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August 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. The exhibition runs through October 2014.

Baltimore Museum of Industry
1415 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
Contact Info:
Claire Mullins
(410) 727-4808 x 119

August 6, 2014 @ 10:00am

Local Traditions

Local Traditions is an exhibit featuring folk artists and tradition bearers local to the Sandy Spring neighborhood. The exhibit features highlights of a series of recorded interviews, photos, and artifacts. Museum admission is $5 for adults, students and senior adults are $3 and children under 12 are free.

Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Contact Info:
Allison Weiss

August 16, 2014 @ 11:00am

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

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 This tour has been funded by the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

Tour starts at the Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Contact Info:
Michele Alexander or 410-685-4186

August 21, 2014 @ 11:00am

Music of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics under President Adams, the traumatic effect of Jefferson's Embargo in 1807, through the triumph at Fort McHenry and the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponents, to dramatize the great sea battles between huge frigates in full sail and to laud battle heroes like Hull and Perry. In addition, songs of ridicule, sentimental ballads of love and separation and songs encouraging enlistments were sung at home, on the streets and in theaters. This program climaxes in the true telling of the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner in September, 1814, dispelling several lingering myths along the way. Live musical selections accompanied by appropriate images (if projector and screen available). Adult and high school audiences. David Hildebrand teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory, and he is finishing a history of music in Maryland for The Johns Hopkins University Press. He and his wife Ginger Hildebrand have been performing professionally for museums, historical societies, schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country since 1980, focusing on American music. Dr. Hildebrand received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Catholic University of America, his M.A. in Musicology from George Washington University, and his B.A. in Music from Dickinson College. This program has been funded by the Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.

Symphony Manor Assisted Living
4301 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
Contact Info:
Lynsey Ricci

August 23, 2014 @ 1:00pm

Mendes Cohen Living History Performance

Mendes Cohen was there. At Ft. McHenry when the bombs were bursting in air; at the Supreme Court when states rights were at stake; in Paris when the people prepared the barricades; at the Vatican for the installation of a new pope; down the Nile to collect artifacts; in Jerusalem as the first American tourist; in Annapolis when arguments raged over fugitive slaves; on the board of the nation’s first railroad. But who was Mendes Cohen? A soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist… a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority… a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, a proud Jew? Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of! The Jewish Museum of Maryland has developed a living (well, almost living) history character, the ghost of Mendes Cohen. Cohen’s ghost will visit some of his previous haunts throughout the year. For more information, visit or email

Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration
4601 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Contact Info:
Aaron Marcovitch

August 27, 2014

Work. Respect. Dignity. Shared images and stories of Maryland's Eastern Shore immigrants. An exhibition of photographs by Earl Dotter and the Migrant Clinicians Network.

Photojournalist Earl Dotter and the Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) invite the community to Salisbury University's Downtown Art Gallery to view the untold stories of the immigrant population on Maryland's Eastern Shore. These photographs document the lives and stories of immigrants and those who serve them. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-4pm. The exhibit runs through October 25.

Salisbury University Art Galleries - Downtown Campus
118 and 120 North Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
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Salisbury University Art Galleries

August 30, 2014 @ 2:00pm

The Distance Between Us

Participate in discussion activities about the book entitled The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande. A story full of both heartbreaking and joyful moments from the author's childhood spent between parents in Mexico and the U.S. Audience: Adults and Seniors

Edmondson Avenue Branch
4330 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
Contact Info:
Shirley Johnson