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February 2020

Serving from Above: A Tour of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command

February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Maryland State Police Aviation Command Middle River, MD 21220 United States + Google Map
$10

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!

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March 2020

Reinventing the Peale: A Hard Hat Tour

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Peale Museum, 225 North Holliday Street
Baltimoe, 21202 United States
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$10

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.

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From Farmstead Settlement to Booming Suburb: A Walking Tour of Historic Towson

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Historic Towson Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204 United States
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$10

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.

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The Catacombs Under Westminster: Two Hundred Years of Tombs and Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Join us to explore the eerie catacombs underneath Baltimore’s First Presbyterian Church, now called Westminster Hall, and the graves that surround it, including the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. The burial ground predates the church, which was built on arches above the gravesites, so that the graveyard and its tombstones lie both underneath and around the building. We bet you will also recognize more than a few Baltimore street names as we walk among the patriots and civic leaders buried at Westminster including Calhoun, Hollins, Gilmore, and Bentalou. All told, the compact cemetery next to the University of Maryland School of Law is the final resting place for over 1,000 individuals. We can’t wait to see you "Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace!"

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10
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, 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.

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Destination Baltimore: A Talk on the Story of Immigration and Opportunity

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Engineers Club / Garrett Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

For more than two centuries and for almost two million people, Baltimore was the destination that promised hope and opportunity--a new life. For this talk, historian Jack Burkert 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!

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Psychedelics, Traitors and Treatments: The Unexpected Past of Spring Grove Hospital Center

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228 United States
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$10

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.

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April 2020

The Catacombs Under Westminster: Two Hundred Years of Tombs and Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Join us to explore the eerie catacombs underneath Baltimore’s First Presbyterian Church, now called Westminster Hall, and the graves that surround it, including the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. The burial ground predates the church, which was built on arches above the gravesites, so that the graveyard and its tombstones lie both underneath and around the building. We bet you will also recognize more than a few Baltimore street names as we walk among the patriots and civic leaders buried at Westminster including Calhoun, Hollins, Gilmore, and Bentalou. All told, the compact cemetery next to the University of Maryland School of Law is the final resting place for over 1,000 individuals. We can’t wait to see you "Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace!"

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