50 objects that define Baltimore [Pictures]
Taking a page from the British Museum's A History of the World in 100 Objects, we tried to capture the region's myriad personalities with 50 objects that tell the story of Baltimore and its environs.
They range in age from millions of years to just a few months, in size from a ballpoint pen to a crane large enough to lift a ship out of the water. Most can be found within the confines of the city; others, because being a Baltimorean means being a Marylander as well, are scattered throughout the region, from Ocean City to Sharpsburg. But all are key components of what makes living in these parts special.
-- Chris Kaltenbach
• YOUR TURN: Picking 50 objects barely scratches the surface. So forgive this list its shortcomings and nominate some of your own entries.
'Defence of Fort McHenry'
After watching the unsuccessful bombardment of Fort McHenry from a British ship in the harbor, Frederick lawyer Francis Scott Key composed his ode to virtue, bravery and perseverance. Popularly sung to the tune of a British drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," The Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. The original poem, in Key's handwriting, is on display at the Maryland Historical Society.