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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
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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June 2018

Half a Century of Preserving History at the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River Museum

June 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, 516 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221 United States
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$10

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.

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Factory Tour of Fashions Unlimited: A Renaissance in Baltimore’s Garment Industry

June 26 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Fashions Unlimited, 1100 Wicomico Street, Ste. 515
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10

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.

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July 2018

From the Abacus to the Enigma: Computers through the Ages at the System Source Computer Museum

July 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
System Source Computer Museum, 338 Clubhouse Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031 United States
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$10
An old mechanical artifacts with a complicated set of gears and wheels.

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.

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August 2018

How Sweet It Is: Rehb’s Candies Turns 100

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rheb’s Candies, 3352 Wilkens Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229 United States
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$10
A small candy store with a tile roof and a neon sign reading: "Rheb's" Overlaid pink text reads: "How Sweet It Is! Rehb's Candies Turns 100"

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.

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September 2018

Mount Vernon Place: Stories of Slavery and Emancipation with the Maryland Historical Society

September 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$15

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.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

September 8 @ 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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From Country Estate to Eclectic Community: A Walking Tour of Charles Village

September 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Homewood Villa Gatehouse, Charles Street and Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218 United States
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$15

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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.

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