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December 2017

A Holiday Interlude at the Mother Seton House and Godefroy Chapel

December 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Register
St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historic Site, 600 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10
A Gothic brick chapel in a park.

On June 16, 1808, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton arrived at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore on the same day that Bishop John Carroll, the first bishop in the United States, dedicated the seminary's newly built chapel. Elizabeth (known as “Mother Seton”) went on to become America’s first saint and the chapel, designed by noted early American architect Maximilian Godefroy, stands today as an exquisite example of early American Gothic architecture. Please join us during this holiday interlude for a tour of the Mother Seton House and adjacent Seminary Chapel with our hosts from the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center.

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January 2018

London Calling: Gothic Anglican Architecture at Grace & St. Peter’s Church and Rectory

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
Grace & St. Peter’s Church, 707 Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$15
The entrance to a brownstone Gothic church building with a light blue and red door.

The first true brownstone building in Baltimore, today’s Grace & St. Peter's church opened its doors in 1852. Architecturally, it was the first church built of stone in the city and with stained glass and floor tiles imported from England, the majestic interior of this Gothic Episcopal church harkens directly back to its Anglican origins. Please join us on a tour, and wine & cheese reception, of this handsome church and adjacent rectory.

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February 2018

Napoleon’s Medical Box and 200 Years of History at MedChi

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
MedChi, 1211 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$15
A close view of a three-story brick building.

Since it started in 1799, the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland (MedChi) can boast some notable achievements: the creation in 1807 of what became the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the establishment in 1830 of a medical library, and the creation of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1839. Join us and MedChi historian Meg Fielding on a tour of this fantastic building and extensive library. If we’re lucky, we may even run into MedChi’s resident ghost: the longtime librarian Marcia Crocker Noyes who lived in a penthouse at the top of building and is rumored to make all sorts of noises in the library’s stacks.

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March 2018

Baltimore on Show: A Behind the Scenes Tour and Drink at The Elephant

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Register
The Elephant, 924 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$15

From its earliest days in the 1850s as the home of Benjamin Chew Howard to its time as the showroom for Baltimore’s Pothast Furniture to today’s fine dining Elephant restaurant, 924 North Charles Street has a rich and storied history. Join co-owner Steven Rivelis on a Behind the Scenes tour of The Elephant, ending with one glass of the house specialty drink Tiffany Punch, named after the Tiffany glass that continues to adorn this fine Mt. Vernon building.

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Awards from the President to the Queen: Inside Hayles & Howe Ornamental Plasterwork and Scagliola

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Register
Hayles & Howe Ornamental Plasterwork and Scagliola, 2700 Sisson Street
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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$10

With awards from the President of the United States and the Queen of England, Hayles & Howe Ornamental Plasterwork and Scagliola is responsible for some of the most impressive plasterwork around. This includes the ceiling at Union Station in DC, the Virginia Capitol dome, and our own First and Franklin Church in Mt. Vernon. Please join us and the master crafts people at Hayles & Howe to get up close to plaster manufacturing the old-school way, including expansive pieces now in their studio for the restoration of a large theater in Philadelphia, which we will get to see in progress.

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Blending Gothic and Modern on a Massive Scale: the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Register
Cathedral of Mary our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210 United States
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$10

When the fates spared Thomas O’Neill’s dry goods store from the flames of the Great 1904 Fire, he pledged to build a new church in Baltimore. With funds from his bequest, the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen was completed in 1959 as the third largest cathedral in the U.S. Join us and docents from the Cathedral to explore this architectural gem that masterfully combines a traditional Gothic style with loads of Art Deco elements both inside and out.

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April 2018

A Glass of Wine, an Appetizer, and a Stroll: Food and History at Chiapparelli’s and Little Italy

April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
Chiapparelli’s Restaurant, 237 South High Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$25

From its earliest days as a community of families heralding from England, Germany, and Russia to today’s roots in Italian towns like Naples, Palermo, Abruzzi, Baltimore’s Little Italy is steeped in rich history and fantastic food. Please join us and owner of Chiapparelli’s Restaurant, Kit Chiapparelli, for a glass of wine, a few appetizers, and a stroll around the neighborhood. In an hour tour, we’ll get to taste a sampling of the old country and hear generations of good stories about the Little Italy community.

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May 2018

Oh Those Marble Steps: 150 Years of Stone Work at the Hilgartner Stone Company

May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Register
Hilgartner Stone, 2220 Severn Street
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$15

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.

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