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Charles Village Pride! Talk and tour on the early history of Baltimore’s LGBT Community

Together with the Baltimore City Historical Society, we are excited to present two upcoming programs on Baltimore’s LGBT history with a talk by historian John Wood on Thursday, June 20 and a walking tour of Charles Village with Richard Oloizia, Louis Hughes and many more special guests on Saturday, June 22.

The Baltimore Gay Community: The Early Years

Thursday, June 20, 2013, Reception at 7:00 PM, lecture at 7:30 PM
2521 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Mayor Kurt Schmoke at Gay Pride after Gay Rights Bill passed, 1988
Mayor Kurt Schmoke at Gay Pride after Gay Rights Bill passed, 1988

The Baltimore City Historical Society & Village Learning Place are hosting the final spring Baltimore History Evening with a presentation by John Wood, a local historian and teacher at the McDonogh School on the early history of Baltimore’s gay community. Wood will share how members of the city’s LGBT community organized and fought for civil rights from 1975 up through the passage of the city’s landmark gay and lesbian civil-rights bill in 1988. The period was shaped by the growth of pride in gay and lesbian identity, tensions between gay men and lesbians, the impact of AIDS, and the professionalization of the equal rights campaign during the 1980s. The program will include special guest Jody Landers, a City Council member at the time the bill passed, talking about the impact that negative opposition testimony during the bill’s hearing had upon his vote.

Charles Village Pride! LGBT Heritage Walking Tour

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:00 AM through 12:00 PM
Meet at Normal’s Books & Records, 425 East 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Sign up online today! Tickets are $10 for Baltimore Heritage members, $15 for non-members

Gay Pride in Wyman Park, June 1988
Gay Pride in Wyman Park, June 1988

Although Charles Village is better known for its colorful “painted ladies,” the neighborhood was home to many of the activists and institutions at the heart of the city’s LGBT community in the 1970s and 1980s. Historian Richard Oloizia and activists Shirley Parry and Louis Hughes will take us on a walk past local landmarks from the original home of the Gay Community Center of Baltimore, now the GLCCB, to the St. Paul Street church that supported the growth of the Metropolitan Community Church, Baltimore’s oldest LGBT religious organization, and the radical feminist publishers, writers and activists that gave a voice to lesbian authors who might not otherwise have been read. Whether you lived this history or are learning it for the first time, this tour is a unique opportunity to explore the places that shaped the growth of Baltimore’s LGBT community and civil rights movement.

Generations of Service at the Margaret Jenkins House: Behind the Scenes with the Women’s Housing Coalition

In 1889, three incredible ladies turned their talents and resources to address a dire situation. Poor children were being permanently abandoned at some of the city’s day care centers with no means to care for them. Mary Hebert (a daycare provider who kept many of these children), Mrs. Etts (from a prominent Baltimore Jewish family) and Mrs. Margaret Jenkins (from a prominent Baltimore Catholic family), along with Cardinal Gibbons of the Baltimore Archdiocese, raised money and purchased a mansion on Maryland Avenue.

The women opened an orphanage and St. Elizabeth’s School to care for the children. Since a full-building restoration project in 2008, Jenkins House has served another much-needed function as housing for women in transition with the Women’s Housing Coalition. Please join us and Ms. Beth Benner, director of the Coalition, for a tour of this wonderful historic mansion and its rich history in service to Baltimore.

7th Annual Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes

Last season, more than 200 visitors came to admire the wide array of festively decorated historic homes—everything from high Victorians to late Edwardians, flat-fronts to swell-fronts, brick triple deckers to porch-front painted ladies. The day was cold and sunny, perfect for brisk walking. And there was a lovely dusting of snow left from earlier in the week. Home-owners treated guests to cider and cookies. Good cheer was abundant. Said one home-owner after a hectic day of visitors: “Old house lovers are the nicest people!” The House Tour Committee looks forward to putting on another great tour this December!

Charles Village Civic Association sponsors the tour in partnership with the Village Learning Place, the neighborhood’s educational and program center. Your ticket includes free admission to the Homewood Museum, a historic treasure, located on the Johns Hopkins University campus.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for students/seniors) and can be purchased in advance. Treat your friends and family to a festive afternoon in Baltimore’s historic Charles Village. Tickets may also be purchased the day of the tour at the Village Learning Place.

Please note: the tour is self-guided. Don’t forget to wear your walking shoes and come early. There is a lot to see in historic Charles Village! Proceeds go to the educational programming and neighborhood beautification. Questions? Contact info@charlesvillage.net.

Confederate Monuments in Wyman Park Dell and Charles Village: Tour and Discussion

Please join us for a walk around Wyman Park Dell and Charles Village to learn about ongoing review of Baltimore’s public Confederate monuments, the history behind these statues, and the complicated issue of public memory and public art. This tour is intended to create a safe place for learning and discussion about both Confederate and Union monuments and their meaning in the past and present.

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