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History at Risk is a web series/documentary detailing the more unconventional parts of American history. Through animation and interviews with both experts and locals, the series has garnered thousands of views on YouTube and Vimeo. In its fifth season, History at Risk will focus on the Broadway Markets in Fell’s Point.
Baltimore’s markets are the largest market system in the nation and one of the oldest. Built in the 1780’s, the Broadway Markets once served as a meeting spot for traders coming to Baltimore. In its final fifth season, History at Risk focused on the Broadway Markets, covering their rise, importance, decline, and uncertain future. The markets in Baltimore, MD are the largest public market system in the nation and one of the oldest. Built in the 1780’s, the Broadway Markets in Fell’s Point once served as a meeting spot for traders coming to Baltimore. In 2018 when Season 5 aired, their future was uncertain — only one of the two buildings was open and the other sat empty.
New host, Dee (Daniela Sambataro), takes over as former host Frank Tybush sends her ridiculous excuses about his absence. We’ll interview history expert Dean Krimmel on the importance of the markets along with a firsthand account of working there from owner of the Prevas Bros. restaurant, Konstantine Prevas. We hear war stories about the Road Fight from Senator Barbara Mikulski; Lu Fisher, co-founder and initial President of The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point (the “Preservation Society”); and Bob Eney, the person most responsible for getting Fell’s Point on the National Register of Historic Places. The impact of the fires that destroyed huge parts of the markets is discussed by CHAP (Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation) Director, Eric Holcomb.
The second half of the season shows the state of the markets, beginning with how the decline of the markets led to a development project in the early 2000’s. With interviews from Marketplace at Fell’s Point developer, Dave Holmes, as well as accompanying footage from the development meetings, we see what their plans were and what put a halt to the Broadway Market portion of project. In subsequent episodes, we hear about plans for redeveloping the Markets from Robert Thomas, Executive Director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. We also talk to other decision makers, community leaders, and stakeholders as to what should happen with the Markets.
Through this fifth season, History at Risk explains how the history happening around them not only applies to the Broadway markets of Fell’s Point, but historic locations everywhere.