Tomorrow, Oct 17! Participate in Preservation: Micro-Grant Party at Clifton Mansion! 

Preservation in Baltimore is a participatory sport, and we hope you will join in by joining us at our 2019 micro-grant giveaway and thank you celebration at Clifton Mansion tomorrow, Thursday, October 17. This free event is our way of saying thank you to all of you who make our work at Baltimore Heritage possible.

And you’ll get to help us give away four micro-grants to help great projects in Baltimore. Over light fare and drinks inside the world-class restoration project that at Clifton, you will help us choose to give grants from these six finalists:

Ernie Dimler, Baltimore Artifacts at the Bromo Seltzer Tower
Adam Fracchia, Northampton Furnace Archaeology
Friends of St. Vincent Cemetery, St. Vincent Cemetery Memorial Project
Homewood Museum, “Naturally Beautiful: Uncovering Nature in the Nineteenth Century Home” Exhibit
Matthew J. Hood, History of the Squeegee Kids Project
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Arches & Access Project

We can’t wait to see you there!

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Show your Support for the Woodberry Local Historic District

It’s happening! On October 8, the Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) will be holding the first hearing on establishing a Woodberry Local Historic District.

Baltimore Heritage’s Executive Director, Johns Hopkins, will join others in testifying at the hearing in support of the additional designation.

Woodberry holds an indelible place in Baltimore’s history and needs to be protected for current and future generations. While already designated as a National Register Historic District, that primarily honorary designation offers very little protection from thoughtless demolition and development. By designating Woodberry as a CHAP District, we can help safeguard the important historic fabric in this neighborhood.

You can also attend the hearing in person October 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. (Plan to arrive by 1:45). Location: 417 East Fayette Street, Eighth Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. The more supporters we have in the room the better our chances!


This Sunday! Baltimore in the Golden Age of Radio (Plus, Pre-Talk Tour of the Garrett Jacobs Mansion)

From Guglielmo Marconi’s experiments in sending audio signals via radio waves in the 1890s to the strains of Rock and Roll coursing through teenage ears in the 1960s, and everything in between, Baltimore historian Jack Burkert explores the Golden Age of Radio in the lives of Americans, with a special focus on Baltimore. In today’s world of internet and visual media, we forget how radio transformed America with national networks, new snazzy commercial jingles, and the story of how one company came to dominate the new radio market only to suddenly exit altogether. Of course, Mr. Burkert will take a look at Baltimore’s own radio stations, some of the broadcasts they transmitted, and a few of the charming personalities involved in the radio business along the way.

This program and our speaker series have been funded by Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

*NEW* Come early for an inside look at the historic Garrett-Jacobs Mansion during a rare Sunday afternoon pre-talk tour, led by one of our docents. The tours start at 1 p.m. Learn more about the Garrett family’s far-reaching influence, the building’s architecture (designed by two prominent architects, Stanford White and John Russell Pope), and “Baltimore’s Mrs. Astor,” Mary Frick Garrett Jacobs. Tickets are an additional $10.


30 Artists, 90 Original Paintings: Mount Vernon Place Plein Air Art Show and Sale at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion

The best of Baltimore’s history and art come together on September 29 at one of Baltimore’s most spectacular historic places: the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. This past summer, artists from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association brought their easels to Mount Vernon Place to capture its magnificent history, landscapes and architecture. On Sunday, September 29, we’ll have nearly 90 original paintings of Mount Vernon Place on display and for sale.

We hope you will join us for wine, cheese, and a chance to see…and take home!…great art by local artists capturing our city in its finest light. Doors open at 1:00 pm and the event will end at 5:00 pm.

The event is a partnership between Baltimore Heritage, the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund, and the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. The $25 ticket includes wine and cheese nibbles.

Register Online Here

Accepting Ideas for 2019 Micro Grants for Preservation Work

We’re in our fourth year of giving away micro-grants to help fund preservation work in the city. If you have a good idea to help preserve a historic building or place in Baltimore or help revitalize  a historic neighborhood, we’d love to hear from you! The process is easy: simply fill out the online application and hit send by Friday, September 20, 2019.

We’ll pick the six most promising ideas and give them a chance for one of two $500 grants and two $250 grants. The awards will be made on October 17 at a reception at historic Clifton Mansion. At the reception, supporters of each idea will get three minutes to pitch them and at the end, the crowd will cast ballots to decide which ideas receive the micro grants. Whether funded or not, we will promote all the ideas and projects to help them garner attention and volunteers.

The types of eligible projects are endless, and as long as they relate to Baltimore’s history, heritage, historic buildings or historic neighborhoods we will consider them. Past award winners include: restoring leaking masonry at a historic church; launching an after school arts-based safe space program in a historic neighborhood; helping fund a new exhibit at a historic house museum; and designing postcards to promote a tour series. The sky’s the limit!

The amount of the award ($250 or $500) may not be enough to complete an entire project. That’s OK. The goal is to help spark new and support existing neighborhood-level preservation work. You don’t need to be a nonprofit organization or even a formalized group to be eligible. Individuals and small groups are welcome! Complete rules can be found on the application.

For questions, please contact Johns at or 410-332-9992.