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May 2018

Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

May 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Register
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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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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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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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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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 | Register
Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, 516 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221 United States
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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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