Opening Eyes...
June 2010
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Chautauqua will be at a new location this year on the Eastern Shore. The Avalon Theater will be hosting July 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. Click here to see more locations.
Did you know...
We've posted new YouTube clips about our 2010 Chautauqua characters. Check them out!
The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) promotes humanities programming throughout Maryland, encouraging dialogue that explores human values, strengthens our communities and connects us to the wider world.
Chautauqua is Going Beyond the Boundaries in July 2010!
MHC is gearing up for our favorite summer time event
The three historical characters who epitomize this year’s theme, Beyond Boundaries are Thurgood Marshall (Lenneal Henderson), Sacagawea (Selene Phillips) and as Frederick Law Olmsted (Gerry Wright).
Why Beyond Boundaries? This year’s theme invites folks to think about how these characters broke social boundaries, crossed borders and created shared public places. This free event is part performance, part history lesson and all fun.
Audience participation makes these events interactive and engaging for the whole family.
To learn more about the characters and performers, click here.
To see the schedule, click here.
(Image by Tom Chalkley, Baltimore, MD).
Grants Awarded
The Maryland Humanities Council Grants Committee met in May and approved the following 10 projects.
MHC Awarded Grants 

Amount of Award

David C.Driskell Center
Performing Race in African American Visual Culture - A Symposium
The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell's Point, Inc.
Lectures/website Component Based on Cultural Resource Survey for MD for Washington Rochambeau
Historical Society of Talbot County
African American Heritage Project
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Food Processing & the Environment
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Books into Film
Historic Sotterley, Inc.
Implementing Living History in the Reinterpretation of Sotterley Plantation
Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
Race and Place in Baltimore Neighborhoods
Frostburg State University
Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival
Shakuntala - Sanskrit Play Adaptation
B&O Railroad Museum
Iron Horses and Shadows of War
The projects represent a variety of humanities disciplines and formats. For more information about grants, please visit our website at or contact Lydia Woods at 410-685-0303.
MHC Events in June 
Thursday, June 10 is Harriet Tubman Day in Howard County. Presenters and attendees will have an interactive dialogue, share information and have fact-finding conversations on the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman, Maryland slavery, freedom via the Underground Railroad and the role that the faith community played in the fight for freedom. There will be exhibits, hand outs and free literature available for attendees. This event is free and open to the public.
Article ImageSunday, June 13 through Thursday June, 17 is the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park. State History Day winners from across the country gather to compete for top honors. MHC wishes our Maryland winners good luck! Be sure to read our blog out "on the scene" blogger, Auni Husted.
The Mount Vernon Literary Walking Tour is Saturday, June 19 at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the sidewalk in front of Old Saint Paul’s Rectory at 24 West Saratoga Street in Baltimore. The walk is around 1.5 miles, and thirteen locations are visited including the Stafford Hotel where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and the house where Emily Post was born. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to wear your walking shoes!
A Tribute to Lucille Clifton will be held Thursday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Poet Lucille Clifton was a mentor, friend and teacher to scores of writers around Maryland and around the country. Join us for this celebration of her life. Poets from the state will recite favorite poems, and we invite you to bring your own. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here
to see our complete calendar of MHC events.
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