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April 1, 2014

Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond

The Baltimore Museum of Industry's new exhibit explores the banjo's role in local business and why Baltimore was at the epicenter of one of America's first popular music crazes.

Location:
Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact Info:
Claire Mullins
410-727-4808 x119

April 2, 2014 @ 2:00pm

Glory: Film Screening and Discussion by Wayne Hepler, M.S.

View and discuss Edward Zwick's stirring 1989 film about the courage of the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Matthew Broderick. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended; see contact information below.

Location:
Harford Community College - Joppa Hall Room 115
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 4, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad

Attend the play and post-performance discussion by Dorothy E. King, Ed.D. playwright; performed by PenOwl Productions, Inc. Theatre Company. The play, a fictional account based on historical research, focuses on the Underground Railroad and imagines how three enslaved Harford County residents - Harriet Demby, Hull Rice, and George Steward- might have followed the Susquehanna on their journey to freedom from Havre de Grace to Cooperstown, N.Y. The play premiered in 2013 at Penn State Harrisburg, and its Maryland premiere will be at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Theater. There will be two performances. Tickets required. To order your free ticket, visit http://harford.universitytickets.com

Location:
Harford Community College - Chesapeake Theater
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 4, 2014 @ 7:00pm

Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad

Attend the play and post-performance discussion by Dorothy E. King, Ed.D. playwright; performed by PenOwl Productions, Inc. Theatre Company. The play, a fictional account based on historical research, focuses on the Underground Railroad and imagines how three enslaved Harford County residents - Harriet Demby, Hull Rice, and George Steward- might have followed the Susquehanna on their journey to freedom from Havre de Grace to Cooperstown, N.Y. The play premiered in 2013 at Penn State Harrisburg, and its Maryland premiere will be at Harford Community College's Chesapeake Theater. There will be two performances. Tickets required. To order your free ticket, visit http://harford.universitytickets.com

Location:
Harford Community College - Chesapeake Theater
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 5, 2014 @ 2:00pm

Check the Rhyme: A Rhyming Workshop for Young Writers

Learn how to utilize rhyme in your poetry without sacrificing the poem’s flow or using a rhyme scheme that is too basic. Workshop participants will explore different types of rhyme that can open up possibilities in a poem’s direction and is highly pleasing to the ear. Poet Olu Butterfly Woods provides teens with instruction laced with rhyme games, hip hop examples, and rhyme dictionaries to jumpstart the young writer’s transformation into a BEAST at rhyming. Co-founding director of Poetry for the People Baltimore, Olu Butterfly Woods is a youth arts instructor, producer of Baltimore's most successful weekly live music venue: Organic Soul Tuesdays, and a distinctive performance poet who has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Poetry. Born in Nigeria, raised in St. Croix, V.I. and Maryland, she is author of a collection of poetry, The Revenge of Dandelions. Olu Butterfly has toured internationally from New York to Paris as a principal dancer with Sankofa Dance Theater, with the band Fertile Ground and independently as a performance poet.

Location:
White Oak Library, Montgomery County Public Library
11701 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Contact Info:
Tina Rawhouser
240-773-9555

April 7, 2014 @ 6:00pm

Glory: Film Screening and Discussion by Chris Kaltenbach, M.A.

View and discuss Edward Zwick's stirring 1989 film about the courage of the all-black members of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Matthew Broderick. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended; see contact information below.

Location:
Harford Community College - Joppa Hall Room 115
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 8, 2014 @ 12:30pm

Seekers of Freedom Eventually Win: Lecture and Discussion by Christine Tolbert, M.S.

Explore accounts that have been handed down of freedom seekers who made their way through the Upper Chesapeake region prior to the Civil War and the continuing impact of those accounts on families today. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended; see contact information below.

Location:
Harford Community College - Student Center Room 243
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 9, 2014 @ 12:00pm

Salon Lunches at the Sandy Spring Museum - "Immigrant Voices"

Bring a bagged lunch and attend this free Salon Lunch with Dr. Judith Freidenberg from the University of Maryland Department of Anthropology who will present research on her project entitled "Immigrant Voices," which provides experiential accounts of the lives of immigrants living in Prince George's County, Maryland. Join in the conversation to understand how immigration shapes modern communities throughout Maryland.

Location:
Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Contact Info:
Kelly Palich
301-774-0022

April 10, 2014 @ 7:30pm

An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

University of Baltimore faculty and staff, as well as members of the community, present excerpts from work by the Fitzgeralds; correspondence between Scott and Zelda, Scott and his editors, and more. The Fitzgeralds--F. Scott, Zelda, and their daughter Scotty, lived in Baltimore from 1932 to 1937. "An Evening with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald" is part of UB's MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts Reading Series and Spotlight UB.

Location:
University of Baltimore Student Center, Hilda & Michael Bogomolny Room
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact Info:
Jon Shorr
jshorr@ubalt.edu or (410) 837-6059

April 12, 2014 @ 9:00am

2014 Unity in OUR Community Diversity Forum

This open forum includes two interactive, breakout sessions led by facilitators. The sessions invite the community to consider and discuss ways to build a healthier, more tolerant community that appreciates and celebrates diversity. One of the sessions will be a panel discussion of youth in the community sharing their stories of how they are impacting the community. Our guest speaker, Dana Jones, CEO of United Planning Organization will address the issues as well. www.csmd.edu/diversityinstitute.

Location:
North Point High School
2500 Davis Road
Waldorf, MD 20603
Contact Info:
Ava Morton
(301) 539-4742 or amorton@csmd.edu

April 14, 2014 @ 1:30pm

Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel, a Living History Presentation

Civil War heroine Clara Barton overcame both personal obstacles and society's narrow view of women's roles to pursue her heart's work: battlefield nursing. In this costumed living history presentation, Mary Ann Jung portrays Barton as audience members take the parts of Yankees and Rebels. Learn how Clara Barton founded the Red Cross in America and still inspires individuals to "Never Give Up!" Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over twenty-five years. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child, Clara Barton, Mistress Margaret Brent, Rosalie of Riversdale, Amelia Earhart, and Good Queen Bess. She has a B.A. in British History from the University of Maryland.

Location:
Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Janis Jordan
443-412-2074

April 15, 2014 @ 11:45am

The Goophered Grapevine and Other Stories: Book Discussion by Dorothy Miller, Ed.D.

The discussion will focus on short stories by African American author, essayist and political activist Charles Waddell Chestnutt, in which he explores racism and other social themes from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Seating is limited and registration is required. To reserve a seat and to purchase a copy of the books at a discount, see the contact information below.

Location:
Hays-Heighe House Room 201 - Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 17, 2014 @ 12:00pm

Vestiges of the War of 1812

Most Marylanders know that during the War of 1812 Francis Scott Key, inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry, wrote the lyrics to a song that later became our national anthem. But how many Marylanders ever heard of the Battle of Caulk’s Field, the Battle of Slippery Hill, or the Battle of the Ice Mound? How many know that no other state in the Union suffered more British raids than Maryland, that some of the best preserved earthworks from the war are located here, or that Maryland has identified over 400 sites related to the War of 1812? This illustrated talk explores the role that Maryland played in this little understood war and examines the vast resource base that survives, including actual battlefield and raid sites, monuments, and even graves of war veterans. Maryland has a War of 1812 heritage that is largely unknown, under-appreciated, and in some cases threatened. Adult audiences. Ralph Eshelman has over 30 years of cultural resource management experience. He was co-director of the Patuxent River Cultural Resource Survey which discovered and partially excavated an American War of 1812 military vessel from the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla. He also conducted a holistic inventory of War of 1812 and Revolutionary War sites in Maryland for the National Park Service’s National Battlefield Protection Program. He served as the historian for the “Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail” Study Team of the National Park Service. Eshelman is senior author of The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Guide to the Historic Sites of Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia as well as the author of A Travel Guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: Eighteen Tours in Maryland, Virginia, & the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Largest Naval Engagement: The Battles of St. Leonard Creek, 1814, Calvert County, Maryland. Eshelman's most recent book, co-authored with Burt Kummerow, is titled In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.

Location:
Calvert Library Prince Frederick
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Contact Info:
Greg Stottlemyer
410-414-8391

April 17, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation

Vincent Leggett portrays Charles Ball, a third-generation slave from Calvert County, Maryland who, after being sold to a trader in the deep South, escaped back to his home state. Upon his return to Maryland, he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla. He took part in some of the most exciting battles in the Chesapeake, including the march from Benedict to Bladensburg and the defense of Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. Ball was discharged in 1814 and published an autobiography, The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, in 1837. Ball’s story provides a lens through which we can examine the legacy of blacks in the Chesapeake, including their role in the War of 1812. Vincent Leggett is founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation (1984) and the Chesapeake Ecology Center (2002). He has held positions at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City Public Schools, and he currently serves as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. Mr. Leggett is the author of The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes (1999) and Blacks of the Chesapeake: An Integral Part of Maritime History (1997). He has also developed a curriculum on the Blacks of the Chesapeake, which is used by school systems in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

Location:
William Paca House & Garden
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact Info:
J. Marcos Salaverria
410-990-4781

April 17, 2014 @ 9:30am

Creating Safe Spaces: School, Work, and Community

This three-hour workshop is designed to help people reduce the often hostile environments in which LGBT navigate in their daily lives. From the classroom bully to the unintentional exclusion by use of certain language, LGBT people frequently find themselves uncomfortable in many situations.

Location:
Scarborough Student Leadership Center at Salisbury University
1204 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Contact Info:
George Whitehead
(410) 543-6369

April 19, 2014 @ 11:00am

Mt. Vernon Literary Walking Tour

Take this guided 90 minute walking tour with the Maryland Humanities Council, past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions. Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub. Registration is required for this free tour. Register at www.2014MtVernonLitWalktour.eventbrite.com.

Location:
Mt. Vernon Neighborhood
Tour starts at the Enoch Pratt Free Library 400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact Info:
Michele Alexander
www.2014MtVernonLitWalktour.eventbrite.com or 410-685-4186

April 21, 2014 @ 12:30pm

Uncle Tom: Exemplar of Freedom

Lecture and Discussion by W.B. Allen, Ph.D. Learn why Allen (author of "Rethinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of Harriet Beecher Stowe")describes the fictional character Uncle Tom as an exemplar of human freedom and discuss his account of the political thought underlying Stowe's work. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended; see contact information below.

Location:
Harford Community College - Student Center Room 243
401 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD 21015
Contact Info:
Linda Anthony
443-412-2539

April 30, 2014 @ 6:30pm

Harriet Tubman: Meet the Woman

Known as the "Moses of Her People," Harriet Ross Tubman led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. She served in the Union Army as both a spy and a scout during the Civil War and nursed the contraband and black soldiers in the Federal City and other southern cities. Ms. Tubman repeatedly risked her life fighting for the freedom that the constitution guaranteed all Americans. Gwendolyn Briley-Strand discusses the life of this remarkable woman and provides a Power Point photographic exhibit of plantations on which Tubman was enslaved, the home in which she lived as a free woman, and churches she helped build. Gwendolyn Briley-Strand has been delighting audiences on stage, television, and in movie theatres for over twenty years. She is known for her portrayals of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks. In 1991 and 1992 Ms. Briley-Strand was invited to bring Harriet Tubman to the White House for the Fourth of July Celebration. She has also portrayed Harriet Tubman at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, and museums and cultural organizations. She received her B.A. in theater from Fordham University and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. More information about Ms. Briley-Strand can be found on her website at www.seethefruits.com.

Location:
Harford County Public Library, Joppa Branch
655 Towne Center Drive
Joppa, MD 21085
Contact Info:
Karen Dull
410-612-2007