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Traditions: American Visionary Art Museum

"Most museums, urban museums, are like fortresses. They say 'stay out, we have valuable things inside.' We wanted to be an extension of Federal Hill Park, right behind us, and be more like a Wonderland." In 1984 Rebecca Alban Hoffberger had the idea for a new museum and education center that would emphasize intuitive creative invention, and five years later the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) was born.

For this episode of Traditions we spoke with Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder and Director of the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

Traditions: Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard

Right around the corner from the Baltimore Inner Harbor is a graveyard – but it's not on land. Unused and unwanted vessels from World War I and beyond were left to quietly decompose in the brackish waters of Curtis Creek. We walked with Dr. Susan Langley of the Maryland Historical Trust as she documented the ships and discussed their future.

Traditions: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - Part 2

For over 50 years The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been preserving the the rich heritage of the Bay. In our second part of this two part series, we take a look at how the community surrounding the museum decided to take on the monumental task of preserving the numerous artifacts found within.

Traditions: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - Part 1

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For over 50 years The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been preserving the the rich heritage of the Bay. In our first part of a two part series, we take a look at how the museum preserves the unique boat building techniques developed over the centuries by local watermen.

Traditions: The Afro-American

AFRO, ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS THE AFRO-AMERICAN, CELEBRATES ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR. IN THIS EPISODE OF TRADITIONS, CEO AND PUBLISHER JAKE OLIVER LOOKS BACK ON THE NEWSPAPER'S HISTORY, AND THE NARRATIVE FOUND IN OVER A CENTURY OF ARCHIVES. THE PAPER'S ARTICLES REVEAL A COMMUNITY GROWING THROUGH MASSIVE CHANGES, AND DISCOVERING THEIR OWN POWER.

Afro CEO and publisher Jake Oliver looks back on the newspaper's history, and the narrative found in over a century of archives.