Greater Hampden Heritage AllianceNathan Dennies started volunteering with us in 2013 as a student at the University of Baltimore working on a literary heritage tour for Explore Baltimore Heritage. After graduation, Nathan continued to volunteer and, with our support, began organizing the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance in early 2014. The effort has taken off as Nathan and a great community of volunteers created a stylish walking tour brochure for Hampden area landmarks and raised funding to print 5,000 copies! Learn more about the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance.
Northeast Baltimore History RoundtableLauraville resident Christine Muldowney volunteered to organize a Baltimore by Foot tour of her neighborhood back in 2012 and discovered a new appreciation for her community’s history and architecture. Christine was inspired to organize the new Northeast History Roundtable to foster knowledge of and appreciation of this area’s rich history. With support from Baltimore Heritage, the group has organized tours and talks and embarked on an ambitious survey of Herring Run Park to protect archeological resources from the early history of Baltimore. Learn more about archeology in Baltimore and the Northeast Baltimore History Roundtable.
We used new tools to teach a new generation of historians
Our Explore Baltimore Heritage website and smartphone application continues to showcase historic images from partner institutions and essays from a diverse group of contributors. In 2014, the website saw nearly 20,000 visitors and the smartphone app saw 1,200 downloads for a total of over 3,000 downloads between iOS and Android since we launched in 2012. At the same time, we published dozens of new stories – including our first series on the theme of labor history thanks to volunteer historian Rachel Donaldson.
Explore Baltimore Heritage is about more than telling stories. It is a platform that enables collaboration, scholarship and education. So some of the most important numbers for Explore Baltimore Heritage in 2014 are pretty small. We’re very excited about the work of seven aspiring public historians working with one exceptional professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in one amazing Baltimore park. This spring, Dr. Denise Meringolo and her students from the UMBC Department of History brought their enormous energy to help us develop a digital tour for the Friends of Druid Hill Park. Thanks to support from volunteer park steward Tom Orth, we are excited to spread the word about the new tour when the farmer’s market returns in 2015.
UMBC students contributed stories about Druid Hill Park
“On the west side of Druid Lake, opposite of the Moorish Tower, stands an imposing statue. At nearly 30 feet from the ground to the tip of the sword, the Wallace the Scot statue strikes an imposing figure. Bearing little resemblance to Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart,’ the question remains of why a statue of a national Scottish hero is in Druid Hill Park.”
— Jessi Deane on the William Wallace Monument
“The Wagner Bust is as German as any statute could be. Cast in bronze, mounted on a granite base, and situated on the lawn of the Rogers-Buchanan Mansion, the bust of German composer Richard Wagner was created by a German-born sculptor R.P. Golde based on a portrait by German painter Franz van Lenbach.”
— Allyson Schuele on the Richard Wagner Memorial Bust
“In 1955, ground was broken at Mondawmin. The old fences of the estate were torn down, as were the mansion, barns and stables, as the tree lined pastures gave way to parking lots. On October 4th, 1956, Mondawmin Mall officially opened with enough free parking spaces for over 4,000 customers.”
— Ryan Williams on Mondawmin Mall
We grew financial support for preservation
Individual membership and corporate support remain a cornerstone of support for Baltimore Heritage. In 2014, we also saw continued growth in revenue from our tour programs. Grant support enabled us to take on new opportunities, such as our We Dig Hampstead Hill archeology project in Patterson Park. Our small size enables us to spend those membership dollars wisely. Over 75% of our budget is dedicated directly to programs, with administrative and fundraising efforts making only a small portion of our total expenditures.