Posted on October 21st, 2014 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x226 or email email@example.com.
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: February 14, 2014
PastPerfect Accession #: 1987.065.211
Status: Mostly unidentified. Do you know these attendees at the 1953 Annual Convention of the Joseph M. Zamoiski Company, held December 20, 1952? Joseph Zamoiski is #6 in the photo!
Posted on October 13th, 2014 by Rachel
Thanks to our online database, much of our collections can be investigated from the comfort of your own home. Hopefully, you’ve already read and tested our earlier posts on researching in the database (here are parts one, two, and three). But you may not have tried out the “random images” feature, which chooses an assortment of photos, artifacts, and archival records for your enjoyment. You don’t need a specific research query to spend some quality time with our stuff!
The “random” function proved useful this week, as I went looking for something to feature on the blog. My eye was caught by this pair of silver-colored metal cufflinks, each with a bold Hebrew “Mazel” on the front (and, for good measure, “LUCK” in English on the back).
Maryland Governor Theodore R. McKeldin was the owner of these cufflinks. McKeldin is an important figure in Maryland politics – he was Baltimore’s mayor in the 1940s and again in the 1960s, as well as serving two terms as governor from 1951 to 1959 – and he was a strong supporter of Baltimore’s diverse communities. To paraphrase an often-repeated story, McKeldin (an Episcopalian) was said to ‘carry a cross in one pocket and a yarmulke in the other.’ That line is sometimes used negatively, hinting he was too much of a people-pleaser, but it can also be taken as a sign of his willingness to engage and work with the Jewish community. Further evidence for this can be found in our museum, thanks in part to a small collection of personal tokens given to McKeldin by Jewish Marylanders over the years. These items were saved by McKeldin, and eventually donated to the JMM by his granddaughter Caroline Wayner.
2010.62.1 full set
These cufflinks, and the matching tie clip, were part of that donation. We don’t know who gave the set to McKeldin, but we do have a clue as to its origins: The pieces are in their original velvet box, marked “The Concord Men’s Shop, Kiamesha Lake N.Y.” The Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake was one of the largest resorts in the Catskills in the mid 20th century; evidently someone from Maryland was vacationing there, spotted these in one of the shops catering to resort visitors, and thought kindly enough of their Governor to make the purchase.
A blog post by Collections Manager Joanna Church. To read more posts from Joanna click HERE.
Posted on October 6th, 2014 by Rachel
Naomi greets visitors with a smile!
Naomi Harans has been volunteering at the JMM for almost 7 years. She came to her position as a Front Desk Receptionist with plenty of work experience. She previously did temporary employment as an office worker and volunteered as such at the JCC. Her favorite part about greeting visitors to the JMM is learning about them. She is a good listener and has always been interested in people. She has met folks from many different countries who have searched out the JMM, and is always surprised when local Baltimoreans come in for the first time and say, “I never knew this place was even here.” She also enjoys learning about the information presented in our temporary exhibits.
In her spare time she’s enjoyed bowling with Beth Tfiloh and the Covenant Guild. She was fond of traveling with her husband and since he passed away she enjoys traveling with her two daughters, son, their spouses, and her grandchildren. Some of her favorite destinations have been Spain, Hawaii, Israel and the train ride across Canada. Next on her agenda is a cruise from Shanghai to Sydney – she departs next week! We wish Naomi a bon voyage and look forward to welcoming her back to the JMM in November and learning about her latest travel experience.
A blog post by Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen. The first Monday(ish) of every month she will be highlighting one of our fantastic JMM volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the JMM, drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-732-6402 x217! You can also get more information about volunteering at the Museum here.