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December 2019

34th Annual Union Square Historic Home Cookie Tour

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Baltimore, MD United States + Google Map
$18

We are pleased to help our friends, the Union Square Association, promote their 34th Annual Cookie Tour! That represents some  500,000  cookies baked and enjoyed over the past 33 years! They will have upwards to 20 historic homes on tour and are pleased to announce a special addition this year, the recently restored H. L. Mencken House at 1524 Hollins Street, which last month became the new home of the Baltimore National Heritage Area Association.

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Boughs of Holly: A Tour of Evergreen Museum & Library Decked Out for the Holidays

December 11 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Evergreen House, 4545 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210 United States
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$10

When a tremendous Gilded Age mansion gets fully-adorned with holiday decorations, there’s a lot to take in and see! Please join us for a special winter tour of the Evergreen Museum and Library, which holds 48 rooms, a soaring portico, a Tiffany designed glass canopy, and loads of holiday decorations. Led by Baltimore Heritage volunteer Richard Messick, we’ll take in the seasonal surroundings while learning about the mansion’s rich history.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

December 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
Colorized postcard of people standing around market stalls in front of the Lexington Market shed building.

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, Konstant’s Candy, 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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2019 Hampden Historic Churches Open House Tour

December 14 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Mary’s Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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Free

We are pleased to help our partners, the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, promote their 2019 Hampden Historic Churches Open House Tour! Go on a self-guided tour of Hampden's historic churches. All churches on the list are free to visit and open from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Explore Hampden's history and learn about the congregations and organizations located in the buildings today.

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Reading a Renovation: A Tour of the Pratt’s Updated Central Library with Lead Architect Sandra Vicchio

December 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Central Branch – Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

After three years of construction, the $115 million renovation project at the Pratt Central Library is complete and the work is stunning. Carpenters removed dropped ceilings to reveal fabulous stenciling, artists restored decorative molding that was damaged in prior renovations, and lighting experts created new lighting that is historically appropriate and makes the rooms feel light and airy. Join us as we get to tour the library and learn about its restoration with the project’s lead architect, Sandra Vicchio.

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Up into the Clockworks at the Bromo Seltzer Tower

December 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bromo Seltzer Tower, 21 S Eutaw St
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

When Captain Isaac Emerson’s Bromo Seltzer Tower was finished in downtown Baltimore in 1911, this model of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio boasted clocks that were a foot bigger than London’s Big Ben and held the title as Baltimore’s tallest building. If you’ve wondered what goes on in the Bromo Seltzer Tower and how the imposing clocks actually work, join us on our tour that includes climbing the ships stairs up into the clockworks at the top.

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January 2020

Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

January 11, 2020 @ 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, Konstant’s Candy, 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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The Caffeinated City: A Tour of Zeke’s Coffee Roastery and Baltimore’s Coffee History

January 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zeke’s Coffee Roastery, 3003 Montebello Terrace
Baltimore, MD 21214 United States
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$10

Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market in November 2005 using a newly acquired one-pound coffee roaster. In doing so, Mr. Rhodes’ new business, Zeke’s Coffee, joined a long line of coffee connoisseurs in Baltimore that includes Alex. Brown and Sons, the nation’s first investment bank, which imported so much coffee that it become the firm’s main source of revenue by the late 19th century. Join us for an espresso-ily energizing tour of Zeke’s Coffee as we talk about Baltimore’s history of coffee and learn about the art of coffee roasting.

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