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Charles Village Pride! LGBTQ Heritage Walking Tour

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. 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.

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Architects needed to assess the condition of a historic library building in Charles Village Volunteer with the Neighborhood Design Center and Baltimore Heritage to help the Village Learning Place

The Neighborhood Design Center and Baltimore Heritage are searching for an experienced architect, engineer, or contractor who can help assess the condition of one of the original six branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library—a building that now houses the nonprofit Village Learning Place. If you join our team, we need your help in preparing a condition assessment of this St. Paul Street landmark that the Village Learning Place staff and board members can use to prioritize their rehabilitation and preservation projects.

The Village Learning Place is an independent library that houses educational programs, enrichment opportunities, and informational resources for residents in Charles Village and throughout Baltimore City. Over 7,000 Baltimore City residents hold VLP library cards and, at this small brick building, they can find and borrow any of nearly 20,000 circulating books including an excellent collection of children’s literature.

How do you sign up to volunteer?

NDC welcomes volunteers from a range of backgrounds and experiences but this opportunity is best suited to an architect or engineer with previous experience making visual assessments of existing buildings and recommending possible treatments.

  • If you are already registered as a volunteer with NDC, log in to your account then apply for “Village Learning Place Assessment – Senior Designer” on NDC’s list of volunteer opportunities.
  • If you have never volunteered with NDC before, please take two minutes to complete a volunteer application and select “Senior Designer [BaltimoreVillage Learning Place Assessment]” under “Project Sign-Up”.

Please sign up ASAP! Anyone interested in this opportunity can expect to hear back from the Neighborhood Design Center by late January. For questions, please contact Laura Wheaton at lwheaton@ndc-md.org or Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org.

Courtesy Village Learning Place.

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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