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March 2017

Preserving Baltimore’s German Heritage at Zion Lutheran Church

March 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States

A visit to Zion Lutheran Church is an immersion in the history of Germans in Baltimore. The congregation continues to have services in German and the building, outside and in, is full of tributes to this rich heritage and to the church’s efforts in WWI and WWII to reconcile its German roots with American pride. Please join us on a tour of Zion Church, its building and a snapshot of its archives, as we look at Baltimore through the lenses of its German heritage. The tour will include a wine and cheese reception.

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The History and Achievements of the African-American Community in Fell’s Point

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lucretia B. Fisher Visitor Center, 1724 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States

To commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the incorporation of Fell's Point with its adjacent colonial neighbors of Jones Town & Baltimore Town into Baltimore City, the Preservation Society is presenting a free lecture series consisting of four speakers who will highlight the history of the African-American Community, its contributions in defining its place in the development of Fell's Point as the port of Baltimore and its associations with the historic row of 18th century timber framed houses on S. Wolfe St.

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April 2017

The Ground: Curatorial Tour

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hutzler Brothers Palace Building, 210 N Howard St # 218
Baltimore, MD United States

The Contemporary presents The Ground, a solo commission by New York and Richmond-based artist Michael Jones McKean, at the historic Hutzler Brothers Palace Building, located at 200 North Howard Street. The project is free and open to the public from February 18 through May 19, 2017. Hutzler Brothers Palace, erected in 1888, and originally advertised as a “museum of merchandise” was the first department store of its kind in Baltimore. In the shell of this former emporium, McKean has fabricated…

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Crossing the Highway to Nowhere

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Register
Former Social Security Adminstration offices plaza, 398 N Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States

Along with planning to put a highway through Fell’s Point and Federal Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, city planners also plotted a new highway through West Baltimore. Unlike its eastern counterpart, however, which was stopped before construction began, a stretch of the road in West Baltimore actually got built. This stretch of a little over a mile from Martin Luther King to the West Baltimore MARC Station, dubbed the “Highway to Nowhere,” paved through a number of West Baltimore neighborhoods and its impacts are still felt today.

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Of Gas Lights, Weather Bulbs, and Infernos: A Walking Tour at the Light City Festival

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Register
Brookshire Suites Hotel, 120 East Lombard Street
Baltimore, 21201 United States

Before Baltimore lit up the night with whimsical and creative works of glowing art, Rembrandt Peale sparked a lighting revolution by burning a gas light indoors to attract people at night to his new Peale Museum. From the country’s first gas street lamp to the colored weather announcements on top of 10 Light Street, Baltimore’s history is replete with light-oriented events, and of course including the biggest lighting event of all: the Great 1904 Fire. Join Baltimore Heritage director Johns Hopkins on a stroll through downtown in the twilight to learn about how light and flame have impacted downtown.

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