November 8, 1998
Mission: To preserve and interpret African-American history and culture. Named for two eminent black Marylanders, scientist Benjamin Banneker and writer-abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the museum was established in 1984 as a project of the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture. Housed in a converted, 124-year-old, historic structure, the former MountMoriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Annapolis museum is home to artifacts from the lives of Banneker and Douglass and other famous black Marylanders.
April 27, 1991
When the new Orioles stadium at Camden Yards is inaugurated next year, Babe Ruth's birthplace will be only a fly-ball away. A museum consisting of four row houses has operated at 212-218 Emory Street since 1974, commemorating the great slugger's roots in Baltimore and his career with the New York Yankees.As exhibits have increased and word has gotten around about the museum, the number of visitors has zoomed. Close to 35,000 fans paid homage to the Babe last year. That number is likely to triple at the very least when the Orioles move to the new downtown ballpark.
March 25, 1994
It may never be known for sure whether the Colony 7 Motel off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway was ever used by spies trying to eavesdrop on the nearby National Security Agency.But the super-secret code-breaking agency apparently thought it was possible. A couple of years ago it used some taxpayers' money to buy the motel and erase a possible security risk.The motel complex, located on Route 32, has now been reopened as the National Cryptological Museum. While NSA itself remains shrouded in mystery, the museum chronicles the historical development of codes from the Middle Ages to a recent Cray high-speed computer that contained no fewer than 45 miles of wires.
January 31, 1991
In the arts community, they sometimes jokingly refer to Black History Month as "black hysterical month," because of the mad scramble to find black art and presenters to be part of the annual celebration.But at the Baltimore Museum of Art, officials expend a lot of energy to avoid the annual February rush."At our museum at least, focusing on the African-American community's history and origins is not isolated to Black History Month," says Brenda Richardson, BMA's deputy director for art. "We try to have events celebrating black culture throughout the year."
September 19, 2004
To celebrate its grand opening, the National Museum of the American Indian is throwing a six-day First Americans Festival, which begins Tuesday. Highlights of the festival, which will be held on the National Mall, include: Native Nations Procession: Composed of nearly 20,000 Native Americans in traditional dress, the walk begins at the Smithsonian Castle at 9:30 a.m. and culminates at noon with an hour-long dedication ceremony held outside the new museum....
September 29, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Catch a wave that really cranks, one that is powerful and fast, and you're shredding. Challenge one that breaks precariously close to shore, and it's hairball. And fall in dramatic fashion, and you've had a flaming wipeout.This is the vocabulary of surfers, who embrace the sea air, brave the chilly waters and dive into their favorite activity along the Southern California coast and other surfing hot spots across the globe.It is also the type of talk that can be overheard at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum.