Weddings as a Participatory Sport

Posted on July 7, 2017 by

Museum Matters July 2017

My guess is that just about everyone reading this newsletter has attended a wedding.  Many of you have participated as a bride or groom (some more than once).  This means that most of you qualify to be an entrant in our spectacular finale for the Just Married! exhibit.

JMM is partnering with The Stoop, Baltimore’s well-known storytelling impresarios for an afternoon of true (or at least mostly true) tales about wedding days.  It will be fun to be in the audience but even more fun to be on stage – I’ve tried it, so I can speak from experience.  The performance will be at 2pm on September 17.

To be a story teller all you need is a funny or poignant or romantic or surprising story from your wedding day and its preparations.  The focus here is on weddings, we know you have stories about the married life that came after, but that’s for another stoop.  Our colleagues at The Stoop will offer coaching on how to make your story memorable to others.  All you need to get started is to apply!

You can do that by contacting Trillion Attwood at  But don’t procrastinate, the application period closes on July 14.




The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:
The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry
Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm
Speaker Dr. Barry Lever
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The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

JMM 2004.13.53

JMM 2004.13.53

‘If Every Word Was Love’:
Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community
Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm
Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University
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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.

JMM CP 2017.4.4

JMM CP 2017.4.4

LGBTQ and Under the Huppah: A Panel Discussion
Monday, July 17, 6:30pm
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Whether you identify as LGBTQ+, or care about someone who does, come and learn about the unique set of wedding challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. With our current exhibit Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland as a backdrop, this panel will explore the specific set of challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community and their families from a variety of perspectives— from the couple themselves to family to clergy.


Free slices and great prizes!

Free slices and great prizes!

Pizza, Prizes and Puzzles: Intern Trivia Night at the JMM
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30pm

Know a summer intern here in Baltimore? Please invite them to our Intern Trivia Night! More Info Here

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Preserving Your Wedding
Sunday, July 30, 1:00pm
Speaker: JMM Collections Manager, Joanna Church
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You’ll have your memories forever—why not make sure your stuff lasts (almost) as long? From wedding dresses to flowers to photographs, if you think it’s worth saving, it’s worth saving!  Whether it happened 50 years ago or hasn’t happened yet, learn tips and tricks for preserving those memories for future generations.

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Esther’s Place

July 16!

July 16!

On Sunday July 16, Esther’s Place is holding its first-ever yard sale! We are making room for new inventory, and marking select items down between 50% and 90%. The yard sale will take place in the front courtyard (weather permitting) from 10 AM to 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

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