Industrialist of the Year luncheon
On June 8 the museum staff and board of trustees were delighted to honor Calvin Butler with the William Donald Schaefer Industrialist of the Year Award. Butler is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation's first gas utility. Butler is responsible for BGE's successful execution of the company's six key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation, technology and diversity and inclusion.
Funds raised by the annual Industrialist of the Year event directly support low-income Title I schools who visit the museum, many of whom would have been unable to visit without the subsidies.  With the current school year nearly complete, the BMI is on track to offer a total of more than 97,000 educational services to students from Baltimore City and 18 different Maryland counties, as well as surrounding states and the District of Columbia.  

Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill gives remarks
As Butler remarked, the BMI has a strong connection to BGE, featuring an expansive exhibit about how the company came into existence, starting with the nation's very first gas street lamp being lit in 1817 at the corner of Holliday and Baltimore streets. 
Other presenters at the event included Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill, and Michael Cryor, president of the strategic communications company The Cryor Group. 

The Industrialist of the Year Award was introduced in 2004 to recognize and celebrate Maryland's visionary business leaders distinguished by their innovative approaches to industry and dedication to the well-being of their communities.  It is named in honor of the late William Donald Schaefer, beloved Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, who played a major role in the founding of this museum in 1977. 
Butler (left) with BMI executive director Anita Kassof and BGE executive & BMI trustee Chris Duncan
"BGE reached an incredible milestone last year ------ their 200th anniversary ------ and with Calvin at the helm is poised for many more successful years to come.  He epitomizes what this award celebrates ------ not only success and ingenuity on the business front, but support of charitable interests in the surrounding communities," says Anita Kassof, executive director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. 
Meet Beth Maloney!
In January 2017, we welcomed Beth Maloney as BMI's new Director of Interpretation. Beth brings more than 10 years of experience as an educational consultant to the cultural sector, including varied experiences in program and curricula design and evaluation, professional development of education staff and volunteers, and interpretation and visitor experience planning.

Beth specializes in building thematic and programmatic connections across interpretive experiences and recently worked with BMI education staff James Keffer and Jessica Celmer to develop a hands-on school program related to the Video Game Wizards exhibition. Over the course of several months, Beth's team worked with Maryland game development studio Firaxis Games to test and re-test ideas with students yielding a final program where students engage in the same work that professional game developers do ------ working creatively as a group to design their own board game, determine rules and sequence, test functionality and have fun throughout the process. "Inside the Game Studio" is available through BMI's school programs, and the interactive Video Game Wizards exhibition is open through 2019.

Beth is excited to continue working collaboratively within and across departments to make the BMI experience relevant and resonant, and to put visitors and students at the center of BMI's work. Beth's favorite artifact at the BMI is the bakery's doughnut roller and her favorite galleries are the immersive shopfront exhibits.
Upcoming Programs at the BMI
You're invited behind the scenes with the BMI! 
Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning & Monument City Brewing Tours
Thurs, July 13 at 5:30pm /  Free for BMI Members, $10 for non-members. 

On Thursday, July 13 visit a 100-year-old industrial building at the edge of Highlandtown that once housed a veneer mill and a pajama factory, and is now home to Mark Supik & Co. Woodturning and Baltimore's newest craft brewery, Monument City Brewing Company. Tour the woodturning shop where architectural millwork for historic restorations is turned and hundreds of wooden beer tap handles for craft breweries are produced every week. See demonstrations of woodturning on lathes and woodworking equipment dating back to 1895. Then head next door to Monument City Brewing Company for a tour of the new brewing facilities. 

Important to know:
Join us afterwards for a beer, snacks, and chats with the brewers and woodturners.  Beer prices are $2 - $6, or enjoy a flight for $12. Parking is available around back. Tours start at 5:30pm and include 20 minutes at each site. 

Pre-registration required. Members register by emailing, non-members purchase tickets online. Become a member now and this tour is free! See all of the benefits of membership here.

Spirits of Maryland: Baltimore
On June 25, the Maryland Distillers Guild presents Spirits of Maryland: Baltimore, showcasing the area's distilleries and offering the chance to sample their locally-crafted spirits and learn about their histories. The event will feature over ten Maryland distilleries, live music, and light appetizers. Admission includes samples from attending distilleries and a signature MDG glass plus full access to the museum!
WHEN  Sun, Jun 25 / 12pm-3pm
COST   Advance tickets required: (Use promo code BMI17 to enjoy 10% off!)

Stars & Stripes
Our friends from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House will visit the BMI Farmers' Market and present a free hands-on activity in honor of the upcoming holiday.
WHEN  Sat, Jul 1 / 9am-1pm
COST    Free outdoor activity

Independence Day Celebration
Enjoy the best view of fireworks in the city and a family-friendly event at our July 4th celebration. Food and drink for sale or bring a picnic. Ticket includes parking for one car and admission for all passengers.
WHEN  Tue, Jul 4 / 6pm-10pm
COST   $55 general admission OR $45 BMI Member / Advance tickets required:  purchase online / Contact: 410.727.4808 x313
Walk in at the gate: $10 per adult, $5 per kid 2-18yrs, kids under 2yrs are free. Walk-in sales will be cash only.
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