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September 2018

Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

September 23 @ 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 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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The Port of Baltimore: Shaping the City Over the Ages

September 23 @ 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

The story of the Port of Baltimore is a continuing tale of stevedores and ship captains, supporting businesses and industries, moving bananas and bulldozers. What started with expectations of tobacco trade gave way to grain as a dominant cargo, small coastal sailing vessels yielded to iron hulled steamers and now today’s massive trans-ocean cargo carriers. Join Baltimore Heritage and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund for a talk by historian Jack Burkert as we walk through the Port of Baltimore and its impact on the city over the ages.

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Sheppard Pratt: the Campus and the History Tour

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sheppard Pratt, 6501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21204 United States
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$10
Gothic stone cottage entrance to Sheppard Pratt Campus

With gifts from Quaker merchant Moses Sheppard and Unitarian businessman Enoch Pratt, the Shappard and Enoch Pratt Hospital has advanced the practice of treating mental illness on a gorgeous open campus for over 100 years. Please join us for a look at the original historic buildings on the campus and a visit to the Gibson Museum that contains artifacts and history of the hospital.

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October 2018

Factory Tour of Fashions Unlimited: A Renaissance in Baltimore’s Garment Industry

October 2 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Fashions Unlimited, 1100 Wicomico Street, Ste. 515
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States
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$10
Sunlit cutting table with measuring table, scissors, weights, and a large stapler.

If you thought that the garment industry in Baltimore was a relic of the past, think again and join us on this repeat of Fashions Unlimited! Since its founding in 1976, Fashions Unlimited has been manufacturing clothing from its South Baltimore factory and is going as strongly today as ever. With sewing machines and a skilled workforce of designers, cutters, and sewers, it produces a range of products from bathing suits for start-up businesses to sportswear for Fila, Nike, and Champion. Please join us and company founder Phil Spector on a tour of the Fashions Unlimited factory in action and learn how “Made in the USA” is happening here in Baltimore.

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Free Thank You Reception and Micro-Grant Give Away at the Historic Orchard Street Church

October 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Orchard Street Church, 512 Orchard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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Free
Greater Baltimore Urban League's Orchard Street Church

Please join us and our hosts at the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s historic Orchard Street Church as we say thank you to all of the people who support us with a free reception, tours of the 1865 building, and a chance to help us give away preservation micro-grants.

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Masons, Jazzmen, Doctors and More: A Bus Tour for Doors Open Baltimore

October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 1307 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217 United States
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$25

The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Eutaw Place, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on Howard Street, and Davidge Hall downtown, the oldest medical teaching facility still in use in the Western Hemisphere: Central Baltimore is packed with wonderful historic places! As part of Doors Open Baltimore 2018, join Tom Liebel, architect and chair of Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, on a bus tour stopping at five fantastic historic places in central Baltimore: The Prince Hall Grand Lodge; the Eubie Blake Cultural Center; Davidge Hall; Rachel’s Dowery Bed and Breakfast; and Ambassador Theodore Marburg's mansion on Mount Vernon Place.

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The World Trains Made: A Century of Great Railroad Architecture

October 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223 United States
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Free
Author and historian Jim Dilts

We at Baltimore Heritage are pleased to help sponsor a book launch in honor of former board member and long-time Baltimore historian Jim Dilts. The memorial event launches Jim's great work The World Trains Made: A Century of Great Railroad Architecture in the United States and Canada. The B&O Railroad is hosting this free event on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The event starts at 5:30 and there will be brief remarks at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Ms. Kathy Hargest: khargest@borail.org

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

October 13 @ 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

October 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Phoenix Shot Tower, 801 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Walk just a few blocks from Baltimore's Sunday Farmers Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city—historic Jonestown. On this tour of often overlooked landmarks, you'll see the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Quaker Meeting House) and third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street), learn about cast iron buildings and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, and get inside the famed Phoenix Shot Tower—the tallest structure in the United States until 1846.

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Mount Vernon Pride: LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Many know Mount Vernon as the home of Baltimore’s Pride Parade as well as the city’s oldest gay and lesbian bars and businesses. But that only is only a small part of the LGBTQ history and historic places found in this neighborhood! Join Baltimore Heritage for a 90-minute walking tour of the neighborhood’s queer heritage landmarks.

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

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

From Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard’s country estate “the” place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century, join us for a tour of this grand historic neighborhood. The recent renovations to the two-hundred-year-old Washington Monument are the latest news, and if your legs are strong, we’ll climb to the top for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore! Space inside the monument is limited. Each tour is capped at 15 people and we'll meet at the south entrance of the monument.

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Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour

October 28 @ 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 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.

Find out more »

November 2018

Food from Home: Immigration, Bakeries, and Delis by Bike

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Patterson Park Pagoda, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21231 United States
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$25

Celebrate Baltimore’s rich history of immigration with a bike ride that will include stops at several, hundred-year old ethnic food establishments in east Baltimore. Each will offer some tastings of their most famous goodies to sample. In addition to picking up some calories (and hopefully burning them off along the way!), you’ll have the chance to “digest” the motivation for different ethnic groups to migrate and the importance of immigration to the growth of Baltimore. Also “sandwiched” into this tour will be some facts about painted screens, formstone, the sad fate of the bagel, and the history of Nutella.

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Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour

November 4 @ 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 Monumental City walking tour!

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Iron, Oysters and Railroads: Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age

November 4 @ 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

As Baltimore transitioned from a primarily rural society into an industrial one, shipbuilding, milling, spinning and canning oysters become our city’s early focus. Along with the rise of industry came a new way of life and changes in social aspects of living in an urban space. Join Baltimore Heritage and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund for a talk by historian Jack Burkert as he discusses how Baltimore’s economy and social fabric fundamentally changed as we entered the Industrial Age.

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Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

November 10 @ 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 11 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Phoenix Shot Tower, 801 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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$10

Walk just a few blocks from Baltimore's Sunday Farmers Market and you enter one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city—historic Jonestown. On this tour of often overlooked landmarks, you'll see the city’s oldest religious building (Friends Quaker Meeting House) and third oldest synagogue in the country (Lloyd Street), learn about cast iron buildings and the longest-lived signer of the Declaration of Independence, and get inside the famed Phoenix Shot Tower—the tallest structure in the United States until 1846.

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

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$10

From Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard’s country estate “the” place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century, join us for a tour of this grand historic neighborhood. The recent renovations to the two-hundred-year-old Washington Monument are the latest news, and if your legs are strong, we’ll climb to the top for a birds-eye view of central Baltimore! Space inside the monument is limited. Each tour is capped at 15 people and we'll meet at the south entrance of the monument.

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December 2018

Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market

December 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
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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WYPR’s “Your Maryland”: Finding the Drama, Color, and Humor in Maryland History with Ric Cottom

December 9 @ 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

Robert I. Cottom (better known as Ric to friends and public radio listeners) began his sixteen-year run as host of WYPR’s Your Maryland where he shares colorful, human-interest glimpses into Maryland’s past. With the release of his book, Your Maryland: Little-Known Histories from the Shores of the Chesapeake to the Foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Mr. Cottom’s rich and insightful stories have gained an even wider audience. Please join Join Baltimore Heritage and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion as Ric Cottom shares a few of his marvelous stories as well as some insight into how he creates them.

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January 2019

Everything’s New: Baltimore in the Roaring Twenties

January 6, 2019 @ 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

During 1920s, Baltimore was a boom town. Commerce, industry and jobs for the city’s residents underwent dynamic changes as Baltimoreans listened to Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong on the radio and danced the Foxtrot and Charleston. Join Baltimore Heritage and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund for a talk by historian Jack Burkert as he walks through this fascinating time of change in Baltimore.

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February 2019

A Hot Time In the Old Town: the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 with Wayne Schaumburg

February 3, 2019 @ 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

On a cold Sunday in February, 1904, a gentleman flicked his cigar butt on the sidewalk in front of Hurst’s dry goods store where today’s Royal Farms Arena now stands, sparking the great 1904 Baltimore Fire that destroyed over 1500 buildings and caused damages in the order of $100 million (in 1904 dollars). The fire and Baltimore’s Herculean effort to rebuild have shaped the core of how our city looks and functions today. Join Baltimore historian Wayne Schaumburg as he walks through the great 1904 Baltimore Fire, from the young mayor (35-year old Robert McClane) who found himself tasked with battling the fire and launching the city’s recovery, to how Thomas O’Neill saved his department store and how Baltimore got a new cathedral out of it.

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March 2019

The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City with Author Antero Pietila

March 24, 2019 @ 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

The philanthropist Johns Hopkins has shaped Baltimore perhaps like no other individual, from founding the university and hospital that bear his name to his role in shaping the B&O Railroad and making Baltimore an economic boom town in the 19th century. In a new book, The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City, Baltimore author Antero Pietila explores how Hopkins and his legacy also impacted the racial patterns and climate of our city. Join Mr. Pietila as he shares his newest work exploring race and community in Baltimore.

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