Heirlooms we don’t have in our family. But stories we’ve got. ~ Unknown
Welcome back to the last posting in this blog series entitled Terms of Fulfillment. After living far, far away from family for nearly forty years being able to attend a social function with family in the city where I am rooted, is gift enough for me in this season of thanksgiving.
A crowning event of a recent fulfilling weekend was the 60th anniversary celebration of the Historical Society of Baltimore County held at the fabulous Baltimore Museum of Industry. The museum’s focus is businesses which were incorporated in Baltimore generations ago and their growth of commerce. Our family’s construction businesses, Batton Builders, Inc and F.C Batton & Son began as one business entitity – F.C. Batton and Son, Inc. which was formed in 1902, five generations ago. My brothers, no doubt, are proud to be among other corporations, many nationally and internationally known and recognized, also rooted in Baltimore, for example:
- Black and Decker – Tool manufacturer
- Stieff Silver – America’s Oldest Silversmith
- Head Ski – now manufacturers of much more than just skis!
- The B & O Railroad – America’s First Railroad
- Sweetheart Cup Company – I’ll bet you recognize a Sweetheart when you see one!
My thanks goes out to James Keffer at the head of HSOBC, his entire Board (including my youngest brother, Scott) and wonderful volunteers who made the evening so delightful. The Baltimore Museum of Industry was a fitting venue to hold the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Historical Society of Baltimore County!
Whether you are a Maryland resident or not, the Baltimore Museum of Industry is a cultural highlight of the city! There is a wealth of interesting memorabilia and displays that will take you back to another time in history of the Light City – Brilliant Baltimore!