Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide, brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities across the country. Over the next year, the Maryland Humanities will bring the labor-focused Smithsonian traveling exhibit The Way We Worked to five small communities across Maryland, beginning February 4 in Allegany County. Carol Harsh, Director of Museum on Main Street, tells us more about how this program impacts the small communities it serves.
From local history to living history, the arts to architecture, Maryland is host to hundreds of museums statewide, many of which are small and led by teams of dedicated volunteers. Every Maryland County has a historical society, complimented by dozens of local historical groups. Much like libraries, small museums connect to their communities in unique ways. Lindsey Baker, the Executive Director of the Laurel Historical Society provides her thoughts on the role of small museums and those who dedicate their time to exploring our local heritage.
Renowned contemporary artist William Christenberry passed away in November, leaving behind a lasting legacy of work capturing the indomitable human spirit. Kimberly Gladfelter Graham, curator of a Maryland Humanities-supported exhibition on Christenberry’s work, “Laying-by Time,” at the Maryland Institute College of Art, tells us more about Christenberry and his work.
How did the B&O Railroad affect the entire course of Baltimore’s economic growth? Matt Crenson, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins University and author of an upcoming book on the political history of Baltimore, tells us more.
What will you resolve to change in the New Year? In the second of our two-part series with the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, scholar Benjamin Sax tells us about Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel and his philosophy on forgiveness.
As the end of the year approaches, many of us consider donating to charities and nonprofits. In the first of a two-part series from the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, executive director Heather Miller-Rubens tells us about Dorothy Day, a religious leader who offered a powerful meditation on giving.
Miranda Haney, student at Salisbury University, discusses the ethical standards of confidentiality and anonymity when using illegal immigrants as journalistic sources.
How have smartphones and our constant connectivity changed the way we travel- and the way we relate to one another through the places we visit? Towson University anthropology professors Samuel Collins and Matthew Durington tell us how their research led them to the new idea of “networked anthropology.”
What role did women play in England’s financial revolution in the 17th and 18th Century? Amy Froide, Acting Chair and Associate Professor of History at UMBC and author of an upcoming book on the subject, tells us about some of the pioneering female investors and brokers of the era.
This year marks the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, and Maryland Humanities has been celebrating with a yearlong series of events highlighting the impact this award-winning work has had on our lives. In partnership with the University of Maryland, we wrap up the series on December 6th at 7 p.m. with WORLDWISE Arts & Humanities Dean’s Lecture Series: The Pulitzer 100, featuring Pulitzer-Prize winning author-historians Taylor Branch and Isabel Wilkerson in conversation, moderated by Sherrilyn Ifill, at the Clarice in College Park. Here to tell us more is Director of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy at the University of Maryland College Park, Dr. Sheri Parks.