JMM Interns take over Washington D.C.

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by

Last Thursday, the 23rd of June, all the interns, plus Rachel Kassman and Elena Rosemond-Hoerr, took a day field trip to Washington D.C! After an early morning start by car and train, we got to D.C. about 10 A.M. and did were released to do some exploring around the Mall. I went with interns Codi and Morgan to the National Museum of the American Indian as well as the National Gallery of Art sculpture garden.

Choctaw Indian Dance outside of the National Museum of the American Indian

Our first major stop and tour of the field trip was at the American Museum of American History. There, we learned the extensive process of making a museum more interactive while teaching the visitors about the exhibit. Overall an informative tour about a possible type of job in a museum.  I also got the chance to see the dress I had been waiting to see for a long time, the one worn by Michelle Obama at the Inauguration Ball of President Obama! No matter your politics it really is a beautiful dress.

The dress and accessories worn by Michelle Obama.

From there we did more exploring and I went with Codi and Morgan to the Rotunda to finally see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I’m glad I finally was able to see them!

Posing with one of the new Humvees at the Armory.

Our last stop of the day was to the Armory of the National Guard of D.C. We were given a tour by the new curator, Lt. Miranda Summers, of the in-progress National Guard Museum. I definitely feel much more privileged to be working in a well catalogued and organized museum after seeing the collections at the Armory. With the end of the tour we headed home after a full but very informative day. I am greatly appreciative to the internship coordinators for structuring and including field trips such as this one to expand our knowledge about Museum work. I’m excited to see where we go next!


A blog post by summer intern Mary Barthelme.


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The Jewish Museum of Maryland Visits the National Museum of American Jewish History!

Posted on February 28th, 2011 by

I was asked to set up a visit to the brand new National Museum of American Jewish History on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall this past Sunday for members of the JMM’s Board of Trustees. Sunday coincided with the opening day of the annual conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums, which the NMAJH hosted, so the trustees had an opportunity not only to see the new museum, but also to attend the opening plenary session of the conference. No problem, I said to myself, this will be a breeze to do . . . but I quickly found out that one detail led to another, led to another, and so on.

Boarding the bus to Philadelphia

Our Bus Trippers relaxed on the drive, enjoying bagels, juices, and chatting with one another. When we arrived in Philadelphia, we were all ready for our visit to the NMAJH.

The NMAJH building was imposing, sitting right on the mall at 5th and Market Streets. Our bus driver found the entrance and we were welcomed by a representative of the museum.  We had plenty of time to check out the highlights of the exhibitions in the museum; although there was no way that we could see everything on the four floors in the few hours we were there. Everyone gave it their best shot, knowing that we would have to make a return visit.  You know of course, that I made a bee line for their Museum Store and browsed and chatted with the Museum Store Manager to my heart’s content. It is quite a store and well worth visiting!

A view inside the bus - look at all those excited travelers!

Trustees also attended the Plenary session of CAJM which they found very interesting, Following that, they had time to check out more exhibitions, and do a bit of shopping.  Our bus returned promptly at 4:00 PM to take us back to Baltimore, arriving at 6:00 PM.  Again, nourishment was provided, crunchy apples, dark chocolates and chocolate chip cookies were on the menu. If nothing else, we ate well.

The gang's all here!

Everyone had a great time, it was an opportunity to meet and greet in a relaxed way. We all agreed that the NMAJH is an amazing museum and we encourage you to make the trip to Philadelphia to check it out!

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A Visit to the Mount Clare Museum House!

Posted on December 29th, 2010 by

Last week the Collections staff of the JMM decided to go visit former volunteer Debbie Farthing at her new (old) home at the Mount Clare Museum House! The house was all decked out in its Christmas season finery and we had a great time getting a full tour (we even got to peek into the back offices and storage areas) and catching up with Debbie.

Jennifer takes the stairs like royalty.

Jobi is tickled pink by the awesome greeting card Debbie picked out for her.

Some beautiful stairway decorations.

Debbie tells us about some of the objects on display.

Margaret Carroll's fabulous dress.

I thought this painted table was pretty neat.

Especially because it pictures Mount Clare itself on it!

Jobi demonstrates for us in front of the "pouting room." Don't you wish you had one of those?

Pretty chair, right? Guess what! It's hiding a chamber pot underneath!

Me, Debbie and Jenn under a kissing ball.

Where curators belong...locked in a closet.

But alas, eventually our tour ended and it was time to go. Debbie went back to work, Jobi and Jennifer headed back to their vacations and me? I went home sick. But at least I got to see Mount Clare dressed up for the holidays! We can’t thank Debbie enough for taking the time out of her day to show us around and really make Mount Clare House and the Carrolls come alive!

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