Fueling the Automobile Age - Opening Feb. 23
America's love affair with the automobile began in the early 1900s.  But it took inexpensive, plentiful gasoline to transform desire into reality. Enter petroleum pioneers such as Louis Blaustein, whose American Oil Company grew from two horse-drawn delivery wagons into the Amoco Corporation. Together with his entrepreneurial family, Blaustein also helped bring Texas-based Crown Central Petroleum to Baltimore, where it became one of the
nation's largest independent integrated oil companies.

Opening on February 23, Fueling the Automobile Age is an original exhibition that explores how the products and innovations of these two local oil companies helped fuel America's automobile age--and encourages visitors to consider what technologies and innovations will fuel the next transportation age. 

"As a museum exploring the industries of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we're excited to show how o ne Baltimore family made an historic impact on car cu lture, while we also consider how the current demand for electric cars, ride-share services, and public transit shapes a n ew era in how we use transportation," says  Anita Kassof, the museum's executive d irector. 
The exhibition looks at America's dependence on cars, growing from just 8,000 registered vehicles in 1900, to 26 million in 1930, to more than 270 million today.  Plenty of hands-on opportunities for visitors are integrated into the gallery, including exploring a 1953 Packard sedan, playing the part of gas station attendants, and envisioning what cars of the future will look like.    

This exhibition is mad e possible through the generosity of the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Atapco, and Lord Baltimore Capital, with additiona l support from Clark Brands LLC and McGuireWoods LLP.

Charm City Confections  
Baltimore has a long, sweet history of chocolate, cookie, and candy making. From Colonial times to the present, Baltimoreans have loved to make--and eat--delicious treats. Numerous candy and chocolate factories employed hundreds of workers in the city, and in the early 20th century anyone with a sweet tooth could pick up a box of Voneiff-Drayer or Miss America candies at their local stores.
But our sweet history doesn't stop in the past; Glauber's Fine Candies Inc. (founded 1876), Goetze's Candy (founded in 1895 as the Baltimore Chewing Gum Co.), and Berger Cookies (founded 1835) are all still going strong today.  
A production line at Miss America Candies on Harford Avenue.  
Otterbein's cookies have been a local favorite since 1881, when German immigrant Adam Otterbein opened a bakery near Fort McHenry in South Baltimore. While the shop sold many traditional German breads and pastries, it was the thin crisp cookies that became a local favorite.  Love for Otterbein's chocolate chip, sugar, lemon and gingerbread confections lives on.  Today, the company, located in Baltimore County, is run by Adam's great-grandson Mark.
There's no shortage of great local options for those in the market for a sweet treat for Valentine's Day.  

Spotlight on Staff: Meet Deborah Cardin 
We welcomed Deborah Cardin to the BMI in January as Director of Development.  Deborah joins us after 17 years at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, where she held various senior level positions overseeing fundraising initiatives, education programs, and exhibition development, including serving as the museum's assistant director for three years. 

Deborah's broad experience in all areas of museum programs, exhibitions, and education--as well as her fundraising acumen--make her especially well-suited to build excitement for the BMI am ong our supporters, and to broaden our reach to the philanthropic community. As she points out,  getting people excited about the BMI is all about connecting them with the stories of the workers and entrepreneurs who built this port city and those whose vision and hard wo rk will drive local industry in the future. Her decades of experience in storytelling will serve her well in her new role.
Cardin, pictured in the Print Shop, joined the BMI in January.  

"I'm inspired by watching the museum come to life through the eyes of its visitors, whether thro ugh a group of school children  excitedly assembling cans and shucking oysters in the Cann ery or a gran dparent sharing her  knowledge of 'old-fashioned' technology with a grandchild," she   says. "The BMI is truly an amazing community resource and I look forward to broadening our network of support."

She currently serves as chair of the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums as well as a board member of the Maryland Association of Museums. 

Deborah and her husband Jonathan Willis, a high school English teacher, live with their two daughters in the Mt. Washington area of Baltimore.  

Upcoming Programs at the BMI

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The Port of Baltimore: 300 Years of History
  Discover the role that the Port has played in Charm City from the 18th century to today. Presented by Jack Burkert, in partnership with the Irish Railroad Workers Museum.
WHEN  Sat, Feb 10 / 11am-12pm
COST  Included with admission / Free for BMI and IRWM members

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Intro to Quilting
  Design and sew your own simple table runner in this beginning quilting workshop with Mary Wahl. Learn piecing and finishing techniques. Bring your own fabric; sewing machines provided. Space is limited. Ages 12+.
WHEN  Sun, Feb 11 / 9am-3pm with 30 min lunch break
COST  $100 non-members / $85 members / Advanced registration required / Register  online

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Wee Workers  Preschoolers will love this program just for them. Explore the museum's galleries through stories, songs, crafts, and pint-size tours with a weekly theme.
WHEN  Tuesdays / 10:30am-11:30am
COST  Kids: Free; Adults: $5; BMI Members: Free. Advance registration suggested, contact  kedelmann@thebmi.org  or 410.727.4808 x132
UPCOMING THEMES  FEB 6 Trucks / FEB 13  Bakery & Valentine's Day /  FEB 20  Printing press/  FEB 27  More Machines

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Weekend Workers  It's all about fun as you discover how things work. These engaging activities allow children of all ages to investigate the world around them. Weekly activities subject to change.
WHEN  Saturdays / 11am-2pm unless noted
COST  Free with museum admission
UPCOMING THEMES  FEB 10  Quilting for all ages/ 
FEB 17  Drawing like an engineer / FEB 24  Building earthquake-proof houses / MAR 3  Chesapeake Bay Foundation oyster touch tank   
Baltimore Museum of Industry | www.thebmi.org |410.727.4808


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