Founder’s Day Celebration

August 14-15, 11am and 5pm: Founder’s Day Open House

Rembrandt Peale first opened the doors to his Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts in Baltimore on August 15, 1814. From August 14-15, 2017, the Peale hosted two days of free storytelling and tours at the Peale to celebrate!

Founder’s Day Open House 14-15 August 2017


August 14 11 am – 1 pm: Puppet Theater

After an apprenticeship with a puppetmaster in Chicago, Schroeder Cherry set out on his my own and began producing stories using puppets. A native of Washington, DC, Schroeder and his puppet, DiAndre, present the story of Baltimore’s Street Lights–another “invention” of Rembrandt Peale– in this special command performance, adapted from Cherry’s 2016 Light City act.

August 14-15 11 am – 5 pm: Tours & Storytelling

Drop in anytime to explore the historic Peale building and hear stories of its many firsts. Tours are led on a rotating basis by Peale experts and storytellers including curator Dean Krimmel, historian Alicia Puglionesi, Peale Board President Jim Dilts, and Peale Director Nancy Proctor. Let us know you are coming, and we’ll send you updates on additional tour leaders and their schedules.

A map of Baltimore, showing hundreds of pins, indicating the locations of stories.

August 14-15 11 am – 5 pm: Be Here: Baltimore

Throughout the Open House you can listen to and add your own Baltimore stories to the 1200+ already part of the Be Here: Baltimore project at its new home in the Peale Center. This is an opportunity for neighbors and residents to show people around the world what Baltimore is REALLY like.

Models and buildings, showing a reconstructed idea of what Baltimore may have looked like in 1815.

August 14-15 11 am – 5 pm: Visualizing Early Baltimore

This eye-popping 3D interactive digital reconstruction of Baltimore circa 1815 took UMBC’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) more than 4 years to develop. In September of 2014, the first and major phase of this effort, called BEARINGS of Baltimore, Circa 1815, opened to the public at the Maryland Historical Society as part of their bicentennial celebration of Baltimore’s pivotal role in the War of 1812. In 2016 the IRC did a major upgrade of the image to increase its accuracy, amount of information, and level of detail.  This new image will be on display at the Peale throughout the Founder’s Day Open House. Explore the Peale’s neighborhood and the rest of the city as it looked after the British attacks in 1814.

Storyteller Aaron Henkin in a black-and-white photo

August 14, 6pm -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. Hear their stories!

A black and white drawing dozens of types of gaslightsAugust 15, 12:30pm: 100 Gems of Light: The Peale Family and the 1816 Birth of the Baltimore/American Gas Industry

Talk by Burt Kummerow, principal of Historyworks and former President of the Maryland Historical Society.