March 14, 2004
One afternoon in 1959, I came home from high school to find my mother in tears. "I have bad news," she said. "Mario Lanza died today." I, too, burst into tears, mourning the end of the golden voice that had made Mario Lanza's movies so popular and that had crowned him as the Enrico Caruso of the 1950s. When he died in Rome, he was 38 years old. Flash forward to several months ago. I made my first visit to Philadelphia. There, I discovered not only the Mario Lanza Museum, but also the Mario Lanza Institute, Mario Lanza Park, Mario Lanza mural and Mario Lanza's birthplace.
July 26, 1998
Mission: To preserve and demonstrate the rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period through educational programs and tours of the museum site, a once-working Harford County farm near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace. The turn-of-the-century farmhouse includes a formal sitting room and a kitchen with a wood-burning stove and icebox. The nearby shops and barn feature craft demonstrations and numerous displays, including tools, milking machines, spinning wheels and looms, as well as carriages, sleighs and other horse-drawn vehicles.
December 9, 1993
If you long to read copies of old, hard-to-find Jet magazines, or to admire a stamp collection featuring black Americans, visit today's open house at the Howard County Center of African-American Culture in Town Center.The open house, marking the museum's official reopening, takes place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the 1,900-square-foot museum at One Commerce Center.Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.In October, the museum moved from 10 Corporate Center, near the American Cafe, to nearby One Commerce Center, because it didn't have enough money to stay in the previous location, said Wylene Burch, the museum's founder and director.
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.
January 9, 1991
THE NATIONAL Endowment of the Arts has eliminated five established arts endowment grant programs, including one that specifically provides money for museums to purchase the work of living American artists.Museum directors across the country and working artists say that the museum-purchase program had, in fits and starts over the last 20 years, become one of the most important mechanisms by which predominantly emerging artists reached the crucial plateau of making their first sales to legitimate museum collections.
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.