Just this evening, we reached the bottom of the 1814 fortifications in our northern testing unit and recovered a musket ball from the War of 1812. Huzzah!
Thanks to Steve Earley for sharing these great photographs of our Barclay by Foot tour led by Jenny Hope from the Telesis Corporation! Enjoy his whole set on Flickr and get inspired to join us for another upcoming Baltimore by Foot walking tours this spring.
Thanks to everyone who came out this morning to join us at our community open house in Patterson Park. With tours of the Observatory and our Witness to the War of 1812 banner we shared the history of Hampstead Hill and the Battle of Baltimore. Our archeology team and volunteers are learning more day by day so please join us next Saturday for more updates on the project. We’re also looking forward to welcoming more visitors to the park next week when we start offering field trips to local students thanks to our partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools.
Today in Patterson Park, volunteers working with Jason Shellenhamer, Ryun Papson, and archeologist Emily Walter uncovered a brick foundation for the structure identified in our earlier remote sensing survey. With multiple units open, we’ve also started to recover a number of intriguing artifacts including coins, ceramics and even a French gunflint that could potentially have been used with a French rifle during the War of 1812.
Thanks to Emily for capturing a shot of the gunflint on Instagram right after it came out of the ground! Thanks also to Johns Hopkins and Ryun for sharing a few more photos of our second day of field excavations below.
Special thanks to photographer Amy Davis for sharing her photographs from our recent tour of the Parkway Theater with Jed Dietz, Director of the Maryland Film Festival. Amy has been documenting historic movie houses around the city her upcoming book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.”
You can share your memories of the Parkway and any Baltimore theaters on the Flickering Treasures Facebook page or contact Amy directly at email@example.com. Learn more about the project with a “It’s More Than History” brown bag lecture with Amy Davis on Friday April 25, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Baltimore City Hall.