Hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts on company towns, including Sparrows Point, in the past and present.
WHEN Thurs, Feb 13 | 7-8:30pm
WHERE Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue
MY DUNDALK PHOTO CONTEST KICK-OFF
See a pop-up exhibition of WWII photographs from Bethlehem Steel’s Fairfield Shipyards and learn about a new photography contest organized by Dundalk Renaissance.
WHEN Thurs, Feb 27 | 6-7:30pm
WHERE The Forge, 11 Center Place, Dundalk
Come explore the art and craft of bookbinding at the BMI with Wonderbooks creator Jordan Levine. Learn how to bind your own notebooks, zines, books, or portfolios. Several professional binding methods will be explored that can be implemented on a mass scale or from your kitchen table. Supplies will be provided, open to any skill level
The BMI gift shop has a little something for everyone, sharing the history of Baltimore while highlighting local artists who are equally extraordinary.
On February 8, the BMI will host a workshop with Akos “Sunday” Regal, the creator of Regal Clothes, whose items are featured in our gift shop.
Raised with one foot in West Africa and the other in North America, Akos Regal creates designs that are are a blend of both cultures. While using vintage fabrics, tribal prints, and Ankara designs, Regal Clothes brings fashion, body positivity, and culture to the forefront of the brand.
The workshop “Cloth Speaks” is an exploration of African print fabric and the meanings hidden within the vibrant colors and fibers. Visitors will learn how to “read” the story the cloth is telling about its wearer and the community at large. Workshop attendance includes museum admission and fabric swatches.
While at the museum, be sure to visit the BMI gift shop, where Regal Clothes products such as tribal print bowtie sets and head wraps are on display. Interested in going to more Regal Clothes workshops and events? Want to keep up with Regal Clothes? Follow them on social media! In addition to the BMI workshop, they have several events in February in celebration of Black History month.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, over 400 guests will enjoy the Bull & Oyster Roast and our on-line auction.
This sell-out event raises significant funds for our award-winning educational programs that engage over 30,000 kids annually in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who are shaping the region’s future.
Guests will enjoy an abundance of freshly shucked oysters and extensive buffet, an open bar with local brews and wine, live music from A Classic Case, and awesome gifts in our raffles, games of chance, and extensive auction!
Tickets and tables are available on a first come, first served basis.
Over the past year, BMI staff has been honored to dig into the Bethlehem Steel story as we explore the rich history of the company that was once Maryland’s largest employer. Thanks to generous support from Trade Point Atlantic, we have been able to explore not only Bethlehem Steel’s legacy, but also the continuing evolution of Sparrows Point through community engagement, collection, and storytelling initiatives.
Program highlights include our Stories of Steel Symposium, which featured a panel discussion, film screening, and an opportunity for the community to share stories and artifacts with our collections team. In addition, we’ve offered collaborations such as artist talks and exhibit tours with Baltimore photojournalist J. M. Giordano, whose work is featured in the “Shuttered: Images from the Fall of Bethlehem Steel,” exhibition.
The BMI’s collections staff, with the support of our dedicated volunteers, has spent the last six months organizing and inventorying the vast Bethlehem Steel collection, including more than 23,000 drawings and 112 objects, many of which were donated by former steelworkers and their families.
Our staff has documented many of the steps on this journey in our blog, From Point to Point, and we invite the public to follow along. We’ve learned so much during our participation in numerous meetings with community leaders and organizations. As we conduct outreach, these relationships are helping us refine, understand, and develop a deeper understanding of interests, experiences, and misconceptions that exist related to the history of Bethlehem Steel. The partnership will culminate in a Bethlehem Steel exhibition in 2021 that we hope will preserve this fascinating and complicated industrial legacy.