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January 2020

From Pianos to Pigskins: Ravens Stadium Then and Now

January 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
M&T Bank Stadium (Ravens Stadium), 1101 Russell St, South West Suite Lobby across from LOT D
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10

Join us at M&T Bank Stadium for a behind-the-scenes tour of the home of one of the hottest teams in the NFL this season-- the Baltimore Ravens! We’ll take in the building from the suite-level to the locker-rooms. Plus, we’ll learn about the enormous Knabe Piano Factory that used to be at the same location. Who would have known that 129 years after Knabe sponsored the opening concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall that the Baltimore Ravens would have an opera-singing kicker (Justin Tucker) performing at the same spot where grand pianos once were made to be shipped to the nation’s opera houses? Join us for this touchdown tour to talk both football players and piano players.

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February 2020

From the Stamp Act to Yorktown: A Talk on Baltimore in the American Revolution

February 2 @ 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

Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg as we look at Baltimore's role in the American Revolution. Discover our town's unique response to the Stamp Act crisis. Learn about a group of soldiers called the Maryland 400, many of whom were from Baltimore, that saved Washington's army at the Battle of Long Island. Did you know that Baltimore was the capital of the United States for three months? Finally we answer the burning question: did George Washington sleep here?

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

February 8 @ 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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Mount Vernon Love Stories: A Historic Valentine’s Walking Tour

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Marburg Mansion, 14 West Mt. Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Baltimore historian Jamie Hunt is back with a Valentine’s Day-themed walking tour of romance in Mount Vernon! From Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard to current celebrity Jada Pinkett Smith, for two centuries Mount Vernon has seen spectacular love stories, bitter feuds, and more than a few juicy trysts. Walk along with us and learn some revealing stories about these and many other historic characters.

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Historic Laurel: A Walking Tour of a Booming 19th-Century Milltown

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Laurel Museum, 817 Main St
Laurel, MD 20707 United States
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$15

Originally called Laurel Factory, the town of Laurel today started as a 19th century milltown with ties to Baltimore along the B&O railroad line. Situated halfway between Baltimore and DC on the Patuxent River, it started as a small grist mill in 1811 and by 1840 had evolved into a cotton mill employing more than 700 workers. Join us and our guide Ann Bennett, Executive Director of the Laurel Historical Society, as we soak in the natural setting of historic Laurel while learning about its bustling past!

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The Caffeinated City: A Tour of Zeke’s Coffee Roastery and Baltimore’s Coffee History

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zeke’s Coffee Roastery, 3003 Montebello Terrace
Baltimore, MD 21214 United States
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$10

Thomas Rhodes sold his first pound of coffee at the Baltimore Farmers’ Market in November 2005 using a newly acquired one-pound coffee roaster. In doing so, Mr. Rhodes’ new business, Zeke’s Coffee, joined a long line of coffee connoisseurs in Baltimore that includes Alex. Brown and Sons, the nation’s first investment bank, which imported so much coffee that it become the firm’s main source of revenue by the late 19th century. Join us for an espresso-ily energizing tour of Zeke’s Coffee as we talk about Baltimore’s history of coffee and learn about the art of coffee roasting.

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Baltimore’s Civil Rights Heritage: Shaping the National Movement

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library – Brooklyn Branch, 300 E Patapsco Ave
Baltimore, MD 21225 United States
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Free

Join Baltimore Heritage's executive director, Mr. Johns Hopkins, to learn more of how Baltimore has shaped the Civil Rights Movement for over 100 years.

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March 2020

From Farmstead Settlement to Booming Suburb: A Walking Tour of Historic Towson

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Historic Towson Courthouse, 400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204 United States
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$10

Did you know that Divine of John Waters movie fame was born and buried in Towson? Join Towson's own history buff, Ms. Brenda Carl, for a look back at the town’s wonderful history and notable characters. We’ll start at the pre-Civil War Towson Courthouse and learn how the two Towson brothers from Pennsylvania came down the York Turnpike in the 1700's to start the town that's named for them. We'll also visit the site of the original Towson Hotel, where farmers stopped over before continuing on to Baltimore to sell their goods. We hope you'll join us to discover how places like Prospect Hill Cemetery, Loch Raven Reservoir, and East Towson, founded by African Americans formerly enslaved at Hampton Mansion, helped make Towson into the bustling college town it is today.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

March 14 @ 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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Destination Baltimore: A Talk on the Story of Immigration and Opportunity

March 22 @ 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

For more than two centuries and for almost two million people, Baltimore was the destination that promised hope and opportunity--a new life. For this talk, historian Jack Burkert will discuss the realities of immigrating to America. Beginning in the 18th century, and accelerating through the 19th century, immigrants provided the labor force necessary for Baltimore to become an industrial powerhouse. Throughout the 20th century, new arrivals from other parts of America continued to fuel Baltimore’s growth. Who were these people? Where were they from? Why did they leave home? We hope you’ll join us to explore these questions and more at this lecture!

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April 2020

New Light on Hidden Lives: A Talk on Discovering the Histories of Hampton’s Enslaved Workers

April 5 @ 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 1790, the Ridgely family’s Hampton Mansion was the largest house in the United States. Who worked to keep this enormous estate running efficiently? Who labored in the surrounding gardens and, a little farther away, in the lucrative, but treacherous iron furnaces? Join us to hear Gregory Weidman, Curator, Hampton National Historic Site, talk about her recent research as a member of the Hampton Ethnographic Team that worked for three years to uncover and document the lives and families of those enslaved on the Hampton estate.

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“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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$15

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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$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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May 2020

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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$10

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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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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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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