Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Inc.
So many good things here. Maryland African American history. Publishing. Abolitionism. Reading and access to information for all.
A museum and park on the former homestead of Benjamin Banneker. This FB page is maintained by volunteers supporting the BBHPM.
Visit the former homestead of the remarkable Colonial historical figure Benjamin Banneker! In addition to our exhibits (both permanent and changing), we offer a wide selection of films and videos for viewing (see list below). Arrangements can be made to have a storyteller entertain your group with portrayals of the lives of Benjamin Banneker, Mary Bannaky and Molly Bannaky. Reserve a tour for your students today to learn about: -Benjamin Banneker's extraordinary life -African-American history in Maryland -What life was like in the 18th Century -Nature and Environmental Conservation *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.
Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Inc.
So many good things here. Maryland African American history. Publishing. Abolitionism. Reading and access to information for all.
Called the Father of the Underground Railroad, William Still was a born free in New Jersey, his parents having escaped from slavery in Maryland. "Between 1844 and 1865, Still helped at least 60 enslaved African-Americans escape bondage. Still interviewed many of the enslaved African-Americans seeking freedom, men, women, and families, documenting where they came from, the difficulties they met and help they found along the way, their final destination, and the pseudonyms they used to relocate."
William Still is known as the "Father of the Underground Railroad" because he assisted thousands of people to freedom from slavery.
Mr. Banneker wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1791 to challenge his views on slavery.
The post below reminds us that slavery is not that far back.
During the Civil War, photographers came to Beaufort County to document the lives of the now formerly enslaved people living and working in the Sea Islands. These photographers often placed young children in the foreground of their shots, perhaps as a way of galvanizing support for emancipation as a war aim in the northern states. But these images also reveal something else - just how close we really are to the Reconstruction era.
In the foreground of this photograph taken on St. Helena Island is a young child, perhaps 3 or 4 years old, which would mean they were probably born around 1860 into slavery. By the time the 15th Amendment was ratified, this child was ten years old. Some of their earliest memories may have been going with their father to vote at Brick Baptist Church, which was a voting precinct for citizens on St. Helena. By the time they were old enough themselves to vote in the late 1870s, Wade Hampton - leader of the Redshirts - had already assumed control of the state government, and Rutherford B. Hayes had already agreed to end military Reconstruction in many southern states. Fortunately for citizens on the Sea Islands in Beaufort County, they were able to hold on to the vote for a while longer. Perhaps if this child were male, they got to cast a vote for Robert Smalls during one of his Congressional terms in the 1880s. By the time this child was fifty years old, they had lost the right to vote through a barrage of literacy tests, poll taxes, and white supremacy. By the time they were sixty, they had seen women's suffrage, the veterans come home from World War I, and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. If this child lived into their 80s, they saw World War II. If they lived into their 90s, they may have looked up to the same stars that their parents looked to dreaming of a drinking gourd and freedom, and watched a Soviet satellite fly by. There’s a chance that this child’s life overlapped that of many people alive today. Perhaps somebody following this park page maybe even met this child as an elderly citizen on St. Helena Island 60 or 70 years ago.
If this child somehow lived into their early 100s, they may have heard Martin Luther King’s speech in Washington, and maybe – just maybe – they they got to cast one more vote again.
Born in 1731, Benjamin Banneker was a novelty as a landowner and free man of color in Baltimore. Born 35 years later, George Roberts sought freedom at sea as a privateer and fought the British on the Pride of Baltimore.
George Roberts was born in Baltimore sometime in 1766, although little is known of his early life. At age 46, he signed up to serve on Captain Richard Moon’s privateer Sarah Ann, sailing out of Baltimore in July 1812.
Planning your summer garden? Bee proactive in supporting pollinators!
Researchers have figured out which plant species bumble bees prefer to include in their diets, providing advice to those wishing to help with bee conservation efforts.
Gardening was an essential tool for survival in Benjamin Banneker's day. The garden was the grocery store and the pharmacy. In January he was no doubt planning and dreaming of his summer garden!
Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught mathematician and astronomer with six published almanacs to his name. He would've been fascinated with the changes in Betelgeuse!
As the fabled star continues to dim, the world holds its breath and hopes. Here's what's in store when the fateful day arrives.
Shana Keller, author of Tick Tock Banneker's Clock, does it again!
Author of Tick stock Banneker’s clock
Obviously this morning's Banneker's Birders event was a success!
Come see for yourself any Thursday morning at 7:30 am through February. Please see the Event page for more info.
Photo credit: Bremen & Debbie Trail
Gotta love those winter birds! Come join 'Banneker's Birders' on Thursday mornings now through February, 7:30-8:30 am, and discover how birds survive the winter cold. See the Events page for more info.
Northern cardinals sit together in this winter bird photo. Although the males have brighter feathers, the female cardinals look especially beautiful against the snowy
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
--Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963
Due to the anticipated snowfall, all scheduled activities at BBHPM are canceled and the Bannaky/Treuth House will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 18.
Photo by Aleksandra Rupar, Unsplash
Grow Food, Not Lawns
Do your kids love to read? Are you looking for something to do outdoors? Come enjoy the new book on our Story Trail, "Over and Under the Snow" by Kate Messner.
What do wildlife need in winter? Plants!
An American robin eats a hawthorn berry. Letting flowers go to seed, leaving leaves where they fall, and letting stalks remain standing can all help animals survive the winter. rmarnold / iStock.com
13 full moons, including 2 supermoons and a blue moon, will be shining in 2020
The full moon will look bigger and brighter than usual during two of the 12 months of 2020, and one month will have two full moons instead of one. These are the best months for moon watching in the new year, along with the nicknames of all 13 full moons of 2020.
Benjamin Banneker was born free, lived, and died free. But this was the reality of enslaved people on New Year's day.
A New Year's message from our director, Melanie Dance: Most Americans use New Year’s Day as a time to gain perspective on their goals so that they can move forward in their intended direction. In some cases, we stumble, fall and attempt to redirect ourselves as we seek out success and fulfillment. The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum (BBHPM) is doing something similar because as we are replacing our HVAC units, we are given time to plan for success!
As you look ahead to renewal in this next decade, we hope you’ll make the BBHPM a place to visit regularly and volunteer. This park is a place of both historic and community significance. There is room for growth here as we hope to involve master gardeners, master naturalists, lay historians, seniors, students, Scouts, 4-H members, and other community members as we continue to celebrate the First African-American Man of Science. Mr. Banneker’s gifts and contributions can be seen here at his farmstead, in his almanacs, and at the original D.C. Boundary Stone SE 6. If you have yet to find this boundary stone, a portion of which is in our gallery, come visit the museum in February after renovations are complete and learn how you can volunteer in 2020!
Happy New Year from the staff and volunteers of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum!
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Check out our beautiful new sign on the Tolley Trail!
Mr. Banneker was an avid astronomer. Would he agree that "Beetlejuice" might disappear?
The red giant Betelgeuse is the dimmest seen in years, prompting some speculation that the star is about to explode. Here's what we know.
A star in the sky, lighting a candle, sharing gifts, a table of bounty, whatever your celebration, from our cabin to yours, the staff and volunteers of BBHPM wish you Happy Holidays!
Mr. Banneker would have to agree...
Coming this January, "Bread for Words: A Frederick Douglass Story" by Shana Keller, author of "Tick Tock Banneker's Clock"!
Kayla Stark said it best:
Big News!!! And Cover Reveal!!!
“Bread For Words: A Frederick Douglass Story” written by me and illustrated by the talented Kayla Stark will be officially available mid January! You can Pre Order through Amazon and Barnes and Noble now!
Told from first-person perspective, this picture-book biography draws from the real-life experiences of young Frederick Douglass and his attempts to learn how to read and write. Published by Sleeping Bear Press; a big thank you to Barb & Felicia and the whole team! 💛
Here's a fun way to decorate an outdoor tree with your kids and feed the animals at the same time! https://wilderchild.com/decorating-outdoor-edible-tree-for-the-animals/
How to decorate a tree with edible ornaments for the animals this holiday season
Ready for tonight's Full Cold Moon Kiss? Venus and Saturn are!
On December 11, a full cold moon will appear at the same time as a planetary 'kiss' between Saturn and Venus. Here's how to catch the spectacle.
When more is not merrier!
The winter cold has set in outside, but please don’t try to feed the deer! These animals are adapted to live through harsh winters, and feedings actually lead to higher risk of habitat destruction, disease, and mortality.
It's Giving Tuesday! Please consider visiting our Giving Tree and contributing towards this year's educational needs listed on the tree. Here are a few pictures of the fun we had last Saturday at the Giving Tree event.
For Thanksgiving, the Banneker family probably had dishes like these on their table. Try a traditional Maryland recipe for potato pie, oyster stuffing, wassail cider or early cornbread.
Preservation Maryland is thankful to be part of a wonderful Maryland community committed to protecting and promoting our shared heritage – not least of which is our culinary traditions. Enjoy our tastiest post of the year! We utilized several resources for this year’s array of classic Maryland T...
Good news! Put down your rake and help the birds!
Forget manicuring your lawn this fall. Endangered birds need messy yards to survive the winter. There are a billion fewer birds in North America than there were 40 years ago, and a fifth of the bird species on the continent are listed as “vulnerable” to population collapse over the next …
As this beautiful fall comes to its inevitable end, here's a look back at moments from Mr. Banneker's Birthday Celebration, last weekend's Oella History Hike, the Spooky Hike & Campfire and more.
The fun continues this weekend with our Constellation Search on Saturday at 7 pm. See the Events page for more details.
Photo credits: Alita Kite, Steve Bilanow, U. Jackson
The Banneker Museum building will REOPEN ON FEBRUARY 8 at 10 am.
The historical park remains OPEN for your enjoyment! The Bannaky/Treuth house is open on SATURDAYS from 10am-4pm for general visiting, programs, and historical interpretation. Visit Mr. Banneker's cabin where a park interpreter will be on hand to chat with you and answer your questions.
Yes! The park's trails and picnic areas are OPEN as usual, from sunrise to sunset.
For any questions about your visit, please call the park's office Tuesday through Friday 10-4, 410-887-1081.
There’s a big moon in a beautiful sky tonight, appropriate for the birthday of Benjamin Banneker. Born on November 9, 1731, Banneker was a farmer, self-taught mathematician and astronomer, writer of six almanacs, and an abolitionist. He is often called the first African American man of science. Happy birthday, Mr. Banneker!
Just a few days ago Mr. Banneker's cabin was drenched in sunlight!
Sunny skies are expected this Saturday for the Banneker Birthday Celebration from 12-3. Come for the games, crafts, music, apple pressing, orchard, beehives, and colonial cooking demonstration!
Araminta, Minty, Harriet, and Moses, all names of the courageous woman from Maryland who made 19 trips to save approximately 300 people from slavery. Today is the day she herself fled for freedom.
On this day 170 years ago, Harriet Tubman freed herself from slavery in Maryland and began a new life as an abolitionist, activist, and conductor on the Underground Railroad. Her actions shaped American history and set the stage for the Civil Rights and feminist movements.
Harriet Tubman's legacy surely affected and overlapped with women in the Patapsco Valley. In March 2020, we will celebrate our 2nd annual Patapsco Days with the theme "Women: A Force in History". Mark your calendars now.
What pollinators want: diverse wildflowers and large tracts of open land!
Morgan Freeman, the actor, film director and philanthropist has added a new title to his name: Beekeeper. The 81-year-old celebrity decided to convert his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary.
On this historic day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful "I Have a Dream Speech".
Learn about the political and social context behind Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech, the rhetorical devices that helped its concepts...
In August 1619, 400 years ago, 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia, marking the beginning of slavery in what is now the United States of America.
Benjamin Banneker, a free man from birth and throughout his life, could not remain silent. In 1791 he wrote to Thomas Jefferson, then Secretary of State, advocating for the enslaved. To learn more, please research The New York Times' "1619 Project". In its extensive section "The Slavery History You Weren't Taught in Schools", they highlight Benjamin Banneker's letter to Jefferson.
After reading the article, please stop in the museum to learn more about Mr. Banneker, his life, his many accomplishments, and his role in advocating the abolishment of slavery.
A child's shackles, a West African legacy, a black sergeant in the Union Army — these are stories you need to hear.
Box turtles love to nosh on fallen fruit and berries!
Just hangin' out in the children's area--come see me!
Today is National Gorgeous Grandma Day! Molly Welsh was the grandmother of Benjamin Banneker. She rose from an indentured servant to become a landowner who freed and married Banaka of Senegal. It was most likely Molly who taught Benjamin to read which enabled him to become a lifelong learner and an accomplished mathematician, astronomer, abolitionist, agrarian, surveyor, and published author of six almanacs.
How's your summer going? Here's a glimpse of summer moments at Benjamin Banneker...
On today's Box Turtle luncheon menu: fresh sun-ripened mulberries nestled on a bed of organic dandelion greens served poolside.
Chickens, CMF 2019
Colonial Market Fair 2019
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A facility of Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, the Park and Museum honors Benjamin Banneker — scientist, astronomer, mathematician, abolitionist, surveyor, farmer, almanac publisher– on the site of his former farmstead.
We offer a diverse array of environmental and historical programs for the public as well as for schools and organizations; educational exhibits; hiking trails; horticultural demonstration areas; and much more. Explore life in colonial times; discover the nature of western Baltimore County; or wander the Park grounds. We invite you to enjoy this historical and recreational gem near Catonsville, Maryland.
Questions? Planning a visit?* Email us at [email protected] or call 410-887-1081. Inquiries are responded to during Park Office hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. The Park grounds are open daily sunrise-sunset. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. (From May - October, the Museum is also open on Sundays noon-4pm.) Restrooms, including handicap-accessible, are located in the Museum (accessible only during Museum hours). Several portable toilets are located on the Park grounds.
Our programs can be found on our Facebook Events tab: @BannekerMuseum.
The facility is supported by The Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization organized to promote and develop the park and museum in cooperation with the Baltimore County Dept. of Recreation and Parks.
*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 Park/Museum Office at 410-887-1081 or the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370. For our visitors who use a TDD, please dial 410-877-5319. The museum is wheelchair accessible, as is our picnic gazebo and the Bannaky/Treuth House.