Hrdlick, BGE's principal corporate social responsibility specialist, served as project manager for the company's 200th anniversary celebration, including the creation of the commemorative book.
||Lynn Hrdlick reviews the finished product.
"After 31 years, I thought I knew a lot about this company, but I soon found out I had only scratched the surface," she explained with a laugh.
Burt Kummerow and Mary Blair of History Works wer
e up to the challenge of painstaking research, writing, e
diting and proofreading. It helped that Kummerow, former president and CEO of The Maryland Historical Society, is deeply immersed in Baltimore's history. "Remembering the past is important as a company moves toward its future," stated Kummerow.
The extraordinary effort culminated in Moving Smart Energy Forward: 1816-2016, a
147-page hardcover book filled with photos, stories and historical facts.
Blair, who provided writing and documentation support, called the BGE photos, documents and artifacts preserved by The Maryland Historical Society and The Baltimore Museum of Industry "essential" for the book's compilation.
"We're so fortunate to have the historical perspective of how BGE's values evolved over the centuries," said Blair. "Values and its people helped earn BGE a place as one of a very few venerable American companies surviving and thriving today."
On BGE's official 200th anniversary, June 17, 2016, each BGE employee received a copy of the book. The company also provided copies to retirees and many community organizations.
"The book is a tribute to the thousands of employees who have worked for BGE for two centuries," said Hrdlick. "Many people came together to make this book something special," noted Hrdlick. "It's a wonderful keepsake."