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April 2017

Crossing the Highway to Nowhere

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Register
Former Social Security Adminstration offices plaza, 398 N Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States

Along with planning to put a highway through Fell’s Point and Federal Hill in the 1960s and 1970s, city planners also plotted a new highway through West Baltimore. Unlike its eastern counterpart, however, which was stopped before construction began, a stretch of the road in West Baltimore actually got built. This stretch of a little over a mile from Martin Luther King to the West Baltimore MARC Station, dubbed the “Highway to Nowhere,” paved through a number of West Baltimore neighborhoods and its impacts are still felt today.

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Of Gas Lights, Weather Bulbs, and Infernos: A Walking Tour at the Light City Festival

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Register
Brookshire Suites Hotel, 120 East Lombard Street
Baltimore, 21201 United States

Before Baltimore lit up the night with whimsical and creative works of glowing art, Rembrandt Peale sparked a lighting revolution by burning a gas light indoors to attract people at night to his new Peale Museum. From the country’s first gas street lamp to the colored weather announcements on top of 10 Light Street, Baltimore’s history is replete with light-oriented events, and of course including the biggest lighting event of all: the Great 1904 Fire. Join Baltimore Heritage director Johns Hopkins on a stroll through downtown in the twilight to learn about how light and flame have impacted downtown.

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Baltimore by Foot: Otterbein

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Register
Old Otterbein United Methodist Church, 112 West Conway Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States

From its founding in the 1840s, Otterbein has been home to rich and poor, black and white, old families and new immigrants, and even homesteaders buying “Dollar Houses.” Join us on a tour with Otterbein residents Terry Shepard and Debra J. Thomas to learn about this piece of historic Baltimore in miniature.

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Patterson Park Pagoda and the Battle of Baltimore: Monumental City Tour

April 23 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Register
Patterson Park Pagoda, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States

In the fall of 1814, thousands of people came together on Hampstead Hill to defend Baltimore from a British attack. Today, the former fortifications are located in Patterson Park and topped by the charming Patterson Park Pagoda. Climb up the Pagoda’s winding iron stairs, you’ll enjoy a singular view of East Baltimore and learn the story of the Battle of Baltimore and War of 1812. Join us as we explore the history of Patteron Park from the early 1800s to the present.

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Mount Vernon Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Register
Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States

Many know Mount Vernon as the home of Baltimore’s Pride Parade as well as the city’s oldest gay and lesbian bars and businesses. But that only is only a small part of the LGBTQ history and historic places found in this neighborhood! Join Baltimore Heritage for a 90-minute walking tour of the neighborhood’s queer heritage landmarks.

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