Christmas 2017 in Upper Marlboro, MD

It’s always nice to go home. I’ve posted before about the lovely part of Maryland that I consider home. I always try to get out and take a long drive through the rural area around my mom’s house when I’m back. We had great weather this past Christmas, so Aleksi and I sneaked off to hang out on the landing for some alone time. We also took a walk around the graveyard at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Croom, which was built between 1742-1745 and is one of the oldest Episcopal churches Southern Maryland. There a number of historically significant folks buried around the tiny church.

[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. For more pictures of Maryland, click here.]

MD: Hamden, Baltimore

hamden7 “No neighborhood says “Bawlmer” quite like north Baltimore’s Hampden, a 19th-century blue-collar mill town that has evolved into the epicenter of hipster Baltimore kitsch.

Made famous for its starring role in John Waters’ films and long known as the place where everybody calls you “hon,” Hampden centers on 36th Street – known to locals simply as the Avenue. You’ll find original shops and an eccentric array of cafes mingling with the barber shops and pharmacies that keep this authentic, hardworking neighborhood real.” (text via)

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[35mm taking in July 2015 with my 1999 Olympus 105G Superzoom. Click here for more pictures of Maryland.]

MD: American Visionary Art Museum

visionary This place. Wow. I cannot even begin to describe how inspiring it was! They define visionary art as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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visionary4 [35mm taken with my 1999 Olympus 105G Superzoom. Click here for more pictures of Maryland.]

MD: Baltimore Inner Harbor

Baltimore1 These pictures are from a lovely day trip with Aleksi. We wandered around downtown after visiting the unmatched American Visionary Art Museum. I was most recently in back in Baltimore in March for the 2016 annual conference of the National Council on Public History, an organization closely connected to the history nonprofit I work for, the American Association for State and Local History. It was nice to be back in Maryland. We had the incredible opportunity to listen to a talk from Devin Allen, the Baltimore native and amateur photographer whose picture of the Baltimore Uprising of 2015 made it to the cover of time. If you want to know more about the Baltimore Uprising, check out Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, an effort by the Maryland Historical Society to preserve “and make accessible original content that was captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015.”

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As I’ve mentioned before, I was homeschooled, and when we were younger, my mom would take my brothers and I to the harbor all the time to visit the Walters Art Museum and go on all the historic ships docked in the harbor. So, while I am certainly not a local, Baltimore holds a special place in my heart. There is so much to see and do and so much weirdness in that city if you take the time to look.

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baltimore2  [35mm taken with my 1999 Olympus 105G Superzoom. Click here for more pictures of Maryland.]