Travels with Mendes

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by

My husband and kids were having a wonderful time on their first day of vacation in San Francisco. They had visited the Japanese Tea Garden, hung out with an old friend of my husband’s and dined on dumplings in Chinatown. And then my husband, Jonathan, called with a crisis. “We forgot to pack Flat Mendes” he announced sadly.

For those of you unfamiliar, Flat Mendes is a paper doll cutout of one of Maryland’s most accomplished Jew and the subject of an upcoming exhibition, The A-mazing Mendes Cohen (opening September 14). Because the real life Mendes spent three years as an intrepid traveler throughout Europe and the Middle East, we have created a virtual Mendes so that he can continue his travels in the 21st century visiting places he may have visited more than 150 years ago and places that we are sure he would have loved to had he had the chance.  For the Cardin-Willis Family, this meant bringing Flat Mendes with us to California and photographing him in every iconic spot we could find.

Flat Mendes

Flat Mendes

But first, we had to overcome this crisis. My husband and children flew out to San Francisco while the laminated version of Mendes was in Baltimore. Fortunately, I knew how to resolve this problem and directed Jonathan to a downloadable version of Flat Mendes on the JMM website. (You can do this too, go to http://jewishmuseummd.org/2014/06/flat-mendes/). Because the hotel did not have a color printer, my ever resourceful husband stopped at CVS, bought some crayons and the girls had fun coloring him in.

Jonathan and Mendes

Jonathan and Mendes

Then the fun really began. Mendes fit in quite a bit in his one-week jaunt through California.

First stop, Alcatraz, the famed prison off the coast of San Francisco. Here he excitedly holds his own ticket.

First stop, Alcatraz, the famed prison off the coast of San Francisco. Here he excitedly holds his own ticket.

Behind Bars - While the real life Mendes did have a brush with the law when he was fined for violating Virginia law by selling out of state lottery tickets there, thankfully, he never actually did time in prison.

Behind Bars – While the real life Mendes did have a brush with the law when he was fined for violating Virginia law by selling out of state lottery tickets there, thankfully, he never actually did time in prison.

Mendes enjoyed his trip up hilly San Francisco streets traveling by cable car.

Mendes enjoyed his trip up hilly San Francisco streets traveling by cable car.

Mendes even made some new friends!

Mendes even made some new friends!

With the Willis girls as his guide, Mendes got in some exercise biking over the Golden Gate Bridge. We have records of Mendes traveling by boat, train and horse but this mode of transport was surely a first for him.

With the Willis girls as his guide, Mendes got in some exercise biking over the Golden Gate Bridge. We have records of Mendes traveling by boat, train and horse but this mode of transport was surely a first for him.

 What better way to refresh after a long and arduous bike ride then with a stop at San Francisco’s beloved Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory. Mendes proved to be quite the San Francisco fan and even picked up a souvenir baseball hat.

What better way to refresh after a long and arduous bike ride then with a stop at San Francisco’s beloved Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory. Mendes proved to be quite the San Francisco fan and even picked up a souvenir baseball hat.

On the way down the coast, Mendes stopped to admire the beauty of California’s Redwood trees.

On the way down the coast, Mendes stopped to admire the beauty of California’s Redwood trees.

I met Jonathan, Madeline and Julia in Pismo Beach, CA, along California’s central coast where we had a blast taking surfing lessons. Mendes had to get in the action too. I think he may have even started a new surfing trend. The next day we saw many surfing dudes wearing turbans!

I met Jonathan, Madeline and Julia in Pismo Beach, CA, along California’s central coast where we had a blast taking surfing lessons. Mendes had to get in the action too. I think he may have even started a new surfing trend. The next day we saw many surfing dudes wearing turbans!

Mendes’s final adventure was kayaking in Morro Bay where he enjoyed viewing sea lions and otters.

Mendes’s final adventure was kayaking in Morro Bay where he enjoyed viewing sea lions and otters.

Mendes is now home in Baltimore recuperating from jet lag. But he will soon be ready for new adventures and we can’t wait to see where else he goes!

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Introducing: Mendes I. Cohen, Living History Character

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

Upcoming Appearances and Performances for Mendes Cohen:

 All events listed below are free and open to the public!

Meet Mendes Cohen!
August 23, 2014
1:00 – 5:00pm
Battle of Bladensburg Commemoration
4601 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD   20710
www.princegeorges1812.org
301-887-0777

 

Premier Performance: Mendes Cohen
September 7, 2014
1:45pm
Defender’s Day Celebration at North Point
Fort Howard
9500 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD   21219

 

Performance
September 12, 2014
10:30am-11:30am
Essex Senior Center
600 Dorsey Avenue
Baltimore, MD   21221

 

Performance
Sunday, September 14
Time: TBD
Hampstead Hill Celebration
Patterson Park
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

 

Performance
Sunday, September 21
2:00pm
North Point Library
1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD  21222

 

Performance
Wednesday, November 12
10:30am
Bykota Senior Center
611 Central Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
410.887.3094

 

Performance
Friday, November 21
1:00pm
Pikesville Senior Center
1401 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
410.887.1245

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Once Upon a Time…01.03.2014

Posted on July 22nd, 2014 by

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 Deborah Cardin at 410.732.6400 x236 or email info@jewishmuseummd.org

 

1994205054Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  January 3, 2014

 

PastPerfect Accession #:  1994.205.054

 

Status:  Identified! Josh Kaplan’s Bar Mitzvah, July 1959.

Front Row (L-R) A. Esther Sabbah (Louis Kaplan’s sister; founded the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, NC) B. Helen Kaplan (Josh’s mom)  C. Ann Marcus (was married to Ben Marcus’ brother, not in the photo)

Back Row (L-R) 1. Josh Kaplan (son of Nathan and Helen) 2. Louis Kaplan (already identified)  3. Etta Kaplan (Louis’ wife) 4. Nathan (Nat) Kaplan (Josh’s dad)  5. Ben Marcus  6. Lillian Marcus  (younger sister of Louis Kaplan)   7.  Judy (?) Kaplan (daughter of Lillian)

 

Special Thanks To: Ephram Potts and Debbie Potts!

 

 

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