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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

Gwynns Falls Stream Valley by Car and Foot: Olmsted’s Vision

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
West Baltimore MARC Station, 401 Smallwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21223 United States
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$15

“The very best scenery near Baltimore,” remarked Frederick Law Olmsted after touring the Gwynn’s Falls Valley. In 1904, Olmsted urged Baltimore to preserve the impressive landscape, and today it is the largest urban woodland park on the East Coast. Join historian Dr. Ed Orser on a combination driving and walking tour of four beautiful sites in the valley.

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Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Register
Hollywood Diner (at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market), 400 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$10

Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you'll discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up! If you are Baltimore born-and-raised or a visitor from out-of-town, you don’t want to miss this Monumental City walking tour!

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Ridgely’s Delight by Foot: George Washington Slept Here!

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory Street
Baltimore, MD United States
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$15

For a tiny neighborhood squeezed between the University of Maryland and Camden Yards, Ridgely’s Delight contains an oversized history. Local resident and historian Sharon Reuter will lead us through this compact community where our nation’s first president truly did stay.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

May 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Register
$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. Along 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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Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower: Monumental City Tour

May 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Register
Phoenix Shot Tower, 801 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Walk just a few blocks from Baltimore's Sunday Farmers Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city—historic Jonestown. On this tour of often overlooked landmarks, you'll see the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Quaker Meeting House) and third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street), learn about cast iron buildings and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, and get inside the famed Phoenix Shot Tower—the tallest structure in the United States until 1846.

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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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Lauraville by Foot: From Iron Furnaces to Leafy Suburb

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
Zekes Coffee, 4719 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD United States
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$15

As the nineteenth century progressed, iron furnaces along Darley Path turned to truck farms and then to leafy suburban neighborhoods on Harford Road. Join Christine Muldowney with the Lauraville Heritage Project and Eric Holcomb from the city’s preservation commission on a walk through this neighborhood steeped in history.

The meeting location and information on parking will be coming soon!

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