March 2021
BNHA WOmen's History Month Event in Partnership with The Peale
The theme this month is GREATNESS! Baltimore has a long history of residents that are engaged, talented and that LOVE BALTIMORE. The BNHA through many of its programs and projects this month looks to promote the very best of the City!

We will celebrate Women's History Month by focusing on the women that worked at Sparrows Point. Our virtual lecture series in partnership with The Peale will tell the unique stories of women doing very non-traditional work extremely well.

Baltimore photographers will get some love this month from the BNHA as we look to the public to help us pick our next SNAP photo contest winner. The staff of BNHA has chosen its top images and the public can now get in on the fun by casting their votes online through Friday.

As always, we are talking about the GREATNESS of our partner projects! I am so proud of our grantees that are making major moves in making sure that Baltimore's historic neighborhoods and cultural gems endure for many generations to come.

Baltimore truly is GREAT because we all work together to promote the history and legacy of CHARM CITY!
Shauntee Daniels
Executive Director
We received over 150 beautiful images of the heritage area submitted by local photographers.


Email us your TOP 5 PHOTO PICKS by 5 pm on Friday, March 5th.

We will announce our GRAND PRIZE WINNER on Wednesday, March 10th. 
Congratulations to the 2021
Neighborhood Placemaking Grantees!
Funded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Block Grant Program

  • Friends of Contee-Parago Park/Bolton Hill Community Association (Contee-Parago Park Redesign)- $5,000
  • Cylburn Arboretum Friends, Inc. (Cylburn Mansion Lion Restoration & Community Engagement) - $5,000
  • Penn Avenue Blacks Arts District (Technology for Black Arts Programming) - $5,000
  • Central Baltimore Partnership, Inc. (Shine in the Dark: An Immersive Journey Through Station North) - $5,000
  • Friends of Wyman Park Dell (Website Redesign for Increased Visitors) - $2,000
  • The Sixth Branch, Inc. (Oliver Community Tree Stewardship and Green Team Program) - $5,000
  • Baltimore Community ToolBank (Removable Mural for Outdoor Classroom & Learning Lab)

The goal of the Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program is to assist neighborhoods:
  • With enhancing their quality of life through heritage tourism stewardship;
  • Become more visitor-friendly and visitor-ready;
  • Balance community and tourism; and
  • Increase awareness of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and its resources for neighborhoods.

Mark Your Calendar!  

The Heritage Investment Grant Program opens on April 1, 2021 on BNHA’s website! Updated guidelines will be available at this time. This matching grant program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for non-capital projects within the National Heritage Area Boundary that promote heritage tourism. Applicants can request up to $15,000 with a required dollar for dollar match. Awards will be announced in July 2021.

It's More Than History:
Sparrows Point's Women of Steel
In partnership with The Peale Center
for Baltimore History & Culture

FREE Virtual Event
March 19, 12:00pm (EDT)

Hear from women who shattered the glass ceiling working at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point mill, the topic of a new outdoor exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, in this one-hour Zoom discussion moderated by Michelle Stefano, from the Library of Congress. Women of Steel highlights the stories of women who worked at Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point mill in Baltimore from the 1930s until the mill closed in 2012. In many cases, women endured discrimination, sexual harassment, and childcare challenges. They made choices and sacrifices as they weighed risk and rewards in search of camaraderie, respect, and a livable wage.

BNHA Thanks You for Your Support of Our 5 for $5 Campaign.

Your donations will go a long way in making sure that historic neighborhoods and cultural gems that make up the Heritage Area continue to be accessible to all.

A $5 donation to BNHA gets you one of our one-of-a-kind Baltimore themed reusable tote bags. These eco-friendly bags feature some of the best Baltimore images by many of your favorite local photographers. Get your bag today!

The Baltimore National Heritage Area works to promote, preserve, and enhance Baltimore's historic and cultural legacy and natural resources.