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Man in the snow, photograph by Joseph Kohl (1957-2002), c.1988. Maryland Center for History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection, PP284
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Losing Winter

Opening July 2021

A frozen lake, a buried street, shoveling feet of snow as it begins to fall again—these special winter experiences serve as landmarks in our life and memory. Yet with each year, we find such moments are disappearing. At the heart of this participatory exhibition and art project are Marylanders’ memories about the winter season, collected by featured artist, Lynn Cazabon. These recollections intersect with individual lifetimes and places found in the film and photograph collection at the MCHC. Memories and images intertwine, providing a window into personal loss in the face of a changing climate. 

 

Image: Shoppers waiting for trolley in snow, Howard Street and Lexington Street, Baltimore, unknown photographer, photograph, January 28, 1922. Maryland Center for History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, MC1909

 

Image inset: Man in the snow, photograph by Joseph Kohl (1957-2002), c.1988. Maryland Center for History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Joseph Kohl Photograph Collection, PP284

Participate in the Exhibition by Sharing Your Winter Memory

Join us for a virtual participatory workshop this spring to record your memory with Lynn Cazabon. Your memory may be featured in the exhibition. Dates are Thursdays: March 18, April 29, and May 27 at 6 p.m., and  Fridays: February 26 and March 26 at 12 p.m.

Or, you can contribute a memory by recording a selfie-video using your own mobile phone.

Instructions:

Share your winter memory
Click the image to hear a winter memory and to listen to the submission instructions
  1. Choose a noteworthy memory that is connected to and/or occurred in the season of winter in Maryland. Of particular interest are memories of discrete events from your childhood.
  2. For the setting, choose a well-lit location that is quiet and where you will not be interrupted. If possible, go outside.
  3. Using the camera video mode on your phone, rotate the view towards yourself and fill the frame with your face. Hold your smart phone in vertical or portrait orientation.
  4. Press the record button. Speaking clearly, narrate the memory. Include as many details as you can, such as the location where the memory took place (e.g, in Hagerstown at my grandmother’s house), the time period, and your approximate age.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the video, upload it here: https://rebrand.ly/losingwinter
  6. If you have any questions or problems with sharing your video, please contact us at: losingwintermchc@gmail.com

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