The Great Migration (1915–1970) saw more than six million African Americans leave the South for destinations across the United States. This incredible dispersal of people across the country transformed nearly every aspect of Black life and culture. A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration explores the ways in which its impact reverberates today through newly commissioned works across media by 12 acclaimed Black artists, including Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W.
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Evergreen’s new major exhibition, A History of Houseplants, explores the forces that sparked the Victorian obsession with houseplants, reveals how the trend manifested at Evergreen and in Baltimore, and examines how today’s houseplant enthusiasts both recall and differ from the Victorians of 150 years ago.
On view October 1, 2022-June 4, 2023. Gallery open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
Admission is FREE and no advance registration is necessary.
In 2017 the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries began building the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera detailing the experiences of early modern women from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
The AFRO American Newspaper Archives represent one of the best preserved Black newspaper archives in the country, including approximately 3 million photographs, thousands of letters, rare audio recordings, and other ephemera related to the publishing business.
Used as a marketing tool in the 19th and 20th centuries, paper dolls helped to sell clothes and commodities, especially to the female buyer. They remained affordable and popular during and after World War II. Today, paper dolls provide a glimpse into past cultures, improve fine motor skills, and encourage creativity in story-telling and fantasy.
Join us for a guided tour of Baltimore’s Marble Hill neighborhood, which was the home to an astonishing amount of groundbreaking Civil Rights leaders. Reverend Harvey Johnson began one of the first collective action movements here in the 1880s. In the 1930s Lillie Carroll Jackson engaged youth in “The Movement” and pioneered new non-violent protest tactics that were later picked up in cities across the country. Thurgood Marshall grew up here, as did the chief lobbyist for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Clarence Mitchell.
Join us on December 8, for a celebration of public radio’s rich history in Baltimore, as told by some of its most recognizable voices.
Hosted by Jayne Miller, a longtime reporter for WBAL and public radio advocate, the Baltimore Public Radio Reunion features on-air hosts including Tom Hall (WYPR), Aaron Henkin (WYPR), Sheilah Kast (WYPR), Judith Krummeck (WBJC), Marc Steiner (WEAA, WYPR) and John Milton Wesley (WEAA) sharing stories of memorable moments from behind the microphone, as well as station managers such as LaFontaine E. Oliver (WYPR, WEAA) and others.
A virtual lecture on the “Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work” campaign of the 1930s, presented by Rachel Donaldson, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the BMI, in partnership with the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum. Representatives from the Maryland Center for History and Culture will share related resources in their collections and we’ll hear about the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District’s Historical Photography Project. This presentation will be recorded and posted on the BMI’s YouTube channel.
Arrive early and enjoy free admission to A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Take a deep dive into the impact of the Great Migration of through the lens of three artists featured A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.
For over 200 years, Lexington Market’s wooden sheds and concrete stalls have been a gathering place for Baltimoreans. And the market is still evolving! In October 2022, the new Lexington Market opened in a brand new building. On this tour we’ll first explore the surrounding neighborhood to discover how Baltimore emerged as a leading industrial and economic city in the 19th century. Immigration, slavery, commerce and major changes in transportation were all part of the mix here in Baltimore and the country as a whole.
The Unfinished Revolution explores the turmoil of the United States’ emergence on the world stage between 1775 and 1815. The exhibition highlights two points that became certain—the country’s revolution remained unfinished, and Marylanders of many races and creeds were at the forefront of each conflict.
Admission is free for MCHC members.
***All tours offered on a pay-only-what-you-can basis and proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum***
The historic Poe House is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 response in Maryland, but that doesn’t mean Poe’s chamber door is closed to you online. Join us for a live virtual tour of the historic Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, led by a real museum docent.
BNHA 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) invites Baltimore City youth to participate in our 3rd Annual History Through Arts Competition. The purpose of this contest is to engage City youth in an art exhibit showcasing their unique talents while also expressing their view of life in Baltimore City. The expectation is that the artwork will reflect Baltimore’s historic people, places, significant architecture or represent a historical event.
Featuring Esther Krinitz's Holocaust survival story exquisitely told through 36 hand-embroidered works, this exhibition pays tribute to humanity's long history, past and current, of unjustly persecuted innocents and the dream of a world at peace. A preamble to Esther's fabric collages include South African Truth and Reconciliation embroidered testimonies, work gathered from Lily Yeh's partnership with Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivors, and more.
December 3 - January 15, 2022
Free | No Tickets Necessary
On view during regular Peale operating hours
Three members of the African American Quilters of Baltimore, Sandra Smith, Rosalind Robinson, and Glenda Richardson, have created quilts to thank and honor all those who supported the Peale’s renovations and reopening this year. This exhibition presents more of their work at the Peale from December 3-January 8, 2023.
Sheela Becton invites you to take a journey with her to India and experience the Colors of India brought to life on canvas. Exhibit is available September 8- October 14 at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House. A portion of sales from this exhibit will benefit HopeWorks Howard County. Gallery is open to the public M-F 9am-4:30pm but please call 410-730-3987 ahead of visit to make sure all areas are accessible.
Public reception will be on September 11, 3-5pm. Becton's Gallery Talk will take place on September 21, 10-11am.