MUSEUM MATTERS: OCTOBER 2013

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by

Explore the Civil War You Never Knew

Opening October 12-13!

Opening October 12-13!

It’s almost here.  The Feldman Gallery is bustling with exhibit installers, the packages of education props arrive daily, the docents are learning new scripts and the store is getting new bunting.  In just nine days, Passages through the Fire:  Jews and the Civil War opens at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  But as a JMM member you only have eight days to wait!  Our exclusive member’s preview starts at 7:30pm on Saturday night, October 12.  The evening features period music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band, along with tours of the exhibit and an “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Ken Burns tells us that “the Civil War was fought in 10,000 places.”  This fall we remind visitors to Baltimore (and residents alike) that one of those places where the battle of ideas took place 150 years ago was right here.  In the Jonestown neighborhood, in a deeply divided Jewish community, there was an epic struggle for hearts and minds.  Through the lens of our Jewish experience will be casting a new light on the debate over slavery and indeed, on the impact of the entire conflict.

The core exhibit comes to us from the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum.  These organizations gathered and curated an extraordinary collection of rarely seen Civil War artifacts, documents and images drawn from the Jewish community.  The exhibit also features interviews with leading scholars on the important trials for Jewish values, before, during and after the War.

JMM has augmented the exhibit with evidence of the Maryland story and new family activity stations.  We are also incorporating our largest Civil War artifact, the Lloyd Street Synagogue and we will be offering special daily tours of that building that focus on life in the Baltimore Jewish community in the 1860s and the way in which the War changed the future of Jewish life here.

The exhibit, which will be on view through February 28, 2014, will also be a jumping off point for a great program schedule.  In addition to Jonathan Karp (opening day, Oct. 13) and Barry Steelman (in conjunction with Free Fall Baltimore, Oct. 20), each of the subsequent months will feature a program subtheme.  In November we’ll have programs on the role of women; in December on the impact of the chaplaincy controversy and Jewish-Christian relations in the War; in January our focus will be on immigration and the Civil War; and in February we celebrate the Jewish relationship with Abraham Lincoln (and honest Abe, himself, will be joining us).  Even our December 25th Mitzvah Day activity – honoring veterans – draws its inspiration from the exhibit.

This is a great exhibit to share with neighbors or co-workers who may have a passion for American history but are unfamiliar with Jewish participation in that history.  If your level of membership entitles you to free passes to the exhibit, it’s time to pull those passes out of the junk drawer and invite your friends to join you for a visit.  You both can explore the Civil War you never knew.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

 

Coming Soon!

Opening Soon!

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Exclusive Members Only Preview  – FREE for all current JMM members

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm

Members are treated to an exclusive first look at our brand new exhibit. Featuring live performances of Civil War music by 2nd South Carolina String Band, special Curator Tours of the exhibit and debuting our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

The Carolina String Band

The 2nd South Carolina String Band

Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Public Opening – Free with Museum Admission / Members are Free

Sunday, October 13, 10:00am-5:00pm

Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp , 1:00pm

Join us as for the grand opening of Passages Through the Fire. Special appearances by Civil War reenactors.  Featured guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish Historical Society offers his insights into the topic with “The War that Helped Make Jews Americans”. “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue offered at 11am and 3pm.

 

Standing By Their Flags

Speaker Barry Steelman

Sunday, October 20, 1:00pm

This is a FREE FALL BALTIMORE event – Admission is FREE.

THEIR FLAGNo war in American history has divided the Jewish people as did the Civil War. There were civilian and military Jewish leaders on both sides of this conflict. In some cases, families were split with brothers and fathers fighting against one another. In his talk, Barry Steelman will explore the response of the Jewish communities of America, both North and South, including those that fought to protect THEIR FLAG as well as the individuals and groups that made other significant contributions to their side of this bloody four year period in our history. Learn how Jews fought proudly and with dignity and valor to protect their personal ideals throughout this major struggle.

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Let’s Talk About It

This is a Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War partner program! Making Sense of the American Civil War, a reading and discussion series, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Additional support has been provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.

This is a Free Fall Baltimore event! Admission to the Museum and this program are free. Remember, members are free everyday – become a member today!

Late Night on Lloyd Street: The Story of Alan Schafer: Complicating the Jewish Southerner

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Author Nicole King, Ph.D. Department of American Studies, UMBC

Wednesday, October 23, 6:00pm

FREE

At this month’s Late Night on Lloyd Street learn about Alan Schafer.  This Baltimore born Jew led a fascinating life and left the popular attraction South of the Border, with its record breaking sombrero, as part of his legacy. As with all Late Nights there will be plenty of beer, wine, snacks and conversation.

Nicole King author of Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolinas Tourism Industry will be on hand to tell us about Alan Schafer and the significance of his legacy, including how he came to create both South of the Border and Confederateland.

Generously supported by the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage*

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Speaker Doris Hamburg

Sunday, October 27, 1:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

The JMM is pleased to host National Archives’ Director of Preservation Programs Doris Hamburg who will speak about NARA’s latest exhibition Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve and make these materials available online.

*Please note if the government shutdown is still in effect at this time the program will be canceled.

It All Started with a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street with author M. Hirsh Goldberg

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Sunday, October 27, 4:00pm

Program FREE with Museum admission

Join us at to hear from M. Hirsh Goldberg, award-winning author of five nationally published books.  His latest book It All Started with a Deli, tells a remarkable story of business and family success. The Attmans name is synonymous with Jewish Baltimore, their deli one of the last remaining on Corned Beef Row, just across the street from the JMM.

It All Started With a Deli charts the history of the Attman family from when the first deli was opened in 1915 by Harry Attman. It shows how the values of hard work, ethical conduct, religious principles and concern for others, instilled by Harry Attman and his wife Ida, into their three sons and future generations have created an astonishingly close, vibrant family whose members have founded major businesses while always giving back to the community.

 ”Few families have contributed so much to our City and State… The Attman story is one worth telling and sharing.” -Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland. 

Following the talk, M. Hirsh Goldberg will sign copies of his book which will be available for purchase in the JMM gift shop.

 

More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation.

FAMILY BBQ with B’NAI ISRAEL

Sunday, October 20th, 11am-1:30pm

Riverside Park Pavilion (1800 Covington St.)

Suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family

Join B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue for a fun and relaxed family BBQ at the Riverside Park Pavilion. Kosher food for you, moon bounce and more for the kids! Rain or shine! Please RSVP here by Tuesday Oct. 15.

This program is generously supported by The Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Fund of The Associated.

 

B-more Shabbat with Dr. Dan Gincel

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

Friday, Oct 18, 6:30pm

Cost: $8

What is Shabbat without friends and community? Come help us welcome Shabbat, students back to Baltimore, the new Repair the World Community Fellows to Baltimore, and all of our new residents to the awesome community that is BIYA and city that is Baltimore with special guest speaker Dr. Dan Gincel. More info here on Facebook.

This program is funded in part by a grant from The Louise D. & Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education through its Jewish Education Enhancement Project.

 

COOKING CLUB

Thursday, Oct 24 6:30PM-9:00PM

B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue (27 Lloyd Street Baltimore MD)

FREE to attend

Come join BIYA as we explore the new Joy of Kosher Cookbook on Thursday, Oct 24 and try a few of the recipes to prepare for Shabbat. Space is limited to 10! RSVP to Sara at biyabaltimore@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

 

BIYA BOOT CAMP

Every Sunday in October, 10:45-11:30am

The Pagoda in Patterson Park

Cost: $5/class, pay in advance here.

Be sure to fill out this online assessment form before your first class!

 

For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on facebook. 

Exhibits

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks! Our newest exhibition, Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War opens Sunday, October 13 and is on display through February, 28, 2014.

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 travels next to the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom JCC (3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117) where it will be on display October 21 – November 15. This exhibition explores the suburban exodus of the Baltimore Jewish community and has been created through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums & Society through a generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hours and Tour Times

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. We are delighted to announce the debut of a new themed “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that focuses on Baltimore’s Jewish community during the Civil War. Beginning on October 14, this tour will be offered Sunday-Thursday at 3:00pm (in place of the regular tour).

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

Membership

Revamped and revitalized, membership at the JMM is now better than ever – with new categories, benefits, and discounts to enrich every visit to the Museum for you and your friends and families.

All members receive our monthly e-newsletter, along with a 10% discount at the Museum store, free general admission to the Museum, free admission to all regular programs, attendance at exclusive member opening events and discounted weekday parking at the City-owned garage at 1001 E. Fayette Street. Your membership provides much needed funding for the many programs that we offer and we hope we can count on you for your continued support. Memberships can be purchase online! http://jewishmuseummd.org/get-involved/museum-membership/ For more information about our membership program, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 or sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org.

Gift Shop

Civil War Memorabilia has taken over the JMM Museum Shop!  In preparation for the opening of Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War, we have books, games, and historical items for visitors of all ages.

Coming November 3, 2013!  Mark your calendars for our Special Chanukah Sale!

All members of the JMM receive a 10% discount in the Museum Shop. 

Proceeds from the sale of merchandise in our shop support the mission of the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

 

Esther P. Weiner

Museum Shop Manager

410-732-6400, ext. 211 / eweiner@jewishmuseummd.org

 

 

 

 

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Museum Matters – September 2013

Posted on September 13th, 2013 by

Good News for a New Year

We are thrilled to announce that the JMM just received notification that we are the recipient of a prestigious grant award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) of $150,000 in support of our upcoming exhibition Jews, Health, and Healing scheduled to open in Spring 2015. The JMM was among a select group of institutions (only 30% of applicants received awards). This is, indeed, a wonderful start to the New Year.

Opening October 12-13!

Opening October 12-13!

In other news, our staff is hard at work on our next exhibition, Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War which is scheduled to open to the public on October 13. This exhibition comes to us from Yeshiva University Museum and includes additional materials that tell the riveting stories of Jewish Marylanders’ experiences during the war. We hope you will join us at our members’ preview on Saturday evening October 12 that features a curator-led tour of the exhibit as well as the launch of a brand new tour of the Lloyd Street Synagogue that takes visitors back in time to the 1860s. The public opening takes place the next day on Sunday, October 13 (see below for more details).

All of us at the JMM wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and sweet new year! We look forward to seeing you at the JMM in the months ahead.

 

Upcoming Programs

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202). For more information and to RSVP for specific programs, contact Trillion Attwood: (410) 732-6400 x215 / tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org. For more information on JMM events please visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.

With Bessie Bluefeld

With Bessie Bluefeld

Living History Salon and Tea

Sunday, September 22, 4:00pm

Free event for Premium members at the Living History Level and Above

 

Join us for this special premium member’s event featuring a performance by Terry Nicholetti who portrays the most recent addition to our roster of living history characters that are part of our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk.  Meet Bessie Bluefeld, an immigrant from Russia who arrived in Baltimore with so little, and with the assistance of her husband, Charles, and children established Bluefeld Catering, a beloved Baltimore institution. Following the performance, there will be a question and answer session with Terry and refreshments, including apple strudel, Bessie’s signature dish.

Our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk program is made possible through the generous support of the Leo V. Berger Fund.

For more information about our Leo V. Berger Immigrant’s Trunk program or to schedule a performance, please contact Abby Krolik at (410) 732-6400 x235 / akrolik@jewishmuseummd.org.

For more information about our premium membership levels, please contact Sue Foard at (410) 732-6400 x220 / sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org

Late Night on Lloyd Street

Late Night on Lloyd Street

Late Night on Lloyd Street- Sukkot at the JMM

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 -9:00pm

Free Admission

Co-sponsored by BIYA at B’nai Israel

 

Celebrate the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot at the JMM. Participate in a sukkah designing competition, get some ideas for what to make from your leftover etrog, and, of course, enjoy drinks and snacks inside B’nai Israel’s sukkah. We will also take the time to help those who are less fortunate and who have to sleep under the stars by making sandwiches for a local mission.

Late Night on Lloyd Street is made possible through the generous support of the Grandchildren of Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund.

 

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Saturday, October 12, 7:30 – 10:00pm

Exclusive Members Only Preview  – FREE for all current JMM members

 

Be the first to see the JMM’s newest exhibition at this event featuring live performances of Civil War music, a special Curator Tours of the exhibit and the premier of our new “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.

 

Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War

Sunday, October 13, 10am-5pm

Free with Museum Admission / Members are Free

Special Guest Speaker Jonathan Karp at 1:00pm

 

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new exhibit which includes appearances by Civil War re-enactors.  Guest speaker Jonathan Karp of the American Jewish Historical Society, one of the creators of the exhibit, will share his expertise on Jewish involvement in the Civil War. An “1861 Tour” of the Lloyd Street Synagogue will be offered at 11am and 3pm.

More Programs

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org or biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on facebook. www.facebook.com/groups/biyabaltimore

 

Exhibits

Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Exhibits currently on display at the JMM include Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore and The Synagogue Speaks!

Jews on the Move: Baltimore and the Suburban Exodus, 1945-1968 travels next to the Reisterstown Road Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (6310 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215) where it will be on display September 16 – October 21. This exhibition explores the suburban exodus of the Baltimore Jewish community and has been created through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums & Society through a generous grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hours and Tour Times

Tours

The JMM Campus

The JMM is open Sunday-Thursday, 10am – 5pm. We offer tours of our historic synagogues each day at 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

Please note that the JMM will be closed the following dates:

Thursday, September 19 and Friday, September 20 (administrative offices) (Sukkot)

Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27 (administrative offices) (Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret)

Get Involved

The JMM is looking for volunteers to help staff our front desk, work in the gift shop, and lead tours as docents. No prior knowledge or training is required. All that is needed is an interest in learning about the JMM, our historic sites, exhibits, and programs and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. All volunteers are provided with thorough training. If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ilene Cohen at 410.732.6400 x217 or icohen@jewishmuseummd.org.

Gift Shop

L’Shana Tovah from the Museum Shop! Our best wishes to everyone!

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Chanukah is just around the corner this year…we will have a fabulous pre-Chanukah sale, starting November 1, 2013!  Make your plans now to visit the Museum Shop at the JMM and take advantage of our Big Sale!

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JMM Insights: June 2013

Posted on June 21st, 2013 by

This month we asked Senior Collections Manager and official Intern Wrangler Jobi Zink to give you an inside look at our internship program.

~Marvin

 Internship Insights

Now in its 8th year, the JMM Internship program is gaining a reputation for training the next generation of museum professionals. Since 2006, we’ve offered 113 internships in collections, exhibitions, education & programs, and development.

IMG_2572Our 10-week summer internship program attracts undergraduate and graduate students from across the country—Washington (State), Tennessee, Minnesota, and California are represented this summer, as well as Maryland—while our fall, spring and winter internships tend to draw from the local colleges and universities. Many students use the internship to confirm their passion for the museum field before pursuing a Master’s degree, while others use it as a springboard for teaching careers.

The JMM internship program includes a series of professional-development workshops and training. Object handling and digital photography are taught during orientation, while proposal writing, public speaking and resumes, cover letters & interview skills are scheduled later, after the interns have had a chance to become comfortable in their day-to-day activities in the museum.

IMG_2277Another distinguishing component of our internship program is the field trips to other museums and cultural organizations in the area. By exposing the interns to the vast variety of museums—historic houses, super-small theme-specific, enormous, art, history, or science museums—they see that working in a museum is wonderful, but no two museums are the same, and no museum is free of problems. The field trips often introduce departments that the JMM does not have like conservation or fabrication. Afterwards, staff and interns talk about what they learned, and describe their experiences in blog posts.

The JMM is grateful to Saralyn and Sheldon Glass and Saul L. Ewing, LLC for sponsoring the 2013 Saralyn and Sheldon Glass Education and Program interns and the Robert L. Weinberg Collections and Exhibitions interns. If you’d like to sponsor JMM interns, please contact Development Manager Rachel Kassman at rkassman@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6402 x225.

Now, let us introduce this year’s summer intern class – you can also follow along with our intern exploits at our blog, using the “interns” tag!

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Katharine Harper:

Katharine HarperI am currently a senior at UMBC where I am majoring in Art History and minoring in Psychology. I am really interested in museums/galleries and currently am planning on applying to Law School. As far as careers go, I would love to work in the legal side of the arts world.

Though I have only been an intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for about two and half weeks now, as my first internship, it has been an extremely enlightening experience. I have learned a lot about the operations that go behind the scenes of a museum, such as with the maintenance of the museum’s collections. So far, I have learned how to use the PastPerfect database, and I’ve learned about cataloguing and accessioning, and I’ve also learned how to perform condition reports and house objects. I think that this internship will greatly increase my knowledge of museums and will therefore aid my potential future career choice.IMG_2118

Yonah Reback:

Yonah RebackHi! My name is Yonah Reback and I am a rising Junior at Johns Hopkins University where I am pursuing my B.A./M.A. in History, with an eye toward law school down the line. I have come all the way from my hometown of Seattle, WA, to spend my summer interning at the Jewish Museum of Maryland!

My internship at the JMM  focuses on researching an exciting new exhibition, slated to open in August 2014. Though not officially named, the exhibition will spotlight the life of Mendes I. Cohen, one of Baltimore’s most fascinating Jewish characters. Part ‘Forrest Gump,’ part ‘Indiana Jones,’ Mendes Cohen defended Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, helped run his family’s successful banking business, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. Most significantly, Mendes was the first American-Jew to experience the land of Israel in the 1830s. I look forward to bringing this wonderful project to life during my time at the JMM this summer and invite you to visit when our exhibition opens!IMG_2605

Erin Pruhs:

Erin PruhsI’m from a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  In the fall, I will be starting my second year of the masters program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. I am in the Masters of Science Anthropology degree program focusing on Midwest late prehistoric archaeology, specifically dealing with ceramic analysis.  I am also in the Certificate in Museum Studies program that is held at the Milwaukee Public Museum and instructed by museum staff. My career goals right after college would be to work as an archaeologist for a few years in the field and then working in collections at a natural history museum.

I am working on the archaeological collection from the Lloyd Street Synagogue excavation.  I have been going through the various bags of artifacts and photographing the objects and attaching the images to the records in Past Perfect.

IMG_2287Elaine Hall:

Elaine HallI was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland but lived in Catonsville for four years while attending the University of Maryland Baltimore County. At UMBC I completed a BS in Biological Science and a BA in Cultural Anthropology. This fall I will begin my Master of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. I have a lot of interests in Public Health ranging from education to policy and from health access problems to sexual health- and I’m not quite sure what direction I will be taking yet.

I was drawn to the Jewish Museum of Maryland this summer because of the Jewish Health and Healing project. It has been, and I’m sure will continue to be, a good combination of my history in biology and anthropology and my future in public health. We are in the beginning stages of research and planning for this exhibit. It has been really fun to get to put to use the knowledge I have gained in school and to get a look into how much really goes into the planning of an exhibit.

IMG_2288Todd Nesson:

Todd Nesson

My name is Todd Nesson and I was born and raised in Owings Mills, MD. I am currently pursuing my MA in History at UMBC where my thesis work is focusing on Jewish organized crime in America.

As an intern at the JMM, I have been conducting research for the upcoming exhibit Passages through Fire: Jews and the Civil War, which is coming from the Yeshiva University Museum in October. The focus of my work has been on adding a Maryland twist to the story and demonstrating the war’s impact on Baltimore and Maryland Jewry along with their varied responses to the war and its attendant issues.

 

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Trillion Bremen

I am English and recently moved here, having married my American husband. I went to school back in England where I studied at the University of Liverpool getting a BA and MA in Egyptology and an MA in Museum studies at University of Leicester. I am looking to develop a career in museums, not necessarily with a focus on Egyptology, possibly in education or collections.

Within the museum sector one area that I am really interested in is the way in which museums can cater for older people. I had my first American experience in this area last week, when we visited the JCC for a session on gefilte fish. It was an excellent session, led by Ilene Dackman-Alon, almost every person present was able to contribute in some way with a story about gefilte fish. It seemed like everyone enjoyed the day, I know I had a fantastic time and learnt loads.

IMG_2226Marissa Walker

Marissa WalkerHi there! I’m Marissa Walker, an education and programs intern. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but moved to the greater Baltimore area to attend Goucher College. At Goucher, I was a dance performance and English writing double major. After graduating, I moved back to Cincinnati for a year and a half, where I attended the University of Cincinnati for a year in order to obtain an Adult ESL graduate level teaching certificate. I have always been interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the area of museums, and felt this internship would be an excellent way for me to narrow down which area sparks my interest. In addition to furthering my education, I am also ambitious in the performance world, hoping to continue my career as an aerial circus performer and dancer on a professional level.

It’s hard for me to choose one thing I have learned so far during my time at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, as I already feel I have gained so much knowledge across the board. Working on revamping and creating supplemental educational materials for the current and upcoming exhibits has been very educational for me as a developer. I have also loved beginning to work with all the social media we are using for outreach in an educational context. I find that aspect of museum programming and marketing to be fascinating.

IMG_2508Clare Robbins 

Clare RobbinsHi everyone! My name is Clare Robbins, and this summer I am interning with the Collections Department at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  I am from Murfreesoboro, Tennessee, and earned my bachelor’s in history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  I am currently working on my master’s in public history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  After I graduate, I would like to work in a museum world and pursue a career in collections management.

So far this summer, I processed some of the objects from the 2012-2013 donations.  This proved to not only been a great learning experience but also quite enjoyable.  I loved learning the story behind various objects like a rope that a nursing student at Sinai Hospital used to keep her keys on when working in the psychiatric wing in the 1950s.  I even liked finding a place for all the objects in collection storage rooms as it was a great way to explore the rest of the objects in JMM’s collections.

IMG_2258Kathleen Morrison

Kathleen MorrisonMy name is Kathleen Morrison. I was born in Washington DC, moved to Frederick, MD when I was three, and was raised there. Last year, my parents and I moved to Baltimore to take advantage of the richer cultural life in the city. This May, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Southern Maryland with a Bachelor of the Arts in History. I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but I love history and I know I want to have a career where I can work with it every day. Whether that means preservation, writing, or education, I don’t know. Hopefully my future holds a mix of all three.

So far, I’ve been cataloging papers donated last year. Many of them are very interesting and provide an insight to not only daily Jewish life in Maryland, but also daily life around the middle of the century. One of the most interesting papers I’ve come across is a sadly anti-Semitic, anti-African American housing deed, which stipulates that the sale to the new owners is only valid as long as they never rent,r sell, or house Jews or African-Americans on the property. How the original owner intended to enforce this is unknown, but it’s a reminder of how much things have changed for the better today.

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