The Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine

June 14, 2018

Did you know that the very first use of an ambulance corps and medical triage in the United States occurred in Frederick, Maryland? Major Jonathan Letterman — called the "Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine" — instituted these essential medical practices during the Civil War’s Battle of Antietam. Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine talks about battle’s impact on Frederick and Letterman’s influence on medicine. 

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The 30th Anniversary of the 1988 Gay Rights Bill in Baltimore

June 8, 2018

30 years ago, the Baltimore City Council passed The Gay Rights Bill of 1988, which provided legal protection against discrimination for gay and lesbian citizens. Dr. Jonathan Bailey talks about LGBTQAI social spaces, anti-racist civil rights movements, and their impact on the bill’s passing. Bailey is the author of a forthcoming book about race, gender, and sexuality in post-civil rights Baltimore, which covers 1965 through 1995.

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The Winton Triangle

May 31, 2018

What discoveries can be sparked by making a single observation about a community we were born into? Marvin T. Jones tells us more about Winton Triangle, a 437-year-old landowning community of people of color. Jones is the Executive Director and founder of the Chowan Discovery Group, whose mission is to research, document, preserve, and present the history of the Winton Triangle.

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National Trails Day

May 24, 2018

For hundreds of years, nature has served as inspiration for a multitude of writers. In a collaboration between Maryland Humanities and Delaware Humanities, nature and literature converge in a one day program at the Ben Cardin-Mike Castle National Trail next month.  Ciera Fisher from Delaware Humanities tells us more about the trail and the event.

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Reading Development and Preventing Learning Loss

May 17, 2018

Did you know that third grade is a pivotal year for students learning to read? Reading proficiently by the end of that grade can be a marker for successes through a student’s college years.  Angelique Jessup, Program Director at the Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, tells us more about reading development.

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American Brewing Throughout the Years

May 11, 2018

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.

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Melding Histories at Catoctin Furnace

May 3, 2018

Did you know an iron forge in Frederick, Maryland was a stop on Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad?   Predating the American Revolution, Catoctin Furnace ran for over a century.  The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society – a recent Maryland Humanities grantee – formed in 1973. Archaeologist Elizabeth Anderson Comer, Secretary of Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, discusses melding the area’s well-known history with the lesser-known stories of some of the site’s enslaved workers.

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Heritage, Culture, and How We Take Our Coffee

April 26, 2018

How can one culinary specialty teach us about both our own heritage and that of other cultures? Ravi Chhatani tells us more. Chhatani is the CEO and founder of Nela in Baltimore. Nela produces panela: unprocessed sugar made by boiling and evaporating sugarcane juice, popular in Central and South America.

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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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