Do you have stories about Baltimore’s Confederate statues?

Mayor Catherine Pugh made the historic decision to have four Confederate statues removed from Baltimore’s public spaces last night. Many, such as Baltimore Heritage, have convened tours and discussions about the statues, and Noise Plaque contributed their response to the Parting of Lee and Jackson statue in Wyman Park to the #BhereBmore project last year. We’d like to hear your stories: how have you experienced the statues and their removal? What do you think people today and future generations need to know about this moment in Baltimore’s history and culture? Here is a handy timeline of Confederate monuments and memory in Baltimore compiled by Eli Pousson.

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The Peale on WYPR Humanities Connection

Today Peale Director Nancy Proctor talked about the Peale’s past, present and future on WYPR’s Humanities Connection. Hear the broadcast or read the full transcript below.

August 3, 2017

Phoebe Stein, Executive Director of Maryland Humanities: Did you know that the Peale is the oldest museum building in the United States? Nancy Proctor, director of the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, tells us a bit about the Peale’s past, present, and future in Baltimore.

Nancy Proctor: Baltimore is one of the oldest cities in the United States. But its reputation has been shaped by a small number of narratives that don’t adequately represent the full diversity of Baltimore’s voices. Baltimore needs new narratives in order to be understood and valued, globally and at home. And as the African proverb goes, “Every time an elder dies, a library burns to the ground.” We also need to save the old stories before they disappear forever.

The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture aims to help people see Baltimore in a new light by serving as a production house for narratives of the City, new and old. The new Center is based in the historic Peale Museum, a place with a fascinating story of its own. Rembrandt Peale first opened the doors of his Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts on August 15, 1814. Coming from a family of accomplished artists, explorers, and natural scientists, Peale demonstrated gas light in his Museum’s galleries, and then introduced the first street lamps powered by gas across the city. “Light City” was the first town in America to use the new technology, and The Gas Light Company Peale founded in 1816 has now been in continuous operation for more than 200 years.  It’s known today as BGE.

Peale’s Museum, on the other hand, didn’t last so long. By 1830 it had closed, and the building was purchased by the City to be used as its first City Hall. At the end of the 19th century, it became the first public high school for African-American students in Baltimore. From the 1930s through 1996, the building served as the City’s Municipal Museum once more, commonly known as “the Peale.” For the past 20 years, the building has been largely vacant, but has hosted a number of critically-acclaimed events, including The Contemporary’s 2016 exhibition “Only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars,” by Abigail DeVille, and Submersive Theater’s ground-breaking production, “H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere.” That sold-out show, inspired in part by the Peale’s own history, will return to the Peale in November for a limited run.

The new Peale Center will continue to host dynamic exhibitions and programs throughout the 2017 renovation of the building’s exterior, including, in October, Birdland in the Anthropocene, curated by Baker Prize-winning artist, Lynne Parks. We’re also reaching out to local groups and artists to co-produce programs in Baltimore’s communities. The Peale’s core initiative is Be Here: Baltimore, featuring authentic stories of the city as told by the people who live and work here. Be Here: Baltimore was piloted last summer, and has helped publish more than 1,200 Baltimore stories on a range of free and open platforms in the past year.

When the Peale’s renovation is complete in 2020, the historic building will host a Media Maker Space, giving the city’s culture keepers the resources and expertise they need to publish anything from mobile apps and VR experiences, to exhibitions and documentary films. By supporting the city’s creators, the Peale aims to catalyze a new American Renaissance that will yield a more inclusive record of the city, its people, and its places.

To find out more about what’s happening at the Peale, you can come by for tours, and live storytelling with WYPR’s Aaron Henkin during our Founder’s Day Open House, August 14-15, at 225 Holliday Street, across from the Abel Wolman Municipal Building.

Phoebe Stein: More information about upcoming events at the Peale can be found at thepealecenter.org. Maryland Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities. Humanities Connection is produced by Maryland Humanities for WYPR.  For Maryland Humanities, I’m Phoebe Stein.

 

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The story of Baltimore’s Street Lights told by DiAndre and Schroeder Cherry

At the Peale’s Open House on Monday, August 14, Schroeder Cherry and his puppet, DiAndre, will present the story of Baltimore’s Street Lights, adapted from Cherry’s 2016 Light City act, in a special command performance at 11am and 1pm. Join the show and then tour the birthplace of the Baltimore Gas Company (now BGE). Stay for live storytelling with WYPR’s Aaron Henkin from 6-8pm. Check the full program for the day. All events are free but RSVP.

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Founder’s Day Open House Aug 14-15, 2017

Admission ticket to Peale’s Museum, attributed to Rembrandt Peale, c. 1815, Private Collection, Baltimore

On August 15, 1814, Rembrandt Peale first opened the doors to his Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Join us to celebrate the first museum ever purpose-built in the United States, and help us reinvent the Peale for the 21st century! Find a full program of events here. 

Opening Eve: Monday August 14, 6-8pm Live Storytelling with Aaron Henkin – A cross-section of locals from around the 200 block of Holliday Street join Aaron Henkin, producer of WYPR’s “Out of the Blocks” series, for a neighborhood storytelling event in front of a live audience at the Peale. Seating is free but limited so register to reserve your place!

Open House: Monday and Tuesday, August 14-15, 11am-5pm Tours & Storytelling – Explore the historic Peale building and hear stories of its many firsts. Listen and add your Baltimore stories to the Be Here: Baltimore project. Meet the Peale team to brainstorm bringing your exhibition, performance, or project to the Peale Center. Admission is free but RSVP!

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Cupola Renovation

Renovation of the Peale’s cupola by Ruff Roofers.

Baltimore City’s Department of General Services is currently replacing the Peale’s roof and restoring the exterior masonry. Renovation has now begun on the cupola that gives natural light to the “picture gallery.” It was the addition of this gallery to the Federal-style row house that made Rembrandt Peale’s 1814 museum an architectural innovation by Robert Cary Long, Sr.

Completion of the renovation work is planned by end of Summer 2017. The Peale is open for special events and available for rental throughout the renovation of the building’s exteriors. Contact us if you have questions or would like to visit!

The replacement of the Peale’s roof and restoration of its exterior is being undertaken by Baltimore City’s Department of General Services.

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Peale Director Nancy Proctor on The Artist Exchange Radio Show

Nate Couser and Hullywood interviewed the Peale’s Director Nancy Proctor on The Artist Exchange Radio Show on July 7. From about 32 minutes in to the show, hear about the plans and vision for reinventing the urban museum at the Peale Center, the first museum ever purpose-built in the United States.

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Media Rhythm Institute featured on WBAL

WBAL’s Barry Simms visited Lakeland Elementary/Middle School today to check out the Reading Literacy Program from iRhyme that will be at the Peale this summer from July 10-August 18. Sample the MRI kids’ creativity and great stories here! 

Find out more and enroll your kid for the summer program or make a donation to help a student participate!

Gary Hawkins III, photographer and Media Rhythm Institute participant with So So Def.

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Summer school at the Peale: Multimedia Storytelling Program for Kids

Does your child love music? film? stories? Hip Hop culture?

The Media Rhythm Institute is offering 6 week Hip Hop songwriting and documentary-making courses at the Peale, Mon-Thu 6-8pm from July 10 – August 18, 2017. Kids aged 8-18 are welcome at the discounted summer rate of $360 per student, per course; $670 for both courses.

Register for Songwriting: Mon & Wed; Documentary-making: Tue & Thu

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A new vision for the Peale

On May 17, the Peale’s new director, Nancy Proctor, spoke about her work with the Be Here: Baltimore cultural storytelling initiative and how it has transformed the vision for The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture. Her presentation, hosted by Meet the Media Guru at Palazzo Litta in Milan, was recorded and is available online. (English starts around 25 min.)

Meet the Media Guru | Nancy Proctor – 17th May 2017, Milan

Watch Nancy Proctor's lecture at Meet the Media Guru. The presentation was held in Milan (Italy) on May 17 2017. Museums and the Web #meetproctor

Posted by Meet the Media Guru on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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A grand finale!

“Ladies and Gentleman, the museum will be closed until…” Closing scene from Submersive Productions’ “H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere.” Photo by Kintz.

Sunday, May 14 saw the final night of Submersive’s sold-out immersive theater production, “H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Aquisitions from the Perisphere.” More than 1,000 people got to experience the show and Open House, Peale members joined a behind-the-scenes tour on May 10, and it got 5 star reviews across the board.

But too many didn’t get to attend the grand opening of H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum, so we are hoping to bring the show back from the Perisphere later in the Fall. There will be new experiences for repeat visitors, and new artifacts and inhabitants are promised. This is a must-see for anyone who loves or hates museums, so keep an eye on What’s On at the Peale and Submersive’s Facebook page for updates.

 

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