Undesign the Redline
Redlining is the practice of denying a credit-worthy applicant a lone for housing in a certain neighborhood, even though the applicant may otherwise be eligible for the loan. Redlining on a racial basis has been held by the courts to be an illegal practice. What are the roots of redlining and what effects does it still have today? How can we begin to think about a solution to redlining’s impact? Howard County Library System hosts Undesign the Redline, an interactive exhibit, now through December 31. Christie Lassen, Director of Communications and Partnerships at Howard County Library System, tells us more about the history of redlining.
December 12, 2018
Maryland's Unsung Heroines
How can we honor significant Maryland women who may not show up in our history books? The Maryland Women’s Heritage Center offers one example with its Unsung Heroines exhibit. The Center is an outgrowth of the Maryland Women’s History Project that began in 1980 as a collaborative venture between the Maryland Commission for Women and the Maryland State Department of Education. Executive Director Diana Bailey tells us more about the exhibit.
November 28, 2018
Maryland Culinary History
Kara Harris has spent eight years researching Maryland culinary history. She travels the state and sometimes the country to research cookbooks from over a hundred years ago. Four years ago, she turned her hobby into a blog, Old Line Plate. Harris tells us more about what cookbooks can tell us about our state’s history.
November 21, 2018
Exploring and Preserving African American History Through Dance
How can we trace cultural history through dance? What can dance tell us about belonging to a culture or nation? Breai Mason-Campbell from Guardian Baltimore, a dance cooperative that performs, preserves and passes on African American folk traditions, tells us more.
November 16, 2018
The Lived Black Experience on Mount Harmon Plantation
Early this year, Dr. Kami Fletcher began researching and writing the history of slavery, indentured servants, and tenant farmers at Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End in Cecil County. When she began the project, only one enslaved person in the history of this plantation was known. Through her research, she has found 135. The Associate Professor of African American history at Delaware State University tells us more about her research.
November 7, 2018
Creative Expression in Older Adults
Did you know that Maryland has its own journal and press dedicated to older writers? The mission of Passager, in residence at the University of Baltimore, is to empower the imagination in older people by giving a forum for creative expression. Kendra Kopelke, founding co-Editor of Passager, tells us more about the twenty-eight-year-old journal and press, and upcoming events.
November 7, 2018
Hip-Hop Shakespeare with fools and madmen
This past spring, Josh Thomas and Caitlin Carbone wrote and produced a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s KING LEAR. The duo, who goes by “fools and madmen,” took their production to 6 Baltimore City Public Schools and performed for over 250 students. They also produced the show for the general public in Baltimore. Their next show, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, premieres in May and will travel to 10 schools. Thomas and Carbone tell us more about their work.
October 25, 2018
THE COLORED WAITING ROOM by Kevin Shird
Baltimore author and activist Kevin Shird chronicles his 2017 meeting with Nelson Malden, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s barber and confidante, in The Colored Waiting Room. The book, published in March, gives a historical context to more recent activist movements. Shird reads some excerpts from his book
October 18, 2018
American Brewing Throughout the Years
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.
October 18, 2018
Preserving the History of the Frederick City Jail
What do we learn when we look at our region’s criminal justice history? The Reverend Dr. E. Scott Winnette, Senior Pastor at Rockville United Church, talks about the important history of the Frederick City Jail.
September 27, 2018