The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from fifteen to fifty, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men.
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Be our guest as we marry the drama and excitement of a wedding day with the extraordinary collections of artifacts, photos and documents assembled by The Jewish Museum of Maryland. We promise nostalgia, surprise, humor, insight and a new level of understanding of the meaning and experience of this important social ritual. From ketubahs to chuppahs and the sound of breaking glass, American Jewish weddings meld the secular with the religious, sometimes in unexpected ways.
Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you'll discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up!
Cross the gangway and come aboard to learn about America's Star-Spangled Ambassador, Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew. Learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers and the role privateers played in the War of 1812; or hear from a crew member what it is like to sail a tall ship today. Dates and times for deck tours are subject to change with short notice.
Inspired by the success of our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage another culinary championship! This year’s star is everyone’s favorite Jewish side dish – Kugel! Once again we invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search: The Great Kugel Cook Off of 2017!
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Tour the grounds and first floor of historic Tudor Hall, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
Learn more about Asia Booth, sister of John Wilkes Booth. Presented by Kate Ramirez. She is a 19th century researcher, speaker, and living historian who specializes in the Lincoln assassination. She has presented on different aspects of the Lincoln assassination for several organizations including the Society for Women and the Civil War, Tudor Hall, Historic Port Royal, and the Surratt Society. She also speaks about the events of 1865 through her work as a volunteer docent at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum and as an employee of Historic Port Tobacco Village.
UMBC Humanities Forum — Ancient Studies Week
"Life, Love, and Law in Classical Athens"
Victoria Wohl, Professor of Athenian Literature and Culture, University of Toronto
Monday, October 9, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
Robert S. Levine, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, speaks on the portrayal of Frederick Douglass in fiction. Levine is an expert on 19th-century American and African American literature. He most recently published “The Lives of Frederick Douglass” in 2016. His next monograph, “Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies,” is due out in 2018. Call 410-857-2290 for more information.
- Since its colonial founding in the1760’s, Fell’s Point as Baltimore’s first deep water port, has been home to a diverse population including both free and enslaved blacks who found employment in the thriving maritime industries that made the city an international shipping destination.
This screening shares stories of immigrants living in the Baltimore area, in the narrators’ native language. This oral histories project between undergraduate students of foreign languages and immigrants in the Baltimore Metropolitan area features interviews in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Presented in partnership with Loyola University Maryland.
Program Made Possible Through Maryland Humanities Grant Program, Humanities Fund for Baltimore and the Loyola University Center for Community Service and Justice.
7:30pm | FREE - Please RSVP
Step through the doors of some of Fell’s Point’s most haunted pubs for a fascinating haunted pub crawl tour of this historic maritime neighborhood. Taverns in Fells Point have always been the rowdy stomping grounds of locals and visitors alike looking for a good time and a drink, and today it’s no different. Join the crowd and belly up to the bar like times past. If your arms break out into goosebumps, and the hair on your neck stands up, it may be because ghost sightings have happened all around you. Join us for a haunting experience!
Our original award-winning all ages walking tour is the Original Fells Point Ghost Walk Tour, running since 2001! Picture Fell’s Point, in Baltimore, Maryland, as it was, a rowdy seaport town, the birthplace of the sleek and dangerous clipper ship. Its streets were full of sailors from foreign lands spilling off ships, immigrants anxious to start a new life, and ladies of the night looking to make ends meet. Given this explosive combination, is it any wonder that many ghosts remained behind?
Please join us during Baltimore Beer Week 2017 on our Baltimore Beer by Bike tour! Our journey will include the site of the Barnitz Brewery, Baltimore’s first brewery in 1748, in what is today the center of downtown, the site of the brewery where Mary Pickersgill sewed her famous flag, and where H.L. Mencken had his first legal beer when prohibition ended at 12:01 AM, April 7, 1933.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland will host a major traveling exhibit, Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage from October 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.
Over 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. This remarkable trove provides a written record of Iraqi Jewish life and an unexpected opportunity to better understand the Iraqi Jewish community, which flourished in Iraq for more than 2,000 years.
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. The recent renovations to the 200-year old Washington Monument are the latest news from the revival of this historic neighborhood over the last decade.
This fall, the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is opening its season with concerts at Baltimore’s War Memorial, and we’re delighted to join the musicians to make a combination of classics: a pre-show guided tour of the historic War Memorial building followed by a performance from the orchestra. Our first tour is on Sunday October 15, 2017 and we hope you can join us.
Alan Hovhaness: Prelude and Quadruple Fugue, op.128
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto featuring BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney
Georges Bizet: Symphony in C
Historical structures vital to the streetscape that survive from the period of Frederic Douglass’s residence in Fell's Point include two small wooden houses on South Wolfe Street that represent over 200 years of Baltimore history. Preservation architect Bryan Blundell will discuss construction of the houses around 1797 and their role in providing housing and opportunities for free African-American ship caulkers from the 1830s to the 1850s.