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Serving from Above: A Tour of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command Since 1784, when 13-year-old Edward Warren became the first American to ascend in a hot air balloon above Baltimore, Maryland has been a leader in flight. The Maryland State Police has been serving the state from above since 1954. Since the 1970s, the Maryland State Police Aviation Command has transported over 150,000 patients. And its duties have grown to include law enforcement and homeland security support, search and rescue, aerial rescue and disaster assessment. We hope you will join us for this incredible behind-the-scenes tour led by some of Maryland’s own State Police pilots and medics. We’ll see you in the hangar! (read more...) February 29th, 2020 2:00 PM
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3023 Strawberry Point Rd Middle River, MD 21220 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Reinventing the Peale: A Hard Hat Tour Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peale’s renovations with architect Walter Schamu! Hear some of the many stories of the building, from its origins as the first purpose-built museum in the country, to the introduction of gaslight technology to the city, to its role as Baltimore’s first City Hall and public high school for people of color. Find out what is coming next as the Peale relaunches as a center for Baltimore stories and studies, and a laboratory for reinventing the museum for the 21st century in the creative and innovative spirit of the Peale family. (read more...) March 5th, 2020 5:30 PM
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Peale Museum 225 North Holliday Street Baltimore, 21202 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
From Farmstead Settlement to Booming Suburb: A Walking Tour of Historic Towson Did you know that Divine of John Waters movie fame was born and buried in Towson? Join Towson's own history buff, Ms. Brenda Carl, for a look back at the town’s wonderful history and notable characters. We’ll start at the pre-Civil War Towson Courthouse and learn how the two Towson brothers from Pennsylvania came down the York Turnpike in the 1700's to start the town that's named for them. We'll also visit the site of the original Towson Hotel, where farmers stopped over before continuing on to Baltimore to sell their goods. We hope you'll join us to discover how places like Prospect Hill Cemetery, Loch Raven Reservoir, and East Towson, founded by African Americans formerly enslaved at Hampton Mansion, helped make Towson into the bustling college town it is today. (read more...) March 7th, 2020 10:00 AM
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400 Washington Ave Towson, MD 21204 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market If you haven’t been to Lexington market in a while, or even if you’re a regular there, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of this iconic Baltimore place to learn about recent changes and plans for the future of the market. On the tour, we will talk with the owners of Faidley’s, Berger’s, Konstant’s Candy, and other vendors that have been in their stalls for 100 years or more. We will also go down and explore the catacombs under the marketplace, getting a first-hand look at these mysterious spaces that are normally closed to the public. (read more...) March 14th, 2020 10:30 AM
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Faidleys Seafood 203 North Paca Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Destination Baltimore: A Talk on the Story of Immigration and Opportunity For more than two centuries and for almost two million people, Baltimore was the destination that promised hope and opportunity--a new life. In our program, we will discuss the realities of immigrating to America. Beginning in the 18th century, and accelerating through the 19th century, immigrants provided the labor force necessary for Baltimore to become an industrial powerhouse. Throughout the 20th century, new arrivals from other parts of America continued to fuel Baltimore’s growth. Who were these people? Where were they from? Why did they leave home? We hope you’ll join us to explore these questions and more at this lecture! (read more...) March 22nd, 2020 2:00 PM
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(not available) Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Psychedelics, Traitors and Treatments: The Unexpected Past of Spring Grove Hospital Center Timothy Leary’s got nothing on Baltimore! Join us for a walk around the Spring Grove Hospital Center campus to see this partially abandoned historic facility where, among other things, the first and longest government-run psychedelic drug research took place. Founded in 1797, it is the second oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital in the country. On our tour we’ll see the remnants of the oldest building on campus and industrial structures from the 1930s, plus a barely noticeable cemetery. Walk through three centuries of history that weaves together tales of yellow fever epidemic, Confederate traitors, and psychedelic scandal. Groovy. (read more...) March 25th, 2020 5:00 PM
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(not available) Tour - Behind the Scenes  
New Light on Hidden Lives: Discovering the Histories of Hampton's Enslaved Workers In 1790, the Ridgely family’s Hampton Mansion was the largest house in the United States. Who worked to keep this enormous estate running efficiently? Who labored in the surrounding gardens and, a little farther away, in the lucrative, but treacherous iron furnaces? Although the Ridgely family hired indentured servants and free blacks, the estate depended on slave labor for over 100 years, ending only when Maryland State law ended the institution in 1864. The Ridgely’s owned over 500 enslaved people during that period. Gregory Weidman, Curator, Hampton National Historic Site, will present a lecture based on her recent research as a member of the Hampton Ethnographic Team that worked for three years to uncover and document the lives and families of those enslaved on the Hampton estate. Her presentation will showcase the broad range of historic sources that were used to explore the personal stories of these individuals, documenting their lives both before and after freedom, including identifying their family groups and the lives of descendants. We hope you will join us to hear the important stories of the people enslaved at Hampton Mansion. (read more...) April 5th, 2020 2:00 PM
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(not available) Tour - Behind the Scenes  
“Life Goes On:” The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and Turner Station Please join us for a walking tour of Turner Station, Dundalk, the last home of Henrietta Lacks. Don’t know who Henrietta Lacks was? Most of the world didn’t until about ten years ago. Lacks is best recognized for her immortal cells, which have transformed modern medicine. Yet, it took some twenty-five years before the Lacks family received any knowledge of the immortal contribution their beloved wife and mother was making to medical science. Join guide Servant Speed as we walks through Henrietta’s Turner Station community and learn about her incredible story. (read more...) April 11th, 2020 9:30 AM
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323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk, MD 21222 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market If you haven’t been to Lexington market in a while, or even if you’re a regular there, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of this iconic Baltimore place to learn about recent changes and plans for the future of the market. On the tour, we will talk with the owners of Faidley’s, Berger’s, Konstant’s Candy, and other vendors that have been in their stalls for 100 years or more. We will also go down and explore the catacombs under the marketplace, getting a first-hand look at these mysterious spaces that are normally closed to the public. (read more...) April 11th, 2020 10:30 AM
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Faidleys Seafood 203 North Paca Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Woodberry by Foot: Country Living with City Convenience Join Ms. Tracey Brown, long time Woodberry resident and neighborhood leader, on a tour of this charming former mill community. Two giants of industry converged at Woodberry in the late 1800s. There was Robert Poole: the leading employer of iron workers in Baltimore, and across the tracks, William Hooper, whose Meadow Mill was a monument to his textile enterprise during a time of national depression. Learn the story of the rise, eventual fall, and recent rebirth of this important site of Baltimore industry. Plus get updated on the recent movement to designate Woodberry as a Baltimore City historic district.We will be touring sections of TV Hill, Clipper Mill and Brick Hill that are thriving today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. (read more...) April 18th, 2020 10:00 AM
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2000 Druid Park Dr Baltimore, MD 21211 Tour - Baltimore by Foot  
Sharp Leadenhall by Foot: 250 Years of African American Heritage Ms. Betty Bland-Thomas, a long-time community activist and member of the Sharp Leadenhall Planning Committee, will lead this walking tour through the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood in South Baltimore. This community is home to Ebenezer AME, the third oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the nation, and has been home to a vital African American community since the late 1700s. As in West Baltimore, residents struggled against displacement and demolition by highways projects in the 1960s and continue to organize against gentrification. The walking tour not only highlights this long history, but will also offer a chance to hear stories from long-time residents on their everyday experiences growing up in the neighborhood in the 1940s and 1950s. (read more...) April 25th, 2020 10:00 AM
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1044 Leadenhall Street Baltimore, MD 21230 Tour - Baltimore by Foot  
How to Read a Rowhouse: Colonial Architecture in Fell’s Point by Foot When you look down Thames Street and smile at how “old-timey” it looks, what are you really looking at? Join architect David Gleason, president of the Fell’s Point Preservation Society, on a walk through the aged neighborhood to learn how to read historic buildings and uncover their unique histories. These houses and businesses have been reinvented and repurposed over 250 years in order to meet the changing economy of Baltimore--what can they tell us about those who lived and worked in Fell’s Point? Join us to “excavate” structures by exploring the layers of construction and change--you never know what you might discover hiding behind the facade! (read more...) May 2nd, 2020 10:00 AM
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Fell's Point Visitors Center 1724 Thames Street Baltimore, MD 21231 Tour - Baltimore by Foot  
Old St. Paul’s Cemetery Tour: A Peek Behind the Stone Walls Old St. Paul’s Cemetery’s list of the interred reads like the Who’s Who of the War of 1812 – Samuel Chase, George Armistead, John Eager Howard to name a few. Even Francis Scott Key spent part of his afterlife in the cemetery buried in the Howard crypt until he was moved to Frederick. Founded around 1799, Old St. Paul’s is one of the oldest cemeteries in Baltimore City and is on the registry of National Historic Places. Not regularly open to the public, come with us to peek behind its large stone walls and see the final resting places of those who helped shape this city. (read more...) May 3rd, 2020 10:30 AM
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733 W. Redwood St. Baltimore, MD 21201 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
The Industrial Valley: 200 Years of Manufacturing on the Jones Falls Please join us to trace the industrial history and legacy of the Jones Falls Valley from Mt. Washington to Station North. Nathan Dennies of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance will cover the history of the area's factories and villages, and tell the story of the people who lived and worked here—from the grist mills of the late 18th century and the rise and fall of the textile mills in the 19th and 20th centuries, to the smaller manufacturers that took their place and the industries of today that continue the valley's long industrial tradition. (read more...) May 3rd, 2020 2:00 PM
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(not available) Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Stone and Spirit: The Original Campus of Goucher College by Foot While Rev. John Goucher was overseeing the building of today's Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in the mid-1880s, he was also helping establish a college for women to give them “equal advantages in the business of life.” Join Marilyn Warshawsky, author of John Franklin Goucher: Citizen of the World and a trustee emerita of the College, at Lovely Lane for a tour of this historic church, a presentation of archival photos of original college buildings, and a walking tour of the campus that is now part of the diverse community known as Old Goucher. (read more...) May 9th, 2020 10:00 AM
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2200 St Paul St Baltimore, MD 21218 Tour - Baltimore by Foot  
Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market If you haven’t been to Lexington market in a while, or even if you’re a regular there, we hope you’ll join us on a tour of this iconic Baltimore place to learn about recent changes and plans for the future of the market. On the tour, we will talk with the owners of Faidley’s, Berger’s, Konstant’s Candy, and other vendors that have been in their stalls for 100 years or more. We will also go down and explore the catacombs under the marketplace, getting a first-hand look at these mysterious spaces that are normally closed to the public. (read more...) May 9th, 2020 10:30 AM
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Faidleys Seafood 203 North Paca Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Tour - Behind the Scenes  
Brewers Hill by Foot: The Architecture of Brewing Beer Today’s Brewers Hill neighborhood centers on the rehabilitated Gunther Brewery and National Brewery complexes. The breweries were home to the Gunther, Shaefer, Hamm, and of course Natty Boh labels, and was where the nation’s first “six pack” was invented in the 1940s. The 27 acre brewery site is surrounded by the Brewers Hill neighborhood, which developed between 1915 and 1920 and is replete with rows of brick homes and marble steps. Join David Knipp, a project manager for the redevelopment of the Brewers Hill complex, on a tour of the brewery site in all of its beer-making glory and current buzz of activity. (read more...) May 16th, 2020 10:00 AM
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3600 O'Donnell St Baltimore, MD 21224 Tour - Baltimore by Foot  
The Shipwrecks of Curtis Bay with Underwater Archaeologist Dr. Susan Langley Did you know there is a ship graveyard in Baltimore’s Curtis Creek? Join us onsite in front of half-submerged and hidden vessels for an outdoor talk by Maryland’s State Underwater Archaeologist, Dr. Susan Langley. Dr. Langley will explore the ships in the area that include vessels built for WWI, a ship that surprisingly sailed unmanned from North Carolina to Maine and back, an early example of a ship made from cement, and some intriguing schooners and tugs for good measure. We hope to see you on Hawkins Point! (read more...) May 17th, 2020 2:00 PM
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6100 Chemical Rd Curtis Bay, MD 21226 Tour - Behind the Scenes