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Battle of Baltimore

Overview

The Battle of Baltimore is a Curatescape-based website and smartphone application created to share the stories of people and places in and around Baltimore from the War of 1812. Building on the success of Explore Baltimore Heritage, the Battle of Baltimore connects residents, visitors, educators and students with 19th century accounts of historic places in Baltimore and easy-to-read short essays contributed by historic sites, scholars and community historians.

The website and app is built on the Curatescape platform developed by the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. Curatescape is a custom theme and plugin set for Omeka content management system that supports Explore Baltimore Heritage and similar mobile apps for Cleveland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, and over two dozen other communities across the world.

Check out the website to take a virtual tour through Baltimore’s architecture, arts & culture, experience with slavery, industrial growth and maritime trade in the early 1800s!

Learn more on the project website

Project Team

In 2015, Auni Gelles is contributing to the development of stories and a digital outreach strategy for the Battle of Baltimore project. Eli Pousson directs this project for Baltimore Heritage and coordinated project volunteers and contributors.

Auni is a graduate student in public history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also works for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, one of Maryland’s 13 certified Heritage Areas, covering portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties. A graduate of Goucher College, she previously served as a graduate assistant with the Center for Digital History and Education and in the Special Collections at UMBC, a New Media intern at the National Museum of American History, and a program assistant at the Maryland Humanities Council.

Partners

  • Baltimore Heritage
  • Cleveland State University, Center for Public History and Digital Humanities
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Funding

  • Maryland Heritage Area Authority
  • Baltimore National Heritage Area