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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Photo by Jack Lyons
Change of Leadership at ACCE: Open Letter to Hampden
By Quinhon Goodlow / Photo by Lauren Eichelberger
President: Adam Feuerstein
Vice President: Gary Figurelle
Secretary: Genny Dill
Treasurer: Erin Nueslein
HCC CONTACT INFO
Adam Feuerstein, President
HCC, PO Box 19957
Hampden, Maryland 21211
George L Peters Jr
AUGUST HCC MEETING
There will be no meeting
for the month of August.
The next meeting will be held on Monday,
September 27th at 7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Park
Recreation Center on West 36th Street.
Both her mother and her grandmother
knit, so Sue Caldwell learned the craft at
the feet of her elders and has continued
the tradition by teaching her daughter.
Carolyn Pomodoro didn’t have the heart
to let her tomato plants die so she put
100 of them into her 150 square foot
plot in the Roosevelt Park City Farm.
Speak with Elected Offcials at Candidate’s Night Out Forum
By Adam Feuerstein
Dear Hampden Neighbors and Friends:
Schools are one of the anchor institutions in
communities throughout Baltimore. School
leaders rely on surrounding communities to
support and enable students to stay in school and to
achieve success. Community support in turn helps
to expose them to college and career opportunities.
At the Academy for College and Career Exploration
(ACCE), we invite community partnering in our
efforts to lead students to become lifelong learners
and productive citizens who value achievement
and community belonging. When you, our
Hampden neighbors, support our academic
mission, this demonstrates to our students how
essential community involvement is to their
academic success. Under my new leadership of
ACCE, and along with ACCE operators Marion
Pines of the Johns Hopkins University’s Institute
of Policy Studies and Karen Sitnick, Mayor’s Office
of Employment Development, we are committed
this year and in the future to establish mutually
rewarding partnerships with all of Hampden’s
stakeholders, including businesses, faith
institutions, other community leaders and above
all, Hampden residents.
Our partnership objectives are: 1) explaining how
school choice works and how it should benefit
the Hampden community and children; 2)
establishing Internship opportunities for ACCE
students; 3) maintaining an ongoing dialogue
among all stakeholders. These three goals will
help us weave ACCE into the very fabric of daily
life in Hampden.
As I take the helm of the school I look forward
to working with each of you to ensure that ACCE
contributes fully to meeting the needs of our
community. I have been overjoyed by the warm
greetings that my Hampden neighbors have given
me already. I thank you for your welcome and will
do my utmost to earn your ongoing support for
ACCE. To contact me or another member of the
leadership team please call us at 410-396-7607.
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One of my goals as president of the HCC is to
increase the visibility of our organization. We
need to make sure that the decision makers in
the State and Federal government know who
we are and realize that we are paying attention
to their actions. This is especially important
during these trying times in Maryland and
across the nation. Policies are being formed
and laws are being passed during this economic
downturn that will affect us for years to come.
Aren’t you concerned about these decisions
and how they will affect you, your family, your
business and/or your employer?
Voting is an essential part of the democratic
process. It is the best way to have your voice
heard. Voting for your representatives is a
privilege bestowed on us by the US Constitution.
Sometimes, people think that their vote does
not count, but it does! Politicians know about
voter turnout and they focus their efforts in
areas with the greatest voter turnout. If you feel
your elected officials are not hearing you, then
you have a chance to change that.
The HCC is planning another Candidate’s
Night Out Forum. We last held this event in
2006 and we had a great turnout. We hope to
make it even bigger this time. The HCC has
mailed letters to 65 candidates asking them
to attend a forum where they will have time to
provide their message to Hampden residents. In
addition, there will be a time for questions and
answers. We have invited all candidates for the
election of Governor, Comptroller, US Senator,
US House of Representatives, State Senator
and Representative of the Maryland House of
Delegates for our district. We are planning the
Candidate’s Night Out for August 24 at 6:30 pm
at the Roosevelt Recreation Center. Remember
that Primary Voting is on September 14th.
We really hope you attend. This is our chance
to show the slate of candidates that Hampden
is an active thriving community whose voice
matters. Come out to the event and be heard.
See you there!
Hampdenfest is offering a 10% discount for
any HCC members that would like to have a
booth this year. Hampdenfest will take place
on 9/11/10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for an exhibit application.
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Knitting for All
By Carrie Stickel / Photos by Whitney Cecil
Call 410-889-6536 (Fax 410-889-4564)
The knitters who gather at Lovelyarns knit with
purpose. Knitters make hats and mittens for
elementary school kids in Baltimore City, create
teddy bears for children in Africa and Haiti,
and participate in knit-graffiti when covering
the tree in front of the shop at 846 W. 36th
Street. Sometimes, they simply enjoy the cozy
fellowship of their fellow crafters while making
something for a loved one. Proprietress Sue
Caldwell creates an inviting atmosphere and
welcomes all these projects and more.
Sue is originally from New York. She spent
some of her adult life in Colorado and moved
to Baltimore about 20 years ago to be closer to
family. An interior designer by trade, knitting
has always been a part of her life. Both her
mother and her grandmother knit, so Sue
learned the craft at the feet of her elders and
has continued the tradition by teaching her
daughter. She finds that knitting soothes her
mind while giving her hands something to do.
About six years ago, Sue started selling yarn on
eBay. She was so successful in her sales that
eventually she had saved enough money to open
up a shop, and in 2006, Lovelyarns opened for
business. The shop boasts yarns of natural fiber
(wool, alpaca, cotton, and silk) that are handdyed
You will find yarn and other goods in Lovelyarns
that you will not find everywhere else. One of
the most unusual requests Sue has received was
for conductive thread to sew onto the fingertips
of gloves so that the wearer could keep her
fingers warm while operating her smart phone.
Lovelyarns doesn’t normally carry this type
of thread, but now Sue knows how to get it.
Knitters can also treat themselves to one of Edye
Sandford’s original “Designs from the Edge”
knitting totes at the store, which carries a variety
of other knitting products and wares as well.
Sue believes that knitters are generous souls—
always creating for other people. Sue loves the
tree sweater that adorns the tree in front of
the shop for the way it pulls people together:
several people knit the pieces for the sweater,
and the Sue sews the pieces onto the tree. The
tree sweater is Hampden’s own claim to knit
Other knitting projects decorate the walls
of Lovelyarns, including sweaters that Sue’s
grandmother made. There is one wall full of
teddy bears that are part of the Mother Bear
project. Knitters who are interested can sign up
and receive a free pattern to create a teddy bear
that will be sent to a grateful child in Africa or
Haiti. As knitters create the bears, Sue collects
them and proudly displays them on the walls
of her shop until it’s time to ship them away to
their new owners.
Locally, Sue and her cadre of knitters have
created hats and mittens for Baltimore City
elementary school children. Each year, a
different school receives an abundance of
winter-wear and the kids love being able to
participate in the design of their new knit-ware
or to be able to select their favorite from an
assortment of choices. This spring, the students
of Hampden Elementary School created color
combinations and patterns for the knitters, who
will be making them mittens this fall.
Visit Lovelyarns online (http://lovelyarns.com/)
to learn how to become involved in a knitting
project, or to register for classes and learn to
knit! Sue finds great teachers, and she keeps the
class sizes small to allow for more personalized
instruction. If you already know how to knit, you
can stop by and join the community of knitters
who meet on Saturdays. Mark September
12th on your calendar for Lovelyarns’ annual
trunk show. Local dyers come with their latest
creations, the shop is full of all kinds of yarn,
Sue’s daughter (a pastry chef) bakes a big cake,
and there is plenty of food and spirits for all.
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Roosevelt Park Farm City Garden
By Allie Hu & Molly McCullagh / Photos by Allie Hu
Carolyn Pomodoro eagerly greeted us with “Do
you need any tomato plants? Which plot is yours?
I’ll drop them off whenever you want!”
This past winter, Carolyn started over 600
heirloom variety tomato plants under grow lights
in her Hampden home. She intended to sell or
give them to neighbors and farmers but she was
waylaid during prime planting season. She didn’t
have the heart to let her tomato plants die so she
put 100 of them into her 150 square foot plot
in the Roosevelt Park City Farm, a community
garden built and managed by Baltimore City’s
Department of Recreation and Parks City Farms.
Although Carolyn knows that they are too close
together to thrive, she is relieved that at least
some of her “babies” made it into the ground.
On her porch, tomato plants are still looking for
an in-ground home.
Roosevelt Park City Farm is filled with more
than tomato plants: corn, collards, peppers, and
eggplant. Gardeners decorate plots with elaborate
trellises, stone pathways, wooden benches,
and brightly colored flowers to attract bees and
butterflies. This garden, although one of the
smallest, is the newest of City Farm-supported
gardens, replacing the original garden site in
Roosevelt Park. It features 32 plots, vintage water
spigots, and a woodchip pathway, all enclosed
in tall black fencing. Currently, 18 people are
eagerly waiting for an open garden plot. Plots
turn over only if the current gardener doesn’t
take care of his plot or voluntarily gives it up. City
Farms is just one of a number of initiatives that
are fueling the urban agriculture movement in
Baltimore. The Baltimore Free Farm Collective,
for example, recently established the Ash Street
Community Garden around the corner from
Roosevelt Park and the Community Gardening
Resource Network provides classes and plants to
interested city gardeners.
Coleen McCarty, City Farms Coordinator, says
gardeners are motivated to join community
gardens for a wide variety of reasons. Some
garden their plots intensively for nine months
out of the year to contribute to their household’s
fresh food supply. Neighbors and friends often
reap the benefits of high-producing zucchini
and tomatoes. Others, like Carolyn, who
brought her son to help water her plot, enjoy
having a space to bring their children and teach
them where food comes from and how to care
for it. Marty and Pam Viel, two fellow Roosevelt
Park gardeners, admit they don’t think their
garden helps them save money, but they enjoy
it nonetheless. The couple gardened for years
at the previous site and their experience
often puts them in the running for the “Best
Gardens of Baltimore” contest, which judges
the community gardeners’ plots on a variety of
elements, including productivity and aesthetics.
The awards will be handed out at this month at
the annual City Farms Supper, which celebrates
the efforts and harvest of the gardeners.
This year, community gardeners have more than
tomatoes and collards to celebrate: the proposal
of an updated zoning code for Baltimore City
would officially recognize community gardens
and urban farms. At a recent draft zoning code
presentation, a resident told a story of trying
to garden in a vacant lot, but finding out that it
was not zoned for agriculture. If the zoning code
passes as proposed, then community gardening
will be allowed in all residential zones, while
commercial gardening will be allowed under
certain conditions and with specific permission
from the city.
A recent article in Baltimore’s Urbanite
Magazine addressed the issue of underutilized
parks which are often locked in a symbiotic
relationship with surrounding neighborhoods.
When we suggested some parks as good sites
for new or expanded community gardens,
Coleen, while supportive of more gardening
space, refuted the idea that parks were currently
underutilized for recreation. Many parks don’t
have sufficient space for gardening without
sacrificing another activity currently using that
space. She also said many neighborhood groups
have organized community gardens and can work
with the Baltimore City Department of Public
Works Adopt-a-Lot program to get access to land
and water. This left us dreaming of all the spaces,
small and large, near our homes that could be
used for gardens.
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Schools Taking Advantage of Summer Session
By John Bosley / Photo by Whitney Cecil
This month’s education news is brief, since
Hampden’s schools aren’t in regular session
except for Hampden Elementary-Middle School.
That school’s one-month summer school got off
to a rough start, as the early July extreme heat
forced the school to suspend classes for a few
days, according to our correspondent Dianne
Robinson. An Open House on June 30 was wellattended,
though. The school welcomed guests
from 8-10 a.m. and there were door prizes to
encourage people to come out and visit the
school. The summer session will end on July 28.
Pre-K registration is closed—classes are full!
But you may put your child’s name on a waiting
list in case the school is able to admit more
children this fall.
The office and custodial staff have asked us
to make a special request to all of Hampden
Elementary-Middle School neighbors: PLEASE
do NOT walk you dog anywhere on school
property—especially the playground! Even if
you are a “good neighbor” and pick up after
your dog, you need to set an example for the few
inconsiderate people who do not clean up their
dog’s messes by keeping your dogs off school
property. These areas are used by our children,
and they deserve a clean, sanitary area for
outdoor play. For more information on any topic,
Saint Thomas Aquinas School joined with
faculty and graduate students from Towson
University, and the Johns Hopkins Medical
School Division of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry to offer a Reading Summer Session
(STARSS) from July 6 through 29. This half-day
program focused on reading instruction, soccer
coaching, sportsmanship, and social skills
interaction Monday through Wednesday weekly,
and on Thursdays included parent updates
on their children’s activities and the teaching
strategies being used. The school is pleased that
Sister Marie Rose will begin her 31st year as
STA principal when school resumes in the fall.
There is still time to register to play in the 10th
Annual STA Golf Tournament. The $110 per
player registration fee includes food, awards,
and goodie bags and must be paid by July 30th.
The tournament will be held Monday, August
23, at Mt. Pleasant Golf Course. All proceeds
benefit the STA Emergency Tuition Assistance
Fund. Contact Larry Glose at 410-254-5100 for
more information. STA will also hold a special
Summer Family Night at Mamma’s Cucina
Restaurant on Thursday, July 29, from 2-9 p.m.
Mama Cucina’s is located in the Green Spring
Tower Square at 1020 W. 41st St. A percentage of
the proceeds will benefit the school. St. Thomas’
phone number is 410-889-4618.
At other Hampden schools, a variety of
summertime activities are taking place.
Independence School’s staff is busy with
curriculum planning, interviews for staff
replacements, and general maintenance
“including keeping the lawn alive,” according
to math teacher and HAS Coordinator
Chris Miller. Miller adds that New Student
Orientation will take place on August 19.
Details will be available later. For information
please call the school at 410-467-1090.
There has been a change of leadership at ACCE!
See the separate “Open Letter” to Hampden
residents by the new Principal, Ms. Quinhon
Goodlow that appears at the beginning of this
newsletter. Best wishes to Ms. Goodlow as
she takes the reins of ACCE. Her letter clearly
demonstrates her openness to community
involvement and the accompanying photo shows
that she is already “walking The Avenue” to get
acquainted with local citizens and merchants.
This is a very good sign that ACCE’s new leaders
recognize the need to build bridges to the
Learning Inc. (LI) wound up the 2009-2010
school year with a number of end-of-year
activities. A real highlight of these was a kayaking
trip guided by Ultimate Watersports (http://
www.ultimatewatersports.com) north of the city
in the Dundee Creek area of Gunpowder Falls
State Park. Learning Inc. staff took the kids on
four daily outings during the last week of school.
This experience was open to all LI students, and
10 took advantage of the fabulous opportunity.
The kayaking adventure provided the setting to
learn some water skills, discuss environmental
issues based on real experiences, and engage
interest and attention in many other aspects of
a non-urban environment. Not only was the trip
educationally rich, everyone who went had a great
time! One notable summer program at LI has
Operation Safe Kids (OSK) students working on
academic credit recovery. OSK is the Baltimore
City Health Department’s violence prevention
initiative. The credit recovery program enables
adjudicated young men to earn credits for
courses previously taken but not passed. This
program uses an online curriculum approved by
Baltimore City Public School System.
Of course, now it’s back to administrative reality
for LI’s staff. They’re busy interviewing for some
new teachers, specifically in math and science,
and doing all those other chores they need to
finish before school opens this fall. Learning
Inc.’s phone number is 410-662-8049.
4800 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
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Dining While Diabetic
By Sharon Praissman and Tammy Beckman / Photo by Shihmei Barger
This month’s column focuses how to eat when
you’re diabetic (for an explanation about diabetes,
please see July’s issue). Having diabetes can be
overwhelming. Many people find it difficult to
find foods that they like which are healthy for
them. It’s important to understand that you can
still have your favorite foods. However, you may
need to prepare them differently or not eat them
as often. It’s not about “being on a diet”; it’s about
Which foods raise blood sugar? Starches, milk,
some fruits, and sweets can all raise blood sugar.
However, healthy starches, skim milk, and
fruit are all part of a healthy diet and sweets in
moderation are fine.
You’ve probably heard a lot about carbohydrates,
but what are they? They are sugars like glucose,
fructose (in fruit), and lactose (in milk) that
naturally occur in some of the foods we eat.
Starches are lots of glucoses connected. Pasta,
rice, bread, potatoes, peas, corn, cereal, and
bagels are all examples of carbohydrates
or starches. You can use the term starch or
carbohydrate as they generally mean the same
thing. They are necessary for energy but too
much of them will raise blood sugar or cause
The average adult should have 6-8 servings of
healthy starches like whole grain bread or cereal,
brown rice, corn, and beans a day. These items
are healthier because they contain fiber which
is the only carbohydrate that doesn’t raise blood
sugar. One serving of starch equals one slice of
bread, a 1/3 cup of cooked rice, or 1 cup of cereal.
Protein items like beef, chicken, fish, and eggs
won’t raise blood sugar but they are higher in
calories and fat then other foods so should be kept
at 4-6 oz per day. One egg equals one ounce; a cell
phone is the size of two ounces. Chicken, turkey,
and fish are healthier choices and all meats
should be grilled, baked, or broiled. Sausages,
bacon, and breaded and fried items should be
eaten less than once a month as they are very high
in calories and fat which can cause weight gain
and heart disease.
Vegetables (with the exception of peas, corn, and
potatoes which are starches) should be eaten
daily. They are very low in calories (one cup of
broccoli has 30 calories), have lots of nutrients,
and won’t raise blood sugar. Steam, grill, sauté,
or broil them and use low fat sauces. Aim for at
least 5 servings/day. One serving equals ½ a cup.
You can have as many as you want and you should
go for seconds on them instead of the starches
or proteins. This will help you lose weight and
control your blood sugar.
There are three main eating plans to follow: plate
method, carbohydrate counting, and the diabetes
food pyramid. The plate method is simple: fill ½
your plate with non-starchy vegetables, ¼ with
starch, and a ¼ with protein. With carbohydrate
counting, each serving of carbohydrates=15 g.
Your doctor can tell you how many grams you can
have per day—usually women have 65 and men
can have 70. The diabetes food pyramid is like the
regular one but replaces the “grains” group with
the starch group which contains all of the usual
grain products (bread, cereal, pasta) plus peas,
beans, potatoes, and corn which are also starchy.
Depending on your gender, activity level and
weight it advises you on how many servings from
You can find more information about these eating
plans at the following web sites:
General information & good recipes: diabetes.org
Great plate method video:
Carbohydrate counting: diabetesnet.com/
Diabetes Food Pyramid:
If you don’t use the Internet you can call the
American Diabetes Association at 410- 265-0075
for more information.
Along with a healthy diet, walking 30 minutes
a day can help control your blood sugar! Early
morning and evening are best times to avoid the
heat. So get started with improving your diet,
exercising more and enjoying a longer healthier
life with diabetes!
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clean & green team
Help Create Hampden Green Map with Questionnaire
By Jay Lazar
The second Get Trashed on Tuesday (GTOT)
clean up held June 29 built on the success of
our first outing with 17 neighbors participating
in cleaning up the area between 37th and 34th
bounded by Chestnut Avenue and Keswick Ave.
Our next clean up will meet outside the Royal
Farms on the Avenue on July 27th at 7pm, and
cover the area of the community west of Falls
Road. 13.5% Wine Bar is sponsoring the July
clean up so we hope to see you there.
This month we have guest columnists Allie Hu
& Molly McCullagh from the Johns Hopkins
University School of Public Health’s Center for
a Livable Future. Allie and Molly interviewed
gardeners and City Farms Coordinator Coleen
McCarty about the new Roosevelt Park City Farm.
Also in this month’s newsletter you will find
a Hampden Green Map Questionnaire. The
questionnaire’s goal is to identify “Green”
attitudes in Hampden to help create a Hampden
Green Map as well as provide benchmarks for
future community Greening initiatives. To get
an idea of what we are looking to accomplish,
please visit http://www.baltogreenmap.org/
v1/maps.shtml. You will see about 13 icons for
Hampden. We feel that Hampden has a whole
lot more to shout Green about and would like
to create a Hampden specific map. Please take
a moment to fill out the questionnaire below
this article (remember, there’s a backside, too)
and return it the HCC post office box. Or, in
addition to the newsletter, the questionnaire
will be available through the HCC website and
can be emailed to the Clean & Green committee
at SustainableHampden@gmail.com. Thanks for
your participation and keep your summer Green.
Hampden Green Map Survey Questionnaire: Residents Survey
If you are a BUSINESS, CHURCH, or other ORGANIZATION, do
you consider yourself a green/socially responsible operation? If
so please check all reasons that apply.
__ You sell regionally grown produce which directly supports
small family farms
__ You provide dining options made from local and/or organic
__ You provide dining options that incorporate humane and
ethical treatment of animals
__ You provide dining options that take into account the
sustainability of the harvest practices
__ You sell ecologically-conscious products
__ Your business promotes fair trade (sustainable development
and better working conditions)
__ Your business may belong to a or promotes corporate social
__ Your business is cooperatively managed and/or benefits society
__ Your business promotes the renting or sharing of material items
__ Your business provides a living wage to its employees
If you are a RESIDENT...
__ Do you shop local farmers markets?
__ Do you participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
__ Do you have a vegetable garden?
__ Do you can/jar food for personal consumption?
__ Do you use natural products in your home for cleaning, cosmetics,
__ Do you shop locally?
__ Do you donate used items in good condition to charitable
For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS, do you use any of these
green technologies? Write Y for yes, or N for no.
__ Do you recycle? If no, circle all the reasons that apply:
No recycling / mobility issues / it’s confusing / can’t remember day
__ Do you recycle rainwater with a rain barrel?
__ Are your downspouts disconnected to reduce runoff and assist
__ Do you generate your own electricity? If yes, circle which: wind / solar
What % of total consumption? ___________
__ Do you purchase electricity from alternate energy sourced
companies (such as wind or solar power)?
__ Do you use geothermal/ground heat technology?
__ Do you have a green roof?
__ Do you compost? If yes, circle all the items that apply:
Food waste / leaves / garden and lawn cuttings / other ______________
__ Do you own a hybrid vehicle?
__ Do you own an electric vehicle?
__ Do you use biodiesel?
If so, where do you purchase? ________________________________________
__ Do you use green/non-toxic cleaning products and Low-NO VOC
paints and other products?
For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS, do you use any of these
green ways to get around? Mark Y for yes, or N for no.
__ Do you use public transportation?
__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?
__ Do you carpool?
__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?
__ Do you ride a bike?
__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?
__ Do you walk for transportation?
__ If so, is this the main way you get to work/school?
__ As a pedestrian, do you feel safe crossing the street?
What, in your opinion, is the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians?
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Hampden Green Map Survey Questionnaire: Residents Survey (continued)
Are there outdoor areas you enjoy using in our community? If so, where are they and what do you like to do there?
Are there places you would like to enjoy in some way but can’t—and why?
Do you enjoy biking recreationally in our community? If so, where?
Are there places you would like to bike, but can’t—and why?
Questions that provide visions/concerns (open ended). For BOTH BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS,
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The Battle of Baltimore: September 12, 1814
By Denny Lynch / Photo by Denny Lynch
Every time I drive down Old North Point Road I
feel as though I am going on a great adventure,
and my love of history and photography are at
the center of each sojourn. There is an energy
along this road like no other place I know. It is
visceral; the land seems to come up and talk to
me. All you need to do is abandon your car and
walk from Bread and Cheese Creek to Battle
Acre to feel it. If we were to examine the events
that took place along this road on September 12,
1814 in musical terms, then the landing of the
British forces at the tip of North Point would be
the overture and the engagement near Battle Acre
would be the crescendo. For it was on this day that
Americans troops stood up once more to one of
Europe’s great military powers and demonstrated
remarkable courage and resistance.
On my journeys back in time I always go well
prepared. A copy of Buzz Chriest’s Defenders
Trail is essential. This guidebook includes
excerpts from writings by General John Stricker
and Lieutenant George Gleig that present the
American and British eyewitness accounts of
the fighting. In addition, I take with me a copy
of Gleig’s The Campaigns of the British Army
at Washington and New Orleans. The British
invasion of North Point is addressed in Chapter
XIII. Along with vivid descriptions of the
topography and the events that took place the day
of the battle, his writings also reveal the thoughts
and feelings of the British soldiers. At times his
writing is absolutely poetic. And I always have
Christopher George’s Terror on the Chesapeake
accompany me to put all of this drama into its
proper historical context. I am also equipped
with my camera in order to document this
extraordinary piece of geography and the way in
which this rich 19th Century history brushes up
against the present.
I am drawn to the Patapsco Neck for many
reasons. First of all, I am connected to the history
of this area since I am a descendant of one of the
Americans that was killed in the battle near Long
Log Lane, now Old North Point Road. He was
James Richardson, and his name appears on one
the narrow bands of Maximilian Godefroy’s Battle
Monument in Baltimore. In addition, as a history
teacher in Baltimore (from 1973 to 2003) I attended
many Defenders’ Day Celebrations and felt it was
imperative to impart to my students the significance
of this battle. And finally, as a photographer I am
kept in a constant state of wonderment as I wander
through “The Neck.” Whether I am standing on the
promontory at Fort Howard where the British came
ashore, admiring the location of Todd’s Inheritance,
or walking through the hallowed grounds of Battle
Acre I know I will always be inspired to create a
Mr. Lynch will present a slide-illustrated talk on the
Battle of Baltimore 1814 at Enoch Pratt’s Hampden
Branch on Saturday September 11, 2010. The program
will begin at 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 3641
Falls Road in Hampden For more information call:
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