Piecing Together Stories in the Chesney Medical Archives
Natalie Elder read about a simple clothing accessory one day at her job in the Chesney Medical Archives for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The Curator of Cultural Properties is still on a continuous quest to find it. What can items like these teach us about a person and an organization’s past? How can medical archives help piece together someone’s story? Elder tells us more. Read the transcript.
August 15, 2019 Natalie Elder
Documenting and Interpreting History Through Quilting
How can quilting interpret history and document community identity? Next summer, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University will host an exhibit featuring documentary quilts by Dr. Joan Gaither. The Maryland Heritage Award winner will also lead quilting workshops for Eastern Shore residents: the quilts made in these workshops will also be included in the exhibit. Jackson Medel, Curator and Folklorist at The Ward Museum, tells us more. Read the transcript.
August 8, 2019 Jackson Medel
From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery in St. Mary’s City
From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery in St. Mary’s City How can an institution shed light on the fact that its location was a place where enslaved people once worked? St. Mary’s College of Maryland will install a memorial to the enslaved peoples of Southern Maryland. The college will also host a public symposium called “From Invisibility to Remembrance: Commemorating Slavery in St. Mary’s City and Southern Maryland.” Dr. Julia King, Professor of Anthropology at the college, tells us more about the history of enslaved people in St. Mary’s City and the college’s commemoration. Read the transcript. (Project rendering image courtesy of St. Mary's College of Maryland.)
August 5, 2019 Dr. Julia King
"Heretic to Housewife" and Finding Your Voice
Baltimore’s Rahne Alexander is a writer as well as a musician and multimedia artist. She talks about the process of finding her voice on the page and writing Heretic to Housewife. This new essay collection won the 2019 OutWrite Chapbook Competition in Nonfiction and will be released in August. Read the transcript.
July 25, 2019 Rahne Alexander
Documenting the Fall of Bethlehem Steel in Maryland
Bethlehem Steel mill in Baltimore County’s Sparrow’s Point was once the largest in the world. After 123 years, the mill closed in 2012. A photography exhibit from J.M. Giordano, Shuttered: Images from the Fall of Bethlehem Steel, examines the impact of the mill’s decline and closure on his hometown of Baltimore. Giordano tells us more about the exhibit, the history, and his personal connection to Bethlehem Steel. Read the transcript. (Image by J.M. Giordano)
July 17, 2019 J.M. Giordano
Doors Open Baltimore
Did you know that Baltimore residents can explore over 50 buildings across the city with guided tours for free? Margaret De Arcangelis of Doors Open Baltimore and Shauntee Daniels of Baltimore National Heritage Area tell us more. Read the transcript. (Image by Vivian Marie Doering of the Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum, courtesy of Doors Open Baltimore.)
July 11, 2019 Shauntee Daniels and Margaret De Arcangelis
Creativity, with a Capital WHY?
What does creativity look like? What inspires creative pursuits? Photographer Larry Marc Levine explores these questions with an exhibition entitled "Creativity, with a capital WHY?" now at Sandy Spring Museum. Read the transcript.
July 8, 2019 Larry Marc Levine
Unruly Bodies: An Art Exhibition at Stevenson University
As she read Unruly Bodies, an online magazine curated by bestselling author Roxane Gay, Aden Weisel thought of visual artists who addressed some of the themes as the magazine. Inspired by the magazine, Weisel – the Exhibitions Director and Gallery Curator at Stevenson University – then curated an exhibition with the same title. She tells us more. Read the transcript. (Photo credit: Felandus Thames | Da Blacker Da Berry | 2019 | Archival inkjet | 72 x 108 in. Courtesy of Stevenson University Art & Design Galleries.)
June 28, 2019 Aden Weisel
Maryland's Own Lambda Literary Award Winner
Baltimore-based author Anthony Moll recently won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. In Out of Step: A Memoir, he describes his time as a working-class, self-described queer from Reno who served in the U.S. Army during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Today, he reads an excerpt from his book, an essay entitled “Cedant Arma Togae.” Moll uses photographs to explore his history and the people who mattered to him throughout military service. In this essay, he discusses the first close friend he lost in the War in Iraq. Read the transcript.
June 20, 2019 Anthony Moll
Documenting Maryland's LGBTQ History
How is one organization amplifying the presence, contributions, struggles, and experiences of LGBTQ individuals throughout Maryland’s history? Preservation Maryland’s Meagan Baco talks about the Maryland LGBTQ History Collaborative Initiative and their personal relationship with the project. Read the transcript.
June 14, 2019 Meagan Baco
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