Performance Counts: January 2015

Posted on January 16th, 2015 by

JoannaSince starting as Collections Manager in August of last year, JMM has already accessioned more than 70 items from the daily life of Maryland’s Jewish communities. We’ve been pleased to receive offers of a wide variety of items – from single items to multiple boxes, from large paintings to small snapshots, from the 19th century to the 21st.  Nearly every week has brought a new opportunity to check out something interesting, which might be of use to the museum.

As a collections professional, I’m inclined by both duty and temperament to appreciate almost anything that’s ever been made, used and saved by someone. In other words, I love stuff.  But we simply can’t take everything that is offered to us. Fortunately, like many museums the JMM has a committee of Board members, staff, and other museum professionals who help ensure that only appropriate items are accepted as donations to our permanent collection: artifacts, photos, and archival material that relate to Jewish life in Maryland, in good condition, for which we can adequately care and which we envision using in exhibits, research, and interpretation.

But enough about the inner workings of the committee process – you want to see the stuff!  Here are a few highlights from recent offers.

-Joanna Church, Collections Manager

 

Pharmacy show globe, Hagerstown/Hancock, Md. JMM#K2014.003.035 Donated by Dr. Adolph “Ed” Baer, P.D.

Pharmacy show globe, Hagerstown/Hancock, Md. JMM#K2014.003.035
Donated by Dr. Adolph “Ed” Baer, P.D.

Though we don’t always have the opportunity to exhibit artifacts right away, the vintage pharmaceutical items donated by Dr. Baer will be of almost immediate use as we prepare the upcoming exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America” (opening fall 2015). Dr. Baer graduated from the University of Maryland pharmacy school, and went on to own and operate two pharmacies in western Maryland. In addition to the modern tools and equipment he used over the years, Dr. Baer also donated several antique pieces, including this large glass “show globe.” Show globes, filled with colored liquid (ours was emptied for the purpose of donation and transport), were placed in shop windows as a symbol of the apothecary’s or pharmacist’s trade; modern pharmacists such as Dr. Baer often collect and display them, in a nod to their profession’s history.

 

The Colonial Chronicle, Annapolis, Md. JMM#2014.041 Donated by Tylar Hecht for the Allen J. Reiter Lodge of B'nai B'rith

The Colonial Chronicle, Annapolis, Md. JMM#2014.041
Donated by Tylar Hecht for the Allen J. Reiter Lodge of B’nai B’rith

Though registrars like myself do enjoy cataloging and processing donations, we also love it when the donor does some of that good work for us.  Tylar Hecht brought in 40 years of The Colonial Chronicle, the newsletter of B’nai B’rith Annapolis Lodge No. 1239, associated with Kneseth Israel (Annapolis’s oldest congregation). In addition to the papers themselves, the donation included many of the original photographs used in the paper – which Mr. Hecht, with the help of older members of the congregation, sorted and identified for us before delivery. Their efforts mean that this collection will be accessible to researchers more quickly than if the JMM staff and volunteers needed to start fresh.

A selection of items from the Community Garden Club archives, Baltimore, Md. JMM#2015.002 Donated by Ruth Taubman for the Community Garden Club.

A selection of items from the Community Garden Club archives, Baltimore, Md. JMM#2015.002
Donated by Ruth Taubman for the Community Garden Club.

Likewise, the members of the Community Garden Club of the JCC (Baltimore) took the time to gather and organize materials from their 50+ year history, including programs, awards, photos, newsletters, and directories.  The Club was founded in 1962 by a group of women taking flower-arranging classes at the newly-built Park Heights JCC; over the years the members have worked on landscaping projects at a number of landmarks around the city, and they were the first Jewish garden club to join the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. Though not very active today, several original members were determined to collect as much of the club’s records as possible, to ensure that their history is preserved at the JMM archives.

 

Shomrei Mishmeres signs, Baltimore, Md. JMM#2014.045.001-002 Gift of Rabbi David E. Miller, Rabbi Michael S. Miller, Deborah L. Kram and Judith S. Kalish

Shomrei Mishmeres signs, Baltimore, Md. JMM#2014.045.001-002
Gift of Rabbi David E. Miller, Rabbi Michael S. Miller, Deborah L. Kram and Judith S. Kalish.

In a wonderful coincidence, one of the first things offered to the JMM after I started was a pair of early 20th century hand-lettered signs used by the Shomrei Mishmeres congregation in the Lloyd Street Synagogue.  Tobias Miller, then President of Shomrei Mishmeres, took these signs with him when the synagogue building was sold to the new Jewish Historical Society (now the JMM); his grandchildren recently decided that these two pieces should “come home” to Lloyd Street.   We’re always glad to find artifacts and records from the Lloyd Street Synagogue’s long history; such a meaningful and thoughtful donation was a fantastic way to start off my work here at the JMM!

Left:  “It is strictly forbidden to speak and to converse when the congregation prays or the Holy Bible is being read. He who will not obey the prohibition, in addition to his sinning this great sin, he is transgressing the accepted norm, and therefore will be fined towards the synagogue.”

Right: “By order of the members of this Shul: It is not permitted to remove the prayer shawls before reciting kaddish recited at ‘Anim Zemirot.’ He who will not obey, shall be severely punished.”

 

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Once Upon a Time…05.09.2014

Posted on January 13th, 2015 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 Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011078058Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  May 9, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.078.058

Status: Partially Identified!  Do you recognize the others in this Beth Shalom Congregation (Carroll County) Hebrew School Class, 2007?

Front Row: 1. unidentified 2. unidentified 3. Mark Shimsak [Teacher] Back Row: 1. Unidentified 2. Felicia Leipold

Special Thanks To: Maxine Kontiff, Barbara Arbesman

 

 

 

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Once Upon a Time…05.02.2014

Posted on January 6th, 2015 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 Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org

 

2011078057Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  May 2, 2014

PastPerfect Accession #:  2011.078.057

Status:  Partially identified! Who else do you know from this Beth Shalom Congregation (Carroll County) Hebrew School Class, 2007? 

Front Row: 1. unidentified 2. Rachel Talbert 3. Leah Aronin 4.Teacher,  unidentified

Back Row: 1. unidentified 2. unidentified 3. unidentified 

Special Thanks To: Barbara Arbesman

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