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April 2020

“Life Goes On:” The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and Turner Station

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, MD 21222 United States
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Please join us for a walking tour of Turner Station, Dundalk, the last home of Henrietta Lacks. Don’t know who Henrietta Lacks was? Most of the world didn’t until about ten years ago. Lacks is best recognized for her immortal cells, which have transformed modern medicine. Yet, it took some twenty-five years before the Lacks family received any knowledge of the immortal contribution their beloved wife and mother was making to medical science. Join guide Servant Speed as we walks through Henrietta’s Turner Station community and learn about her incredible story.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

April 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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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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Woodberry by Foot: Country Living with City Convenience

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Woodberry United Methodist Church, 2000 Druid Park Dr
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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Join Ms. Tracey Brown, long time Woodberry resident and neighborhood leader, on a tour of this charming former mill community. Together we'll learn about its rise, eventual fall, and recent rebirth. We will be touring sections of TV Hill, Clipper Mill and Brick Hill that are thriving today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. Plus get updated on the recent movement to designate Woodberry as a Baltimore City historic district.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: A Monumental City Tour

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Monument (South Entrance), 699 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument.

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Sharp Leadenhall by Foot: 250 Years of African American Heritage

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Solo Gibbs Park, 1044 Leadenhall Street
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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Ms. Betty Bland-Thomas, a long-time community activist and member of the South Baltimore Partnership, will lead this walking tour through the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood in South Baltimore. This community is home to Ebenezer AME, the third oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the nation, and has been home to a vital African American community since the late 1700s. As in West Baltimore, residents struggled against displacement and demolition by highways projects in the 1960s and continue to organize against gentrification. The walking tour not only highlights this long history, but will also offer a chance to hear stories from long-time residents on their everyday experiences growing up in the neighborhood in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Federal Hill Park (Southwest Corner), 301 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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Baltimoreans have celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution, used it to defend the city in the War of 1812, and fortified it to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join us to learn about the rich history of this waterfront community, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in the community, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.

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Reinventing the Peale: A Hard Hat Tour

April 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Peale Museum, 225 North Holliday Street
Baltimoe, 21202 United States
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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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May 2020

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

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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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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