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Founded in 1863 by German immigrants Ludwig Hilgartner and partner Gottfried Schimpf, Hilgartner Stone has been producing some of the nation’s finest stonework for over 150 years. Once with a branch office in Chicago, a workshop in Los Angeles, and a marble purchasing agency in Carrara, Italy, today Hilgartner focuses on restoration, repair, and historic replication of all types of stonework, including a new project to repurpose Baltimore marble steps from buildings that are being demolished. Please join us and Hilgartner CEO Tom Doyle to see and learn about 150 years of stone working in Baltimore.Find out more »
Did you know that in the days before air-conditioning, families would ride the open aired Eastern Avenue trolley from Highlandtown to Essex and back just to get some breeze? Organized in 1968, the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River has been a steward of wonderful stories like this and a treasure trove more for 50 years. The organization opened a museum in 1975 in a former 1920s fire and police station that at one time also served as a courthouse. In addition to restoring a historic building, the museum includes historical artifacts, hundreds of binders containing information on the Essex and Middle River area dating to the 1880s, and extensive archival photograph collections. Please join us and the historians and archivists from the museum to peel back the layers of history in this part of Baltimore County.Find out more »
If you thought that the garment industry in Baltimore was a relic of the past, think again! Since its founding in 1976, Fashions Unlimited has been manufacturing clothing from its South Baltimore factory and is going as strong today as ever. With sewing machines and a skilled workforce of designers, cutters, and sewers, it produces a range of products from bathing suits for start-up businesses to sportswear for Fila, Nike, and Champion. Please join us and company founder Phil Spector on a tour of the Fashions Unlimited factory in action and learn how “Made in the USA” is happening here in Baltimore.Find out more »
From the ancient Antikythera Mechanism dating to the first century BC to the Altair 8800, the early personal computer that Paul Allen and Bill Gates (then a student at Harvard) wrote code for in the mid 1970s, the Computer Museum at the IT firm System Source is a marvelous chronicle of the evolution of the computer. Please join us and the museum’s curator Bob Roswell as we explore computers of all shapes and sizes through the ages. Who knows, maybe the museum’s Millionaire Calculating Machine from 1909 will again work its magic on our tour.Find out more »
Newlyweds Louis and Esther Rheb moved into their new home at 3352 Wilkens Avenue in 1917 and a year later, Louis started making candy. With batches of taffies, fudges and jellies going to Hollins and Belair Markets, Rheb’s Candies was born 100 years ago. Please join us and the fourth generation of Rheb family members on a tour of the factory (still on the first floor of their house) and store (a converted garage) of this quintessentially Baltimore legacy business.Find out more »
Around Mount Vernon Place, memorials in bronze and marble honor slave-holders – George Washington, John Eager Howard, and until recently, Roger B. Taney. No statue recognizes the labor of the enslaved people who worked and lived in the neighborhood’s handsome antebellum houses. Join Baltimore Heritage and the Maryland Historical Society on a two-part tour at the Society’s newly refreshed Civil War Exhibit and on a walk around Mount Vernon Place to explore stories of slavery and emancipation in Mt. Vernon.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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Originally known as Peabody Heights, the neighborhood we now know as Charles Village grew in the early 1900s as a distinct community connected to downtown by the city’s growing streetcar system. The neighborhood combines the familiar rowhouse character with more suburban features such as landscaped front yards and park-like boulevards. Join us on a walking tour with radio host, architecture author, and Charles Village historian Lisa Simeone to learn about Charles Village inside and out, from stunning architecture such as John Russell Pope’s University Baptist Church to stunning residents such as cult movie star Divine.