Holiday Gift Guide for History Lovers

By Preservation Maryland

Looking for that special gift with a historical twist? The holidays are the perfect time to wax nostalgic, and Preservation Maryland has you covered with these unique and eclectic picks for the history lover on your list.

History Lovers Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Jay Fleming while shooting. Photo from Jay Fleming.

Jay Fleming while shooting. Photo from Jay Fleming.

“Working the Water” by J. Fleming Photography

Award winning photographer, Jay Fleming’s book, “Working the Water,” is a visual narrative of the lives of those individuals whose livelihood is directly dependent upon the Chesapeake Bay — America’s largest estuary.

Replica oyster tins by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Replica oyster tins by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Reproduction Oyster Cans from Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The real deal can be pricey and hard to find, but fortunately the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has you covered. These oyster cans are replicas of the originals displayed the museum’s Oystering on the Chesapeake exhibit and are made in the USA. They are approximately one gallon cans and feature a reproduced historic paper label.

Image of Book Cover Reading, "Grant" Written by Ron Chernow

“Grant” by Ron Chernow

Pulitzer Prize winning author of Washington and Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow, returns with “Grant,” a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of America’s most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.







Image of THIS YEAR'S ORNAMENT FROM LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUMThis Year’s Ornament from Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum celebrates America’s iconic immigrant neighborhood, by telling the stories of generations of families who settled on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. As a symbol of tenement life, this fire escape honors the role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America’s evolving national identity.







"Votes for Women" Pin by Caramela Handmade on Etsy.

“Votes for Women” Pin by Caramela Handmade on Etsy.

Votes for Women pin by Caramela Handmade

As the United States approaches the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, show your 19th amendment pride with this updated, enamel pin version of the iconic “Votes for Women” banner carried by the suffragists in their struggle.

Smith's Rosebudy Salve via Santa.

Smith’s Rosebudy Salve via Santa.

Rosebud Perfume Company made in Woodsboro, MD

This nationally popular brand has been in production continually since 1892 – with its headquarters still located in charming and tiny, Woodsboro, Maryland. No purse, satchel or office drawer is complete without a tin of Rosebud salve.

American Heritage Historic Chocolate.

American Heritage Historic Chocolate.

Heritage Chocolate by American Heritage Chocolate

History and chocolate combined? This artisan chocolate is produced by the Mars candy company and is made from a recipe from 1750 that includes only ingredients available in the 18th century. Learn more about the history of chocolate.

Colin Bill, Marylander and founder of Hero Heads.

Colin Bill, Marylander and founder of Hero Heads.

Hero Heads T-Shirts

Hero Heads is a clothing brand with unique, hand-drawn designs of inspirational people, allowing you to ‘wear your heart on your tee’. 10% of profits are contributed from each sale to a charity related to the hero’s cause.

Image of book with title ""FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN HOUSES" BY VIRGINIA SAVAGE MCALESTER“Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage McAlester

The expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of “Field Guide to American Houses,” is the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture: in print since its original publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched, essential guide to American houses.







Selfie of Preservation Maryland staff at an Antietam workday.

Preservation Maryland staff at an Antietam workday.

Gift Membership to Preservation Maryland

Give the gift of history to a loved one! Members enjoy exclusive benefits – including invites to special events and tours, a quarterly printed newsletter, discounts and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to save Maryland history! Give a gift membership today.

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