On July 30, 2016, Ellicott City’s historic main street was devastated by a catastrophic flood that destroyed four historic buildings and significantly damaged twenty more. A little over a year later, businesses are again open and people are again shopping and dining. Please join us and our partners from Preservation Maryland on a one-hour walking tour to learn about the flood and the recovery efforts.
oin Preservation Maryland's at their annual state-wide preservation symposium. This year's sessions will focus on what the future of preservation holds. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act, and on this important anniversary, Preservation Summer School looks "Forward from 50." Learn about the tools and techniques that will propel historic preservation through the 21st century.
Just next to the Rogers Mansion at the Maryland Zoo is another architectural gem, the Maryland House. Join Baltimore Heritage and Preservation Maryland for a tour of this historic building that was Maryland’s showcase in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition with tour guides Tony Azola of the Azola Companies and Lori Finkelstein, Vice President of Education, Interpretation, and Volunteer Programs (and unofficial historian) at the Zoo.
The desperate fighting at the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg Maryland on September 17, 1862 remains the bloodiest day in American history with 23,000 casualties. The fighting also became a turning point in American history – giving President Lincoln the opportunity to issue the Emancipation Proclamation that changed the course and aim of the war. We are thrilled that Mr. Nicholas Redding, the still-relatively-new executive director of Preservation Maryland and a Civil War historian, has agreed to lead a tour of Maryland’s most pristine battlefield: Antietam. This caravan tour will visit the key sites of the battle, explore the often untold preservation story of the dramatic landscape, and conclude with a visit to the National Cemetery. For the full Civil War enthusiasts, Mr. Redding will also lead an optional trip to the site where Lincoln met with General George B. McClellan and posed for the now infamous photo (above).
Happy New Year! We’re starting out 2015 with a new batch of heritage tours starting tomorrow night with Automobiles to Artists: A Pre-Rehab Tour of the Motor House in Station North. On January 20, we’ll take a look around the imposing Fifth Regiment Armory along with the Maryland Museum of Military History.
If you enjoy our tours, you also might want to get involved with our advocacy for historic preservation and neighborhood revitalization. This Wednesday, you can help us build the case that investment in the Red Line is essential for historic neighborhoods at the Build the Red Line Advocacy Summit organized by Red Line Now and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. Next week, we are excited to partner with Preservation Maryland and their new executive director Nicholas Redding to host a quick introduction to statewide preservation advocacy priorities for the 2015 Maryland Legislative Session.
Thank you once again to everybody who volunteered with us, came on a tour with us, and made a financial contribution in 2014. With you, we are able to work more than ever preserving Baltimore’s historic places and revitalizing our historic neighborhoods!