Preserving and promoting Baltimore's historic buildings and neighborhoods.
Johns Hopkins has been the executive director of Baltimore Heritage since 2003. Before that, Johns worked for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development developing and implementing smart growth and neighborhood revitalization programs. Johns holds degrees from Yale University, George Washington University Law School, and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.
As we head into December, all of us at Baltimore Heritage want to wish you a happy holiday season. We also hope you can join us on our final tours and talks of 2018. What better December treat than to take a loved on a heritage tour?
In what has now become a December tradition for us, we’ve lined up a great tour for everyone who stays in town between Christmas and the beginning of the new year. On Thursday, December 27, we’re heading to the Museum of Baltimore Legal History in what has been called the most beautiful courtroom in Maryland, the former Orphan Court of Baltimore City in the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. Take advantage the the light traffic downtown and join us for a walk through this hidden gem!
Finally, if you haven’t yet renewed your membership with Baltimore Heritage, we are still looking for your support. With discounts on tours and talks for the coming year, becoming a member is a great way to explore Baltimore throughout the year. Membership gifts make fabulous holiday presents as well!
It’s the time of year when we both give thanks and look forward to the year ahead. It is also the time of year when we ask you to renew your membership support for Baltimore Heritage.
We at Baltimore Heritage have a lot to be thankful for—starting with the kind volunteers who lead our tours, research and write about historic places for Explore Baltimore Heritage, join us in fighting for threatened historic landmarks, and so much more. You make our work possible.
We also are thankful that the future is looking brighter for the Sellers Mansion in West Baltimore’s Lafayette Square neighborhood. This past summer, we helped organize a group of volunteer archaeologists and excavated the yard of this 1868 house. Our team identified the remains of a historic nursery building and found artifacts from the Sellers’ family occupation. Most importantly, the dig fulfilled one of the city’s requirements before stabilization work on the building could begin. After more than twenty years advocating for the preservation of this grand structure, we are excited to see the project being moving forward. The rehabilitation cannot come soon enough!
We’d also like to say thanks to our new partners: the Adopt-a-Monument Partnership Fund. This program, now twenty-five years old, matches donors with public sculptures in Baltimore to raise funds for their maintenance and preservation. With thousands of dollars raised every year, the program has helped dozens of sculptures including the Peace Monument in Mount Vernon, On the Trail in Clifton Park, and the Sam Smith statue in Federal Hill. We look forward to both being the fiscal sponsor for this great project and helping it expand to help even more public art in Baltimore.
As we look forward to year ahead, we know that it will be full of new tours in our Heritage Tour Series (two hundred different sites and counting!), as well as work to help threatened historic squares and neighborhoods as they revitalize. Thank you again for your past support and for renewing your Baltimore Heritage membership. We can’t do it without you!
We at Baltimore Heritage are deeply saddened by the recent racist and anti-Semitic attacks in Kentucky and Pittsburgh, and we stand in solidarity with those most impacted by last week’s horrific attacks. As we work to build community around historic places here in Baltimore, we want to affirm that people of all backgrounds and identities are welcome at Baltimore Heritage events and continue to ensure that our programs celebrate the diversity of people and cultures that make our city’s heritage so rich.
We also hope that you can continue to come out for this fall’s tours and talks to spend time with neighbors learning about our shared past—and helping us all grow together.
Join us for tours exploring immigration, horseradish, and Mount Vernon pride
The following week, we’ve got more great events celebrating the city’s history and diversity. If you’ve ever wondered how Baltimore’s Tulkoffs horseradish factory makes its divinely spicy sauces, join us for a tour on Friday November 9: Tulkoff Factory Tour: Making Horseradish in Baltimore for Three Generations. And on Saturday, November 10, we will explore LGBT heritage with Mount Vernon Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour. Did you know that some of Baltimore’s LGBTQ pioneers helped launch the Johns Hopkins Medical School, helped make Mt. Vernon Place the gem that it is today, and helped create one of the greatest collections of Impressionist artwork in the country at the Baltimore Museum of Art?
We wish you a healthy and happy fall and we hope you can join us soon.
If you grew up smelling horseradish and garlic from Tulkoff’s horseradish plant or if you’re curious to sniff out the history of this third generation Baltimore business, join us on Friday, November 9 for a factory tour of Tulkoff Food Products, including samples!
We’re throwing a party on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 and you are the reason for the celebration. This is our third year hosting a heartfelt thank you event for the many people who volunteer, participate in our heritage tours, and support Baltimore Heritage as members and sponsors. Our friends at the Greater Baltimore Urban League are opening up their historic Orchard Street Church for this free event that will include tours of the church (among the oldest structures built by a local Black congregation), food, drinks, and a chance for you to help us give away four preservation micro-grants.
This event is also our annual meeting where members elect new board members and officers. Please join us!
Finally, we are teaming up with Doors Open Baltimore again for a unique bus tour: Masons, Jazzmen, Doctors and More. Join us and CHAP director Eric Holcomb on this narrated trip that includes five fantastic sites: the Prince Hall Masonic lodge, Eubie Blake National Jazz Center, Davidge Hall, Rachael’s Dowry Bed and Breakfast, and the Ambassador Marburg Mansion on Mount Vernon Place.
Thank you again to everybody who volunteers with us and supports our work as members and contributors. Without you, we could not do what we do. I hope you can join us on October 2 and on some of our upcoming events.