Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Inc.

Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Inc. The BBF is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for educational activities at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. The Benjamin Banneker Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit philanthropic group, specializing in fundraising for the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.
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Funds are used to increase educational activities, enhance conservation initiatives, and further develop the Park and Museum into a living history center. The Foundation pledges to use your generous contributions wisely as we share Benjamin Banneker’s legacy so others may BE INSPIRED.

Funds are used to increase educational activities, enhance conservation initiatives, and further develop the Park and Museum into a living history center. The Foundation pledges to use your generous contributions wisely as we share Benjamin Banneker’s legacy so others may BE INSPIRED.

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Maryland Historical Trust
01/26/2021

Maryland Historical Trust

Friendly Reminder: Last chance to apply for a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) grant for your tourism or education-related project!

Short “Intent to Apply” forms must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on January 29, 2021.

For more details, please visit our website (https://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas_partners.shtml) where you can find the FY 2022 MHAA Project Grant Guidelines and information about upcoming virtual "office hours" with MHAA staff.

Questions about the process? View a recorded webinar for applicants here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqEY-E1NxFQ&feature=youtu.be

#Mhaa #MhaaGrant #Heritage #Maryland #MD #Mht #PublicHistory

Patapsco Valley Heritage Area
01/22/2021

Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

It's here! The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA), the governing body of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, just released the results of a study that estimates the contribution of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA) to the statewide economy to be $50.9 million and 718 jobs.

We hope you'll take a look at the full report and continue supporting the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area.

Read the full report here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pys07hbzszrzv9x/FINAL%20PATAPSCO%20reduced.pdf?dl=0

Read our press release here: https://patapsco.org/2021/01/21/patapsco-valley-heritage-area-economic-impact-estimated-at-50-9-million/

#HeritageHitsHome
#MDHeritageImpact
#HeritageAreasAreAssets
#MakeAnImpact
#MDHeritageAreas
#MHAAMakesAnImpact
#PatapscoValleyHeritageAreaImpact
#TeamPatapsco

Mercury is reaching greatest elongation in the evening sky this weekend. Photo from last night around 6:00 p.m.  Time th...
01/22/2021

Mercury is reaching greatest elongation in the evening sky this weekend. Photo from last night around 6:00 p.m. Time that Mercury sets from Skygazer’s Almanac shows when it peeks out of the twilight.

Patapsco Valley Heritage Area
01/21/2021

Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

Did you know that winter and early spring is a great time to learn about invasive plants? Invasive plants often stick out during these seasons with full green leaves or bright blooms, making them easier to identify and remove.

Join us for a FREE educational webinar Wednesday 1/27 at noon to learn more about these plants and how to help protect our local ecosystem!

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F2ZwkXMrQ1SBDQbjZwcl6Q

#ProtectThisWatershed
#TeamPatapsco

😂😂😂No matter your politics, these Bernie memes are pretty funny🙃
01/21/2021

😂😂😂

No matter your politics, these Bernie memes are pretty funny🙃

Unimaginable in Banneker’s day. Congratulations, Madam Vice President!
01/20/2021

Unimaginable in Banneker’s day. Congratulations, Madam Vice President!

#history

01/18/2021
01/16/2021
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

In May 1796, a young, enslaved woman named Ona Judge escaped the home of George Washington while in Philadelphia. Take a virtual walking tour to hear about her extraordinary story and visit the sites that played a part in her journey towards freedom.

Watch Part 1 of our Ona Judge Virtual Walking Tour and then continue your tour, including stops at the Presidents House and the Delaware River waterfront, with Museum educator Michael Idriss: bit.ly/35JmBtf

Dusk Jan 14
01/14/2021

Dusk Jan 14

George and Ben were barely able to pick out Saturn with nearby Jupiter and Mercury last night, but Saturn is getting los...
01/11/2021

George and Ben were barely able to pick out Saturn with nearby Jupiter and Mercury last night, but Saturn is getting lost in the Sun’s glare as it moves closer in the sky. James Willinghan got a sharper image from Mt. Pleasant and labeled the planets. This conjunction is not quite as close as imagined in other recent media. Mercury is relatively zooming past Jupiter this week and rising towards greatest elongation from the Sun on January 24th, so you can keep an eye for it in the evening sky. Meanwhile the Moon zips past them both this week, helping point the way to Mercury low on the horizon on Thursday.

Nastassia Parker is one of our Colonial Market Fair participants. Check out her work at this virtual event!
01/05/2021

Nastassia Parker is one of our Colonial Market Fair participants. Check out her work at this virtual event!

Update: We're going to reschedule for later this month...stay tuned!

One week after the close conjunction now, Jupiter is seen moving along past Saturn along the ecliptic.
12/29/2020

One week after the close conjunction now, Jupiter is seen moving along past Saturn along the ecliptic.

The pardon power and original intent
12/23/2020
The pardon power and original intent

The pardon power and original intent

The framers of the Constitution made an exception to the powers of pardon for the president as they pertain to impeachment specifically.

Closest conjunction was spotted through breaks in the clouds around our area. They are still quite close as Jupiter move...
12/22/2020

Closest conjunction was spotted through breaks in the clouds around our area. They are still quite close as Jupiter moves slowly East ahead of Saturn along the ecliptic, so you can still catch nice views of the pair for a few days. Some clearer days are ahead.

They were this close Sunday evening. On the Solstice this Monday they will pass closest in the sky until another 60 year...
12/21/2020

They were this close Sunday evening. On the Solstice this Monday they will pass closest in the sky until another 60 years.

Local astronomy enthusiasts have been out getting views and photos of the approaching conjunction.  Very close now and w...
12/20/2020

Local astronomy enthusiasts have been out getting views and photos of the approaching conjunction. Very close now and we are all waiting for the skies to clear again. Scott Hull shows us multiple images of Jupiter as it approached Saturn for the many clear evenings up to the recent snow night.

getting closer, within the nearby Moon’s angular diameter!
12/17/2020

getting closer, within the nearby Moon’s angular diameter!

The crescent Moon passes near Jupiter and Saturn tonight. If you have not looked for where to view these planets near cl...
12/17/2020

The crescent Moon passes near Jupiter and Saturn tonight. If you have not looked for where to view these planets near close conjunction yet, the Moon points you in the right direction these next couple nights! Image credit Sky&Telescope magazine.

Jupiter and Saturn seen from the Banneker farmstead in 2020.  Benjamin had chances to witness 4 Grand conjunctions from ...
12/16/2020

Jupiter and Saturn seen from the Banneker farmstead in 2020. Benjamin had chances to witness 4 Grand conjunctions from here in his lifetime, in 1743, 1763, 1782, and 1802 though the planets pass did not pass as close as they will in 2020.

Jupiter and Saturn can be seen even from the Mill valley as they approach conjunction, if you know where to look.
12/13/2020

Jupiter and Saturn can be seen even from the Mill valley as they approach conjunction, if you know where to look.

Jupiter and Saturn over the Banneker museum this evening.
12/12/2020

Jupiter and Saturn over the Banneker museum this evening.

12 days until the conjunction and Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer day by day.
12/10/2020

12 days until the conjunction and Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer day by day.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
12/09/2020

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Think Spring! Trees Available for Spring Planting

Place your order for trees and shrubs today! The state tree nursery's online seedling catalog is now open and accepting orders for spring planting at nursery.dnr.maryland.gov.

Trees benefit the environment and enhance natural habitat for wildlife. Almost all trees and shrubs available for sale are native, and many are also pollinator-friendly.

https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2020/10/30/maryland-state-nursery-has-trees-available-for-spring-planting/

12/01/2020
Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

We’re not soliciting donations this Giving Tuesday due to COVID-related cancellation of our events, but perhaps you would consider supporting one of our partner organizations that has awarded grants that benefit BBF’s efforts to provide educational resources, improve the environment, and living history activities at the Banneker Farmstead! Thanks, PHVA!

This year has been unlike any other—filled with cancelled events, remote school, video calls and social distancing. Perhaps you’ve also explored something new and unexpected, expanding your appreciation of the Valley’s rich natural and cultural resources. Patapsco Heritage Greenway (PHG) continues its work to preserve, protect, interpret and restore the Valley. These efforts are possible because of generous support from donors like you.

This year, your support has helped us transition much of our programming to virtual formats, producing online workshops, webinars and new social media content while also safely continuing our stewardship activities and expanding the Patapsco Valley’s story.

We hope you'll watch the first video in our "Faces of PHG" series to learn more about our staff and the work they do with your support. We also hope you share our enthusiasm as we look ahead to 2021 and ask that you please join us this #GivingTuesday by making a generous donation to show your support for the historical, environmental, artistic, cultural and recreational values of the Patapsco Valley. Thank you!

https://patapsco.org/donate/

Moon passes near Mars Nov. 25, 1 week after passing Jupiter and Saturn, showing Mars in near Quartile aspect with the ou...
11/24/2020

Moon passes near Mars Nov. 25, 1 week after passing Jupiter and Saturn, showing Mars in near Quartile aspect with the outer classical planets.

Moon passes near Jupiter and Saturn next couple of nights.
11/18/2020

Moon passes near Jupiter and Saturn next couple of nights.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
11/18/2020

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum

As directed by Baltimore County Executive Order, the Benjamin Banneker Museum and all buildings are CLOSED until further notice.
Outdoor programs will continue as planned. All indoor programs, events, and activities are canceled. Pavilion reservations are canceled.
The park and trails are OPEN from sunrise to sunset.
Restrooms are open during regular museum hours.
Stay safe! Please always practice social distancing and wear masks when not able to maintain 6 feet of distance. No groups larger than 25 people.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the staff at [email protected]

American Antiquarian Society
11/09/2020

American Antiquarian Society

On this day in 1731, free African American almanac author and surveyor Benjamin Banneker was born in Baltimore County, Maryland. He produced almanacs in the 1790s, and his knowledge of astronomy helped him be a part of Andrew Ellicott’s team that surveyed the land for Washington, DC.
#manuscriptmonday #aasmanuscript #benjaminbanneker #otd

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P.O. Box 262
Fulton, MD
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General information

Benjamin Banneker lived from November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806. He was born free and became noted as an African American clock maker, scientist, astronomer, surveyor, almanac author, and abolitionist (via his letter of protest to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson). Benjamin Banneker was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a Robert Banneky (a former slave) and his wife Mary Banneky, a free black woman.

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My old stamping grounds as a storyteller of Benjamin Banneker's English (white) grandmother, exiled from England in 1683 as an indentured servant. Ms Virginia, Roving storyteller now in CA
One of my favorite shots from today's event!