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HISTORY Threading History Together Women’s clothing styles are a reflection on more than just fashion. For insight on how women’s professional attire signaled status and the evolution of their roles in the workplace, check out the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s “The 20th-Century Woman at Work.” The special exhibition, on display through January, showcases the types of uniforms and other clothing made and worn by working Baltimore women. history. The Maryland Historical Society embraces this complex story in its special exhibition “Hometown Girl: Contemporary Quilts of Mimi Dietrich,” on display through March. The show explores the story and technique of accomplished quilter and Baltimore native Mimi Dietrich. She creates quilts in the signature applique technique that’s associated with Baltimore Album Quilts, which are stitched together from individual squares made by friends or family members and combined to make a whole. Some of the Society’s 60 quilts made in this style—one of the nation’s Crafting A Story largest collections—will be on display. Quilting has long held a place in women’s lives that goes far beyond the joy of the craft. From providing women with community to facilitating activism, quilting and needlework have a rich Three Famous Women with Ties to Baltimore Appliqué quilts created by Baltimore native Mimi Dietrich are now on display at the Maryland Historical Society. 1) HARRIET TUBMAN The Maryland-born abolitionist and founder of the Underground Railroad spent her formative years enslaved in Dorchester County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her very first rescue mission went through Baltimore, in December 1850, when she helped hide her niece Kessiah and two children in a safehouse in Fell’s Point before moving them to freedom in Philadelphia. WHERE TO CELEBRATE HER: Last year, to commemorate the 105th anniversary of Tubman’s death, a shady grove named Wyman Park Dell, near Johns Hopkins University, was renamed the Harriet Tubman Grove after the city removed the Confederate statue previously located there. 2) 32 BILLIE HOLIDAY The great jazz singer, born Eleanora Fagan, spent her formative years in Baltimore’s Fell’s Point neighborhood with her mother, Sadie. She began singing in neighborhood theaters, whiskey bars and churches as a child. After moving to Harlem and finding success as a singer, she later returned to perform at Club Tijuana and the renowned Royal Theatre along Pennsylvania Avenue. WHERE TO CELEBRATE HER: Head to the 200 block of South Durham Street in Upper Fell’s Point, where a hall of murals and painted screen tributes memorializes the great jazz singer, who lived in one of the street’s rowhomes. Elsewhere in the city, artist Ernest Shaw’s depiction of Holiday—painted alongside Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates—covers the side of the Arch Social Club, a historic establishment in Penn North. Nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue is James Earl Reid’s statue of the singer. B A LT I M O R E . O R G