Save the Crane Campaign Update
Thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of the Baltimore community, the museum has just reached the halfway point in our fundraising campaign to restore, paint, and light the 100-foot tall shipyard crane that watches over the museum.

Dubbed a "whirley crane" for its ability to rotate 360 degrees, this historic artifact helped build Liberty and Victory ships at the Bethlehem Steel shipyards during World War II. 

The first step of our restoration efforts -------removing more than 350 lbs. of bird guano from the cab and evicting the pigeons who had taken up residency there -------was completed last year. When we reach our campaign goal, we'll repair, scrape, and paint the crane and then add LED lighting. With an anticipated completion date of summer 2018, the dramatically illuminated crane will complement other Baltimore landmarks such as the Domino Sugar sign and the Bromo Seltzer tower.

Donations ranging from $25.00 to $50,000.00 are making our restoration efforts possible.  Insurance advisory firm RCM&D, which holds an annual event at the museum, recently gave a generous donation in support of the crane. Company president Robert Cawley explains, "As both the city and our firm continue to promote our expanding national and international reputations, the BMI and the crane stand as sentinels of Baltimore's past and future." 

Click here for more information about the crane's history, our restoration plans, and to learn about how you can help us reach our goal. Click below to view our Save the Crane video. 

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Meet Debbie Farthing
Debbie Farthing headshot
Volunteer curator Debbie Farthing finds intrigue in the ordinary belongings of everyday people. From hats produced by local milliners to the uniforms of Baltimore's historic workforce, Debbie is committed to using BMI's garment collection to elevate the stories of the people of Baltimore-------both those who made the clothing and those who wore it.

Debbie recently graduated from UMBC with a bachelor's degree in history, and has future plans to complete a master's. She has longstanding interests in fashion history and antique/vintage clothing, including a personal garment collection that spans the 1750s through to the 1950s. Debbie's first project at the BMI involved working with some of the older garments in the collection including identifying and verifying garment ages, ensuring items were correctly catalogued in the database, and repacking garments for storage. Debbie continued volunteering her time in the collections department, mostly cataloguing objects, before turning her talents to exhibitions and in particular, curating the BMI's changing garment window display.

According to Debbie, the BMI's garment collection is special because it is packed with connections: "Most museums collect clothing because it belonged to a particular person or because the design and workmanship rises to the level of true art - most of that clothing represents only a small portion of society. The BMI's clothing collection represents the people of Baltimore.... and that makes it far more relatable to most people." Some of her favorite items at the BMI include Baltimore-made suits from the 1960s, tailors' patterns, and the blue and white Jeanette Beck coat (currently on display in the garment window) that once belonged to Congresswoman Helen Delich Bentley.

Men_s work shirt
Later this month, Debbie and the collections and exhibitions team will install a new garment window showcasing men's work uniforms (a window on women's uniforms is also in planning). The display will explore the way work clothes help tell the story of working life, and how function and corporate identity inform design. 
Introducing the Visitor Feedback Kiosk
BMI's new Visitor Feedback Kiosk officially launched this week in the Decker Gallery. The interactive kiosk invites visitors to offer feedback and share their thoughts on current issues in industry. Designed by the BMI education team and constructed with assistance from volunteer John Reuter, the kiosk will feature a series of changing questions that encourage visitors to share their curiosities and reflect on the issues that feel most relevant to them. It will also evolve in response to visitors' interests and input so we hope you will visit soon and join the conversation! 
Upcoming Programs at the BMI
National Farmers Market Week at the BMI Farmers' Market
Celebrate Farmers Market Week (Aug 6-12) at the BMI Farmers' Market! This Saturday, August 12, kids of all ages are invited to participate in our farmers' market scavenger hunt to earn a temporary tattoo. Also, enjoy locally-grown produce, handmade goods, tasty ready-to-eat treats, artisan items and more! Learn more about the market here.

Antique Cars at the BMI
Antique Car Show 
The Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America will showcase some of their antique, classic, and collector cars. Details at
WHEN  Sun, Aug 20 / 10am-2pm
COST  Free outdoor event

Sunrise Yoga
Watch the sunrise over Baltimore's Inner Harbor in a free yoga class hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Held as part of his "Peace Across America" tour, experienced instructor Sid McNairy welcomes yoga practitioners of all levels. After the class, sample local flavors at the BMI Farmers' Market.
WHEN  Sat, Aug 26 / 6:30am-8:30am
COST  Free outdoor activity

Working Animals
Meet animals (and their handlers) who work to bring comfort and protect public safety at hospitals, airports, courthouses, and on the streets.
WHEN  Sun, Sept 24 / 2pm-3:30pm
COST  Free outdoor event

Neighborhood Night
South Baltimore residents are invited to an after-hours open house and tour of the galleries. Enjoy free admission, family-friendly activities, and light refreshments.
WHEN  Weds, Sept 27 / 4pm-7pm
COST  Free

Homeschool Days
The BMI is pleased to offer special days for homeschool families to experience the BMI, including three days offered in partnership with The Walters Art Museum. To learn more about Homeschool Days at the BMI, please click here.
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