Kick off the 2021 Maryland Engineering Challenges (MEC) and participate in the Maryland STEM Festival with this drop-in, virtual info session. Teachers, parents, and students in grades 1-12 are invited to learn about the hands-on STEM projects available through MEC and the virtual competitions taking place in the spring. This is a great opportunity to meet engineers and discuss this exciting STEM initiative, open to all Maryland students.
Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a Zoom conversation on systemic racism in the workplace. During this moment of national reckoning around issues of race, we’ll hear from policy leaders about workplace race, equity, and inclusion initiatives underway here in Baltimore. Tickets: $5/general and free for members.
The BMI will open its newest exhibition, Women of Steel, on October 12 on the museum’s fence along Key Highway in South Baltimore, marking the first BMI exhibit to be installed outside. Being mindful of COVID-19, the BMI designed this exhibit to be accessible and allow for social distancing and open air-exploration. The exhibition is free of charge to view.
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. The exhibition features photographs and first-person quotes from the women, themselves.
“Planning for this exhibition was well underway when the pandemic hit, and we realized that it would be a long while before people could gather inside to view this remarkable project. We decided to move it outside where visitors would feel comfortable,” says Anita Kassof, the executive director of the BMI. “It’s also a free exhibition, so visitors can enjoy it regardless of income, as we know a lot of Marylanders are facing many challenges in the wake of the pandemic.”
Women of Steel debuts during the Week of Workers, which celebrates the many contributions workers have made, and continue to make, to Baltimore. On October 12, our 1942 Bethlehem Steel Whirley crane will be lit up in red, white, and blue to honor its service building Liberty ships during WWII—and to remind everyone to get out there and vote. In the future, the crane will be lit in various colors to mark holidays, events, and special occasions. On October 15, the BMI will partner with the Stoop Storytelling Series for a performance featuring true stories from “invisible workers”—those people who toil far from the limelight. The event will be live-streamed from the museum via Zoom. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!
Cheers to 20 years of the
In October of 2000, six former Bendix Radio employees founded the Bendix Radio Foundation (BRF) at the BMI to preserve the company legacy and its six decades of contributions to the radio and communication industry. This month marks 20 years and counting of a partnership with a dedicated crew of Bendix volunteers. With a wide range of skills including design engineering, program management, senior management, finance, and more, the volunteers have worked to collect and catalog artifacts and documents related to Bendix Radio. The collection is accessible through the BMI website. The BMI supports the foundation by providing work space and housing for archival equipment and documentation that allows the volunteers to assist researchers from around the world. Bendix items can be found throughout the museum including in the transportation and communication galleries and on the museum’s milestone wall.
Thank you to all of the Bendix Radio Foundation Volunteers who have worked with the BMI and contributed to the the mission of the foundation for the past 20 years: Len Bosse, Jim Dalmas, Orlando DeFelice, Angelo DelNegro, Stu Horwitz, Ken Kidd, Bill Mackey, Joe McCormick, Ron Sacker, Bill Scott, Jack Shagena, Bob Stefan, Bill Stotz, Guil Vogt, George Walter, and Jerry Woodall. We are also grateful to longtime Bendix employee Carl Tresselt, whose generous bequest to the BMI provides essential support for the preservation of the Bendix legacy. Like Carl, you too can leave a legacy that will make a difference for years to come. To learn more about bequests and other giving opportunities, contact Development Director Deborah Cardin.
Our museum has been closed since March, but we are busier than ever. We may have changed how we do things, but it hasn't changed who we are. We invite you to connect with us online and enjoy the rich array of programs taking place. Visit the BMI Programs & Eventspage for more information.
We are able to offer many of our programs for free thanks to the generous support of our members and donors. Please consider making a donation or joining the BMI so we can continue doing so.