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A Special Message in Response to COVID-19
March 19, 2020
The Coronavirus is having a major impact on our museum and historic site partners and community. Our children are adapting to a new way of learning; while parents are juggling family needs, work and being the spiritual and mental resources for their homes. None of this is easy and the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) wants you to know that we are with you in this. We want to be your support during this difficult time.
The news cycle has all of us on edge trying to determine the best ways to see ourselves through all of this. Government entities are providing answers and we all are trying our best to sort through our options and do the best we can for our families and communities. Patience and compassion is key to us making it through this and the Heritage Area wants to be your partner in feeling more certain in a very uncertain time.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that here in Baltimore we are so fortunate to have wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy and experience. Let go of stress and anxiety by taking a walk around the grounds of Fort McHenry or Druid Hill Park. Take the time to check out the pagoda and boat lake at Patterson Park. Walk or bike ride along the Jones or Gwynns Falls Trail. Exercise in our parks; many offer fields, courts and equipment to stay healthy and strong.
Spring is here! Do not let our concerns around COVID-19 blind us to Baltimore's outdoor spaces that can feed our spirits, bodies and minds.
The Heritage Area is also concerned that our many cultural sites and attractions will see some devastating impacts from closures and restrictions during this time. But there are a few things you can do right now to lessen the impact. Pick your favorite cultural site/ attraction and -
- Have a Virtual Visit - Take a virtual tour, click an online collection, read the latest articles, supplement your children's school lessons with culture and heritage resources unique to Baltimore.
- Purchase a Gift Certificate - Most non-profit institutions, attractions, heritage area restaurants/retailers have this option. Give your family and friends the gift of heritage and culture by getting them a gift that supports the community.
- Make a Donation or Become a Member - Support ongoing programming, exhibits, educational programs and more through a donation. Make a commitment to be a visitor throughout the year by securing a membership. Donations are often tax-deductible and memberships unlock a world of heritage and culture often at a discounted rate for learning and experiences that last a lifetime.
Baltimore City and its cultural and heritage gems matter to all of us.
Lastly, call a friend and just check in, this is the time when friends, family and community matter.
Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director