Learn more about the women who give Baltimore a good name at special events in March

Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2020 by Melissa Howison

Strolling through the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House–a celebration of Mary Pickersgill–or the Cone Collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art is empowering because it teaches us about famous women in Baltimore’s history; but what about the lesser known women who helped shape our city? Imagine knowing their stories.

“There were two women that lived on Druid Hill Avenue that organized meetings for African-American women in Baltimore to support suffrage and the suffrage amendment,” local historian Wayne Schaumburg said. “I didn’t know that. I don’t think very many other people did either.”

Wayne will be at 2nd Wednesdays in the library, on March 11 from 7:00–9:00pm, to present The Feminine Touch, a presentation he created to tell the often-overlooked stories of incredibly powerful women in Baltimore’s history.

Mary Katherine Goddard, for example, became the first female employee of the United States government–in 1777! She’s one of many women discussed in Wayne’s presentation. He dives into their lives and legacies (some more famous than others), covering the time period from 1776–1950.

Baltimore History Evenings, on March 19 from 7:00–9:00pm, will fast forward to the present by featuring a woman currently helping to write Baltimore’s story. Linda G. Morris, author of Cherry Hill: Raising Successful Black Children in Jim Crow Baltimore, will examine the famous neighborhood’s history through personal memories and research.

Remembering the origins of the neighborhood, she writes, “African American families came from all over to live in the first housing in Baltimore…specifically for African Americans.”

2nd Wednesdays and Baltimore History Evenings feature many unique stories of our city. Help us honor the accomplishments of Baltimore women, past to present, by attending these two exciting presentations during Women’s History Month.