What do you remember about the Civil Rights movement? A new project from Baltimore Heritage seeks to document and preserve local civil rights history. Baltimore Heritage’s Director of Preservation and Outreach, Eli Pousson, tells us more.
We know archaeology connects us to the past, but how does it reveal the humanity of our ancestors? Jane Cox, Chief of Historic Preservation for Anne Arundel County and Board Member for the Lost Towns Project, an Anne Arundel County-based nonprofit and recent Maryland Humanities grantee, tells us more.
Have you ever wondered about the history of the Bay Bridge as you drive across it each summer? Maggie Pelta-Pauls, intern at Preservation Maryland, tells us a bit about how this invaluable connector and Maryland landmark came to be.
This July, Maryland Humanities is commemorating the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I with its free living history performance series, Chautauqua. Ellouise Schoettler, a storyteller whose living history performance is drawn from letters from Maryland nurses who served in France during the War, tells us more.
How has the political participation of African women changed over the years since European colonization? Gloria Chuku, professor and chair of Africana Studies at UMBC, tells us more.
Did you know that Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is celebrating ninety years as a historic landmark this year? As Flag Day approaches on June 14, the Flag House’s executive director Amanda Shores Davis tells us more about this iconic property.
How can the humanities help to recover and celebrate the literature, history, and arts of African-American communities in West Baltimore? Lawrence Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and History at Johns Hopkins University, tells us about his new initiative, set to operate through JHU’s Center for Africana Studies beginning this summer.
Did you know that wormseed oil production is one of the oldest industries in Maryland? We’re bringing a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, The Way We Worked, to five communities in Maryland this year and companion exhibitions will uncover the unique history of work in our state. Joanne Weant, manager of Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, tells us about the focus of the companion exhibit on this third stop of the tour.
How can a local vintage movie house engage its community in ways beyond screening films? Dr. Caitlin McGrath, executive director of the historic Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland, tells us how the theatre serves as a cultural hub for lifelong learning in its community.
Do you know what a skipjack is? Or what a wooden eel pot is used for? These are just some of the traditions of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which will be brought to life for locals and visitors alike in the Maryland Humanities-supported Delmarvalous Festival on May 20. Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, tells us more.