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February 2020

The Caffeinated City: A Tour of Zeke’s Coffee Roastery and Baltimore’s Coffee History

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zeke’s Coffee Roastery, 3003 Montebello Terrace
Baltimore, MD 21214 United States
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$10

Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market in November 2005 using a newly acquired one-pound coffee roaster. In doing so, Mr. Rhodes’ new business, Zeke’s Coffee, joined a long line of coffee connoisseurs in Baltimore that includes Alex. Brown and Sons, the nation’s first investment bank, which imported so much coffee that it become the firm’s main source of revenue by the late 19th century. Join us for an espresso-ily energizing tour of Zeke’s Coffee as we talk about Baltimore’s history of coffee and learn about the art of coffee roasting.

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Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage: Shaping the National Movement

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Brooklyn Branch, 300 E Patapsco Ave
Baltimore, MD 21225 United States
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Free

Join Baltimore Heritage's executive director, Mr. Johns Hopkins, to learn more of how Baltimore has shaped the Civil Rights Movement for over 100 years.

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Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage: Shaping the National Movement

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Southeast Anchor Branch, 3601 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224 United States
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Join Baltimore Heritage's executive director, Mr. Johns Hopkins, to learn more of how Baltimore has shaped the Civil Rights Movement for over 100 years.

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March 2020

From Farmstead Settlement to Booming Suburb: A Walking Tour of Historic Towson

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Historic Towson Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204 United States
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$10

Did you know that Divine of John Waters movie fame was born and buried in Towson? Join Towson's own history buff, Ms. Brenda Carl, for a look back at the town’s wonderful history and notable characters. We’ll start at the pre-Civil War Towson Courthouse and learn how the two Towson brothers from Pennsylvania came down the York Turnpike in the 1700's to start the town that's named for them. We'll also visit the site of the original Towson Hotel, where farmers stopped over before continuing on to Baltimore to sell their goods. We hope you'll join us to discover how places like Prospect Hill Cemetery, Loch Raven Reservoir, and East Towson, founded by African Americans formerly enslaved at Hampton Mansion, helped make Towson into the bustling college town it is today.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10
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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Destination Baltimore: A Talk on the Story of Immigration and Opportunity

March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Engineers Club / Garrett Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

For more than two centuries and for almost two million people, Baltimore was the destination that promised hope and opportunity--a new life. For this talk, historian Jack Burkert will discuss the realities of immigrating to America. Beginning in the 18th century, and accelerating through the 19th century, immigrants provided the labor force necessary for Baltimore to become an industrial powerhouse. Throughout the 20th century, new arrivals from other parts of America continued to fuel Baltimore’s growth. Who were these people? Where were they from? Why did they leave home? We hope you’ll join us to explore these questions and more at this lecture!

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April 2020

New Light on Hidden Lives: A Talk on Discovering the Histories of Hampton’s Enslaved Workers

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Engineers Club / Garrett Jacobs Mansion, 11 West Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

In 1790, the Ridgely family’s Hampton Mansion was the largest house in the United States. Who worked to keep this enormous estate running efficiently? Who labored in the surrounding gardens and, a little farther away, in the lucrative, but treacherous iron furnaces? Join us to hear Gregory Weidman, Curator, Hampton National Historic Site, talk about her recent research as a member of the Hampton Ethnographic Team that worked for three years to uncover and document the lives and families of those enslaved on the Hampton estate.

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“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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$15

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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