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Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

The following are ethnically-oriented sites in Baltimore County.

Towson University,
8000 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21252
410-704-2807 Room 2037
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 4pm
Saturday 1 – 4 pm

The 30 year old center houses exhibitions and presentations related to traditional and contemporary Asian arts. Learn about Maryland Asian and Asian-American artists; among the Maryland Asian American women featured at the center are: Pearl Pan, a Chinese musician, Nilimma Devi, a dancer from India, Kyoto Okamato, a Japanese musician, Shizumi Man Ale, a Japanese theater performer, Komelia Okim, a sculptor and jewelry designer of Korean descent, and pianist/composer Lily Chang.

The collection has over 1,000 pieces of Asian Art, in many genres, from China, Korea, Japan, India, Tibet, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

300 Oella Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319

This 1737 home site, which is now part of Baltimore County’s Parks District, reminds visitors of the strength of conviction of so many of the women who lived in 18th century America.

Famed Black-American Benjamin Banneker’s grandmother, Molly Welsh, was English and had been accused of stealing milk and condemned to death. Amazing, eh? But, unfortunately, all too common.

Her sentence was reduced to being sent to the British Colony in North America, probably as an indentured servant, or worse, But, she finally became the owner of a farm and married one of her slaves.

Their daughter, Mary, regarded undoubtedly as a mulatto, but also a free woman, did as her mother had — she married a freed slave named Robert. Because the status of a child was only predicated on the status of the mother, Benjamin was technically free. He was born in 1731 and lived until 1806.

Unusually for the time, this black man learned to read and write because his English grandmother, Molly, taught him how, and he received some education at a Quaker school.

But like so many rural children, Benjamin’s formal instruction at that time had to take back seat to working on his grandmother’s farm. Throughout her life, Molly strongly influenced Benjamin Banneker’s growth and achievements. Banneker is regarded as the first African American scientist.

The 138 acre park offers places to roam as well as the Museum. There are Historical, Jazz and Nature events often.

4806 Mount Hope Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21215

Henry Lee Moon Library and Civil Rights Archives
NAACP Headquarters Annex, 6000 Metro Drive, Baltimore 21215

The NAACP headquarters and the nearby annex contain exhibits, archival material and a library documenting the civil rights movement in the United States.

Information is presented about civil rights leaders includes:
___ Lillie Carroll Jackson, who served nearly 35 years as president of the Baltimore NAACP – the largest branch in the nation.

Jackson fought segregation in Maryland and was instrumental in passingsome of the most important civil rights legislation impacting all African Americans.

___ Mary White Ovington, Enolia McMillan and Juanita Jackson Mitchell.

The NAACP decided to keep its headquarters in Baltimore in 2010.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Baltimore has a long and illustrious medical history with world-class options for treatment. In fact, that may already be the reason you are visiting the city. But, in case you are dealing with something, you might consider getting a second opinion here, while traveling.

720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Just with the stroke of her pen, in 1892 Baltimore heiress Mary Elizabeth Garrett forever changed medical training and practice in the United States. She gave a gift of $354,000 to start a new medical school at Johns Hopkins University, but before she endowed it, she insisted on four unprecedented conditions:

(1) that women were to be admitted “on the same terms as men”
(2) that medical students must have an undergraduate degree;
(3) that students have a broad background in science
(4) that students be fluent in French and German, the scientific languages then.

These wide-reaching requirements made Hopkins the first coeducational, graduate-level medical school in the United States.

Mary Elizabeth Garrett was a leader of the National Women’s Medical School Fund which included many well-known American women. Together, they worked to increase awareness about the need to train women doctors and they raised money to open a new medical school at Johns Hopkins University.

Incredibly, in America at the time, it was not acceptable for women to be educated with men.

Getting the medical school agreement, the Hopkins victory, was “the crowning achievement of feminism in the nineteenth century.”

The women graduates of the Hopkins Medical School went on to become some of the most well-known physicians and scientists of the 20th century and they helped to open careers for later generations of women in many other male-dominated professions.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School

Johns Hopkins University – directions.

Planned Parenthood,
610 North Howard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Bessie Moses, the first female obstetrical intern at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, opened the first contraceptive clinic in Maryland in 1927. She was a close friend of nationally known reformer Margaret Sanger.

Moses and Sanger shared the 1950 Lasker Award of Planned Parenthood. They were the first two women ever to be honored.

Moses inspired her young female students when saying “You must have as full a life as possible outside medicine so as to impress yourself upon them as a woman like themselves and not as a gowned medic.” Her picture and a brief life story can be seen in the lobby of the building.

655 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Surprisingly, the University of Maryland School of Nursing Museum is one of the only museums of its type in the U.S.

Here, you can learn the fascinating story of health care’s unsung heroes where it is captured in hundreds of photographs, personal items and the written and spoken words of the nurses themselves.

Many of the docents are retired nurses who serve as volunteers. The school itself was established in 1889 by Louisa Parsons, a student of Florence Nightingale.

The first graduating class was in 1892, but the first African American woman to graduate from the school was not until 1953!

Also see Olive Cole Museum of Pharmacy, Baltimore.

Enjoy and learn!

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

This is the first day of Passover for 2011. Passover is an even more difficult time to travel for Orthodox Jews as even Kosher restaurants may not choose to disassemble everything to make it “Kosher L’ Pesach”. I am including some possible Baltimore and Washington DC choices at the end.

The timing varies every year, as it is a lunar calendar holy day.

For this article, it’s fitting to learn a bit about a famous Jewess from Baltimore, whose impact was felt world-wide.

15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
phone: 410-732-6400

The Jewish Museum of Maryland includes two historic synagogues, as well as exhibition galleries and a research library where the Museum archives are stored. Those archives contain primary source materials (photographs, letters, personal notebooks, diaries, and oral histories) relating to the lives of many important Jewish Maryland women.

Among those whose lives are explored is Henrietta Szold, a pioneering Zionist who founded the first adult language education classes to teach Eastern European immigrants English. It was called the Russian Night School in Baltimore. Henrietta also founded the globally recognized women’s Zionist organization, Hadassah.

Also noted are Rose Zetzer, who was an ardent feminist and the first female admitted to the Maryland Bar Association.

People also learn about Lena Barber, a midwife whose detailed notes of all the births she assisted are instrumental tools in conducting Jewish genealogical family research.

Between Park Heights and Green Spring Avenue,
Baltimore, Maryland 21208

This residential street (in NE Baltimore) was dedicated in 1950, five years after the death of lifelong Zionist, Henrietta Szold.

In the 1890’s, when Russian persecution of Jews fiercely began, refugees came streaming into the city. Szold started Baltimore’s first night school to teach the new immigrants English.

Then, in 1912 Szold started Hadassah, a welfare organization to bring modern medical science to today’s Israel.

She eventually moved in to Israel he 1920’s to supervise Hadassah’s building of hospitals, medical schools and playgrounds — all of which were open to Jews and Arabs alike.

When Hitler came to power, Henrietta Szold, who was in her seventies, understood the danger and she was able to save more than 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi Germany!

What a great soul and heart!

For Kosher Jewish Food (may or may not be Kosher L’ Pesach):

Max’s Kosher and More
Eli’s Kosher restaurant – DC
Edmart, Max’s, Shalom Deli
Attman’s Deli, Baltimore

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Sunday, April 17th, 2011

This time I am sharing some Baltimore sites for those interested in Baltimore’s progressive historical stance on behalf of women and work, as well as its esteemed medical heritage.

333 North Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
phone: 410-685-4388

After the Civil War, for decades, when it was deemed not quite proper for middle class women to “go out to work,” women activists from some of Baltimore’s oldest families: Hopkins, Garret, Gilman, Tyson and Thomas, founded the Women’s Industrial Exchange (WIE) in 1880.

It’s purpose was to help needy women earn financial independence. Indeed, the WIE became well known for its beautiful, one-of-a-kind handmade merchandise produced by women who were in need of income.

Items sold at the WIE included Victorian needlework and edible favorites (like labor-intensive calves foot jelly and favorites like White Mountain cake). Their lunchroom has been a favorite Baltimore gathering spot for five generations.

The WIE was part of the Women’s Exchange movement which had nearly 100 similar enterprises around the country. Amazingly, the Baltimore WIE is still located in its nineteenth century building.

A century ago, the WIE managers also provided 25 boarding rooms (on the upper floors for young women who came to Baltimore to work in the factories).

The WIE today stands as a living monument to women’s labor and serves as an everyday reminder of the obstacles women overcame in supporting themselves and their families.


109 West Melrose Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21210
phone: 410-323-8800

It was Martha Carey Thomas and her cousin Elizabeth King Ellicott along with three other female founders, who opened the school in 1885 as a college preparatory establishment for girls, at a time when few women attended college.

The school was originally located on Cathedral Street. Both women were also also instrumental in opening the Medical School of Johns Hopkins University to women. Ms. Thomas found time for these projects even while teaching and running Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Maryland Pharmacists Association
650 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
phone: 410-727-0746

This museum is named in honor of Dr. Bessie Olive Cole who was one of the pioneering women pharmacists in Maryland. Born in 1887, she earned her degree in 1913, after becoming interested in Pharmacy while working as a stenographer at the Baltimore pharmaceutical company which became Merck.

Olive has been called the “First Lady of Pharmacy in Maryland.” She served as a professor at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland for 27 years.

Continuing as a pace-setter, Olive became the first female graduate from the University of Maryland School of Law.

In 1949 she became the first woman in the U.S. to hold a full professorship in pharmacy. Then she became Acting Dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

It is women such as Dr. Cole who blazed the way for women today to be able to shed the strictures society unfairly placed upon women. When you go to Baltimore, pay homage, and learn more about this remarkable person!


Johns Hopkins University – directions.

Started as a private university in 1878, and it has been home to many Nobel Laureates and academics and researchers who have made great accomplishments in many fields, but especially in Medicine. For art events at Johns Hopkins.

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Friday, April 15th, 2011

Continuing with more about the Arts, past and present, in Baltimore!

10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3898
phone: 410-396-7100
Wed to Fri from 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM,
Sat to Sun from 11:00 AM – 06:00 PM

The Cone collection in the Baltimore Museum of Art is one of the most outstanding in the world. This collection of early modern masterpieces was bequeathed in 1949 by Etta Cone and her sister, Dr. Claribel Cone, a distinguished pathologist.

Together, the sisters amassed, over 50 years, hundreds of works by such artists as Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh and Renoir (as well as textiles, drawings and prints, jewelry, and decorative arts).

Each sister was unique — Claribel was known for her dazzling intellect and eccentricity while Etta efficiently managed the household. Claribel esteemed Beauty, saying “Ever since I was a small girl and picked up all the shells I could find, reveling in their small color and their forms, I’ve been acquiring beautiful things . . . I took beauty where I found it.”

Enjoy the Sculpture Garden, too, as well as the Native American Art

847 N. Howard St,. Baltimore, Maryland 21201
phone: 410-225-3130

The Institute, named for a beloved American Jazz icon, is an arts education center and museum which showcases the works of renowned African Americans in the arts, including Maryland women such as Billie Holiday and Ethel Ennis.


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