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: www.teachfleet.com If you know of opportunities to connect the exhibit with students in the area, please pass this information along or contact: Commodore Wilbert McKinley email@example.com 443-756-1496 TEACH FLEET P.O. Box 1014 Aberdeen MD 21001
Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys
November 29 – December 31
Celebrate the holiday season at Baltimore’s largest holiday display of toy and model train layouts. Civil War Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by rail into the Roundhouse at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Visits throughout the day with Civil War Santa. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Santa through December 22. Weekend train rides and photo opportunities with Frosty the Snowman through December 29. All ages enjoy indoor train carousel rides and crafts at Santa’s North Pole. Children may mail their letters to Santa too. Don’t miss seeing the Honorable William Donald Schaefer’s toy train layout and some of his treasured holiday memorabilia. Plus the new exhibit Home for the Holidays where you learn how the B&O Railroad celebrated the holidays, hear recordings of Christmas carols by the B&O’s Glee Club, learn about the famous employee decorated Holly Tree, and see the historic art and print images of Santa Claus as depicted by the famous illustrator Thomas Nast and B&O staff artists. For a complete schedule visit http://www.borail.org/hfot.aspx
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 Heidi@baltimoremuseums.org.
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 www.firemuseummd.org 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check our website, www.jewishmuseummd.org for more information.
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 www.mckayjenkins.com
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 www.udel.edu/History/bio/rome_adam.html
Free admission, parking and refreshments, directions: www.incarnationbaltimore.org
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.
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 www.borail.org for call 410-752-2490.
- Commemorate Baltimore’s Bravery!
- Explore the Clifton Mansion home and lifestyle during the War of 1812.
- Meet Captain Henry Thompson, leader of the 1st Baltimore Horse Artillery.
- Celebrate the Parade of 1812 Militia!
- Meet the Cavalry with their horses and experience infantry drills and musket fire.
- Explore archaeology at Clifton.
- Purchase a lunch from 1813 recipes.
- Enjoy the games and songs of 1812.
- Bring the family!
Saturday, October 19, 2013
2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213
9:00am – 4:00pm
More information: http://www.civicworks.com/events/
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, www.mdairmuseum.org, is honoring Rosie the Riveters, the working women of World War II at its annual Rosie the Riveter Day on October 5th from 11am to 2pm and invites area Rosies and their families to attend. The Baltimore community is encouraged to visit the Museum for a 12pm program that will honor these pioneering women of the 1940′s who kept the homefront moving when the men went to war. Visitors are invited to explore the exhibit “The Answered the Call”, a special tribute to Glenn Martin’s 1940′s employees, and other Museum exhibits , including its outdoor airplanes, before or after the noon program.
Members of the Baltimore and Laurel chapters of the American Rosie the Riveter Association will be on hand to meet attending Rosies and to share their stories with visitors.
Elsie Arnold, President of the Baltimore Chapter and former employee of the Glenn L. Martin Company, rallies her members for this special Museum event. “We are pleased that folks want to hear our stories”. The Baltimore Chapter first met in 2001 and has been busy sharing their stories over the past thirteen years with schools and community groups . Arnold says one of the favorite activities for the Rosies is participating in the Baltimore and Dundalk fourth of July parades. “We love to show our patriotism!”
Visitors attending this event will discover their challenges of worklife and homelife and their “We can do it!” spirit during an era when their country needed help to win the war. When asked if they would serve on the homefront if their country called for their services today, these ladies answer with a resounding “Yes!”, adding however that they would be moving a little slower than in the 1940′s. Admission is family friendly at $3 for adults and $1 for children. Rosies are free by rsvping at 410-682-6122. The Museum is located at Martin State Airport, Hangar 5, 701 Wilson Point Road in Middle River.
410-682-6122 (Museum) 410-583-0270 (direct)