Founder’s Day Open House 2017

August 14 & 15, 2017 at The Peale

On August 15, 1814, Rembrandt Peale first opened the doors to his Museum and Gallery of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Join us for two days of free storytelling and tours at the Peale to celebrate!

Free water is being generously supplied throughout the Open House by local start-up RETHINK Water.

Featured events:

Monday and Tuesday, August 14-15, Tours & Storytelling: Drop in any time from 11am to 5pm 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.

Detail of the Peale Museum on Holliday Street circa 1815 from BEARINGS Early Baltimore digital reconstruction by UMBC IRC. The Peale is the red brick building near the center of the detail, across from an open grassy space.

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.

DiAndre, by Schroeder Cherry

Monday, August 14, 11am and 1pm: Schroeder Cherry and his puppet, DiAndre, present the story of Baltimore’s Street Lights in this special command performance, adapted from Cherry’s 2016 Light City act.

Monday, August 14, 2pm: Media Rhythm Institute Screening – documentaries and music videos made by students in the Channel Me Media and iRhyme programs
Monday, August 14,3-4pm: Media Rhythm Institute Workshop – telling stories through hip hop songs

Aaron Henkin


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 RSVP to reserve your place!

Tuesday August 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.

Be Here: Baltimore:

Map of Be Here: Baltimore story locations.

Throughout the Open House you can listen and add your Baltimore stories to the 1200+ already part of the Be Here: Baltimore project at its new home in the Peale Center.

Present and Perform at the Peale: RSVP to arrange a meeting with the Peale’s director to brainstorm bringing your exhibition, performance, or project to the Peale Center.