It’s the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, a holiday with a Maryland connection, as Chris Kaltenbach writes in The Sun. On the first night of Kwanzaa, December 26, here’s a look back at Kwanzaa celebrations of the past.
From the Vault
Santa Claus has graced the pages of the Baltimore Sun many times over the years. Looking at the photos as a whole, there are a couple of constants we can draw about the jolly elf.
• Santa likes to make an entrance – sometimes by motorcycle, helicopter, boat or train.
• Even Santa has the occasional bad beard day.
• Not every child is keen to sit on Santa’s lap – those that don’t, really don’t.
Eighty years ago, the King of England gave up his crown for a girl from Biddle Street.
In the 1950s and 60s, thousands of Lumbee American Indians moved to Baltimore from Lumberton, N.C., for jobs in factories and the like. But The Sun Magazine also covered a group that chose a more rural destination: St. Mary’s County. Legendary Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine documented two Lumbee families that had been share croppers back in North Carolina but were able to purchase land in Maryland.
If you were a big deal in Baltimore at one time, you wanted your body to end up at Green Mount cemetery when you died. “[T]he two-word spelling is the only correct one,” The Sun noted in 1957 (although just 26 years prior the one-word ‘Greenmount’ spelling had, in fact, run in the paper).
Exploring the history of ground rents and home ownership in Baltimore.
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Orioles’ first-ever World Series win, over the Dodgers. As The Sun’s Mike Klingaman writes, the victory brought an evening of serious celebration to the streets of Baltimore.
A look back at “Little Bohemia” and Sokol Baltimore, a gymnasium in East Baltimore that was once a pillar of Baltimore’s Czech community.