News & Press Heritage Area Honors Two Individuals and Maryland Historical Society
October 19, 2013
During the Baltimore City Historical Society’s October 19 annual meeting, the Baltimore National Heritage Area named its 2013 Partners of the Year. The award is given to individuals and organizations that have supported the heritage area and its mission in promoting, protecting, and enhancing Baltimore’s cultural, historic, and natural resources.
The 2013 Individual Partner of the Year was presented to Mark Dennis, a City of Baltimore employee and the official photographer of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Over the past few years, he has generously provided photography for numerous heritage area publications and online platforms, including the heritage area’s websites and social media platforms.
The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) was named the heritage area’s 2013 Organizational Partner of the Year. The award recognizes the society’s generosity and its commitment to sharing Baltimore’s history. MdHS President and CEO Burt Kummerow accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.
Ryan Kaiser of Baltimore City Public Schools received the first-ever Educational Partner of the Year award. Kaiser used the heritage area’s 1812 Bicentennial Passport program as a fun way to engage his class in learning the history of the war and the Battle of Baltimore. Kaiser’s students were the first people to receive a commemorative coin for visiting multiple War of 1812 resources in the city.
“Heritage areas are only successful with strong partners,” said Jeffrey Buchheit, executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. “Fortunately, we have an outstanding network of individuals, institutions, associations, and city agencies here in Baltimore. Their strengths allow us to work on creating better and safer neighborhoods through heritage tourism.”
Previous award winners include Ellen Von Karajan of the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr., and Visit Baltimore.