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September 2017

Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

September 10 @ 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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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.

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“My Own Two Hands”: A Birthday Tour of the H.L. Mencken House

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Register
H.L. Mencken House, 1524 Hollins Street
Baltimore, MD 21223 United States
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A red brick rowhouse with white marble steps and trim.

Henry Louis Mencken wrote that his house on Hollins Street was “as much a part of me as my own two hands,” and his personality can be seen in everything from the parquet floors to the garden tiles. We’re celebrating Mencken’s birthday this year with a visit to his Union Square house. Please join us and our partners the Baltimore National Heritage Area and Friends of the H.L. Mencken House for some wine and cheese, a tour of the house, and an update on plans for restoring and reopening the building.

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The Arch Social Club and Pennsylvania Avenue’s Storefront Improvements

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Register
Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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The colorfully painted front facade of the Arch Social Club against a background of a blue sky with white clouds.

Founded in 1905 and incorporated in 1912, the Arch Social Club has been a fixture on Pennsylvania Avenue since moving there in 1972. Today, the club is looking better than ever thanks to a restored front facade and more rehabilitation work on the way with support from the Maryland Business Recovery Storefront Improvement Program. Please join David Gleason, architect for improvements at the Arch Social Club and other Pennsylvania Avenue businesses, as we tour the club and take a stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue to learn about other recent improvements happening here.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: Monumental City Tour

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am | Register
Washington Monument (North Entrance), 699 Washington Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. Join us on a tour to hear the stories behind the Washington Monument and see the landmarks of Baltimore’s grandest historic neighborhood. If your legs are strong, climb the Monument’s stairs for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore!

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

September 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am | Register
Patterson Park Pagoda, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States
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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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