Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Rachel
On Sunday, January 18, the JMM was privileged to host a very special group. Girls Scout Junior Troop #10038 attended an afternoon program dedicated to their pursuit of two badges: Public Speaking and Finding Common Ground.
Finding Common Ground Badge
The afternoon started with a tour of our exhibits for the girls and their families. The girls easily made connections between the day’s theme and the life and time of Mendes Cohen as they explored The A-mazing Mendes Cohen. They especially enjoyed the Make Your Voice Heard station where they recorded themselves speaking on behalf of important personal issues.
Making their voices heard!
Enjoying the A-mazing Mendes Cohen.
After the tour, we made our way to the library where the girls had the chance to explore a variety of books from the JMM library assembled for their enjoyment by JMM collections manager, Joanna Church. They donned white gloves and carefully turned the pages as they examined the books’ bindings and pages, an extension activity of a previous badge they had worked on, Booking Making.
Looking at books selected by Joanna.
They then assembled in our orientation space to begin work on the two badges.
They were delighted to meet three special guests who joined them for the program: Girls Scouts of Central Maryland, CEO, Violet Apple, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (whose daughter is a troop member) and Senator Ben Cardin (whose granddaughter is also in the troop, who coincidentally happens to be my daughter as well!) Who better to provide counsel on the topics of public speaking and finding common ground then these two distinguished public servants who have spent their entire careers in the public arena. They also raised the example of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who was able to affect change through the power of his voice and who was able to skillfully know how to find common ground while not compromising his goals for the Civil Rights Movement.
Senator Cardin sharing tips for public speaking as well as strategies for building consensus which he acknowledged is not always in easy in the US Senate!
Mayor Rawlings-Blake talks about the importance of making connection to your audience and not being afraid to stand up and speak out for what you believe.
Each troop member had the opportunity to practice delivering excerpts from a famous speech using the tips and pointers provided by Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Senator Cardin.
A troop member delivering an excerpt from a famous speech by Susan B. Anthony.
At the end of their practice, they received feedback and praise from the two guests who were impressed by the poise and eloquence of the scouts and their ability to find speeches that meant something to them personally.
The troop celebrated their success with a reception in the Rosen-Salganik Board Room complete with cake and beverages.
Visit http://gscm.org/about/ to learn more about Girls Scouts of Central Maryland.
A blog post by Assistant Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Rachel
Baltimore National Heritage Area War of 1812 Bicentennial Passport Kick-off!
Did you know the Jewish Museum of Maryland wants to stamp your passport? Your 1812 Bicentennial Passport that is! Come on by, see the exhibits and get a very special stamp created just for this fun (and educational) program happening all over the city. Check out the press release below for more details!
1812 Bicentennial Passport and Commemorative Coin Program
June 18, 2013 (Baltimore, Md.) —The Baltimore National Heritage Area officially launched its 1812 Bicentennial Passport and Commemorative Coin Program at the Maryland Historical Society with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and fifth-grade students from the Patterson Park Public Charter School.
The Passport and Coin Program invites visitors and residents to explore all of the 1812 sites, attractions, programs, and events as Baltimore and the state of Maryland commemorate the War of 1812 Bicentennial. Participation in the program is free.
“We are very pleased to offer this program in partnership with our heritage sites and attractions to students and the general public,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “It benefits everyone. It’s an exciting way for residents and visitors to explore our city’s history and it helps drive visitation to our city’s historic sites.”
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented fifth-grade students from Patterson Park Public Charter School with commemorative coins at the kick-off event. The students successfully completed a year-long course of study on the history surrounding the War of 1812, visiting sites and attractions during their journey. The Mayor also thanked the program’s funder, The Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation, by presenting Mr. Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. with an honorary commemorative coin.
To receive a commemorative coin, participants must acquire 10 unique stamps in their passport from participating sites and participating events. A full list of sites and programs can be found at www.facebook.com/1812passport. Of the 10 stamps, four are mandatory in order to receive a commemorative coin: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Maryland Historical Society, and the Inner Harbor Visitor Center. Participants can then choose from a list of other sites and programs in order to complete their passport. Instructions for receiving a commemorative coin can be found at www.facebook.com/1812passport and www.nps.gov/balt.
The mission of the Baltimore National Heritage Area is to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore’s historic and cultural legacy and natural resources for current and future generations. For more information regarding the 1812 Bicentennial Passport program, visit www.facebook.com/1812passport. Visit www.nps.gov/balt for more information about the Baltimore National Heritage Area.