Star Spangled Spectacular 2014


Star-Spangled Spectacular 2014
Baltimore, Maryland
Sept. 10–16, 2014
Star-Spangled Spectacular is a 10-day free festival that celebrates the 200th birthday of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include re-enactments, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.



Train Rides at the B&O Railroad Museum

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WEEKEND TRAIN RIDES IN JANUARY! Saturdays at 11am, 1pm, & 2:30pm and Sundays at 12:30pm & 2:30pm visitors of the B&O Railroad Museum may also purchase train rides aboard the Mile One Express. With paid admission train rides are $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for B&O members.

TRAIN RIDES TO VISIT MOUNT CLARE MUSEUM HOUSE! Saturdays at 1pm and Sundays at 12:30pm visitors of the B&O Railroad Museum may also purchase a train ride aboard the Mile One Express to visit Mount Clare Museum House. With paid admission this experience is $5 for adults, $4 for children and free for B&O members.

SPECIAL TRAIN RIDE ON MLK Day! On Monday, January 20 at 12 Noon, visitors of the B&O Railroad Museum may purchase a train ride aboard the Mile One Express. With paid admission the train ride is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and free for B&O members.


Snow Plan for Tomorrow’s Training Session

GBHA’s training session “Creating Memorable and Engaging Tours” with Dale Jones is scheduled for tomorrow – Wed, Dec. 11, 2013 from 9 am. – 11 a.m. The host institution, St. Mary’s Historic Site on Paca St., follows the Baltimore COUNTY Schools for closures (not the city schools.) Therefore, if the County Schools close or delay tomorrow for snow/ice, the session will NOT be held, and will be rescheduled. If the County Schools open on time, the session will be held.

Visit this great site over the holidays

This past Thanksgiving weekend, I caught a television interview with Commodore Wilbert McKinley about a project encouraging women and people of color to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. He has built the world’s largest fleet of Legos model ships and named each one for a woman or person of color who has made a significant contribution to either one of those STEM disciplines or to humanity. The fleet project provides outreach opportunities to young students, celebrates the contributions of a diverse group of Americans and encourages environmental awareness and stewardship. Local sponsors include Morgan State University, the Baltimore Maritime Exchange and the US Coast Guard. The project got started at Curtis Bay Elementary as a way to teach students about STEM history. Students were bused from Baybrook and Cherry Hill. Since then the exhibit has gone to Independence Seaport Museam in Philadelphia and University of Delaware. There have been invitations to USS Intrepid in NY and USS Constellation in Boston but a lack of funds to get there. I invite you to explore and enjoy the webpage for this great project: If you know of opportunities to connect the exhibit with students in the area, please pass this information along or contact: Commodore Wilbert McKinley 443-756-1496 TEACH FLEET P.O. Box 1014 Aberdeen MD 21001

Training Opportunity: Creating Engaging and Memorable Tours

tourThe Greater Baltimore History Alliance is hosting a training session for museum professionals and volunteers:

Creating Engaging and Memorable Tours

Struggling to make your tours interesting?
Ready to freshen your tour content?
New to museum interpretation?
This session will help you, your staff, and your docents craft compelling tours that will engage your visitors and encourage repeat visitation. Bring your entire staff!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
St. Mary’s Historic Site
600 N. Paca St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Speaker Dale Jones of Making History Connections helps museum and historic sites offer meaningful programs and experiences that connect with visitors. As Director of Interpretation at the now-closed Baltimore City Life Museum, he produced theatre, living history, and hands-on programs for over 20,000 visitors.

$10/person for GBHA member museums
$20/person for non-GBHA member museums
Payable at the door (cash or check – we cannot accept credit cards). Please make checks payable to the “Greater Baltimore History Alliance.”

Please RSVP to Heidi Glatfelter at


Kris Kringle Arrives during the Holiday Train Garden

Kids and Kris Kringle

Children can have their picture taken with Kris Kringle, an early 1900′s German Santa Claus, in a 1890′s fire chief’s sleigh, Opening Day, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 from 11 – 2 pm. Free photo with admission.

While you wait for your photo, join kids of all ages as they enjoy the Holiday Train Garden. Featuring the new Underground Subway, the Bromo Seltzer Tower and a burning building, complete with fire engines and men on the fire ground. Watch antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way past Baltimore neighborhoods, the Zoo, Gwynn Oak Amusement Park and the Viaduct.

The Holiday Train Garden is open Saturdays, Nov. 30th – Dec. 21nd, and Dec. 26—28th, 10 – 4 pm.  In addition, a band playing Victorian-era Christmas music will perform on Dec. 14th, starting at 11:30 am.

Visitors are invited to stroll through two centuries of (40) antique fire engines and an 1871 Baltimore City Fire House, then dress up in turnout gear and climb on a 1938 Fire Engine in the Discovery Room. Lots of hands-on activities.

For more information go to or call 410-321-7500.

The Fire Museum is located at 1301 York Road, Lutherville; one block north of the Baltimore Beltway, Exit 26B. Free parking.



A Double Header at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage

Sunday, October 27th, 1pm

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National Archives Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg  who will speak about NARA’s latest exhibition, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage.” The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve and make these materials available online.

It All Started with a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street with author M. Hirsh Goldberg

Sunday, October 27th, 4pm

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Join us at the museum to hear from M. Hirsh Goldberg, author of It All Started with a Deli, about this remarkable story of business and family success. The Attmans name is synonymous with Jewish Baltimore, their deli one of the last remaining on corned beef row, just across the street from the museum. After the talk M. Hirsh Goldberg will sign copies of his book.

Both events are included with admission to the Museum.

Call Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6400 x215 or email for more information about both events, or head over to the JMM’s website at

Celebrate Free Fall at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!


Standing By Their Flags:  

The Two Sided Jewish American Experience During the Civil War

Sunday, October 20th at 1pm

at the Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD   21202


No war in American history has divided the Jewish people as did the Civil War. It caused brother to fight brother and put fathers against sons.  There were civilian and military Jewish leaders on both sides of this conflict. We will take a look at the response of the Jewish communities of America, both North and South including those that fought to protect THEIR FLAG. We will also discuss individuals and groups that made other significant contributions to their side of this bloody four year period in our history.  Jews fought proudly and with dignity and valor to protect their personal ideals throughout this major struggle.

A presentation by Barry Steelman. Mr. Steelman is a native Californian, graduate of the United States Naval Academy, veteran of the Vietnam war and a lecturer and writer as well a retired trial attorney.

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This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This is a FREE FALL BALTIMORE event! Admission to the Jewish Museum of Maryland and this program is free. Call Trillion Attwood at 410-732-6402 x215, email or check our website, for more information.

Explore Environmental History with Baltimore City Historical Society

Baltimore City Historical Society, Friends of Maryland Olmsted Parks and Landscapes

& Cathedral of the Incarnation’s Creation Care Explore Environmental History with

McKay Jenkins: What’s Gotten Into Us:

Toxic Chemicals and Their Impact on Our Health and the Environment

1pm to 3pm Saturday November 2, 2013

Peabody Room, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218


McKay Jenkins authored “What’s Gotten into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World” and edits “The Peter Mattiessen Reader”, an anthology of American nature writing. He is the Cornelius Tighman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware. He has a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in English from Amherst College


Adam Rome: The Nature of the Metropolis

1pm to 3pm Saturday December 7, 2013  

Peabody Room, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 E. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218


Adam Rome authored “The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation” and the prize-winning “The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism” and has edited the journal “Environmental History”. He has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in American Environmental History. He teaches history and environmental non-fiction at U of Delaware


Free admission, parking and refreshments, directions:


Baltimore City Historical Society & Historical Society of Baltimore County

2nd Annual Joint Program takes a look at


Baltimore Waterworks History


2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday November 16, 2013

MD Historical Society, France Hall, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore 21201

Free, Limited On-site Parking and Light Refreshments with Guest Speakers:


Kurt Kocher, BaltimoreCity Dept of Public Works Public Information Supervisor

Edward C. Papenfuse, MD State Archivist and Acting Archivist for BaltimoreCity

William P. Stack, Center for Watershed Protection Deputy Director of Programs


Old Baltimore began by relying upon wells and springs, went on with limited success to offer water through quasi private corporate subscription and eventually accepted the need for local government to take over responsibility for managing and supplying the public with safe, steady sources of drinking water.


State enabling acts, large land acquisitions, flooding of a mill town, laying pipes, building dams and reservoirs, treatment plants and tunnels and reaching accords across jurisdictional boundaries have all been part of the ongoing history of Baltimore waterworks between  Patapsco River, Jones Falls, Gunpowder River and  Susquehanna River.



BCHS stamps War of 1812 passports.


Steamin Saturdays at the B&O


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The B&O Railroad Museum celebrates Steam Locomotive throughout the entire month of October. Educational programming highlights the Golden Age of Steam. Steam train rides behind the St. Elizabeth #4 everyday Saturday during the month of October along the first commercial mile of railroad track laid in America. Visit for call 410-752-2490.