President’s Message

Greetings from the Baltimore Immigration Museum where we are celebrating our first anniversary of our exhibit displays to the public! I am happy to report that in this short period of time several hundred visitors have found their way to our Immigrant House on Beason Street where we are located – from as far away as California and Germany, including families, members of non-profit organizations, school children, students, and people interested in genealogy, all exited and happy to learn not only about Baltimore’s immigration history but also about the context in which their personal family histories fit in, especially for those whose ancestors first set foot on American soil in Baltimore.

We are slowly adding more artifacts to our museum, such as trunks, family Bibles, clothing and books, brought over from Europe by immigrants and given to us by their descendents and for which we are very grateful.

New this year is the addition of immigration history about the Hispanic and Asian populations who came to the Baltimore region in the 20th and 21st century, as well as the migration history of African Americans coming from the rural South and settling in Baltimore. Please check our web site for the opening date and for our museum hours during the summer months.

I hope to be able to welcome you soon in our museum and wish you and your families a happy summer.

Photos of recent visitors

4th grade students of the Monarch Academy, Glen Burnie

Yale Alumni Association members of Maryland

Our youngest visitor so far with her mother!

Immigration definition

['im-mi-gra-tion'] International movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take up employment as migrant workers, or temporarily as foreign workers.

Groups hosted in 2017

The Renaissance Institute of Notre Dame University, visiting and local survivors of the Holocaust, a group of residents from Bergdorf, Germany, the Lutheran Relief Services Group, a University of Maryland history class, the Yale Alumni Association of Maryland, the Esperanza group of nurses from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and most recently the Friends of Olmstead Parks.

We were also hosts to the Monarch Academy 4th grade class who were captivated by the educational panels and artifacts, and absorbed by the history lesson they received from our in-house former history teacher.

New Immigrants in Baltimore

Mayors Rawlings-Blake and Pugh have proclaimed Baltimore as a “Welcoming City” for immigrants, and their administrations have worked to encourage immigrants to settle here. The Hispanic community currently totals 26,000, with 8,000 Mexicans as the largest group, followed by 4,000 Salvadorans, settling mainly in the Highlandtown and Upper Fell’s Point neighborhoods. Asians are the second largest group with 15,000, living largely near the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Other immigrant groups include those from Sub-Saharan Africa (7,000) and the West Indies (6,000).

Update on Immigrant House renovation

While we have a beautiful renovated space for our museum on the first floor, our building needs major improvements, including a restoration of the front porch and handicapped accessibility, as well as new windows and updated mechanical systems (heating, air conditioning etc.). Renovation plans and specifications are being developed now and we hope to get started in the fall. We appreciate your help in this endeavor and greatly welcome your tax-deductible donations, no matter how small!

We invite you to come to the museum for the first time, to show the museum to a friend, or to volunteer a bit of your time.

Thank you!