Category: Microgrants

Thank You for Attending Our Preservation Celebration 2022!

Last week, Baltimore Heritage had its annual Preservation Celebration and we are delighted we could once again gather in person! We handed out 14 awards to groups and individuals doing fabulous work celebrating and preserving our city’s history and buildings. We gave out 6 micro-grants to 6 very worthy community projects. We conducted our organization’s annual meeting and welcomed a few new board members. And we said a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers. They make historic preservation possible in Baltimore. All the while, we ate delicious food from Trinacria and drank wine from Spirits of Mt. Vernon! Thank you to everyone attended.

 

Award Winners: 

Sonia Eaddy and Nicole King
For tireless advocacy in historic Poppleton

CASA
For the restoration of the 1921 Belnord Theater

Award winners Nicole King (left) and Sonia Eaddy (right) at the celebration!

Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum
For developing a Baltimore Civil Rights history school curriculum

Baltimore City Department of General Services and
Carroll Museums, Inc.
For the restoration of the interior of the Phoenix Shot Tower

The Peale
For the restoration of The Peale

Friends of Patterson Park and
Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
For restoration of the historic superintendent’s house in Patterson Park

Nia Redmond
For creating the East Baltimore Historical Library

Meadow Development Group
For restoration of The Eleanor at 3400 Auchentoroly Terrace

Jubilee Baltimore
For rehabilitation of the Odell’s Building at 19-21 East North Avenue

Bree Jones
For advancing equitable renewal in historic West Baltimore

Volunteer of the Year – Richard Messick
For enhancing Baltimore’s historic places through years of research, publishing, and tour guiding

 

Pitch Party Winners

$1000: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
For exterior lighting

Diana Bailey, Executive Director of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center, receiving her microgrant check from Baltimore Heritage Executive Director Johns Hopkins

$750: Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project
For new cemetery signage

$750: Greater Baltimore Urban League
For a new history exhibit

$500: Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
For a new electronic exhibit

$500: Carroll Museums, Inc.
For a new Shot Tower sign

$500: Filbert Street Garden
For new beehive boxes

Join Us at Our Preservation Celebration 2022!

Join us for our Preservation Celebration 2022 at the newly restored and re-opened Peale Museum! On October 13, we’ll honor our 2022 Preservation Award winners and, with your help, give out four microgrants to people working on the front lines in our historic neighborhoods. We’ll say thank you to our volunteers and honor all of their hard work this year. This gathering also acts as Baltimore Heritage’s annual meeting where the board will elect its new members. With food from Baltimore vendors, wine and beer from Maryland suppliers, and complimentary valet service, we hope you will join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening. And we couldn’t be in a better historic place than the newly renovated Peale Museum. We hope you’ll join us on October 13!

Register here! Tickets are a suggested donation of $25.

Preservation Work at Contee-Parago Park

In October 2020, Baltimore Heritage awarded Friends of Contee-Parago Park a $500 micro-grant to help them preserve the original dedication plaque installed in the park in 1971. Here’s an update from Jean Lee Cole of the Friends of Contee-Parago Park:

The sign was installed this morning by a wonderful team from the Serra Stone company, who also did the demolition of the wall and building of the new brick piers. It took a long time to locate this company and secure funding for the work. But it’s been completed! And the mini-grant from Baltimore Heritage helped keep the preservation of the original sign an important priority throughout the process. Members of both the Contee and Parago families have expressed their joy in seeing the plaque featured more prominently in the park, and Reese Culbreath, grandson of Edward Parago, selected the heart-shaped boulder onto which the plaque was installed and determined its placement. It was quite moving to be part of this restoration of history.

William Contee and Edward Parago

Come enjoy the park and help out at this upcoming event:

 

Thank you to the Friends of Contee-Parago Park for their important preservation work! For more information on Contee-Parago Park, check out our Five Minute Histories video:

 

Micro-Grants Fund Six Baltimore Projects!

Thank you to everyone who came to our virtual micro-grant party last night and helped select grants for six Baltimore projects! It was a fun and participatory event. Here are the six projects that received funding:

$500 Micro-Grants: 

  • Thomas Johnson Elementary Middle School field trip to the Baltimore Museum of Industry
  • Community murals in Irvington by Cooperative Community Development, Inc.

$250 Micro-Grants: 

  • Website costs for the Friends of St. Vincent Cemetery
  • Shutter restoration at the Irish Railroad Workers Museum Visitors Center

$50 Micro-Grants:

  • Brochures for the Baltimore Immigration Memorial and Museum
  • Research equipment and other costs for the Baltimore Crime Museum

 

We will keep you posted as these projects move along and, again, thank you!!

2021 Virtual Pitch Party: Help Us Give Away Six Micro-Grants!

Please help us give away six micro-grants to advance good ideas in Baltimore. This is our sixth year of providing micro-grants and as we have done in past years, we’ll have five finalists provide three-minute “pitches” of their ideas… and then we will ask you to cast virtual ballots for your favorite. Based on your votes, we will give out two $500 grants, two $250 grants, and two $50 grants. Register here!

This year hear pitches from these organizations:

  • Baltimore Crime Museum
  • Baltimore Immigration Memorial and Museum, Inc.
  • Cooperative Community Development Inc
  • Irish Railroad Workers Museum
  • Friends of St. Vincent Cemetery (FoSVC)
  • Thomas Johnson Elementary Middle School #84

We’ll learn about some great initiatives underway in Baltimore and have a little fun helping them out. This is also Baltimore Heritage’s annual meeting where we elect board members and officers. It’s free and we hope you join us!

Thank you again for supporting us and our work with Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Whether from your couch or your backyard, we hope you can join us at 5:30 pm on October 21, 2021 via Zoom for this special event.