News & Press History Is a Drag Has Launched!
April 4, 2016
The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) announced its first major fundraising event at a “sneak peek” party overlooking Baltimore’s Light City Festival. Described as one-part masquerade ball and one-part carnival, HISTORY IS A DRAG will include performances from local and nationally known female illusionists, as well as living history re-enactors representing a wide variety of Baltimore historical figures. Proceeds from the January 15, 2017 will go toward the heritage area’s Heritage Investment Grant program, which promotes heritage tourism and historic preservation projects within the boundaries of the heritage area.
“The heritage area was looking for a fun way to raise funds for our grant program as well as dispel the notion that learning history is boring,” said BNHA Executive Director Jeffrey Buchheit. “By combining the entertainment of a drag show with living history re-enactors, we’re going to shine a spotlight on the city’s history in a lighthearted fashion.”
The March 31 “sneak peek” event, sponsored by PayPal, the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, and Mouth Party Caramels, provided a taste of what was in store for HISTORY IS A DRAG in January 2017. Historical figures, including Billie Holiday and Mary Pickersgill, mingled with Baltimore’s drag community represented by former Miss Gay America Sabrina White.
Video screens at the party displayed testimonials on the impacts of the heritage area’s Heritage Investment Grant program. Launched in 2015, the grant program provides modest yet strategic investments in historic attractions, small museums, and community organizations located within the heritage area. In 2015, the heritage area awarded $200,000 to local non-profit organizations in support of heritage tourism and historic preservation projects.
“The Flag House has greatly benefited from the heritage area’s Heritage Investment Grant,” said Amanda Shores Davis, executive director of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. “We’ve been able to purchase new school brochures to increase field trip bookings, increase staff professional development, and supply transportation to bring students to the Flag House. It’s made an enormous impact in sharing our mission to the community.”
Visit www.explorebaltimore.org for more information on the heritage area’s grant programs, and visit www.historyisadrag.com for details on the January 2017 gala event showcasing Baltimore’s heritage and culture.