October 5, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 5:00pm
This year’s member’s Salon will feature a performance of our latest living history character Mendes Cohen, performed by Grant Cloyd. Learn more about this fascinating character as he recounts some of his most fascinating anecdotes, including his experience as a defender at Fort McHenry and his time as a world traveler. Mendes was known in later life to stop passers-by to recount these fascinating stories, now is your chance for history to come to life!
This event is open to our Living History circle members and above. Light refreshments will be served.
October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 1:00 p.m.
Author Tovah Yavin
Included with Museum Admission
Explore the Jewish experience at Fort McHenry with children’s author Tovah Yavin, learn about the importance of Jewish participation in the Battle of Baltimore Harbor that helped to win the War of 1812. Participants will discover the connection between Jewish Baltimore, the Star-Spangled Banner and religious freedom in Maryland politics. Plus lean more about role Mendes Cohen played in the War of 1812 and how he almost missed it completely! Carry on the fun after the reading with activities for the whole family.
Tovah Yavin’s middle-grade novel, All-Star Season, received both the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and a 2008 Notable Book Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries. The locations depicted in the book may seem very familiar to residents of the Baltimore and Silver Spring areas. She has also published poetry in a variety of literary magazines and short fiction for children and adults in trade and educational anthologies. Her article following the Battle of Baltimore Harbor through the experiences of the Jewish soldiers who fought there, “A Star-Spangled New Year,” will be appearing in Highlights Magazine for Children. Her work can be further explored at www.TovahSYavin.com. She lives in Columbia, Maryland with her husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats and enjoys frequent visits with her children and grandchildren.
October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19th, 1pm
With Author Dr. Ralph Eshelman
Included with Museum Admission
We are pleased to be welcoming to the JMM Dr. Ralph Eshelman, an expert on Maryland history, who will explore the many 1812 Chesapeake stories from the “Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail” that he has collected for his book In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.
Ralph Eshelman has over 35 years of cultural resource management experience. Specific to the War of 1812, Eshelman was co-director of the Patuxent River Cultural Resource Survey which discovered and partially excavated an American War of 1812 military vessel from the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla. He also conducted a holistic inventory of War of 1812 sites in Maryland for the National Park Service’s National Battlefield Protection Program. Eshelman served as the historian for the “Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail” Study Team of the National Park Service and was designated “Honorary Colonel of the Fort McHenry Guard” in 2009.
Eshelman has given talks for the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Associate Council, Cosmos Club, Rotary International District Conference, National Association of Secretaries of State, and served as a popular speaker for the Maryland Humanities Council War of 1812 Speaker Series. Ralph also has impersonated Commodore Joshua Barney at “Food in the Garden – The Chesapeake: Cultural Connections,” National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Eshelman also appeared as a panelist for “Maryland and the War of 1812″ Annapolis Book Festival covered by C-Span. Eshelman has published many papers on the War of 1812, and provides lectures and land and water tours. He has served as official photographer for many War of 1812 reenactments including the Grand Tactical, Battles of St. Leonard Creek, Bladensburg and Caulks Field. Eshelman’s images have appeared in many books, magazines and promotion pieces.