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Last year, Woodberry became a local historic district in recognition of its historic significance to Baltimore. Nathan Dennies, Associate Director of BAF, Chair of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, and a Board Member of the Friends of The Jones Falls, will walk us through Woodberry's history beginning with the flour mills of the 18th century and ending with how the neighborhood's industrial legacy is being preserved and celebrated today.Find out more »
Alger Hiss, a native Baltimorean, was a government official accused of spying for the Soviet Union In one of the most spectacular Cold War era trials in the U.S., Hiss was convicted of perjury. Hiss's accuser was Whittaker Chambers, a confessed Communist Spy turned Conservative Republican.
Regardless of what conclusions the reader reaches from the mountain of evidence and the books that have been written about the Alger Hiss case, much of the narrative by Whittaker Chambers may have been composed in a modest house in Charles Village, 2610 St. Paul Street, a typical example of detached domestic architecture in Baltimore often overlooked by architectural historians.Find out more »
Phillip Lord joins us for a presentation on marble quarries in Cockeysville and the buildings in Baltimore and beyond that were made of stones quarried from these sites. Cockeysville Marble was a major source of marble in the United States, used in the construction of significant buildings in Baltimore and beyond including the Washington Monuments in Baltimore and Washington DC, Baltimore's City Hall, the United States Capitol Building, and the Fisher Building in Detroit.Find out more »
In observance of International Underground Railroad Month, historian and write Louis Diggs will tell the story of the journey to freedom through Baltimore County revealing sites in the area that were part of the Underground Railroad.
Louis Diggs is a chronicler of African American history specializing in Baltimore County. His work illuminates the historic past of its Black communities. He is the author of ten books focusing on African American history in the Baltimore region. Diggs was honored by the State of Maryland for his contributions in preserving the history of Maryland's Black communities. Diggs led the effort to restore the Cherry Hill African Union Methodist Protestant Church in Granite, Maryland and convert it to the Diggs/Johnson Mini-Museum on African American History.Find out more »