Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum This Baltimore County historical park and museum celebrates the life and accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker. The park land was once the lifelong home and farmstead of Mr.
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Banneker. Visit the homestead of freeman Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), self-taught mathematician and astronomer, published author of six successful almanacs, naturalist, surveyor, clock-maker, bee-keeper, and abolitionist. Enjoy the museum gallery celebrating his life and visit a re-creation of his cabin and gardens. Walk the trails across his 100-acre farm and orchard. Be inspired by his incredible story and lifelong accomplishments! We offer a variety of educational history and nature programs and events throughout the year. Please see the Events page for the current schedule. *Should you require special accommodations (i.e., language interpreter, large print, etc.) for a visit to our museum, please give as much notice as possible by calling the museum/park office at 410-887-1081 or the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370. For our friends who use a TDD, please dial 410-877-5319. The museum is wheelchair accessible, as is our picnic gazebo and the Bannaky/Treuth House.

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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum's cover photo
10/12/2020

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum's cover photo

On Sunday, October 9, 1806 Benjamin Banneker died peacefully at home just one month short of his 74th birthday.  His obi...
10/09/2020

On Sunday, October 9, 1806 Benjamin Banneker died peacefully at home just one month short of his 74th birthday. His obituary in the Federal Gazette described his character as well as his achievement, “He was well known in his neighborhood for his quiet and peaceable demeanor, and among scientific men as an astronomer and mathematician.”
Mr. Banneker lived a life worth contemplating. As a free black man, he lived quietly on his family farm and yet he challenged the status quo by honing his natural giftedness in mathematics. He went on to handcraft a working clock out of wood, master astronomy, publish six successful almanacs, challenge Thomas Jefferson on the issue of slavery, and survey the boundary of the District of Columbia.
Please come visit Mr. Banneker's homestead where you can walk his land, visit a replica of his cabin, and study his life and accomplishments in the museum gallery.
#AfricanAmericanHistory #baltimorecounty #blackhistory #colonial #perseverance

Shine on, Harvest Moon!
10/01/2020

Shine on, Harvest Moon!

It's October, a Blue Moon Month! The next full moon, the Harvest Moon, will appear soon after 5 p.m. this evening. As the full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox (the end of summer and start of fall), this is the Harvest Moon. During the harvest season farmers sometimes need to work late into the night “by the light of the Moon”. In most years the Harvest Moon falls in September but this is one of the years it falls in October, making this a “Blue Moon” month. The second full moon will arrive on October 31st.

Keep your eyes peeled when visiting our pollinator garden! This monarch chrysalis was one of two spotted during last Sat...
09/30/2020

Keep your eyes peeled when visiting our pollinator garden! This monarch chrysalis was one of two spotted during last Saturday's BioBlitz.
What’s happening here? Inside, the larva is developing into an adult; its wings and other adult organs are forming. Last of all, the wings receive their orange, black, and white coloring and can be seen through the chrysalis. All this within only 8-15 days! When the adult emerges, the wings will be pumped with fluid and take shape. Once they dry out, the new monarch will fly off to eat and mate and the life cycle begins again.

Thanks, Troop 5916, for our new garden! The girls planted a rose garden last Saturday at the entrance to the park as a t...
09/30/2020

Thanks, Troop 5916, for our new garden! The girls planted a rose garden last Saturday at the entrance to the park as a tribute to Rosie the Riveter and to Betty Soskin, age 97, the oldest National Park Ranger who interprets on the African American Wartime experience firsthand. Signage dedicating the garden will be installed at the Benjamin Banneker Birthday Celebration on November 7th.
“We are Girl Scouts from Troop 5916 completing our Silver Award, one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can receive. For our project, we planted Rosie the Riveter Floribunda Roses in memory of the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. The Riveters are getting older and we do not want their efforts to be forgotten. These flowers are a mix of orange and pink and take up 3-4 feet of space per bush.”

Do you care about pollinators? We need your help!Join Baltimore County Recreation & Parks, Benjamin Banneker Historical ...
09/25/2020
Parks for Pollinators: Baltimore County Recreation/Parks: Banneker Historical Park

Do you care about pollinators? We need your help!
Join Baltimore County Recreation & Parks, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, and other parks across the country in a challenge to document as many pollinator species as possible this September. It's easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist app.
The iNaturalist app allows you to take a picture of a pollinator (bee, butterfly, bat, etc.) or pollinator-friendly plant and the community will help identify the species.
So get started this weekend! Explore Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and get snap happy! Any pollinator or plant observation you make will count during our event.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/parks-for-pollinators-baltimore-county-recreation-parks-banneker-historical-park

Join Baltimore County Recreation/Parks, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and other parks across the country in a fun challenge to see how many pollinator species can be documented this September. It is easy to participate by joining an event or making observations on your own using the iNaturalist....

We've reached the fall equinox; come walk in our woods and see how nature is preparing for winter. Brisk temperatures, f...
09/22/2020

We've reached the fall equinox; come walk in our woods and see how nature is preparing for winter.
Brisk temperatures, falling leaves in vibrant colors, migrating birds, the crackle of a campfire...what's your favorite thing about fall?
#autumnleaves #autumnvibes #fall #fallcolors #pumpkin #campfire
Photo: Tereza Hoskova

Volunteers from The Thrive Center for Emerging Young Adults picked apples and pears from Mr. Banneker’s orchard this wee...
09/19/2020

Volunteers from The Thrive Center for Emerging Young Adults picked apples and pears from Mr. Banneker’s orchard this week in preparation for cider-making at Benjamin Banneker’s birthday celebration on November 7. Save the date on your calendar and bring the whole family out for the fun!
Thank you, Thrive Emerge!

Today is National Pawpaw Day! Pawpaws grow natively in the Eastern United States and have the unusual taste of what some...
09/17/2020

Today is National Pawpaw Day! Pawpaws grow natively in the Eastern United States and have the unusual taste of what some describe as banana-mango custard. The pawpaw is a small, understory tree and can be found growing in clumps in shady areas where the soil is moist and fertile. The small, green fruit grows in clusters and begins to ripen in late summer, peaking in September and October. Benjamin Banneker enjoyed this fruit straight out of his orchard.
Photos: Laura DeSilverio Mead

09/14/2020
'Choose something you love' - ESA astronaut gives advice to kids

First full week of school. Benjamin Banneker's remarkable life of achievement began with his unquenchable desire for knowledge and discovery, especially in math and sciences. Here, Astronaut Luca Parmitano encourages us to study with fun, passion, and life purpose in mind.

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has some advice for children as they look to their future. [No Place Like Home: Astronaut Luca Parmitano Reminds Us How 'Preciou...

Remembrance and healing
09/11/2020

Remembrance and healing

We will #neverforget the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on September 11th. We will continue to pray for their families and grieve for their tragic loss. Let’s remember those we lost, including the brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to save others.

What’s visible in the late summer sky? How about Pegasus, Aquarius, Capricornus, Sagittarius, and the globular star clus...
09/11/2020
Night sky, September 2020: What you can see this month [maps]

What’s visible in the late summer sky? How about Pegasus, Aquarius, Capricornus, Sagittarius, and the globular star clusters M2, M30, and Terzan 5!

Find out what's up in your night sky during September 2020 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.

Remote learning? Learning was very remote for Benjamin Banneker! The vast majority of his study was done at home on his ...
09/08/2020

Remote learning? Learning was very remote for Benjamin Banneker! The vast majority of his study was done at home on his farmstead and continued throughout his life. Borrowed books, curiosity about the natural world around him, a borrowed pocket watch, perseverance, and his own brilliant mind paved the way for him to one day be called the first African American man of science.
Inspire your child’s remote learning with a visit to Banneker’s homestead. We’re here for you Tuesday–Saturday 10-4 and Sundays 12-4.

Studying at home? You're in good company!
Benjamin Banneker learned to read at home and borrowed books and materials to fuel his interests. His lifelong curiosity and self-education allowed him to become a mathematician, astronomer, author of six published almanacs, surveyor for the District of Colombia, and an abolitionist.
Photo: Santi Vedri, Unsplash

"In Hagerstown, activists hope the refurbished old cabin will be a catalyst for change in one of the state’s oldest Afri...
09/03/2020
‘A little underdog’: A rediscovered log cabin with a mysterious past in Hagerstown showcases a forgotten Black community

"In Hagerstown, activists hope the refurbished old cabin will be a catalyst for change in one of the state’s oldest African American communities, a likely stop on the Underground Railroad."

At a time when more Americans are thinking about Black history, the log cabin on Jonathan Street has become what one blogger calls “a little underdog,” capturing attention from preservationists around Maryland and beyond.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum's cover photo
08/24/2020

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum's cover photo

The season is changing and Sirius is shining bright and colorful!
08/24/2020
Orion and Sirius the Dog Star | EarthSky.org

The season is changing and Sirius is shining bright and colorful!

A sign of the changing season, Sirius - the sky's brightest star - is visible before sunup. You'll know it's Sirius if the very noticeable 3 stars in Orion's Belt point to it.

Can't sleep? Get up and see up to 40-50 meteors/hour during the peak activity of the Perseids meteor shower!  Best time ...
08/11/2020
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Can't sleep? Get up and see up to 40-50 meteors/hour during the peak activity of the Perseids meteor shower! Best time is expected to be the pre-dawn hours of tomorrow and Thursday.

Curious about the upcoming Perseids meteor shower? Get ready, ‘cause here it comes!
Generally, meteor showers names are based on the constellation the meteors appear to 'radiate' from. The Perseids are no exception, they seem to radiate from the double cluster in the constellation Perseus.

The annual Perseids meteor shower results from debris of the Swift-Tully comet coming in contact with the Earth's atmosphere. This debris contacts the Earth's upper atmosphere at approximately 130,000 mph! Each year this meteor shower occurs from July 17-Aug. 24. In fact, this year, on July 14, during our Jupiter in Opposition program folks saw 'shooting stars', harbingers of the Perseids.

The best viewing dates/times are pre-dawn hours of Aug. 11, 12, and 13th. Although there will be moonlight from the last quarter moon, the Perseids brightness should outshine the moonlight. You might be able to see 40-50 meteors/hour during peak activity! Look in the NE sky below Cassiopeia and you will find the constellation Perseus. Go outside at least 30 minutes in advance to acclimate your eyes to the darkness (at least 20 minutes) and locate the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky. Preferably, to plan be outside for at least an hour so bring a lawn chair! The darker the sky viewing location, the better.

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

Curious about the upcoming Perseids meteor shower? Get ready, ‘cause here it comes!Generally, meteor showers names are b...
08/05/2020
Perseids Meteor Shower 2020

Curious about the upcoming Perseids meteor shower? Get ready, ‘cause here it comes!
Generally, meteor showers names are based on the constellation the meteors appear to 'radiate' from. The Perseids are no exception, they seem to radiate from the double cluster in the constellation Perseus.

The annual Perseids meteor shower results from debris of the Swift-Tully comet coming in contact with the Earth's atmosphere. This debris contacts the Earth's upper atmosphere at approximately 130,000 mph! Each year this meteor shower occurs from July 17-Aug. 24. In fact, this year, on July 14, during our Jupiter in Opposition program folks saw 'shooting stars', harbingers of the Perseids.

The best viewing dates/times are pre-dawn hours of Aug. 11, 12, and 13th. Although there will be moonlight from the last quarter moon, the Perseids brightness should outshine the moonlight. You might be able to see 40-50 meteors/hour during peak activity! Look in the NE sky below Cassiopeia and you will find the constellation Perseus. Go outside at least 30 minutes in advance to acclimate your eyes to the darkness (at least 20 minutes) and locate the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky. Preferably, to plan be outside for at least an hour so bring a lawn chair! The darker the sky viewing location, the better.

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

The 2020 Perseids meteor shower will peak on the night of August 11 and early morning of August 12. Use the meteor shower animation to find out how, where, and when to see these shooting stars.

So, what do you get when you sign up for virtual camp? A whole week's worth of activities, a reusable bag, and a bandana...
07/26/2020

So, what do you get when you sign up for virtual camp? A whole week's worth of activities, a reusable bag, and a bandana! We are still accepting registrations! Email [email protected] to learn more, or stop by the Museum for a registration flyer!

We’re excited to announce our first ever Virtual Summer Camp – a week of themed activities related to nature, history, t...
07/17/2020

We’re excited to announce our first ever Virtual Summer Camp – a week of themed activities related to nature, history, the park and farmstead, and astronomy. Please see attached flyer and registration page for all the details. We are offering three sessions: July 27-31 for ages 6-8; August 3-7 for ages 6-8; and August 10-14 for ages 9-11. We look forward to continuing our yearly camp tradition with you!

Despite the rumors, there are NO fireworks of any kind at BBHPM this weekend!Photo: Nacho Rachon, Unsplash
07/02/2020

Despite the rumors, there are NO fireworks of any kind at BBHPM this weekend!

Photo: Nacho Rachon, Unsplash

It's July already! Come find the pollinators in our gardens!
07/01/2020

It's July already! Come find the pollinators in our gardens!

The wait is over! The museum is open once again! Come enjoy the museum on Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 - 4 and Sundays 12 - 4...
06/30/2020

The wait is over! The museum is open once again! Come enjoy the museum on Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 - 4 and Sundays 12 - 4. Please be careful to practice social distancing and wear a mask while indoors.
Baltimore County requires you answer three screening questions prior to entering the building. You may answer online at bacosafe.org or in person at the door.

We know these times have been challenging in more ways than one. We'd like to offer you some good news about the goings-...
06/23/2020

We know these times have been challenging in more ways than one. We'd like to offer you some good news about the goings-on at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum: our Virtual Summer Camp will begin in July!

Staff members Grace and Chase are preparing a camp structure that enforces physical distancing but promotes fun and learning from home, your neighborhood, and Banneker Park. We're working hard to provide you with take-home versions of classic camp activities, as well as some new activities.

Registration will be limited, so please stay tuned for more information on camp dates and the registration process.

06/19/2020
Juneteenth 2020, Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

Today we reflect on Benjamin Banneker's challenge to Thomas Jefferson, the significance of Juneteenth, and taking personal responsibility for change.
"We must understand that being anti-racist and anti-prejudice is never something we can stop being or something that will ever end...In order to create a better society we will always be fighting for positive change, not only against external oppressive forces, but also against our own internalized prejudice."

Come enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in the park, trails, orchard, playground, and picnic areas! They are now OPEN from...
06/13/2020

Come enjoy the sunshine and fresh air in the park, trails, orchard, playground, and picnic areas! They are now OPEN from sunrise to sunset as of today. All buildings and restrooms remain closed at this time. Programs & activities are canceled through June 30.
Please be intentional about social distancing at all times.
Photo: M.D.Dengler

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Loving all of the events and programs you have coming up this fall. Thank you!
It's a great place for gathering, hiking, festivals, history and an enjoyable day outside.
Sun Don’t Set in the Mornin’ sung by Jubilee Voices on Saturday at the Fair.
Thanks to all the museum staff and volunteers who helped make the Colonial Market Fair a success!
Ben would appreciate this view--with the Earth's moon alongside Jupiter dimmed by clouds, one can see the Moons of Jupiter in the same view. https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap190523.html Jupiter is bright and high in the sky around midnight now, reaching opposition on June 10th.
A memorial yesterday at Mount Vernon:
Historic London Town & Gardens near Annapolis is hosting events this weekend of interest to folks here: 1) Uncertain Freedom: 1864 each day 10-4:30 Sept. 1-2, Meet people of color there anticipating the Union Victory, and 2) Freedom on the Horizon, Saturday evening 6:30-8:00 Nastassia Parker-Gross (demonstrator at Banneker Colonial events) debuts her one-woman show about Oney Judge, born at Mount Vernon, who escaped here slavery in 1796.
Banjo festival this coming Sunday may interest folks who enjoyed the Colonial Market Fair music last weekend.
Jubilee Voices
Jubilee Voices - What a great show!
JOSIAH Documentary Screening https://josiahhenson.com/documentary/ When: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 6 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm) Where: Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Md. 21030 Who was Josiah Henson? How has history forgotten this man? Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape with his family to Canada. His story inspired the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that made people realize the brutal reality of slavery and fanned the flames of the Civil War. Yet despite his notable achievements and contribution to abolition, Henson’s story has been largely lost to history. Until now. Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, JOSIAH is a 39-minute documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. Watch the trailer at www.josiahhenson.com, and please join us for a local screening of JOSIAH, where you’ll get to know more about this exceptional man and what he stood for. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking on site. Questions? Contact the Historical Society at 410-666-1878 / [email protected].