Strong as Steel: The Legacy of Sparrows Point
BMI staff meet with Tradepoint Atlantic's Aaron Tomarchio to iron out logistics for new joint Sparrows Point initiative.
For many people who call this city home, Baltimore is practically synonymous with Bethlehem Steel.   The BMI recently embarked on a multi-year community engagement and preservation initiative to document the 125-year history of the steelmaking giant through the creation of a long-term exhibit slated to open at the museum in 2021. The partnership includes a significant investment made by Tradepoint Atlantic, a 3,250-acre multimodal global logistics center located at Sparrows Point, the former site of Bethlehem Steel's Baltimore operations.
For nearly a century, Bethlehem Steel was one of America's leading producers of steel and shipbuilding before falling into bankruptcy and finally shuttering operations in 2012. Its decline and fall displaced thousands of workers, and many lost the pensions, healthcare, and benefits they had been promised. Former Bethlehem employees share a fierce pride and enduring kinship, but much of the labor force never recovered from the loss of the steady and well-paying jobs that the mill once offered.    
The BMI and Tradepoint Atlantic will work with members of the Sparrows Point community to identify previously untapped cultural resources for the exhibit through the collection of images, documents, artifacts, and interviews. Members of our collections and archives department will be onsite at the Tradepoint offices to catalog and move collection items from their site to the museum.
"The museum has long recognized the need to tell the story of Baltimore steelworkers and help carry their legacy forward.  This partnership with Tradepoint Atlantic will allow us to do that in a very meaningful way. We look forward to working with the communities of Sparrows Point to help tell this remarkable account of hard work and innovation," said Anita Kassof, the BMI's Executive Director.
Aaron Tomarchio, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Tradepoint Atlantic said, "We are proud to partner with the Baltimore Museum of Industry to fulfill our commitment to honoring the legacy of the men and women who worked at Sparrows Point--and we are eager to facilitate the telling, sharing and preserving of these iconic American stories for future generations."
Intensive community outreach and programs will take place at the BMI, Tradepoint Atlantic, and other locations, to usher along the development of the Bethlehem Steel collection and the exhibition.  The new exhibition will be installed in the BMI's Decker Gallery, where it will be seen by the tens of thousands of adults and schoolchildren who visit the museum each year.
The public is invited to attend the Tradepoint Atlantic Open House on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 6-8pm to learn more about the preservation initiative and meet museum staff.
So You Think You Can Edit?
Photo courtesy of the BMI's BGE collection.
Six thousand people visit the online encyclopedia Wikipedia for information every second of the day. As an openly editable resource designed to allow the public to create and improve content, it is imperative to empower more people to add accurate information and correct mistakes on the website. Wikimedia chapters--independent nonprofits founded to support and promote Wikimedia projects including Wikipedia--host editing events that tackle the endeavor of making reliable and significant information freely accessible.
The BMI is pleased to collaborate with Wikimedia D.C. to offer two themed Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Aspiring editors are invited to come together during one or both editing sessions, neither of which require previous Wikipedia editing experience. The first edit-a-thon, scheduled for February 10 from 12:30 PM - 3 PM, will provide a guided interactive tutorial covering Wikipedia principles and policies, adding content, citing quality sources, and improving articles that fall within the theme inspired by Black History Month. Three weeks later, on March 3, the second edit-a-thon will focus on content dedicated to Women's History Month. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop to work on during the event . To secure free museum admission and a seat in the editing sessions, visit our events page to register before 4 PM on the Friday prior to each scheduled event.
For more information on other editing events held by Wikimedia D.C., please visit
Become a Wikipedia Editor! 

Join us for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon inspired by Black History Month this Sunday from 12:30 PM - 3 PM. Register by 4 PM this Friday to secure free museum admission.
A Year in Review
Maryland State Delegates Luke Clippinger and Robbyn Lewis explore the BMI's newly renovated library and research center
The BMI had a busy 2018, opening two new exhibitions, welcoming nearly 30,000 school children on field trips, and finalizing plans to restore and paint our beloved crane this spring. We're thrilled to present you with our 2018 report, which highlights those accomplishments and many more.
A highlight of the year was an extensive renovation of our Archives and Research Center, made possible with generous support from the State of Maryland.
"The renovation project not only made the space more suitable for the more fragile materials in our collections but also provided the opportunity to reorganize the library, creating a more welcoming research center for the public," says Jane Woltereck, the BMI's Director of Collections & Exhibitions. "At the same time, we were fortunate enough to receive donated cubicles which have created proper work areas for staff and volunteers."
After the renovations wrapped up last summer, we proudly gave members of our District 46 Legislative delegation a tour of the space to thank them for their advocacy in securing funding. They were greeted by a Center adorned with new paint, carpet, insulation, glazing, UV protection, blinds, lighting, and climate control system.
As we embark on a new year, we invite you to explore last year's initiatives and achievements and see how far we have come thanks to the generous support of you, our community: .
Join the Industrial Evolution in 2019!

The museum's success each year is, and will always be, a community effort. Click the link to learn how you can get more involved with the BMI this year.
Upcoming Programs at the BMI
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Black History Month  | Learn how to become a Wikipedia editor and spend time contributing to articles on African-American history and Baltimore industry with guidance from experts. Bring your own laptop; no experience necessary.
WHEN  Sun, February 10 | 12:30 PM - 3 PM 
COST   Free | Advanced Registration Suggested | Register
Social Media: The Changing Media Landscape | Join us for a conversation with reporters from The Baltimore Sun, Capital Gazette, and more to explore how the field of print journalism has changed with the introduction of social media.
WHEN  Wed, February 20 | 7 PM - 8:30 PM  COST   FREE
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 | 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
COST Kids: Free; Adults: $5; BMI Members: Free. Advance registration suggested, contact or 410.727.4808 x132
UPCOMING THEMES  FEB 12: Bakery & Valentine's Day
FEB 19: Printing Press  | FEB 26: More Machines 
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.
WHEN  Saturdays | 11 AM-2 PM unless noted
COST  Free with museum admission
UPCOMING THEMES *FEB 10 Fun with Parachutes   FEB  16:  Coloring Robots  | FEB 23 : Make Your Own Slime
* This Weekend Workers activity will occur on Sunday.
Baltimore Museum of Industry | |410.727.4808


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