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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Today on the Banneker farmstead: herb garden and Kentucky coffee tree
06/26/2021

Today on the Banneker farmstead: herb garden and Kentucky coffee tree

Full moon rising ~9:01 EDT here, with perigee yesterday making it appear a bit larger. Banneker didn’t use the term “sup...
06/24/2021

Full moon rising ~9:01 EDT here, with perigee yesterday making it appear a bit larger. Banneker didn’t use the term “supermoon” but might have heard June’s full moon referred to as a Rose Moon by the English or Strawberry Moon by some Native Americans.

Full moon rising ~9:01 EDT here, with perigee yesterday making it appear a bit larger. Banneker didn’t use the term “supermoon” but might have heard June’s full moon referred to as a Rose Moon by the English or Strawberry Moon by some Native Americans.

Cookbooks for sale at the Old Mill Café on Frederick Road in Oella! #colonialcooking #shoplocal
06/19/2021

Cookbooks for sale at the Old Mill Café on Frederick Road in Oella! #colonialcooking #shoplocal

Cookbooks for sale at the Old Mill Café on Frederick Road in Oella! #colonialcooking #shoplocal

06/19/2021
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06/18/2021

Planning a summer day trip? Bring the kids to Benjamin Banneker's farmstead to walk his land, visit a replica of his cabin and gardens, and learn about his remarkable life and achievements.

06/15/2021

Remembering the fair from two years ago!

A great Day for cooking in the cabin and thinning out the herb garden! Check out the new cookbook next time there is a c...
06/12/2021

A great Day for cooking in the cabin and thinning out the herb garden! Check out the new cookbook next time there is a cooking demo!

The partial eclipse was seen this morning over Baltimore!
06/11/2021

The partial eclipse was seen this morning over Baltimore!

The partial eclipse was seen this morning over Baltimore!

Benjamin Banneker observed an annular eclipse around sunrise from Washington D.C. 230 years ago on April 3rd, 1791, whil...
06/10/2021

Benjamin Banneker observed an annular eclipse around sunrise from Washington D.C. 230 years ago on April 3rd, 1791, while working on the survey for the new Federal City. The geometry for the path of that eclipse was similar to that seen today, June 10th 2021, but with the central path further North today, as shown in comparison images from the canon of solar eclipses by Fred Espenak. Some folks in Canada today may catch a view very much like Banneker had in 1791. We hope they capture some nice images to share. From here the solar eclipse will be partial and ending at sunrise, but the occurrence gives us pause to think about his view and observations back then.

Benjamin Banneker observed an annular eclipse around sunrise from Washington D.C. 230 years ago on April 3rd, 1791, while working on the survey for the new Federal City. The geometry for the path of that eclipse was similar to that seen today, June 10th 2021, but with the central path further North today, as shown in comparison images from the canon of solar eclipses by Fred Espenak. Some folks in Canada today may catch a view very much like Banneker had in 1791. We hope they capture some nice images to share. From here the solar eclipse will be partial and ending at sunrise, but the occurrence gives us pause to think about his view and observations back then.

Their colors are so striking and wings translucent when they are first emerged!
06/03/2021

Their colors are so striking and wings translucent when they are first emerged!

Their colors are so striking and wings translucent when they are first emerged!

Lotsa birds at the Banneker farmstead!
06/02/2021

Lotsa birds at the Banneker farmstead!

Did you know it is #BlackBirdersWeek? PHG supports efforts to make birding and other outdoor activities in the Patapsco Valley safer and more inclusive. We appreciate the contributions made by black scientists and conservationists.

Shout out to Black AF in Stem (https://blackafinstem.squarespace.com) for the graphic and additional content this week, check out the various hashtags for more information!

05/24/2021

Frederick Douglass’ escape remembered:

05/23/2021
Cicadas Sing by Bannekers Cabin

Listen to the Cicadas gathering in large numbers now by Banneker’s cabin, descendants of the same brood he wrote about in 1800, just 13 17-year cycles ago.

05/21/2021

CICADA BINGO!🎉How many of these have you experienced so far during the 2021 Brood X periodical cicada emergence?

See if you can check off every box before the end of June!✖️

📌Download + print the full bingo board here: bit.ly/3hHDbkk

17 cycles of 17-year cicadas seen since 1732 at this site. Benjamin Banneker, born 1731 in November may not have remembe...
05/16/2021

17 cycles of 17-year cicadas seen since 1732 at this site. Benjamin Banneker, born 1731 in November may not have remembered much about them from the first springtime of his life, but in 1800 at 68 years of age he wrote about them in his astronomical almanac journal: "The first great Locust year that I can remember was 1749. I was then about Seventeen years of age when thousands of them came..." Nymph and emerged Adult seen today here.

Thin crescent Moon near Mercury tonight!
05/14/2021

Thin crescent Moon near Mercury tonight!

Thin crescent Moon near Mercury tonight!

Pink Moon, as named traditionally by the Old Farmer's Almanac, seen rising last night just after sunset around 8 p.m. at...
04/27/2021

Pink Moon, as named traditionally by the Old Farmer's Almanac, seen rising last night just after sunset around 8 p.m. at the Banneker Farm. It gets its name from the pink early springtime blooms of the Plox subulata plant, also called "moss pink. native to Eastern North America. The Cherokee tribe call it the flower moon. Ben would notice pink spring beauties this time of year as well. Ben also would notice this is the second closest Full Moon this year occuring near lunar perigee in the Moon's orbit. Nowadays folks refer to this as a Supermoon. So tonight the full Moon is a bit bigger and brighter than at at other times. Go out and look.

Moonrise tonight, April 27, is closer to 9:00 and it is looking like it might be clear around the farm again.

Pink Moon, as named traditionally by the Old Farmer's Almanac, seen rising last night just after sunset around 8 p.m. at the Banneker Farm. It gets its name from the pink early springtime blooms of the Plox subulata plant, also called "moss pink. native to Eastern North America. The Cherokee tribe call it the flower moon. Ben would notice pink spring beauties this time of year as well. Ben also would notice this is the second closest Full Moon this year occuring near lunar perigee in the Moon's orbit. Nowadays folks refer to this as a Supermoon. So tonight the full Moon is a bit bigger and brighter than at at other times. Go out and look.

Moonrise tonight, April 27, is closer to 9:00 and it is looking like it might be clear around the farm again.

250 years ago today, April 24, 1771, four Ellicott brothers purchased land from William Williams, a neighbor of Benjamin...
04/24/2021

250 years ago today, April 24, 1771, four Ellicott brothers purchased land from William Williams, a neighbor of Benjamin Banneker. George Ellicott recently re-emerged in Ellicott City and discovered this plat showing his family's first land purchase and their claims on a vacancy along the Patapsco. He is trying to understand how it fits into the transformed modern landscape. The map notes "John Whips's part of Stout as conveyance from Tho. Beall now in the Possession Benjamin Banakie and Others." Does anyone know who the others would have been at that time? George would love to hear from anyone who may have information on the earliest residents of this region.

250 years ago today, April 24, 1771, four Ellicott brothers purchased land from William Williams, a neighbor of Benjamin Banneker. George Ellicott recently re-emerged in Ellicott City and discovered this plat showing his family's first land purchase and their claims on a vacancy along the Patapsco. He is trying to understand how it fits into the transformed modern landscape. The map notes "John Whips's part of Stout as conveyance from Tho. Beall now in the Possession Benjamin Banakie and Others." Does anyone know who the others would have been at that time? George would love to hear from anyone who may have information on the earliest residents of this region.

04/21/2021

Did you know that MOM's Organic Market's purpose is to protect and restore the environment? To further this goal, they’re donating 5% of their sales on Wednesday, April 28th at their Jessup location to us in support of our mission to protect and preserve the Patapsco River Valley. Mark your calendars!

Go here to learn more: https://momsorganicmarket.com/watershed-cleanup-donation-day/

Thank you to MOM's Organic Market for including us in this initiative!

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Collecting and Preserving Patapsco Stories. After registering, you will rece...
03/25/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Collecting and Preserving Patapsco Stories. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Collecting and Preserving Patapsco Stories. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Collecting and Preserving Patapsco Stories. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Did you know? Banneker was one of the first to record the emergence of the 17 year cicadas.  At first he thought they mi...
03/12/2021
Brood X Periodical Cicadas | University of Maryland Extension

Did you know? Banneker was one of the first to record the emergence of the 17 year cicadas. At first he thought they might eat his crops!

https://extension.umd.edu/ipm/brood-x-periodical-cicadas?fbclid=IwAR2oc6KaYxbwIefc7ICq26uptNDGHG-mckE81Hxu5FRFEj8VMpvNh2ooGoA

Periodical Cicadas: Brood X is Coming in 2021By: Stanton GillSo much focus has been on the economy and the Covid situation let’s move forward to what is happening in the insect world this spring. First, take a minute and drift back to 2004. The air was “abuzz” with the sound of the 17-year per...

#marylandblackhistory
03/11/2021

#marylandblackhistory

Harriet Tubman, born into slavery as Araminta Ross in 1822, is a hero for her role as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, military leader, and suffragist.

During her years in slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Tubman showed defiance. One incident occurred in the Bucktown Village Store where she refused to stop a freedom seeker. Due to her defiance, she was struck in the head with a weight giving her epilepsy for the rest of her life. Following this incident, Tubman became very religious, owing to the visions she claimed to have had from her epilepsy.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in 1849 and found freedom in Philadelphia. Harriet Tubman would soon return to the Eastern Shore and free dozens of family and friends from slavery. Tubman continued this role during the Civil War where she helped Union generals recruit Black troops, serve as a spy, and lead armed raids.

Harriet Tubman then settled down in Auburn, NY and fought for women's suffrage & equal rights. On March 10, 1913, Harriet Tubman passed away. Her legacy of heroism, compassion, and courage lives on and we're proud to call her a local hero from the #ChesapeakeBay.

www.nps.gov/hatu/index.htm

📸: The Library of Congress

#harriettubman #harriettubmanday Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

George took some time to pay his respects at the grave of his beloved wife Elizabeth Brooke, next to his own. #bannekers...
02/27/2021

George took some time to pay his respects at the grave of his beloved wife Elizabeth Brooke, next to his own. #bannekerscavengerhunt2021 STOP 7. She lived to 1853, 21 years beyond his passing in 1832. Graves of George’s son George, and grandson George can be found in the same cemetery. If you visit please be respectful of the site and neighboring private properties.

George took some time to pay his respects at the grave of his beloved wife Elizabeth Brooke, next to his own. #bannekerscavengerhunt2021 STOP 7. She lived to 1853, 21 years beyond his passing in 1832. Graves of George’s son George, and grandson George can be found in the same cemetery. If you visit please be respectful of the site and neighboring private properties.

George wanted to visit inside his old house but it seems no one was home.  He wondered how they had moved it up the hill...
02/27/2021

George wanted to visit inside his old house but it seems no one was home. He wondered how they had moved it up the hill! #bannekerscavengerhunt2021 STOP 6

Thanks to our fifer friend Donald Francisco for sharing:
02/26/2021

Thanks to our fifer friend Donald Francisco for sharing:

Barzillai Lew was a free Black man who served for the British in the French and Indian war, and then fought for his nation’s independence in the American Revolution.

The oldest son of freed slaves Primus Lew and Margaret Lew, Barzillai Lew was born in Groton, Connecticut in 1743.

His father, Primus, was a fifer during the French and Indian War, and Barzillai followed in his father’s footsteps, serving as the fifer and drummer in Captain Thomas Farrington’s Provincial regiment, supporting the British. He was present when the British forces captured Montreal.

When the talk of rebellion against England and King George, escalated into open conflict at Lexington and Concord, Barzillai again served as a fifer and drummer. This time, he enlisted in the 27th Massachusetts regiment, under Captain John Ford. He fought at the battle of Bunker Hill. It is reported that to keep his men’s spirits up, he played “There’s nothing makes the British run like Yankee Doodle Dandy”, on his fife. He also took part in Col Knox’s expedition that brought the cannons and artillery back from Fort Ticonderoga, that Gen Washington used to besiege Boston and chase the British out.

In 1777, fulfilling his duty, heading home, Barzillai enlisted in Captain Joseph Varnum’s volunteers and was dispatched to Fort Ticonderoga, to reinforce the northern Patriot forces. Ultimately, his company wound up fighting British Maj Gen Burgoyne’s forces at Saratoga. When the Patriot victory was complete, Barzillai was chosen to play both his fife and fiddle, for the “Grand Appearance”. This was the surrender of Maj Gen Burgoyne’s British forces at that pivotal battle.

After the war, Barzillai went home to his family and farm in Pawtucketville, Massachusetts. Where he continued his work as a Cooper, making barrels for the Middlesex Canal Company. He died in 1822.

Image: Black and white drawing of Barzillai Lew. He’s wearing a dark overcoat, with a white shirt, and a white scarf around his neck. He’s holding sheet music in his left hand, and a fife in his left hand. He has a look of determination.

#AfricanAmericanHeritageMonth #BarzillaiLew #PlayedAFifeInTheFrenchAndIndianWar #FoughtForTheBritishCrown #PlayedAFifeInTheAmericanRevolutionaryWar #BattleOfBunkerHill #ColonelHenryKnoxExpeditionForArtillery #BattleOfSaratoga #FoughtForHisNationsIndependence

George is amazed how much has changed around his old mill!  #bannekerscavengerhunt2021 STOP 5.
02/26/2021

George is amazed how much has changed around his old mill! #bannekerscavengerhunt2021 STOP 5.

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

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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!