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Has 'Baltimore Our Baltimore' been forgotten?

Gil Sandler had his turn ("No ode to Baltimore,

ords by Folger McKinsey and music by Emma Hemberger. The song was first performed on Feb. 22, 1916. I learned it in elementary school and it was sung at every school assembly and special program, including my high school graduation in 1954.

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On Feb. 22, 1991, The Baltimore Sun published an article commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first performance of "Baltimore Our Baltimore." According to this article, the last time it was performed was when Kurt Schmoke was installed as mayor. There are four verses of very moving poetry which should be read by every one who lives here. I Googled it because I could only remember the first verse. The Sun printed all four verses in the 1991 article. Mr. Sandler should look it up to see that the ridiculous songs about Baltimore that he mentioned do not come close to Mr. McKinsey's stirring lines. The song is a history lesson.

Kathy Eltermann, Parkville


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