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April 2020

“Life Goes On:” The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks and Turner Station

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, MD 21222 United States
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Please join us for a walking tour of Turner Station, Dundalk, the last home of Henrietta Lacks. Don’t know who Henrietta Lacks was? Most of the world didn’t until about ten years ago. Lacks is best recognized for her immortal cells, which have transformed modern medicine. Yet, it took some twenty-five years before the Lacks family received any knowledge of the immortal contribution their beloved wife and mother was making to medical science. Join guide Servant Speed as we walks through Henrietta’s Turner Station community and learn about her incredible story.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

April 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Faidley’s Seafood (Entrance), 203 N. Paca Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Lexington Market

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, 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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Woodberry by Foot: Country Living with City Convenience

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Woodberry United Methodist Church, 2000 Druid Park Dr
Baltimore, MD 21211 United States
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Join Ms. Tracey Brown, long time Woodberry resident and neighborhood leader, on a tour of this charming former mill community. Together we'll learn about its rise, eventual fall, and recent rebirth. We will be touring sections of TV Hill, Clipper Mill and Brick Hill that are thriving today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. Plus get updated on the recent movement to designate Woodberry as a Baltimore City historic district.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: A Monumental City Tour

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Monument (South Entrance), 699 N. Charles Street
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. 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.

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Sharp Leadenhall by Foot: 250 Years of African American Heritage

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Solo Gibbs Park, 1044 Leadenhall Street
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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Ms. Betty Bland-Thomas, a long-time community activist and member of the South Baltimore Partnership, will lead this walking tour through the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood in South Baltimore. This community is home to Ebenezer AME, the third oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the nation, and has been home to a vital African American community since the late 1700s. As in West Baltimore, residents struggled against displacement and demolition by highways projects in the 1960s and continue to organize against gentrification. The walking tour not only highlights this long history, but will also offer a chance to hear stories from long-time residents on their everyday experiences growing up in the neighborhood in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Federal Hill Park (Southwest Corner), 301 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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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 us 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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Reinventing the Peale: A Hard Hat Tour

April 29 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Peale Museum, 225 North Holliday Street
Baltimoe, 21202 United States
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Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peale’s renovations with architect Walter Schamu! Hear some of the many stories of the building, from its origins as the first purpose-built museum in the country, to the introduction of gaslight technology to the city, to its role as Baltimore’s first City Hall and public high school for people of color. Find out what is coming next as the Peale relaunches as a center for Baltimore stories and studies, and a laboratory for reinventing the museum for the 21st century in the creative and innovative spirit of the Peale family.

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May 2020

The Catacombs Under Westminster: Two Hundred Years of Tombs and Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Join us to explore the eerie catacombs underneath Baltimore’s First Presbyterian Church, now called Westminster Hall, and the graves that surround it, including the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. The burial ground predates the church, which was built on arches above the gravesites, so that the graveyard and its tombstones lie both underneath and around the building. We bet you will also recognize more than a few Baltimore street names as we walk among the patriots and civic leaders buried at Westminster including Calhoun, Hollins, Gilmore, and Bentalou. All told, the compact cemetery next to the University of Maryland School of Law is the final resting place for over 1,000 individuals. We can’t wait to see you "Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace!"

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How to Read a Rowhouse: Colonial Architecture in Fell’s Point

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fell’s Point Visitors Center, 1724 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States
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$15

When you look down Thames Street and smile at how “old-timey” it looks, what are you really looking at? Join architect David Gleason, president of the Fell’s Point Preservation Society, on a walk through the aged neighborhood to learn how to read historic buildings and uncover their unique histories. These houses and businesses have been reinvented and repurposed over 250 years in order to meet the changing economy of Baltimore--what can they tell us about those who lived and worked in Fell’s Point? Join us to “excavate” structures by exploring the layers of construction and change--you never know what you might discover hiding behind the facade!

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Out of the Ashes: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

May 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Replica Gaslight, 300 E Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$10

In February 1904, Baltimore’s chief firefighter cabled Washington DC: “Desperate fire here. Must have help at once!” A tremendous fire was sweeping through downtown and showed little signs of stopping. Not until 5:00 p.m. the next day was the fire brought under control. Overall, it destroyed 1500 buildings, left 35,000 people unemployed, and damaged $150 million of property. Resilient Baltimore rebounded quickly, erecting new buildings, widening streets, and improving fire safety designs. Rising out of the ashes, Baltimore used the fire to rethink the city, and the downtown we know today is shaped largely by this incident. Join us as we see what 2500 degrees Fahrenheit heat can do to blocks of solid stone, learn how the fire shaped architecture locally and across the country, and hear the tale of one of the fire’s great heroes: Goliath the horse.

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

May 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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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The Industrial Valley: A Lecture on 200 Years of Manufacturing on the Jones Falls

May 3 @ 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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Please join us to trace the industrial history and legacy of the Jones Falls Valley from Mt. Washington to Station North. Nathan Dennies of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance will cover the history of the area's factories and villages, and tell the story of the people who lived and worked here—from the grist mills of the late 18th century and the rise and fall of the textile mills in the 19th and 20th centuries, to the smaller manufacturers that took their place and the industries of today that continue the valley's long industrial tradition.

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Stone and Spirit: The Original Campus of Goucher College

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St Paul St
Baltimore, MD 21218 United States
$15

While Rev. John Goucher was overseeing the building of today's Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in the mid-1880s, he was also helping establish a college for women to give them “equal advantages in the business of life.” Join Marilyn Warshawsky, author of John Franklin Goucher: Citizen of the World and a trustee emerita of the College, at Lovely Lane for a tour of this historic church, a presentation of archival photos of original college buildings, and a walking tour of the campus that is now part of the diverse community known as Old Goucher.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

May 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
Lexington Market

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, 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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Brewers Hill by Foot: The Architecture of Brewing Beer

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Natty Boh Tower Parking Lot, 3600 O'Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224 United States
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$15

Today’s Brewers Hill neighborhood centers on the rehabilitated Gunther Brewery and National Brewery complexes. The breweries were home to the Gunther, Shaefer, Hamm, and of course Natty Boh labels, and was where the nation’s first “six pack” was invented in the 1940s. The 27 acre brewery site is surrounded by the Brewers Hill neighborhood, which developed between 1915 and 1920 and is replete with rows of brick homes and marble steps. Join David Knipp, a project manager for the redevelopment of the Brewers Hill complex, on a tour of the brewery site in all of its beer-making glory and current buzz of activity.

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Mount Vernon Place and the Washington Monument: A Monumental City Tour

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Washington Monument (South Entrance), 699 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$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 the latest news from the revival of this historic neighborhood over the last decade.Join us on a tour to hear the stories behind the Washington Monument and see the landmarks of Baltimore’s grandest historic neighborhood. If you are able, you can climb the Monument’s stairs for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore!

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The Shipwrecks of Curtis Bay with Underwater Archaeologist Dr. Susan Langley

May 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Curtis Creek Ship Graveyard (Jaws Marina), 6100 Chemical Rd
Curtis Bay, MD 21226 United States
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$10

Did you know there is a ship graveyard in Baltimore’s Curtis Creek? Join us onsite in front of half-submerged and hidden vessels for an outdoor talk by Maryland’s State Underwater Archaeologist, Dr. Susan Langley. Dr. Langley will explore the ships in the area that include vessels built for WWI, a ship that surprisingly sailed unmanned from North Carolina to Maine and back, an early example of a ship made from cement, and some intriguing schooners and tugs for good measure.

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June 2020

The Catacombs Under Westminster: Two Hundred Years of Tombs and Edgar Allan Poe’s Gravesite

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, 519 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Join us to explore the eerie catacombs underneath Baltimore’s First Presbyterian Church, now called Westminster Hall, and the graves that surround it, including the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. The burial ground predates the church, which was built on arches above the gravesites, so that the graveyard and its tombstones lie both underneath and around the building. We bet you will also recognize more than a few Baltimore street names as we walk among the patriots and civic leaders buried at Westminster including Calhoun, Hollins, Gilmore, and Bentalou. All told, the compact cemetery next to the University of Maryland School of Law is the final resting place for over 1,000 individuals. We can’t wait to see you "Where Baltimore's History Rests in Peace!"

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Out of the Ashes: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904

June 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Replica Gaslight, 300 E Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21202 United States
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$10

In February 1904, Baltimore’s chief firefighter cabled Washington DC: “Desperate fire here. Must have help at once!” A tremendous fire was sweeping through downtown and showed little signs of stopping. Not until 5:00 p.m. the next day was the fire brought under control. Overall, it destroyed 1500 buildings, left 35,000 people unemployed, and damaged $150 million of property. Resilient Baltimore rebounded quickly, erecting new buildings, widening streets, and improving fire safety designs. Rising out of the ashes, Baltimore used the fire to rethink the city, and the downtown we know today is shaped largely by this incident. Join us as we see what 2500 degrees Fahrenheit heat can do to blocks of solid stone, learn how the fire shaped architecture locally and across the country, and hear the tale of one of the fire’s great heroes: Goliath the horse.

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Federal Hill Park (Southwest Corner), 301 Warren Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10

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

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