Magazine article Momentum

We're Back in Baltimore!

Magazine article Momentum

We're Back in Baltimore!

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NCEA's 104th annual convention offers an "Anchor of Faith-Harbor of Light"

After six years, NCEA returns to Baltimore, Maryland, for its annual convention-April 10-13, 2007.

Established in 1729, the settlement was called Baltimore Town in honor of the Lords Baltimore who founded and controlled the colony of Maryland. During the revolutionary War, the town was the national capital for two months. During the Civil War it remained in the Union, although many citizens were sympathetic to the Confederacy.

Baltimore now is the largest city in Maryland and one of the principal port cities of the U.S. In fact, Baltimore has one of the largest natural harbors in the world and it's an appropriate setting for the convention, whose theme is "Anchor of Faith-Harbor of Light."

While attending the convention you'll be meeting old and new friends, you will learn, listen, learn and contribute. You'll select from more than 350 sessions (now that's educational choice!) and some 700 exhibits, liturgies, general sessions and special evening activities. The list of "things to do and place to go" could fill many pages so you must allot your time carefully.

With that in mind, here is an abbreviated list of Baltimore highlights:

The Baltimore Basilica, America's first cathedral, was built from 1806 to 1821 under the auspices of John Carroll, the first bishop, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the Capitol. It is considered one of the world's finest examples of 19th century architecture. The basilica was the site of three Plenary Councils (Remember the "Baltimore Catechism"?). It reopened Nov. 19 this year following a two-year $32 million restoration.

Inner Harbor, famous everywhere, with 30 stores and restaurants and museum, is still a working harbor.

Baltimore Museum of Art With 90,000 paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, it may require roller skaters.

USS Constitution, last all-sail vessel built by the U.S. Navy (1854) and last Civil War vessel afloat

National Aquarium, with 15,000 mammals

Lexington Market, open since 1782

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, birthplace of the national anthem

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum, the oldest and most comprehensive collection of locomotives in the country

Maryland Historical Society

World Trade Center, the world's largest pentagonal building, offers 360-degree views of Baltimore from the observation level on the top floor. …

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