50 years ago today marks the beginning of the 1968 riots and unrest in Baltimore City. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 6, riots broke out in Baltimore. By April 12, 1968, the city had several deaths, many more injured, and an estimate of $8-10 million … Continue reading Baltimore ’68 Riots & Unrest
Our President & CEO recently spoke on WYPR's "Maryland Humanities Connection" about MARMIA and a film from our collections. You can listen to this radio podcast here and watch the home movie that was mentioned here. Siobhan also discussed MARMIA's need for assistance in fulfilling our mission to preserve and provide access to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic’s moving … Continue reading How Can You Help?
On January 28, 2017, MARMIA worked with artist Rahne Alexander, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), and the XFR Collective (pronounced "transfer") to put on a day of video digitization in the BMA's exhibit, "Queer Interiors". From the BMA's website: "Queer Interiors is part of the BMA’s Commons Collaboration initiative, which commissions an artist and … Continue reading Queer Interiors XFR STN
In about one month’s time, it will be Home Movie Day in Baltimore. It has been mentioned more than a few times at MARMIA that home movies are important documents of cultural heritage, not just for the family that it records but also for others who may never have met this family. This past spring … Continue reading The Sherwood Family Films
Baltimore's Home Movie Day this year will be held on October 25, 2015 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Deadline for submissions is October 5. More info and submission form can be found here: CallforEntries-BMA-HMD-10-25-15
Recently I had the opportunity to do some freelance film inspection at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Having gone to high school in Frederick County, my junior and senior year prom dances were all held at this small, picturesque city campus. I never really got to know much about this historic college other than it used to … Continue reading Taking a Look Under the Hood
From merriam-webster.com: guer·ril·la noun \gə-ˈri-lə, ge-, g(y)i-\ : a member of a usually small group of soldiers who do not belong to a regular army and who fight in a war as an independent unit September 6, 2014 1400 hours - 1700 hours Location: Maryland Historical Society (MHS) 201 W. Monument St. Baltimore, Maryland 21201 At the … Continue reading Film Recon Mission: Possible!
By Siobhan Hagan We are now about one month away from International Home Movie Day 2013, so I thought it an appropriate time to post and discuss some of my own home videos. On October 19 various cities and towns across the world will hold free and open to the public events where attendees can … Continue reading Pre-Gaming Home Movie Day
Written by archivist and filmmaker Dwight Swanson. Dwight resides in Baltimore where he maintains the home office of the Center for Home Movies. Amateur movie making as a popular activity in the United States is generally thought to have begun in earnest in 1923, when Kodak began marketing its 16mm system. Prior to that, the … Continue reading Christmas in August
<<Siobhan Hagan One of my favorite parts of being an archivist is the detective game one gets to play with the collections you find. One such collection has been nagging me at the Maryland Historical Society for years. It consisted of 2 boxes of films and photographs, and the content looked pretty interesting: Maryland horse … Continue reading The Halcyon Years of Horse Racing