History is an account of the past and historians search for understanding of what actually happened and why. Each new generation of researchers seeks to correct the misstatements in the historical record and to better explain the human motivation behind historical events.
Through this iterative process the study of history discounts falsehoods and misunderstandings and reveals the truth about the past.
But this aggrandized view of history “just ain’t so.” Long after they have been discredited by hard research, misstatements of fact, mischaracterizations of motive, and exaggerations as to consequence continue to be included in the storied history of Baltimore and Maryland.
Four speakers will provide the workshop with examples, and an open discussion will follow in which the group assembled will ponder why.