Radio Imagination celebrates the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006). Organized by Clockshop, the program centers on ten contemporary art and literary commissions that explore Butler’s archive at the Huntington Library. New work will premiere alongside performances, film screenings, and literary events throughout the year.
Unidentified African American Civil War Soldier in Union Uniform With Wife And Two Daughters
Photograph showing soldier in uniform, wife in dress and hat, and two daughters wearing matching coats and hats. In May 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton issued General Order No. 143 creating the Bureau of U. S. Colored Troops. This image was found in Cecil County, Maryland, making it likely that this soldier belonged to one of the seven U.S.C.T. regiments raised in Maryland.
Bathing beauties beat the summer beach at Carr’s Beach, Maryland, circa 1939.
“Carr’s Beach, at one time one of the leading beaches for east coast African Americans, was affectionately called, “The Beach.” Although The Beach no longer exists as a vacation getaway spot, Carr’s Beach and its neighboring Sparrow’s Beach were two of the major Chesapeake Bay resorts that catered exclusively to African Americans between the 1930s and the 1960s. Owned by sisters, Elizabeth Carr Smith and Florence Carr Sparrow, The Beaches were a vacation retreat for black families in the Mid-Atlantic region.” - blackpast.org
Photo from the Joseph Owen Curtis Photograph Collection, DC Public Library Special Collections
Battleships at anchor on battleship row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
USS Oklahoma *
USS Arizona *
USS California *
USS West Virginia *
*Sunk or destroyed
“Young Hucksters” Baltimore, Maryland 1977 Elinor B. Cahn 8x10 inch photograph The East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project Baltimore City Life Museum Collection Maryland Historical Society
Copyright Elinor B. Cahn, 1977
“In 1976, Maryland Institute College of Art photography professor Linda G. Rich, and two of her students, Joan Clark Netherwood and Elinor B. Cahn, began work on a project documenting the large swath of neighborhoods collectively known as East Baltimore. What was intended to be merely a project for Rich’s class on social documentary photography, instead evolved into a four-year undertaking, resulting in over 10,000 photographs, and a unique portrait of a neighborhood in transition.” Read more about the background of The East Baltimore Documentary Project.
Great Falls Park in Virginia has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital. Explore one of the nation’s first canals, see the Great Falls of the Potomac River or enjoy a hike along Mather Gorge’s dramatic clifftops. Pictured here is an early morning view of the stunning waterfalls. Photo by Michael Leung (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The Republican Presidential ticket of 1860 includes some big names, like Abraham Lincoln, one of our most beloved Presidents. It also includes some lesser known Maryland names, like William L. Marshall, George Harris, Daniel T. Orem, William Pinckney Ewing, Francis S. Corkran, George Edward Wiss, Isaac Gehr, and Montgomery Blair, all of them Republican delegates supporting Abraham Lincoln’s candidacy for President. Montgomery Blair later became Postmaster General in the Lincoln Administration. Blair’s home in current-day Silver Spring was later burned down by the Confederate Army on one of their many trips across the Potomac River.
The ticket was given to the Maryland State Archives (then called the Hall of Records) in 1942 by D. Lindley Sloan. It was given to him by John Barnard of Cumberland, MD, who received it from William Stake of Williamsport, MD. Stake was mayor of Williamsport from 1912-1916 and he may have obtained the ticket himself all the way back in 1860.
June 1963: Gloria Richardson defies the National Guard in Cambridge, Maryland. Rioting broke out after she began a campaign against police brutality, demanding civil rights. Martial law was declared, and troops occupied Cambridge until passage of the Civil Rights Act in July 1964.