James Singewald, is photographing and researching ten historic streets in Baltimore for his project, Baltimore: A History Block by Block. This 4:30 video explains his project and presents a series of his photographs that show the rich variety of architecture that survives (and may be soon demolished) and is raising funds for 4×5 film, processing, research, and publication on Kickstarter. It’s a great way to raise funds to research and document historic neighborhoods, and he’d appreciate your support with a gift of $10 or more (he’s raised nearly half of his expenses with 65 backers). Singewald received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art abd is currently the imaging services technician at the Maryland Historical Society> He funded his previous book, Old Town, East Baltimore, in 2010 through Kickstarter.
A couple weeks ago I attended a lecture on the “world of a slave” at the Sandy Spring Museum in Maryland. Kym Rice spoke about her recently published two-volume work, The World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States, which she co-edited with Martha Katz-Hyman of Colonial Williamsburg. Many of you know Kym as the director of the museum studies program at George Washington University, but you may not know she is also working towards her Ph.D. in American Studies, focusing on African American history and culture.
Joining her was Michael Twitty, one of the contributors to the encyclopedia. He gave a fascinating lecture on African American foodways but also discussed an upcoming research trip as part of his Cooking Gene Project:
From May to September, Michael will be going with a team of friends on several expeditions into the Old South searching for his own connections to his ancestors through food and cooking. The Southern Discomfort Tour–May to July–will form the bulk of these explorations and will incorporate diverse Continue reading