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Alger Hiss, a native Baltimorean, was a government official accused of spying for the Soviet Union In one of the most spectacular Cold War era trials in the U.S., Hiss was convicted of perjury. Hiss's accuser was Whittaker Chambers, a confessed Communist Spy turned Conservative Republican.
Regardless of what conclusions the reader reaches from the mountain of evidence and the books that have been written about the Alger Hiss case, much of the narrative by Whittaker Chambers may have been composed in a modest house in Charles Village, 2610 St. Paul Street, a typical example of detached domestic architecture in Baltimore often overlooked by architectural historians.Find out more »
After 30 years without a break, Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg is finally taking a year off and he has kindly shared his tour notes with us. Join Baltimore Heritage and tour guide Tim Fabiszak to tour Baltimore’s historic Green Mount Cemetery. Opened in 1839, Green Mount is an early example of an urban-rural cemetery, that is, a cemetery with a park-like setting located close to the countryside. Green Mount is the final resting place of some of Maryland’s most famous, and infamous, figures including Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Betsy Patterson, A.S. Abell, John H. B. Latrobe, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Wilkes Booth, and Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija Board!Find out more »
For a tiny neighborhood squeezed between the University of Maryland and Camden Yards, Ridgely’s Delight contains an oversized history. George Washington slept here and Babe Ruth was born here! Join us to walk the preserved, picturesque streets of one of the earliest neighborhoods in Baltimore while we look back at the stories of both its famous visitors and the ordinary Baltimoreans who worked and raised their families here.Find out more »
Phillip Lord joins us for a presentation on marble quarries in Cockeysville and the buildings in Baltimore and beyond that were made of stones quarried from these sites. Cockeysville Marble was a major source of marble in the United States, used in the construction of significant buildings in Baltimore and beyond including the Washington Monuments in Baltimore and Washington DC, Baltimore's City Hall, the United States Capitol Building, and the Fisher Building in Detroit.Find out more »