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.
As the continuation of federal funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities remains uncertain, we reflect upon the impact of the humanities and arts in communities both large and small throughout the country. Anne Wise, director of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s National Arts and Sciences Initiative, shares her perspective.
Each year more than 27,000 middle and high school students throughout the state compete in the historical research contest known as National History Day. On April 29, more than 600 of those students will move on to the state contest, Maryland History Day, at UMBC. Tiffany Nickels, a Calvert County parent of one of those talented students, tells us more.
How has historical preservation changed in today’s digital age? Jessica Douglas from the Maryland State Archives tells us how digitization has allowed for new perspectives to be shared and preserved.