Announcing New Green Mount Cemetery Walking Tours!

All tours are full

Baltimore Heritage is happy to announce that we will be hosting four tours of historic Green Mount Cemetery starting in April. After 30 years without a break, Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg is finally taking a spring off and he has kindly shared his tour notes with us. We hope you’ll join us and tour guide Tim Fabiszak on one of these four dates: April 3, April 17, May 1, & May 15.

Opened in 1839, Green Mount is an early example of an urban-rural cemetery, that is, a cemetery with a park-like setting located close to the countryside. Green Mount is the final resting place of some of Maryland’s most famous, and infamous, figures including Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Betsy Patterson, A.S. Abell, John H. B. Latrobe, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Wilkes Booth, and Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija Board!

Due to Covid precautions, we are limiting space more than usual. All participants will be required to wear face masks and socially distance during the tour. See these events and more on our Events page!

Seeking Contractual Researcher and Script Writer for Local History Video Series

Baltimore Heritage is seeking a 15 hour per week contractual assistant to help with the organization’s heritage video projects. The assistant will research historic places, people and events in Baltimore and prepare written scripts for the series host, Baltimore Heritage’s director. The assistant will also compile historic and contemporary images to accompany each video. The assistant is not expected to appear in the videos and does not need to have prior video editing experience. The work will be part of Baltimore Heritage’s Five Minute Histories series, as well as other video projects focusing on specific heritage themes. 

This is a 15 hour per week contractual position that does not include benefits. The position is fully funded for one year at $27,500. Baltimore Heritage expects to secure funding to extend the position for at least one additional year. However, the current commitment is for only one year from the start date of May 17. The assistant will report to Baltimore Heritage’s director, Johns Hopkins, and work with Baltimore Heritage’s Community Engagement and Communications Manager, Molly Ricks. Work hours will largely be left to the assistant and may be done at home or in the organization’s office. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Conduct basic research on historic places, people, and events in Baltimore City. Anticipated research sources include newspaper articles, journal articles, websites, and other online material. The research is not scholarly in nature nor does not involve many primary sources. Rather, the work will mostly involve pulling material from previously published sources. 
  • Compile digital images (historic and contemporary) to accompany each history video.
  • From the research, draft scripts for the video narrator to use in each of the approximately 8 minute long videos. The scripts will include more than historic names and dates: they should include short engaging human stories about the featured place, person, or event. 

Qualification and Skill Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, history, or a related field
  • Strong writing skills and experience writing for popular consumption
  • Proficiency in navigating social media
  • Familiarity with Google Suites (Docs, Slides, Sheets)
  • Concern for Baltimore City and its history, heritage, architecture, and people
  • Commitment to sharing a wide diversity of heritage and history

To Apply

  • Send cover letter, resume, and short (500 words or less) writing sample via email to Mr. Johns W. Hopkins, Executive Director, hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org by April 2, 2021.
  • For questions, contact Mr. Hopkins at 410-332-9992 or hopkins@baltimoreheritage.org.
  • We value a diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

About Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Heritage is a city-wide non-profit historic preservation organization. Founded in 1960, it has two-full time staff positions, a 35 member board of directors, and dozens of volunteers. Baltimore Heritage operates in three primary areas: preservation advocacy for historic buildings and neighborhoods; education programs including an expansive Heritage Tours Program; and technical assistance to homeowners and building owners working to restore their historic buildings. Since March of 2020, the organization has produced over 100 short “Five Minute Histories” videos. 

Members Make It Happen: Thank You from Baltimore Heritage

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We at Baltimore Heritage cannot say it enough. This year has been challenging for everyone and we could not have navigated it without your support. Our new Five Minute Histories video series and our ongoing Legacy Business and Centennial Homes programs, to name a few, are possible only with your help. If you haven’t yet done so, please consider joining or renewing your membership today.

Here are just a few of this past year’s projects made possible with your support:

We produced over 100 Five Minute Histories videos. Beginning the first day of Maryland’s Covid lock-down, we have traveled all over our city covering topics such as the Civil Rights Movement, mercantile history, immigration, religious development, Native American history, LGBTQ heritage, transportation, landscape design, women’s rights, and even some geology.

We expanded our Friday afternoon history lecture series and went virtual. In partnership with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, we held engaging talks by Charlie Duff, Nancy Proctor, Jackson Gilman-Forlini, Aaron Henkin, Anne Bruder, Meg Fairfax-Fielding, and more.

We handed out 5 micro-grants and 18 preservation awards virtually. We pivoted to a Zoom pitch party to continue to make preservation a participatory sport with micro grants. Thank you to member Brigid Goody for making this yearly event possible. And we have been featuring our 2020 preservation awards winners on our website and on our YouTube channel.

We continued to fight to preserve Baltimore’s heritage. Restoration has begun at the Bruce Street Arabber Stable. Construction continues at the Lafayette Square bathhouses. And the Center for Health Care and Healthy Living at the Baltimore Hebrew Orphan Asylum will soon be 100% occupied by the Baltimore City Health Department and Behavioral Health System Baltimore.

For all of you who volunteer, log-on to our programs, email us kind words (and correct our mistakes), and support our advocacy work in Baltimore, please accept a sincere thank you from all of us at Baltimore Heritage. Your time, talents and financial support make a difference. Please consider joining or renewing your membership.

We wish you a safe holiday season and thank you again for doing so much for Baltimore.

P.S. Need a holiday present idea? Get in touch about how you can get a gift membership for a friend or family-member!

Introducing Our New Video Series on South Baltimore’s Industrial Legacy with the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Heritage is pleased to be launching a new series, South Baltimore: In the Shadow of Industry, created with our friends at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Tune in on Wednesdays for five videos about different industrial sites in Locust Point. Today’s episode showcases the Procter & Gamble factory, today’s Under Armour headquarters!

Micro-Grants Fund Five New Preservation Projects!

Thank you to everyone who came to our virtual micro-grant party last week and helped select the five new ideas to advance preservation in Baltimore! It was a fun and participatory event. Here are the five projects that received funding:

$500 Micro-Grants: 

Friends of Contee-Parago Park: The micro-grant will help them preserve the original dedication plaque installed in the park in 1971. 

Fight Blight Baltimore: The micro-grant will help fund the establishment of a book and food library at 703 N Fremont Ave. 

$250 Micro-Grants: 

ImagineIN: The micro-grant will help create an outdoor visual art video installation at 1647 North Calhoun Street. 

The Linden Avenue Association: This micro-grant will help to repair and repaint the gazebo in the 1700 block of Linden Avenue. 

$50 Micro-Grant

The Baltimore Crime Museum: This micro-grant will help to create a podcast about Baltimore’s crime history and how it has shaped Baltimore’s history, geography, and its current situation. 

 

We will keep you posted as these projects move along and, again, thank you!!