BNHA BNHA, Peale Center Present 2019 Lecture Series

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Join the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture for fascinating glimpses into Baltimore's people and places. 

All lectures start at noon in the Peale Center's second floor gallery (225 Holliday Street, steps away from City Hall). Bring your favorite brown bag lunch; light concessions available for purchase.

Note on accessibility: While the first floor is accessible via a ramped entrance through Watchhouse Alley, the historic 1814 building does not have an elevator. 

February 15 | Illuminating the Lives of the Enslaved and Their Descendants

This illustrated lecture shows the broad range of historic records, archival materials, photographs, and other sources use to explore the lives of the enslaved and document their descendants. Based on work from the Hampton Ethnography Project, Weidman will show the step-by-step research that can lead to discovering fuller histories of the enslaved and to identify family groups and the lives of descendants.

Presenter: Gregory R. Weidman is the curator of Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland. As staff liaison to the Hampton National Historic Site Ethnographic Overview and Assessment Project, she serves on a team of scholars and researchers headed by Cheryl LaRoche of the University of Maryland that investigated the lives of the individuals enslaved at Hampton in the 18th and 19th centuries.  

March 15 | East Baltimore's "Reservation" -- The Lumbee Indian Community

Following WWII, Lumbee Indians from rural North Carolina moved to Baltimore, forming a large satellite community with numbers reaching into the thousands. Baltimore's Lumbee community is absent from popular narratives of the city, and has even been referred to as “invisible.” The March lecture will shed light on this Baltimore community and its people and places.

Presenter: Ashley Minner is a community-based Baltimore visual artist. An enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years, and regularly visits communities throughout the U.S. South. Ashley works as a folklorist for the Maryland State Arts Council and is a lecturer and resident folklorist for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

April 12 | The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins

Noted Baltimore author Antero Pietila explores the life and legacy of John Hopkins, an entrepreneur whose legacy has shaped Baltimore and the world. Pietila will weave together a biography of the man with a portrait of how the institutions he founded have shaped the racial legacy of Baltimore from its heyday to its decline and revitalization.

Presenter: Antero Pietila, the author of The Ghost of Johns Hopkins and Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City, worked for 35 years at the Baltimore Sun covering nearly everything from cops to City Hall. He retired in 2004 after serving on the editorial board for 13 years.