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The BMI needs your help NOW to preserve Baltimore’s industrial legacy.

The BMI has established itself as a leading repository for artifacts, documents, and oral histories that preserve Baltimore’s industrial legacy and the stories of laborers, innovators, and visionaries who have shaped Baltimore and the nation. If you believe that there is dignity in all work and in the value of preserving the material history and stories of Baltimore, then your support is needed. Make your gift TODAY.

Here are some of the ways that your gift makes a difference.

Food for Thought

Though the landscape of work is undergoing a momentous transformation, the BMI remains committed to celebrating the people whose work shapes our lives in profound ways, including those who are sometimes underappreciated and overlooked.

Earlier this year, the BMI opened Food for Thought. The exhibition celebrates the people who prepare and serve Baltimore City Public School students more than 88,000 meals every day. These frontline food workers are dedicated to addressing childhood hunger by feeding students and their families. The school meals they serve provide a vital source of nutrition for many who might otherwise go hungry.

In a city where a quarter of all children experience food insecurity, the work of people like Wanda Moore is truly essential.

“We basically come in and we cook meals for over a thousand kids or more. It’s pretty hectic, but we love what we do. Feeding the kids is everything to us.”

Your support shines a light on workers whose passion, dedication, and indomitable spirit change people’s lives.

The Neighborhood Corner Bar

The BMI’s newest exhibition, The Neighborhood Corner Bar, highlights fixtures of working-class neighborhoods: the family-owned bars that have been around for generations. It shows how Baltimore’s corner bars have fostered community while providing respite for patrons at the end of a working day.

An East Baltimore icon, American Joe’s was operated by the Miedusiewski family for 72 years. The beloved corner bar offered camaraderie and entertainment, all for the price of a drink.

Your help preserves everything from beer steins to bar stools–the everyday objects that reflect Baltimore’s quirky charm.

Baltimore Children’s Business Fair

For several years the BMI has hosted the annual Baltimore Children’s Business Fair, featuring businesses created and launched by children. Young entrepreneurs ages 6-14 develop products, create business plans, and sell their wares–everything from soaps and jewelry to baked goods and bowties.

Your generosity provides a place for young entrepreneurs to experiment and test their ideas. You make it possible for future generations to find pride and purpose in their work, no matter what it may be.

Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the Baltimore Museum of Industry, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In addition to cash, check, or credit card, the BMI also gladly accepts gifts of stock, planned or deferred contributions, and in-kind services. To discuss your giving options, please contact Deborah Cardin at or 410.727.4808 ext. 129.


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