Virtual Maryland Day 2020

Happy Maryland Day! The crowds are staying home this year while we all practice social distancing, but you can still enjoy a bit of Special Collections and University Archives fun from home!

Start off with the official UMD Maryland Day activity book! You can color Testudo, play work search, create finger puppets, and lots more! Download online:

Here are a few Maryland Day activities from Special Collections and University Archives you can explore from the comfort of home:


Get creative and unwind with these ready-to-color illustrations curated from our Rare Books collection! Choose from a selection including artwork by William Morris, Walter Crane, George Gaskin, and John Tenniel.


Show your love with origami! ♥♥♥ Every Maryland Day in Hornbake Library, staff from the Gordon W. Prange collection show visitors how to make origami hearts. Grab some paper and follow the directions in the video below to make you own!


Did you know Hornbake Library is home to the REAL Testudo? The real life Diamondback Terrapin that served as the model for the bronze statue outside McKeldin Library and pulled the tarp to unveil the iconic statue at the 1933 ceremony is part of our University Archives collections. Every Maryland Day, this UMD favorite (now preserved and mounted on board) is brought out to meet the crowds.

Learn more about the history of Testudo online:

And the college pranks that led to a series of mascot heists:


Are you a fan of Maryland Public Television? Check out the current gallery exhibit in Hornbake Library: Made Possible by Viewers Like You: Maryland Public Television Turns 50. Featuring materials from our Mass Media and Culture collections, this exhibit illustrates the station’s origins, showcases the best of its programs through artifacts and digitized videos, and gives visitors behind-the-scenes glimpses into the impressive array of ideas, people, and technology that have helped make MPT a national leader in public television and a treasured resource for the state.

Take a video tour of the exhibit below and learn more about the history of MPT online:


Have you ever read a story by Katherine Anne Porter? Special Collections and University Archives is home to the literary archive of award winning author Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980). Porter is best known for her best-selling novel Ship of Fools and her critically acclaimed short novels, including “Pale Horse, Pale Rider”, which recounts her experience surviving the Spanish Influenza in 1918.

Katherine Anne Porter on CUNY TV’s classic public television program, “Day at Night” (6/25/73)

Every Maryland Day we open the doors to this special room dedicated to Porter, where you can explore photographs, personal library, artwork, and other artifacts from her life.

Learn more about the Katherine Anne Porter Room online:

Hornbake Library is closed, but you can still access portions of the Katherine Anne Porter papers from home! Explore the life of Katherine Anne Porter through her digitized correspondence online:

Have a questions about Katherine Anne Porter? Contact us! You can also check out the Katherine Anne Porter Society online:


We’ll miss all the friendly faces and curious folks who visit Hornbake Library on Maryland Day. We hope to see you all happy and healthy next year for Maryland Day 2021!

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