Commemorations

First, in case you missed it, please look at GBCA’s letter to The Baltimore Sun, in reference to their comments about the cutting of the Creative Baltimore Fund last year, which gave grants to arts and cultural organizations, and individual artists.

Second, the region’s heritage and history sites are in an exciting time as we lead up to commemorating several important historical events. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Baltimore is the site of the first blood shed of the Civil War with the Pratt Street Riots, on April 19, 1861.

To commemorate the event, Baltimore is having several events on Saturday, April 16, including the re-dedication of the President Street Station as the Baltimore Civil War Museum, a major parade going along Pratt Street, and more. To see more on events happening around the 150th anniversary at places like the B & O Railroad Museum and the Maryland Historical Society, click here. To get into the Civil War mindset, The New York Times is currently running a column called Disunion which “revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded”. Be sure to read the column on April 19, as Baltimore and Maryland will definitely feature in the events of that day (as we were also featured on February 22).

Starting in May of 2012, and running through November 2014, Maryland and Baltimore will be the site of several events commemorating the 200 year anniversary of the War of 1812. If you or your organization is interested in being involved, we’ll be sending out more information about how to become involved in the months ahead. In the meantime, you can visit here to see what’s already happening. Also coming on March 10, 2013, is the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s death.

Until next week–
Buck

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