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.



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

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.

At Your Service – A Day at Clifton


  • 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:

Museum Celebrates Rosie the Riveter Day

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum,, 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.

Museum contact:
Debi Wynn
410-682-6122 (Museum) 410-583-0270 (direct)