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October 2021

A History of Poppleton (Virtual Talk)

October 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Learn about the history of Poppleton with Professor Nicole King (Department of American Studies, UMBC). King has worked with local residents and preservationists to document the important Black history of Poppleton, which has been threatened by slum clearance, urban renewal, highway construction, and redevelopment. We will also learn about ongoing advocacy efforts to preserve Poppleton's historic places and fight displacement, such as the proposed CHAP local historic district, Black Homeownership in Old Poppleton.

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Old St. Paul’s Cemetery Tour: A Peek Behind the Stone Walls

October 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Old St. Paul’s Cemetery, 733 W. Redwood St
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Old St. Paul’s Cemetery’s list of the interred reads like the Who’s Who of the War of 1812 – Samuel Chase, George Armistead, John Eager Howard to name a few. Even Francis Scott Key spent part of his afterlife in the cemetery buried in the Howard crypt until he was moved to Frederick. Founded around 1799, Old St. Paul’s is one of the oldest cemeteries in Baltimore City and is on the registry of National Historic Places. Not regularly open to the public, come with us to peek behind its large stone walls and see the final resting places of those who helped shape this city. 

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November 2021

Exploring the Prince George’s County Civil Rights Trail (Virtual Talk)

November 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual MD United States
By donation

The Prince George's County Civil Rights Trail is a hybrid online and sign trail tour that illuminates the most affluent African American majority county in the nation with a legacy of civil rights activism. It is a joint project of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Black History Program with funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the National Park Service. The project will include an interactive website, the installation of on-site interpretive signage, and educational workshops. Executive Director of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Meagan Baco, will share new research and archival photos from nine sites across the county, including Bowie State University, Laurel Municipal Pool, Ridgeley Rosenwald School, the Cole Field House at UMD, and more during this Virtual Histories presentation.

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Gargoyles, Landmarks and Lions: Downtown Baltimore

November 7 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Hollywood Diner (at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market), 400 East Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$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, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up! If you are Baltimore born-and-raised or a visitor from out-of-town, you don’t want to miss this walking tour!

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Historic Ridgely’s Delight

November 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory Street
Baltimore, MD United States
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$10

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. 

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

November 21 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Federal Hill Park (Southwest Corner), 301 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10

Baltimoreans have celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution, used it to defend the city in the War of 1812, and fortified it to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join Baltimore Heritage to learn about the rich history of this waterfront community, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in the community, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.

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December 2021

Disrupting Lines: The Career and Legacy of Victorine Adams (Virtual Talk)

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Prior to the processing of her archival collection at Morgan State University, Victorine Adams remained obscured behind the imposing notoriety of her husband, William “Little Willie” Adams. Yet she led a remarkable life and was the first African American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1967. Adams also created two organizations, participated in philanthropic endeavors, mentored young women and maintained an impeccable reputation and social life. She was a self-assured woman aware of the distortion that surrounded her race, gender and class in Baltimore. Join Morgan State's University Archivist Dr. Ida E. Jones to see how Victorine Adams' “compassionate conviction” compelled her to organize, raise her voice and run for public office in service to the masses of underserved people in her hometown of Baltimore.

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The Maryland Zoo’s Main Valley: A Walk Through History

December 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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$10

Join us for a special walking tour of the Maryland Zoo’s newly reopened historic Main Valley. Kirby Fowler, president of the Maryland Zoo, and Tony Azola, the restoration contractor who helped restore the Main Valley, will lead us as we explore the Zoo's oldest section, which dates back to the 19th century. The Main Valley was closed to the public in 2004 and it served as the “back of house” for employees, while the antiquated cages became overgrown with vines and trees. The Zoo has just reopened the Main Valley as a walking path for guests, providing unique opportunities to learn more about the history of the Zoo and several of its historic landmarks, including iron-barred cages and other structures built when the Rogers Mansion was still a private residence. We hope you’ll join us to experience a walk through the past, which will showcase how far zoological organizations have come from menageries of exotic creatures to conservation centers for endangered species! 

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Slave Streets, Free Streets: Early Baltimore On-Line (Virtual Talk)

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Anne Sarah Rubin discusses her digital project "Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore." This website allows users to virtually stroll the streets of Baltimore circa 1815, while exploring the lives of free blacks and enslaved workers. She will also discuss the on-line games her students made about the Pratt Street Riots of 1861, suggesting some of the ways that modern technology can reconstruct the past in newly engaging ways.

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