Early this year, Dr. Kami Fletcher began researching and writing the history of slavery, indentured servants, and tenant farmers at Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End in Cecil County. When she began the project, only one enslaved person in the history of this plantation was known. Through her research, she has found 135. The Associate Professor of African American history at Delaware State University tells us more about her research.
Did you know that Maryland has its own journal and press dedicated to older writers? The mission of Passager, in residence at the University of Baltimore, is to empower the imagination in older people by giving a forum for creative expression. Kendra Kopelke, founding co-Editor of Passager, tells us more about the twenty-eight-year-old journal and press, and upcoming events.
This past spring, Josh Thomas and Caitlin Carbone wrote and produced a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. The duo, who goes by “fools and madmen,” took their production to 6 Baltimore City Public Schools and performed for over 250 students. They also produced the show for the general public in Baltimore. Their next show, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, premieres in May and will travel to 10 schools. Thomas and Carbone tell us more about their work.
Baltimore author and activist Kevin Shird chronicles his 2017 meeting with Nelson Malden, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s barber and confidante, in The Colored Waiting Room. The book, published in March, gives a historical context to more recent activist movements. Shird reads some excerpts from his book
The subject of famous quotes spoken by figures ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Homer Simpson, beer continues to play a major role in America’s social and cultural fabric. Did you know that beer’s central role in our culture began even before the United States achieved independence? Graduate student Emma Schrantz writes about the intersections between the craft brewing industry, historic preservation, and community development. She tells us more about beer’s history in America.
What do we learn when we look at our region’s criminal justice history? The Reverend Dr. E. Scott Winnette, Senior Pastor at Rockville United Church, talks about the important history of the Frederick City Jail.
Every year, Maryland Humanities presents One Maryland One Book, a statewide book club accompanied by an author tour. Libraries across the state host programming related to the book selection. Thomas Vose, Director of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, tells us about the One Maryland One Book programming at the Garrett County library.
How can we experience the emotional impact of history and pass on stories of heroes for younger generations? Ryan Kaiser is a Social Studies teacher at The Mt. Washington School, whose class participates in Maryland Humanities’ Maryland History Day. Through a program called Understanding Sacrifice, he traveled to the Philippines to learn more about World War II and read the eulogy of a fallen soldier.
Last year, Emily Wilson became the first woman to translate Homer’s Odyssey into English. Public high school students in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County will learn about Ancient Greek history and society and create their own poetry, history projects, and theatre pieces in response to this translation. Amy Bernstein, the Project Director, tells us more about the project, a Maryland Humanities grantee.
How can planning with a focus on automobile transportation impact residents of a city? Graham Coreil-Allen, a public artist in Baltimore, dives into the history of Druid Hill Park’s infrastructure and the effect on African-American and Jewish residents. He talks about the lasting effects of the planning in the neighborhood, the need for physical access to the park for people who do not drive, and his efforts to increase that access.