A Teacher’s Reflection of Maryland History Day

April 19, 2018

Maryland History Day, brought to you by Maryland Humanities, is much more than one day—each student spends on average more than 70 hours envisioning, researching, and fine-tuning a research project. More than 27,000 middle and high school participate in this year-long program. Maryland History Day culminates in a statewide contest, where winners advance to National History Day.  Christine Pritt, a former Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year, provides a reflection of one of the many benefits of student participation: building community. This year's Maryland History Day competition is just around the corner on April 28 at UMBC.

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Our American Family at Historic Sotterley

April 12, 2018

Last year, Historic Sotterley, a former plantation in Southern Maryland, began the Descendants Project. They gathered information about anyone affiliated with Sotterley, whether they were enslaved, employed or otherwise associated with the site. This month, Sotterley hosts Our American Family, funded with a grant from Maryland Humanities. The event will connect existing and emerging stories of Sotterley descendants with members of the public interested in Southern Maryland’s history. Jeanne Pirtle, Education Director at Sotterley, tells us more about the project.

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Catonsville Nine 50th Anniversary

April 6, 2018

In 1968, activists in our own backyard protested the Vietnam War in a way that would become a landmark in our nation’s history of civil disobedience. 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Catonsville Nine. Joby Taylor, Director of the Shriver Peaceworkers Fellows Program at UMBC, tells us more about the historic events in Maryland and plans to acknowledge their impact.

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A Special Announcement from Phoebe Stein

March 29, 2018

Maryland Humanities Executive Director Phoebe Stein joins us with a message of gratitude and an exciting announcement regarding our Humanities Connection segment.

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Fashion as Historical Documentation

March 22, 2018

Did you know that an article of clothing can be interpreted as a historical document? What can we learn about figures from Maryland’s past by looking at what they wore? Allison Tolman, Chief Registrar and Associate Curator of the Fashion Archives at the Maryland Historical Society, tells us more.

 
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Brown Girls Museum Blog

March 16, 2018

How are two women pushing past the gatekeeping that sometimes occurs within cultural institutions? Amanda Figueroa and Ravon Ruffin started Brown Girls Museum Blog, a platform that aims to promote the visibility of people of color, especially women, in the museum field and in academia.

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The Great Mystery Show

March 9, 2018

“Who am I?” “Is there an afterlife?” Science, philosophy, religion, and art have converged to answer some of life’s biggest questions, many of which we still don’t have answers to.  The Great Mystery Show at the American Visionary Art Museum celebrates the unknown, the imagination and the search for answers. Rebecca Hoffberger, the museum’s founder and director, tells us more about the exhibit.

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Feminist Art History and Linda Nochlin

March 1, 2018

In honor of Women’s History Month, each Humanities Connection segment in March will feature a woman in media management, those working at art museums, or in the art history world. Lael J. Ensor-Bennett kicks off the month by teaching us about one of the founders of feminist art history, Linda Nochlin. Ensor-Bennett is the Assistant Visual Resources Curator at Johns Hopkins University.

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Honoring the Lives of Those Lynched in Maryland

February 23, 2018

What purpose can be served by confronting our region’s racist past? How can documentation of tragedy foster empathy? Will Schwarz, documentary director and producer and director of Pennant Productions, answers these questions and talks about his work on The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project.

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Baltimore’s African-American Maritime History

February 16, 2018

Did you know that the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock, was founded in Baltimore in 1886 by Isaac Myers, a free African-American man? The Railway and Dry Dock’s location is now home to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, a part of the Living Classrooms Foundation. Candi Claggett is the Interpretation Coordinator at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. She teaches us about the contributions Isaac Myers and abolitionist and writer, Frederick Douglass, made to the development of Baltimore’s maritime history.

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