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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.  Today, their future is uncertain — only one of the two buildings is open and the other sits empty.

Through this season of History at Risk, we’ll cover the rise, importance, decline, and uncertain future of the markets. 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’ll 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 will be discussed by CHAP (Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation) Director, Eric Holcomb.

The second half of the season will show the state of the markets today 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’ll see what their plans were and what put a halt to the Broadway Market portion of project. In subsequent episodes, we’ll hear about plans for redeveloping the Markets from Robert Thomas, Executive Director of the Baltimore Public Markets Corp. We’ll also talk to other decision makers, community leaders, and stakeholders as to what should happen with the Markets. The final episode will include with a call from former host, Frank Tybush, explaining to Dee why he hasn’t been around and will conclude with a music video on the Broadway Markets featuring original music by Kraig Greff sung by Debbie Kirkland.

Through this fifth season, History at Risk will explain how the history happening around them not only applies to the Broadway markets of Fell’s Point, but historic locations everywhere.  Beginning December 7, each episode will air bi-weekly on Thursdays and provide background information including links to the full interviews used in the episode and other references for those wishing to explore further on historyatrisk.com.

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