November 2021
Late Fall in Patterson Park” Gregory McKay
BNHA wants to aid our partners in providing their fantastic retail shops and events an additional platform to thrive on. Partner with BNHA in its Authentic Baltimore online shop to plug into our vast tourism base that is always looking for great things to do in the city and Baltimore themed products to indulge in. Signing up is FREE. Join us for our 24/7 ... 365 Baltimore market today!

Once again, we are inviting you to pick your favorite Baltimore images. Public voting is now open for It's a SNAP! 2021. Check out our finalists and send us your top 5 images by December 10th. This year we were pleased to get so many images of people out and about in the Heritage Area enjoying all the attractions and natural resources. The images are incredible!

Our Neighborhood Placemaking Grant (NPG) is still open to assist you with bringing neighborhood spirit to your community. Now is the time to plan that great neighborhood event, have a sign created, invest in the beautification of a park, fountain or tree scape. Let us help through an NPG grant. Find out more below.

BNHA is stepping into the holiday season thankful for your support and hopeful for all that is coming next. People love Baltimore and we want to work with you to amplify that love and make sure that it yields higher visitor numbers, stronger neighborhoods, historical preservation and a better Baltimore for generations to come. Thanks for always being our partner in this process.

Image: Ceremony for the placing of the historical marker at the original location of the Parks Sausage facility in Baltimore.
Shauntee Daniels
Executive Director
Celebrating Neighborhoods, Supporting Main Streets!
Check out a past Neighborhood Placemaking Grant (NPG) project - Pigtown Festival. This is one of many examples of how an NPG grant can ignite your neighborhood project.

The Neighborhood Placemaking Grant Program (NPG) is open on BNHA’s website through December 1, 2021.

Requests can be from $1,500-$5,000 with a required match (any combination of cash or in-kind match).

This grant program is supported by the

Vote for your Favorite Baltimore Image!

It's a SNAP! Baltimore
Photo Contest
Public Voting

We received over 130 photo submissions from 33 of the Baltimore area's best photographers. Now you get to pick our contest winner! Peruse the top picks and rank your top 5.
Public voting will run through December 10th.

GIVING TUESDAY is November 30th
Support BNHA Youth Focused Initiatives!

Kids on Kayaks
Students explore the waterways of the city learning water safety skills and getting a crash course in the marine life found in Baltimore.

Kid on Trails
Students bike ride the trails of the city while also learning about bike safety and the importance of preserving the city's natural resources.

A Day at the Museum
BNHA covers the bus transportation cost to cultural institutions for students.

History Through Arts
Student artists capture their daily lives in Baltimore on canvas.

Ride the Tide with the Pride II 
Youth learn about nautical life and careers
through sailing the Chesapeake on an authentic historic schooner.

$1 Million in African American Heritage Preservation Grants Awarded

The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) and the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) have awarded thirteen African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grants totaling $1,000,000 to Maryland nonprofit groups for FY22. These grants offer assistance to organizations and private citizens in their sponsorship of projects involving acquisition, construction, or improvement of sites related to African American heritage.

Congrats to the Baltimore recipients:

Sphinx Club – Baltimore City
($100,000 awarded to Druid Heights Community Development Corporation)
The Sphinx Club opened in 1946 in an era of segregated public venues and was one of the nation’s first minority-owned membership night clubs. The Sphinx Club became the center of social life along Pennsylvania Avenue, where African Americans could enjoy some of America's most famous musicians and entertainers. The building has recently been stabilized and the grant will assist in its ongoing interior and exterior rehabilitation.

Sanaa Center – Baltimore City
($100,000 awarded to Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District, Inc.)
Located in the Old West Baltimore National Register Historic District, the Sanaa Center will be an expansion of the adjacent Harris-Marcus Center that will include co-working space, arts incubator space, and outdoor site improvements. Grant funds will be used for acquisition and pre-development of this project, which is intended to support Black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. 

We Have a Winner!

Claire Parker
Descending Darkness
Queen Anne’s County High School, Grade 12

We also want to acknowledge the work of the following students:
Ray Grabowski
Rising Sun High School, Grade 10

Kassidy Atherholt
Queen Anne’s County High School, Grade 12

Launches & Seeks Vendors

The perfect place to peruse and purchase unique Baltimore themed and inspired gift items. You will also find Baltimore cultural events listed that will aid you in better appreciating the rich culture and history of the city experience.

Each of our Authentic Baltimore partners has a retail site or organizational website filled with even more resources and selections. Our hope is that you will patronize their shops and join them for their events to gain a stronger love for Baltimore!

To have your products and events listed on our Authentic Baltimore page. Please email LaDawn Black, Marketing & Communications Manager for more information.
See You at President Street Station!

Hours of Operation:
10 am – 4 pm

Learn about Baltimore’s involvement in the Civil War, Box Car Brown’s escape to the north and William and Ellen C (Kraft’s) disguise to escape to Freedom.


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.

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