Guest Post: Duchin at Forest Park

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by

A blog post by Museum member and volunteer Marsha Nathanson.

I recently read Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore, a collection of stories written by master storyteller Gilbert Sandler and co-published by the JMM.

One story in particular resonated with me.

In “Before the War: The Class of 1941,” Sandler recalls the night in March 1940 when bandleader Eddy Duchin appeared at Forest Park High School’s Jolly Junior Jubilee.

Reading Sandler’s heart-warming story, I had a sense of deja vu.

My father, Harold Nathanson, was a graduate of Forest Park High School, class of June 1940. He was on the Jolly Junior Jubilee committee and witnessed Duchin’s concert.

A photographer from the News-Post captured Duchin playing piano, surrounded by a sea of students. The photo appeared in the newspaper the following day.

My father clipped the photo and pasted it in his boyhood scrapbook.

Over the next several decades, the scrapbook traveled a circuitous journey, as my dad moved from adolescent to young soldier to husband and father.

On the day that I read Gilbert Sandler’s story, the 72-year-old photo of Duchin was sitting on my bookshelf.

“Never throw anything away!” my father always lectured.

The article in question now resides here at the Museum. Thanks Marsha!

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Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore: Author Talk and Book Signing!

Posted on June 18th, 2012 by

Join Jewish Baltimore’s very own Gil Sandler as he presents his newest book, Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore.  Published by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the History Press,Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore, shares warm anecdotes, memories and pictures of bygone days in the streets and neighborhoods of Jewish Baltimore.  Hear from Gil how coddies and street cars, amusement parks and ‘ma and pa’ stores and so much more shaped a Jewish community.

Free with Museum admission! For more information, contact Rachel Cylus at or call 410-732-6400 ext.215

So come down and meet the author himself...

...and get your book signed!

Don’t have a copy yet? Stop by our gift shop and pick one up. We’ve also got copies of Gil’s other great books:

Jewish Baltimore: A Family Album and Home Front Baltimore.            


*Photos by Will Kirk.

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Howard & Lex: The Way We Roll

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by

Ladies, do you remember putting on your white gloves and taking the street car downtown to go shopping at Hutzler’s, Hochschild Kohn & Co, Stewarts or the May Company? 

Gentlemen, perhaps you’ve heard your mother or grandmother talk about how wonderful it was to use their charge card, enjoy lunch in the tea room, and then have all of their newly acquired purchases delivered to their home.

2000.148.2 Hutzler's Charge Card

Did you miss Enterprising Emporiums, the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s exhibition celebrating Baltimore’s Jewish owned department stores? –Or maybe wish that we’d put it back on display?

Did Deb Weiner’s blog post about saving Read’s Drug Store and the Superblock fire up your activist spirit and inspire you to stage your own sit-in—or join the Occupy Baltimore movement? 

Do you read Gil Sandler’s articles and wish you could experience those by-gone days for yourself

Did you know that Frank Sinatra has a very important connection to Baltimore?

Is Faidley’s crabs or Berger’s Bakery your favorite stall at Lexington Market?

Have you ever wanted to just jump up and join the Mayor’s Christmas Parade? Or the St. Patty’s Day Parade?Or the Columbus Day Parade?

You can experience all of this and so much more this Saturday & Sunday and next, March 24 & 25, March 30 and April 1!

Fluid Movement will be presenting their roller show Howard &Lex: The Way We Roll at 3 PM on March 24, 25, 30 & April 1 at 228 W. Lexington Street (the old Stewart’s building, now used by Catholic Relief Services). Tickets are $5 and available at The show runs about 1 hour and it will be followed by a free walking tour of the West Side presented by Baltimore Heritage Inc.





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