Postcards for Paige: Spring 2018

Posted on May 18th, 2018 by

Welcome to the second edition of our quarterly feature, “Postcards for Paige”, giving us a chance to answer commonly asked questions about how to make the most out of your visit to the Jewish Museum of Maryland. (All the answers are real, the postcards are dubious… but these days, who knows?) Click here to read previous editions.


Postcard reads:

Hey Paige,

My husband and I have been members of the JMM for the past six years. One of my favorite benefits of being a member (other than the 10% discount at Esther’s Place) is having free admission to the regular programs. I attended the Book of Joseph event on April 26th and saw how popular it was – sold out in fact! A little digging on Facebook informed me that programs at the JMM have been selling out recently. Do I need to reserve seats for programs even if I am a member?

Seat-Seeking Susan

Hi Susan,

Thank you for being loyal members to the Museum. I am glad to hear that you have been enjoying our recent programs. It has been an exciting past few months at the Museum and we have been thrilled that numerous events have sold out. In April, we had 351 people attend 6 programs!

Since our programs have been showing such popularity, and seating is limited, I strongly suggest that you reserve a seat for any program that you are interested in attending to avoid disappointment.

You can do this online to our website by following these steps:

– First, head to our events calendar.

-You can find the event that you are interested in and click on it. This will take you to that event’s dedicated page.

-Select “JMM Member – Reserve Your Seats.” This will take you to the shopping cart.

-Sign in at the top, right corner of the screen.

-Enter the number of tickets you need and click “Add to Cart” on the bottom left of this screen. Remember, the type of membership you have will determine how many seats are discounted.

-It’s important to remember that your member discount will be applied on the next screen.

-You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your tickets. Don’t forget to bring your ticket to the front desk when you arrive.

If you need some help or you aren’t too fond of computer, please give me a call at 410-732-6400! I am happy to walk you through how to do it online or make your reservation over the phone.

With your tickets reserved, you can rest easy knowing that there is a seat for you.

~Paige


Postcard reads:

Hi Paige,

My three children are all budding magicians and are always surprising me with new tricks. It’s my turn to impress them and I need something that is going to be memorable for years to come. I saw that the JMM has a new exhibit opening on Sunday, June 24th about Harry Houdini. Can you help me to inspire and amaze my magicians-in-training? 

Illusion-less Mom

Dear IM,

On Sunday, June 24th the JMM is opening our newest exhibit, Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, in a way that is sure to be memorable. Bring your budding magicians to see professional escape artist, Dai Andrews, who will recreate Houdini’s 1916 Baltimore escape from a strait jacket while suspended upside down from a 50-foot crane! Once you have amazed them, bring them inside the JMM for a first look at the exhibit that is guaranteed to be inspiration for magicians of all ages.

But that’s not all: Just like in baseball, the JMM has a double-header on Sunday, June 24th! Along with our special exhibit opening, you can celebrate Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood at the “The Magic of Jonestown” Festival. From 12:00pm to 4:00pm join together with our community’s cultural organizations and businesses to celebrate our shared heritage. This FREE event is perfect for families and friends of all ages.

Lloyd Street between Baltimore and Lombard Street will be closed to traffic and instead will be host to entertainment, craft activities, and giveaways. Along with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, you will find the National Aquarium, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and many more. The event is free for all to attend, but don’t forget to register when you arrive for a chance to win some amazing door prizes!

Don’t miss out on the magic! I hope to see you there.

~Paige


Postcard reads:

Paige,

I’m a camp counsellor seeking creative, clever, and cool activities for my campers to do this summer. I want to amaze, astound, and awe the adolescents. Do you have any tricks you can pull out of your sleeve to help me?

Charismatic Counsellor

Hey Charismatic!

I have two words for you: Harry Houdini. Well I actually have eight words for you: Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini. There is no better way to wow your campers than by bringing them to our special exhibit opening on June 24th. They can be delighted by the magic and hands-on illusions the exhibit holds, while also learning about the man behind the performer.

Alternatively, let us bring the magic to your camp with Houdini’s Trunk, our newest living history performance. Your campers will be fascinated by this storytelling performance about Harry Houdini that uses magic to enhance the story.

Don’t let the fun be just for your campers, both the exhibit and performance are great for adult groups as well! Learn more here: http://jewishmuseummd.org/single/inescapable-the-life-and-legacy-of-harry-houdini/

Call 443-873-5167 to book your group or schedule Houdini’s Trunk.

~Paige


Postcard reads:

Salutations Paige, 

I volunteered to plan my book club’s summer reading list. June is just around the corner and I have the planning equivalent to writer’s block. Can you help me to impress my club with my selections?

Books & Babka Bibliophile

 

Hello Fellow Bibliophile,

I have just the remedy that is certain to win you brownie points with your group. Our upcoming programs for June and July are filled with a selection of talented authors speaking about their books. Take your book club to the next level and bring them to hear one (or all) of these talks. The JMM is even offering a discount to book clubs for these programs – no matter how big or small your group is! Call 443-873-5167 and reserve tickets for your group in advance to receive the discount.

Learn more about the programs, authors and books here:

Thursday, June 28th at 7:00pm – American Ambassador Alfred Moses will speak about Bucharest Diary: Romania’s Journey from Darkness to Light

-Sunday, July 1st at 1:00pm – David Jahr will speak about his first book The Witch of Lime Street. Followed by a book signing.

-Sunday, July 15th at 1:00pm – Author David Saltman will share discoveries he made while researching for his book Houdini Unbound: Espionage in Russia. There will be a book signing to follow.

-Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm – Victoria Kelly will talk about her research into Bess Houdini for her novel Mrs. Houdini

I look forward to hearing your reviews and recommendations at the front desk!

~Paige

Have a question for Paige? Send her a (digital) postcard at pwoodhouse@jewishmuseummd.org!

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Take a Bow!

Posted on April 13th, 2018 by

This month’s edition of Performance Counts is brought to you through the joint efforts of our Visitor Services Coordinator Paige Woodhouse and our Interim Program Manager Lindsey Davis.

~Marvin

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has sounded a bit different over the past couple of months.

Usually one of the quieter Lloyd Street neighbors, our lobby echoed with the sounds of Punk Rock, Sephardic Ladino fusion, and Hollywood legends. From February 11-March 25th, 10 full days and 16 different programs brought 393 visitors in to the Museum specifically to attend JMM Live! Our JMM Live! series included three films, nine musical events, two author talks, and three theater performances. The turnout was outstanding – and nearly 20% of event attendees were new visitors to the Museum.

Our guests came from all over – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri. And if we’re going to mention distance, we must also mention our Q&A Skype with South Korea!

JMM Live! also saw quite a bit of “repeat business.” Miriam Winder Kelly was our #1 audience member, attending seven separate programs!

But she had some competition, with 3 “runners up” each attending five different programs, and 2 more folks attending four programs each!

The JMM Live! series was, above all else, full of surprises and new experiences.

Never before have we played Yiddish punk rock videos on our projector, or had first-hand accounts told from the stage about Jazz clubs and the Jewish Mafia. We welcomed the tales of Gershwin and Hammerstein, listened to one-woman plays, and heard true stories from our living history characters. We even held a few dance parties in our library as our little ones not only listened but danced to – and made – their own music.

Our performers were gracious, talented, and warmed by the reception they received from our audience members.

From all of us at the JMM, we’re grateful for your willingness to participate differently, help us express ourselves creatively, and your ability to be challenged intellectually through new stories and new methods of storytelling. As the curtain closes on JMM Live!, we hope each of you takes a bow – we couldn’t have done it without you.

~Lindsey & Paige

(And in case you were wondering, our screening of Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story wins the prize for most popular program – we sold out not once, but TWICE, sharing the experience with 160 people between the two showings!)

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National History Day: Judging at the Baltimore City District Competition

Posted on March 8th, 2018 by

This post was written by JMM Visitor Services Coordinator Paige Woodhouse. To read more posts from Paige, click here!

373 history-loving students from 26 schools across Baltimore City worked steadily since September to research, revise, and design their projects for this year’s National History Day Competition. The National History Day Competition encourages students to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice and present it their research in one of five ways: a paper, an exhibit, a website, a performance or a documentary.

After months of hard work, students selected from their schools presented their projects for the theme “Conflict & Compromise in History” at the Baltimore City District Competition this past Saturday. I was happy to volunteer my time to be a judge for the day. I had the pleasure of judging middle school exhibits.

Volunteer judges receive our instructions, and coffee, before going to see the student’s projects. About 100 volunteers, over the past few months, donated their time to be judges for National History Day.

This year’s theme had students addressing conflict and compromise. There were numerous ways this theme could be interpreted. The lack of compromise could lead to a conflict. A conflict could be resolved by a compromise. A compromise could prevent a conflict from occurring. There could be all conflict and no compromise.

Student exhibits on display in Patterson High School’s cafeteria at Baltimore City’s National History Day Competition on March 3rd.

Student’s topics reflected how diverse this theme was. They moved beyond dates and names, and expressed opinions, interpreted, and analyzed events. They spoke about their inspirations for choice their topic and both the short-term and long-term impacts these topics had on communities. Some of the topics that I got to see included: Nutmeg for the Big Apple: How 17th Century Conflict and Compromise Shaped Modern New York City, Blackface: Is it Conflict?,  Galileo and Catholicism, Baltimore Riots, Women Changing the Newsroom, and We’re Not Tomboys, We’re Athletes.

Students used both primary and secondary sources to research their topics. Their displays contained quotes, photographs, maps, and graphics to interpret the theme.

At the Jewish Museum, we are also addressing this theme of conflict and compromise in our upcoming special exhibit Amending America: The Bill of Rights, on loan to us from the National Archives and Records Administration. This exhibit explores the origins of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, and how Americans have amended, or attempted to amend, the Constitution throughout history. Seeking to amend the Constitution on topics such as expanding individual rights, voting rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ human and civil rights, are all issues that are directly connected to seeking compromise from a conflict.

Judging the students exhibits proved to be conflicting as they were all incredibly well done and very thoughtful. While it was difficult, winners for each category were selected. After the awards ceremony, I was left with an incredibly inspired by the passion for history that all of the students showed. Good luck to all of the students who are off to Maryland History Day on April 28th!

While the next National History Day Competition may be months away, please remember that the Jewish Museum of Maryland is an excellent resource for research on Jewish history and heritage. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out Amending America: The Bill of Rights on display from April 8th to May 28th.

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