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October 2019

Jones Falls Historic Sites of Industry Bike Tour

October 27 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Common Ground, 819 West 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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$10

Join us for a bike tour of historic factories along the Jones Falls. The tour will stop at sites included in the Jones Falls Historic Wayfinding Signage Project that tell the story of the industrial history of the Jones Falls and the lives of its workers, from the early 19th century to the present day. We'll also be stopping at various landmarks along the way.

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November 2019

Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Hollywood Diner (at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market), 400 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
$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,…

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

November 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$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. On 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

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carroll Mansion, 800 Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$10

Anchored by the Phoenix Shot Tower, Historic Jonestown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and includes often overlooked landmarks. In addition to going inside the Shot Tower, on this tour you'll learn about the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Meeting House) and the third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street Synagogue), and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll. The Shot Tower, the tallest structure in the United States until 1846, stands out…

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Psychedelics, Traitors and Treatments: The Unexpected Past of Spring Grove Hospital Center

November 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228 United States
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Timothy Leary’s got nothing on Baltimore! Join us for a walk around the Spring Grove Hospital Center campus to see this partially abandoned historic facility where, among other things, the first and longest government-run psychedelic drug research program took place. Founded in 1797, it is the second oldest continuously operating psychiatric hospital in the country. On our tour we’ll see the remnants of the oldest building on campus and industrial structures from the 1930s, plus a barely noticeable cemetery. Walk through three centuries of history that weaves together tales of yellow fever epidemic, Confederate traitors, and psychedelic scandal. Groovy.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: Monumental City Tour

November 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Washington Monument (South Entrance), 699 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
$10

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. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. The recent renovations to the two-hundred-year-old Washington Monument are…

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Christmas in Old Baltimore with Historian Wayne Schaumburg

November 17 @ 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 mentally gearing up for this year’s holiday season, have you ever wondered which Baltimore holiday traditions have changed over the years and which have stayed the same? Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for a talk on "Christmas In Old Baltimore" to get a little insight. Mr. Schaumburg will focus on some of Baltimore’s great holiday customs from the 1940s to the 1960s, including downtown shopping, visiting Santa, the Toytown Parade, firehouse train gardens, and even our favorite holiday topic to quibble over: aluminum trees. We hope you can join us!

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The Chesapeake Bay: A Look Back In Film

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Heron Room Event Destination, 3000 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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Free

Baltimore Heritage’s partner organization, the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, will host local film presenter, Bob Wagner, for a free screening of a selection of 16mm films about Baltimore and the Chesapeake region. The 1970's and 80's brought a wave of attention on the Bay. These films highlight growing concerns about the environment and the complex link between cities, farms and the waterfront. We'll see some great footage of Baltimore during the 70's, learn about oysters and sea grasses, watch an exciting crab race, and hear from Miss Crustacean 1985.

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