Once Upon a Time…03.14.2014

Posted on November 18th, 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 Joanna Church at 410.732.6400 x236 or email jchurch@jewishmuseummd.org


1995189636Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times:  March 14, 2014


PastPerfect Accession #:  1995.189.636


Status: Partially Identified!  Associated Super Phone Day Steering Committee. Front (L-R): 1. Paula M. Singer 2. Jay Lenro 3. Esta Alliker 4. Joel Wohl Back (L-R): 1. unidentified 2. unidentified  3. Susan Grilli  4. Geoff Kroll 5. Besty Narrow  6. unidentified 7. Lee Mintz (?) 8. Toni Greenberg 9.  Steven Summer 10. unidentified


Special Thanks To: Fritizi Hallock, Michelle Gordon, Betsy Narrow


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Artifact Conservation: Preserving Unique Treasures

Posted on June 11th, 2014 by

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More than a dozen real artifacts will be included in The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen exhibit, ranging from small wax seals to the lap desk used by Mendes Cohen in his travels.  Many are in great condition but a few need special care before display – and we need your help!

There are two very special items in our collection that need to be conserved. Please consider making a donation online (make sure to note Mendes Conservation in the notes field!) or by downloading this form and sending it back to the Museum. You can also call Sue Foard at 410-732-6400 x220 to make a gift over the phone!


Mendes’ Zouave-style jacket, circa 1830

Mendes’ Zouave-style jacket, circa 1830

We suspect that this vibrant red wool jacket may be the very one pictured in the portrait of Mendes with turban above.  The jacket, which has retained much of its vivid color, requires special fabric conservation to deal with small tears and insect damage from its nearly 175 year history.



Hand-made Flag by Mendes Cohen, circa 1830

Mendes Cohen placed this woolen and cotton flag with paper appliqués on the boat he took down the Nile during his journey to Egypt.  Earlier attempts at mending the flag need to be undone to allow contemporary conservation methods including the hand stitching of individual threads.

Please help us save these treasures! Our goal is $5,000 to conserve both of these unique and exciting artifacts. Gifts of $500 and above will be recognized not only in our annual report but in the exhibit next to the artifact of your choice – so if you choose to donate online, be sure to put “Mendes Jacket” or “Mendes Flag” in the notes field!

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