the War of 1812 generation, setting the gossipmongers atwitter with her revealing empire dresses at society events. Her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother Jerome became an international drama. Even at ninety-four, Elizabeth was still making news as one of America's richest women.

The exhibition illustrates the 'two worlds' of France and America that Elizabeth inhabited and showcases her pearl and garnet tiara, silver, porcelain, paintings, textiles, jewelry, manuscripts, furniture and one of her "scandalous" dresses in the French-style. Curator-led tours will be offered on Sunday, June 9th at 1pm and 3pm, and on Thursday, June 20th at 6pm.

The Maryland Historical Society is deeply grateful to the many funders who have made this project possible, including The Von Hess Foundation.

Online Resources

For a sneak peek into Elizabeth's life, and the fascinating behind-the-scenes-details of the exhibition process, Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch has started a blog entitled "Woman of Two Worlds." You can access it by visiting this link:


Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission to the Maryland Historical Society is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for students and children ages 3-18 and free for children under 3. For more information, visit 

About The Maryland Historical Society

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." Visit 

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