Sign up for Bmore Historic on Friday, September 28

Registration for Bmore Historic is open so please get your tickets online soon! Tickets are just $10 for students and $15 for all other participants.

We are excited to host our eighth annual unconference on Friday, September 28 at the beautiful Baltimore Museum of Industry in Federal Hill. We welcome professionals, volunteers, students, and scholars—people who care about historic places and public history in the Baltimore region. We work hard to make Bmore Historic a welcoming space for people who work, teach, and learn in many different settings—libraries, museums, community groups, and activist organizations—where we can come together to talk about our shared interests and challenges.

This year, we’re trying something new: a track of sessions on equity, access, and relevance. We recognize that these topics are more important than ever before to cultural heritage organizations and we are excited by the opportunity to learn about topics including public access to archives, universal accessibility, and more. Of course, we’re still looking for proposals on all kinds of topics and we’ll have plenty of space for impromptu sessions around your interests and concerns. If you are interested in facilitating a session, please submit a proposal or get in touch to discuss your ideas.

We are also excited to partner with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Wikimedia DC to host a special Wikipedia edit-a-thon focused on local architects who belong to historically underrepresented groups (especially women and Black architects). Bmore Historic participants are welcome to join the edit-a-thon for part of the day or the whole time—the morning session will include a training on how to edit Wikipedia followed by time for editing in the late morning and afternoon.

Thanks to the UMBC Orser Center and the Dresher Center for the Humanities for sponsoring this year’s event. Special thanks to this year’s volunteer organizers: David Armenti, Meagan Baco, Margaret De Arcangelis, Auni Gelles, Courtney Hobson, Johns Hopkins, Jamie Keffer, Nicole King, and Beth Maloney. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please get in touch!

Get your tickets! Registration for Bmore Historic 2017 is open.

Bmore Historic returns to the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Friday, September 29 and registration is now open. If you don’t know already, Bmore Historic is an annual one-day unconference for people who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in Baltimore, across the state of Maryland, and beyond. This year, we’ve simplified the registration process and made it easier for you to sign up your board members, coworkers, or students with our group registration option. We also have a new way for you to share a session proposal.

As always, Bmore Historic is organized by Baltimore Heritage and a wonderful team of volunteers. You can contact me with any questions at or 301-204-3337.

Special thanks to the UMBC Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture for supporting Bmore Historic in 2017!

We are still seeking more supporters for this year’s unconference. If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor please get in touch.

2015 Unconference Unschedule

Morning 1: 10-10:50am

Counting Room: Appropriəte or Appropriāte: Issues in Interpretation

France Hall: DH+UX

3rd Floor Classroom: Historic Mapping

Search Room: Hack the Museum

MHC: Preservation Challenges

Morning 2: 11:10pm-12pm

Counting Room:

France Hall: Confederate Monuments

3rd Floor Classroom: Community Archiving

Search Room: FOIA & Local History

MHC: Public Writing + Open Publishing

Afternoon 1: 1:40-2:30pm

Counting Room: Landscapes of Slavery

France Hall: Baltimore Uprising

Search Room: Beyond the Glass Case

MHC: How do we better integrate equity into preservation?

Afternoon 2: 2:50-3:40pm

Counting Room: Social Media for Cultural Orgs

France Hall: How do WE prevent gentrification?

3rd Floor Classroom: Baltimore Revisited


How do WE prevent gentrification during revitalization of our neighborhoods?

I experienced confusion about what the word gentrification means so I asked others.

How can we revitalize, change and grow our communities without pushing people out of their neighborhoods?


how prevent it

“We have historic preservation for buildings we need historic preservation for neighborhoods.” – Mindy Fullilove

Let’s have a conversation nested in a consensus model about what we might do to prevent gentrification from emerging during the revitalization of our neighborhoods.

Judith Lombardi

Judith Lombardi, LCSW-C, Ph.D. is a social worker turned sociology professor, turned “social” documentarian interested in provoking conversations that generate something new.

Baltimore Revisited: What should a new book on Baltimore’s social history look like?

Baltimore Revisited: Social History for the Twenty-First Century City is an edited collection currently underway that draws from a wide range of researchers inside and outside of the academy to tell the stories of how and why Baltimore looks and functions as it does today. The project is revisiting the popular and important 1991 book The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History. In this session we will discuss what should be included in a new book on the city’s local and social history and why. What is essential? What might be forgotten or overlooked? How can the book function as a solid introduction to the stories of Baltimore? How can the book best serve scholars, students, and the general public?

Nicole King

Dr. Nicole King is an associate professor and chair of the Department of American Studies and director of the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture at UMBC. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 and a M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at the University of New Mexico in 2001. Her research and teaching interests focus on issues of place, economic development, identity, and power. King’s scholarship analyzes changes to the social and built environment during the rise of consumer culture in the twentieth century—such as the development of vernacular landscapes of tourism in the U.S. South and the decline of industrial neighborhoods in Baltimore. She is currently working on a study of the history of arts districts and issues of development in Baltimore.


Roundtable Discussion about the Relevance of the work of James Lowen to Understanding Baltimore’s History & Confederate Monuments

This is for persons who have at least some idea about what is in one or more of the following books by Loewen:

  1. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  2. The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The “Great Truth” about the “Lost Cause”
  3. Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
  4. Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

—Sam Hopkins, Board Member, Baltimore City Historical Society

Sam Hopkins is interested in the phenomena that causes important history be be: inaccurately taught or shared or otherwise to become accepted truth and wisdom believed by huge portions of the public, including the well educated; not known at all by the same large part of even the most educated among us. So, my special interests are the research and writing of James Loewen and also the Naturalization Act of 1790 that restricted naturalized citizenship to “free white persons” and the fact this racial restriction was not repealed until 1952.

Social Media for Cultural Organizations: Means or End?

In 2015, it’s clear that social media plays a major role for cultural institutions such as museums, parks, and nonprofit organizations. Whether your institution is large enough to have a dedicated staff member for online communications/social media or these duties are just one of many hats you wear, let’s discuss how to maximize social media for public history and preservation purposes.

What do you see as the function of social media at your organization? How do you measure success? Who is your target audience, and are you reaching them on social media? At your institution, is social media a means to another goal (such as visiting your site or attending a program), or is online engagement itself the goal? What has worked in the past, and what do you hope to try moving forward? How does your social media correspond with your programs, website, etc.?

—Auni Gelles, @aunigelles

I am a public historian working in heritage tourism. The power of historic places is unlike anything else–and that motivates me to promote preservation and sustainable engagement with historic resources. I’m currently working on my graduate thesis, a digital history project on the Battle of Baltimore in collaboration with Baltimore Heritage.

Appropriəte or Appropriāte: Issues in Interpretation

Like most of our colleagues I strongly believe that cultural institutions have certain responsibilities when interpreting history, particularly in regards to cultural narratives. But what exactly does this mean to each of us? Can there be consensus on how museums should and should not interpret? Are there topics, artifacts or stories that should be excluded from display? Should methodologies change from history museums to art organizations and if so, how?

Recently the Boston Museum of Fine Arts faced a protest over a public program involving visitors donning kimonos. While this controversy had the public, and museum professionals, taking sides on whether this type of programming is appropriate or not, this technique is a very common one in our field. History organizations are attempting to reach out to changing communities in a wide variety of ways, interpreting recent events as well as incorporating unusual strategies. However, the very communities and cultures we are representing are often left out of the interpretive process, with the best of intentions leading to potential misunderstandings. Concerns about financial sustainability or striving for innovative programs have sometimes led to initiatives that reflect the communities in unintended ways.

During this discussion we will explore the various ways that history museums RE-present culture and discuss relationships of community engagement. Session participants will be asked to explore examples of projects that have been successful and others that have been less so.

—Robert Forloney

Robert Forloney is a Cultural Institution Consultant working with a number of clients to develop innovative programs, train interpreters and facilitate strategic planning. He has worked in the museum field for almost twenty years- as a teacher for the New York City Museum School as well as an educator, administrator and consultant at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. In addition he has formally taught as a classroom teacher for the New York City Museum School, adjunct faculty at Goucher College and lecturer for multiple universities. Whether working with an art institution or a history museum, Robert attempts to make objects and images accessible to diverse audiences through facilitating conversations as well as utilizing experiential learning techniques.

DH + UX: Digital Humanities and User Experience

Digital Humanities is booming. There are DH centers, jobs with “digital” in the title (i.e. my own), and lots of digital scholarship outlets and platforms. DH touches on a wide variety of disciplines, including – but not limited to – history, art history, linguistics, media studies, anthropology, and comparative literature, to name a few. Let’s talk about doing, supporting, and contributing to Digital Humanities projects, as well as how to make user-centered design part of the DH game plan.

This discussion requires zero prior knowledge or experience with either DH or UX. In fact, if you’re not familiar with UX at all, please feel encouraged to attend!

—Jennifer Ferretti, @CityThatReads

I’m the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Decker Library. I have a background in fine arts and a Masters of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in New York City. I have nine years experience working in libraries, museums, and archives. I’ve managed digital project programs, archival processing (traditional and born-digital) programs, curated exhibitions, and participated in digital humanities projects. I have a deep interest in Baltimore’s African American community circa 1930-1970 and have researched this topic for an exhibit as well as research papers and conference presentations. I started bLAMcollective (Baltimore Libraries, Archives, and Museums), intended to be an informal group of professionals or students of any area to discuss articles, projects, or just share over drinks or coffee. Not having a car has enabled me to see Baltimore City by foot and bike. I love public parks and recently I’ve started running with the intention of completing a half marathon some time in the future.