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April 2020

Commemorative Monuments and Adaptive Use: A Virtual Lecture by Jackson Gilman-Forlini

April 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. First up is Jackson Gilman-Forlini, Historic Preservation Officer for the Baltimore City Department of General Services and BAF board member, speaking about Commemorative Monuments and Adaptive Use with a focus on the Baltimore War Memorial.

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May 2020

Virtual Talk: Poole and Hunt to Clipper Mill, A History of Adaptive Use with Nathan Dennies

May 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Nathan Dennies with a short history about Clipper Mill in Woodberry, from the Poole & Hunt machine shop in the 1850s to today, and its many uses in-between.

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Highlights of the Peale: A Virtual Tour

May 20, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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$5

Join us for a virtual tour of the Peale and its highlights! Hear some of the many stories of the building, from its origins as the first purpose-built museum in the country, to the introduction of gaslight technology to the city, to its role as Baltimore’s first City Hall and public high school for people of color. Get a glimpse of what is coming next as the Peale relaunches as a center for Baltimore stories and studies, and a laboratory for reinventing the museum for the 21st century in the creative and innovative spirit of the Peale family.

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Virtual Histories: Baltimore’s Treasures with Meg Fairfax Fielding

May 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The fourth in a series of virtual tours and presentations with Baltimore Heritage and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Meg Fairfax Fielding who will be taken us on a tour of Baltimore’s hidden architectural treasures.

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Baltimore: Home of America’s Best Garden Cities with Charles Duff (Virtual Talk)

May 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Next up is Charles Duff who will be speaking about the influence of the Garden City Movement on Baltimore.

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June 2020

Restoring the Roland Water Tower: A Virtual Talk by Suzanne Frasier

June 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Join Suzanne Frasier to learn about the ongoing restoration of the iconic Roland Water Tower.

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Transforming the Noxzema Factory into the Fox Building: A Virtual Talk with Jessica Damseaux

June 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Join architect Jessica Damseaux to learn about how Alexander Design Studio adapted the historic Noxzema factory into a vibrant mixed-use community of apartments and artist workspaces.

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Virtual Histories: The Garrett Jacobs Mansion with Lisa Keir

June 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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1 Fabulously Wealthy Client. 2 Talented Architects, 3 Owners, 4 Rowhouses.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present a series of 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Join Lisa Keir for a history of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion.

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The Future of Workplace Design (A Virtual Panel)

June 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Explore the intersection of architecture and new public health protocols through this hour-long conversation with three practitioners.This week, Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage are teaming up with the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a panel discussion about the future of the workplace. How will the design of the workplace have to change as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic? Explore the intersection of architecture and new public health protocols through this hour-long conversation with three practitioners.

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July 2020

Preservation Trends in Baltimore and Beyond: A Virtual Talk by Eric Holcomb

July 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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In the 54 years since the 1966 Historic Preservation Act, Historic Preservation has evolved into a sophisticated profession that has sought to holistically preserve our past through the careful study and recognition of America’s built environment. In Baltimore, historic preservation has become an essential component to neighborhood revitalization, leading Baltimore’s most successful neighborhood revitalization stories. But where are we now? Where is Historic Preservation going in Baltimore? Eric Holcomb, the Executive Director for the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, will lead a discussion on where the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) is now, and the many initiatives currently underway.

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You Will Find It Handy: Documenting Green Book Sites in Maryland with Anne Bruder

July 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Green Book was created as a guide by and for African Americans to safely find everyday amenities like restaurants, shops, and motels in a segregated America. Historian Anne Bruder studied the Green Book to identify sites in eleven states. Research of Green Book sites documents the physical legacy of Jim Crow-era segregation and has revealed over 100 sites in 26 towns across Maryland.

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Roadblocks: The Effects of Highways In and Around Druid Hill Park

July 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join public artist Graham Coreil-Allen and environmental activist Jennifer Kunze as they explore the cultural and environmental impacts of cars in and around Druid Hill Park. Beginning in the 1940s, car-oriented planning deprived neighboring residents of the public health, cultural, and economic benefits of Druid Hill Park. Construction of the Druid Hill Expressway and the Jones Falls Expressway resulted in dangerous five-to-nine-lane-wide highways encapsulating the park, and blocking access by nearby residents. Further, this influx of cars brought increased air pollution into the neighborhoods.

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Pride of Baltimore II with Captain Jan Miles

July 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Captain Jan Miles will be joining us from the Pride of Baltimore II to discuss the history of the Pride of Baltimore, clipper schooners and privateers, and what is happening with the ship today.

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August 2020

The Row House as Classical Architecture with Charlie Duff

August 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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When we think of classical architecture, we usually think of ancient temples, or the cathedrals and palaces that Renaissance architects built in imitation of classical antiquity. We don’t usually think of row houses.

We should. In the years between 1600 and about 1850, the years when the people of the North Atlantic world wanted classical architecture, they invented the row house and built the first row house cities.

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How Suffragists Built Baltimore’s First Recreation Center

August 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The women’s suffrage movement. Cast-in-place concrete. Katherine Hepburn. What do these three things have in common? The Roosevelt Park Recreation Center, of course! In this installment of Virtual Histories, BAF board member Jackson Gilman-Forlini will present his ongoing research into the origins and architecture of Baltimore’s first rec center.

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Faces and Places of Maryland’s Women’s Suffrage Movement & Legacy with Meagan Baco

August 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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During this short presentation, attendees will learn about the people and places of Maryland’s long and diverse Women’s Suffrage and voting rights movement. As part of Preservation Maryland’s multi-year public history project commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the organization teamed up with the Maryland Historical Trust, Gallagher Evelius & Jones, and Maryland Women’s History Center to create the Ballot & Beyond podcast series. Meagan Baco, Director of Communications will highlight some of the remarkable women featured on the Ballot & Beyond podcast and the contributions they made to the on-going fight for equal rights in Maryland and America.

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Pioneering Women of Architecture in Maryland

August 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Women have been professionally practicing architecture in Maryland for over 80 years, yet little is known about those from earlier generations. AIA Baltimore and BAF Research of state architecture records have uncovered a number of women architects who practiced through the lean years of the World Wars and the Great Depression, designing buildings in Maryland and across the country. Architect Jillian Storms will share the stories of these pioneering women and the buildings they designed.

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September 2020

Virtual Talk: Uncovering the Stories of the Peale with Nancy Proctor

September 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Hear some of the many stories of the historic Peale Museum building, from its origins as the first purpose-built museum in the country, to the introduction of gaslight technology to the city, to its role as Baltimore’s first City Hall and public high school for people of color. Get a glimpse of what is coming next as the Peale relaunches as a center for Baltimore stories and studies, and a laboratory for reinventing the museum for the 21st century in the creative and innovative spirit of the Peale family.

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Bmore Historic 2020 (Virtual & Free)

September 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Free

Bmore Historic 2020 is a virtual, participant-led unconference for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is organized by Baltimore Heritage and a team of volunteers.

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Building Baltimore: A Virtual Talk on Benjamin Latrobe in the Monumental City

September 25, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join author Jean Baker to learn about the life and works of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, America's first professional architect. Most of the lecture will focus on his work in Baltimore especially the Basilica and the Merchants Exchange.

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October 2020

Doors Open Baltimore Kick-Off Lecture: Aaron Henkin on Out of the Blocks (Virtual)

October 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Free

Doors Open Baltimore is going all virtual in 2020 with a month's worth of programming. Kicking off the festivities is Aaron Henkin, producer and co-host of WYPR's award-winning Out of the Blocks. Aaron will guide viewers behind the scenes of Out of the Blocks and share some of the incredible stories exploring Baltimore block-by-block and tuning into the city's mosaic of soundscapes and voices.

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Virtual Tour of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum

October 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join us for a virtual tour of the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum as part of Doors Open Baltimore 2020. The museum tells the story of Baltimore's leadership in the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the freedom fighting activism of Lillie Carroll Jackson, the president of the Baltimore NAACP for 35 years in the early 20th century, the Jackson-Mitchell family, and their allies. The tour will be led by award-winning curator and program planner, Dr. Iris Leigh Barnes. Dr. Barnes teaches at the University of Delaware and serves on the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Morgan State University.

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Virtual Tour of the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower

October 16, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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While few remember the slogan of the Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Company—“If you keep late hours for Society’s sake Bromo-Seltzer will cure that headache”—the iconic Bromo-Seltzer Tower has been a Baltimore landmark since its construction in 1911. At fifteen stories, the tower made the Bromo-Seltzer factory the tallest building in the city. The tower boasted a four-dial gravity clock that was the largest in the world (bigger, even, than London’s Big Ben) and was topped by a 51-foot revolving replica of the blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle, which was illuminated with 596 lights and could be seen 20 miles away.

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2020 Virtual Pitch Party: Help Us Give Away Five Micro-Grants!

October 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Free

Please help us give away five micro-grants to advance good ideas in Baltimore. This is our fifth year of providing micro-grants and as we have done in past years, we’ll have five finalists provide three-minute “pitches” of their ideas... and then we will ask you to cast virtual ballots for your favorite. We’ll learn about some great initiatives underway in Baltimore and have a little fun helping them out. This is also Baltimore Heritage’s annual meeting where we elect board members and officers. It’s free and we hope you join us!

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Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building: Transforming an East Baltimore Landmark

October 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join Ziger|Snead Architects for a presentation on their award winning transformation of the historic Hoen Lithograph Building. Cross Street Partners, Strong City Baltimore, and City Life Historic Properties repurposed the 85,000 square foot historic Hoen & Co buildings as a lively mixed-use campus. The Hoen Lithograph campus now serves as The Center for Neighborhood Innovation (CNI), a new model for neighborhood transformation.

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Modernist Renaissance: A Virtual Talk on the Development of Charles Center

October 30, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Architect Sara Langmead will present the history of Charles Center, the urban redevelopment of Baltimore’s Central Business District that began in the 1950s and was a catalyst for the development of Inner Harbor.

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November 2020

Virtual Talk: Public Artworks of Lake Clifton High School by C. Ryan Patterson

November 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join artist Ryan Patterson for a presentation about Lake Clifton High School and the legacy of Baltimore's mid-century public art!

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Urban Architecture of Thomas Poppleton and the 1822 and 1851 Baltimore Maps with Dr. Ed Papenfuse

November 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Dr. Edward Papenfuse will give a presentation on Thomas Poppleton's significant contribution to the mapping and the development of Baltimore's neighborhoods. He will accompany his illustrated remarks on the career of Thomas Poppleton with applying the 1822 and 1851 versions of Poppleton's map to Google Earth in a quest for lost neighborhoods and the no longer extant architecture of the City.

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The Baltimore Greenway Trails Network: A Virtual Talk on Connecting Baltimore’s Trails

November 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition seeks to create a 35-mile world-class network of urban trails that link together the diverse neighborhoods, cultural amenities and outdoor resources that make up the landscape of Baltimore City. Join us to learn how we are building a coalition as diverse as Baltimore to advance this important project and learn how we have been able to engage with AIA’s Urban Design Committee to bring the power of design thinking to this critical project for Baltimore’s future.

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December 2020

Virtual Tour of Baltimore’s Historic Hospitals

December 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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In her position of Director of the History of Medicine in Maryland at MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, Meg Fairfax Fielding digs deeply into the organization’s archives and collections, which date to its founding in 1799. Several years ago, she began charting what is essentially a family tree of hospitals that operated in Baltimore, which ones disappeared, which ones merged, and which still survive. In this virtual tour, Meg will share some of the more unusual hospitals in Baltimore, as well as a few we all know, complete with historic engravings and photographs, and maybe a few stories!

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The Olmsteds Lay the Foundation for Baltimore’s Modern Park System: A Virtual Talk with Ed Orser

December 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Ed Orser will share the legacy of the Olmsteds' park designs on Baltimore's park system. For 75 years the nationally-renowned Olmsted firm (father, son, and step-son) played a major role shaping the park system of Baltimore. During a period of rapid growth for the city, they provided comprehensive plans in 1904 and 1926 as well as specific recommendations and designs for park projects. Their legacy is evident in today’s park system.

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January 2021

Nezahat Arıkoğlu: The Architect Behind the Mid-Century WJZ TV Studio

January 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join us as Jillian Storms presents about Turkish architect Nezahat Arıkoğlu and her midcentury designs! This presentation will highlight the design work of one of the early woman of architecture in Maryland, Nezahat Sügüder Arıkoğlu (1920–2000), who practiced with her husband İlhan Muzaffer Arıkoğlu (1922–1981) in Baltimore in the 1960s before returning to Turkey. They are credited with over 20 nearly modern projects in our region that include apartments, private residences, shopping centers, manufacturing plants, and offices, including WJZ's TV Studio on Television Hill.

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Virtual Tour of Baltimore’s Historic Early 20th Century School Buildings

January 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Baltimore is a city filled with a wide range of architectural treasures. Some of the city's most beloved treasures are its historic school buildings, from the castle-like City College to the modernist Patterson Park High. The best architects in the city competed to design these impressive and important public buildings.

Leading this architectural adventure is Meg Fairfax Fielding, a past-president of BAF. Meg loves to explore Baltimore and the surrounding areas. By day, she is the head of the History of Maryland Medicine at MedChi, which was founded in 1799, but on weekends, you might find her on a lonely road on the Eastern Shore searching for a small, ancient church. Follow her on Instagram at PigtownDesign.

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Lake Clifton High: The Story of Baltimore’s Most Ambitious Modernist School

January 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Lake Clifton was Baltimore's crown jewel of a massive school building effort. What happened? This presentation will outline the history of Baltimore’s Lake Clifton High School. Completed in 1971 as the crown jewel of a massive school-building effort, the sprawling and state-of-the-art campus was expected to stimulate racial integration and ease school overcrowding. However, white students immediately rejected the school and the campus’ huge capacity was never filled. Lake Clifton developed a poor reputation around the city, and recently closed for good after years of restructuring and physical dilapidation. The campus is likely to soon be acquired and demolished by Morgan State University; thus, now is an ideal time to examine and commemorate Lake Clifton’s role in a tumultuous period of Baltimore’s history.

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The Early Black Architects of Baltimore

January 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Early Black Architects have been practicing in Baltimore and Maryland since at least 1901. This rare presentation will feature the Early Black Architects whom practiced prior to 1970 in Baltimore. Participants will discover the unique heritage of Early Black Architects whom helped shape Baltimore, influenced the early generation of Black Architects and established early Black architectural firms.

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February 2021

The Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Project: A People’s Archive (Virtual Lecture)

February 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Preserve the Baltimore Uprising began as a digital repository designed to preserve and make accessible original content captured and created by individual community members, grassroots organizations, and witnesses to the protests that followed the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015. It is a people’s archive. For the people. By the people. Owned by all.

Public Historians strive to be both responsible and responsive. As scholars, we are responsible for upholding the highest standards of intellectual inquiry. As public servants, we are committed to responding to the needs, interests, and desires of our audiences and stakeholders. Sometimes it is difficult to balance these two demands. In this talk, Dr. Denise Meringolo, Professor and Director of Public History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, describes the processes, values, and ethical considerations underlying the creation of Preserve the Baltimore Uprising, a crowd-sourced digital collection.

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Finding Eutaw Farm: The Herring Run Archaeology Project (Virtual Talk)

February 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join us to learn about how Eutaw Farm was discovered and its role in Baltimore history!

Jason Shellenhamer and Lisa Kraus are the co-directors of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, a free public archaeology program in the City of Baltimore. Jason, Lisa and their team of volunteers have spent the last 6 years exploring the remains of Eutaw Farm, an 18th and 19th century estate located in modern Herring Run Park. The house at Eutaw Farm burned down in 1865, and vanished from memory, but it was never really gone. Join us to learn about how Eutaw Farm was discovered, the roles it played in Baltimore's history, and the fascinating people who once called Eutaw home.

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Virtual Talk: Olmsted Brothers Vision for Wyman Park and the Stony Run Stream Valley

February 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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The presentation will focus on the Olmsted vision and what remains today! Wyman Park and the Stony Run Stream Valley demonstrate the premier design work of the Olmsted Brothers from 1903 to 1947. The influential landscape architecture firm was established in 1898 by brothers John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., sons of the eminent landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Municipal Art Society hired them to produce the City’s first comprehensive park system plan in 1904, the Development of Public Grounds for Greater Baltimore Report. The Wyman family had donated land for Johns Hopkins University in 1902 for use as a northern campus and that same year, the University gave the remainder of the land to the City of Baltimore to serve as a public park.

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Design for Distancing: Reopening Baltimore Together (Virtual Talk)

February 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Learn how local designers are working to make public spaces safer during the pandemic! 

Hear from three local design teams – Envirocollab, Graham Projects and Living Design Lab – who are working to adapt public spaces for COVID-19 and how Baltimore’s Design for Distancing program can serve as a model for other cities. This program is presented in partnership with Neighborhood Design Center, AIA Baltimore/Baltimore Architecture Foundation, the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MD ASLA) and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

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March 2021

Virtual Talk: History of the Edgar Allan Poe House

March 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Director Enrica Jang will provide a brief history of this important site and its significance to Edgar Allan Poe's life.

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We Are Living in a Materials World: Examining How Building Materials Age (Virtual Talk)

March 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Visualizing the future of an urban environment through a discussion of how building materials age! The choices we make in building materials determine the lifespan and efficacy of any building, outdoor sculpture, or monument. Taking a look through some case studies of some of the most well known landmarked monuments, sculptures and buildings in NYC, DC and Baltimore; we can see how materials have changed, and what steps we can take to respect, conserve and maintain metals and masonry. Case Studies include Baltimore City Hall, the Roland Water Tower, the U.S. Capitol Building, and Louise Nevelson’s monumental sculpture Night Presence IV in NYC.

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Mermaids & Promenades: Schaefer and the Cultural Redevelopment of Baltimore (Virtual Talk)

March 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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In the 1970s, Mayor William Donald Schaefer used arts and culture to sell a new image of Baltimore as quirky and charming to both tourists and business leaders. In this talk, Mary Rizzo will examine forgotten moments from Schaefer’s terms as mayor, from the creation of a failed local version of the Oscars, called “The Don” awards to honor Baltimore’s film business, to the Baltimore Promenade, a public art project designed to integrate city neighborhoods through the act of walking.

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Trailblazing Architect: Kathleen Sherrill (Virtual Talk)

March 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting two trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession! 

As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), we are hosting conversations with trailblazing architects in Baltimore, discussing their impact on the profession and our communities. To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting two trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession who will touch on some of their interesting projects in Baltimore.

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April 2021

Trailblazing Architect: Barbara Wilks (Virtual Talk)

April 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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To cap off Women’s History Month, we are highlighting trailblazers who rose to leadership in the community and the profession. As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), we are hosting conversations with trailblazing architects who have impacted Baltimore’s built environment and rose to leadership positions in their profession. April 2nd’s Virtual History will feature Barbara Wilks, FAIA, FASLA, one of the few professionals elected to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (in 1999) and to the College of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects (in 2010), the highest honor in those professions. During her residence in Baltimore, she rose to become the first woman president of the AIA Baltimore Chapter, serving for two years from 1983-1984.

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The Invention of Downtown: A Virtual Talk by Charlie Duff

April 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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How did Downtown as we know it come to be? Charlie Duff explains using London and Baltimore as examples.In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed the center of a city of 500,000 people and made 80,000 people homeless. In 1904, the Great Baltimore Fire destroyed the center of a city of 500,000 people, and not one person became homeless. In between those two dates, the North Atlantic cities invented the Central Business District. From Baltimore to London, the centers of cities became places where tens of thousands of people worked and no one lived. Join Charlie Duff, author of The North Atlantic Cities, to find out how this happened and what the architectural results were – and why it didn’t happen in Paris, Rome, and the other great cities of Continental Europe.

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Patterson Park – The Jewel of Baltimore’s Eastside (Virtual Talk)

April 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Patterson Park is an urban oasis - a beloved green space surrounded by brick rowhouses, diverse cultures and neighborhoods. Generations of Baltimoreans have picnicked under its tall tulip poplars, strolled the deeply curved paths and enjoyed the rich architectural design of this 137-acre East Baltimore park. This presentation will cover the park's history and the Olmsted vision for the site!

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Trailblazing Architects: Leon Bridges (Virtual Talk)

April 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join us for a conversation with trailblazing architect Leon Bridges, FAIA. As part of the celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary, we are hosting conversations with trailblazing architects in Baltimore, discussing their impact on the profession and our communities. Leon Bridges, FAIA, NOMA, is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Past Vice President of the organization. Since entering the architecture profession as a draftsman in 1956, Bridges has won 20 national, regional and local awards for design excellence including the restoration of Baltimore’s Penn Station and Baltimore City College. Bridges is also a Past President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Bridges semi-retired from active practice in 2005 to become an Assistant Professor in the Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning. His major interest is in preparing African American students for the practice of architecture.

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Virtual Tour of the Cloisters

April 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Join us for an on location virtual tour of the Cloisters, Baltimore's slice of medieval Europe! Settled high on a hill in Lutherville among 60 acres of secluded woods, The Cloisters reflects the beauty and grandeur of medieval Europe, with delicately carved wood, exquisitely detailed stained glass, and ornately designed wrought iron.

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May 2021

The Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train: The People’s View from Baltimore (Virtual Lecture)

May 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Rein Jelle Terpstra will discuss his project to collect photographs of Kennedy's funeral train passing through Baltimore.

On June 8 1968, the Robert F Kennedy Funeral Train rode through Baltimore, on its way to Washington D.C., carrying the body of Senator Robert F Kennedy. On board the train was photographer Paul Fusco, who during the journey photographed the many bewildered mourners paying their final respects. A cross-section of American society—Black and White, city-dwellers and country folk—all stared at the slowly passing train.

We hope you'll join us to hear photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra talk about his project to search for the reverse photographic perspective: pictures and films made by the bystanders that stood along the railroad that day. Here, the mourners do not merely play a role in someone else’s pictures, but are the photographers and filmmakers themselves. With their cameras, they gazed back at the train and recorded it in their own fashion. On his research trips, Terpstra visited almost all of the places that the funeral train passed through in an effort to track down people who took photographs of the train passing. This project is entirely based on memories, snapshots, home movies, and sound, recorded by bystanders standing along the tracks that day.

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Designing the AVAM – Winner of Baltimore Architecture Madness

May 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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AVAM Founder and Director Rebecca Hoffberger, and architects Rebecca Swanston and Diane Cho celebrate the design of this Baltimore treasure! The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) was crowned winner of BAF’s Architecture Madness Tournament, which included 64 exceptional Baltimore buildings built between 1870 and today, hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary. We’ll be joined by AVAM founder and director Rebecca Hoffberger and architects Diane Cho and Rebecca Swanston to celebrate and reflect upon the design of Baltimore’s most beloved building of the past 150 years.

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Morgan State University: National Treasure and Model for Preservation (Virtual Talk)

May 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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On its five-year anniversary as a designated National Treasure, we will hear about the Morgan State University’s stewardship of its historic buildings! In May 2016, the nation’s leading preservation organization, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, designated Morgan State University a National Treasure. The designation served to recognize the University’s significance as an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) and as a compelling example of the challenges that colleges across the country face in stewarding their historic buildings while redeveloping their historic campuses.

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June 2021

George Peabody Library: The Cathedral of Books (Virtual Talk)

June 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Peabody Library Curator Paul Espinosa discusses the design and history of the Peabody Library, one of the world's most beautiful libraries! 

The George Peabody Library made it to the semifinals of BAF's Architecture Madness tournament, which included 64 exceptional Baltimore buildings built between 1870 and today, hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary. We'll explore what makes this Library one of the most beautiful in the world.

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Camden Yards: Greatest Ballpark in America (Virtual Talk)

June 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Oriole Park at Camden Yards consistently ranks among the top ballparks in the world, and has had a profound influence on ballpark design since it opened in 1992. The design broke away from the idea that stadiums should be on the outskirts of cities surrounded by massive parking lots. Instead, Camden Yards was placed near the heart of Downtown and designed to complement its historic surroundings and incorporates the site of Camden Station with the 1905 B&O Warehouse. Camden Yards ushered in the trend for retro ballpark design and demonstrated that the best stadiums are those that are integrated into the urban fabric of the city.

Camden Yards made it to the semifinals of BAF's Architecture Madness tournament, which included 64 exceptional Baltimore buildings built between 1870 and today, hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary. We'll explore what makes Camden Yards one of the top ballparks in the world.

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The Underground Railroad in Baltimore County (Virtual Talk)

June 18, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

*Postponed*

In observance of Juneteenth, historian and write Louis Diggs will tell the story of the journey to freedom through Baltimore County revealing sites in the area that were part of the Underground Railroad.

Louis Diggs is a chronicler of African American history specializing in Baltimore County. His work illuminates the historic past of its Black communities. He is the author of ten books focusing on African American history in the Baltimore region. Diggs was honored by the State of Maryland for his contributions in preserving the history of Maryland's Black communities. Diggs led the effort to restore the Cherry Hill African Union Methodist Protestant Church in Granite, Maryland and convert it to the Diggs/Johnson Mini-Museum on African American History.

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The History and Award Winning Renovation of the Pratt Central Library (Virtual Talk)

June 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

The Pratt Central Library achieved second place in BAF's Architecture Madness tournament of Baltimore’s best buildings built between 1870 and today and hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary. In today’s Virtual History, we'll explore what makes this library so special and how it served as a national model for libraries that followed.

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July 2021

Designs on Victory: Olmsted-Inspired Garden City Plans for Historic Dundalk (Virtual Talk)

July 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Amy Menzer discusses the design and development of WWI Era Historic Dundalk! The Bethlehem Steel Mill at Sparrows Point launched an effort to create a Garden City-style town in 1917 just before the US entered WWI. At the same time, the Federal Government began housing production for war workers. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (FLO Jr.) headed the Town Planning division of the new United States Housing Corporation. Several colleagues in the nascent profession of city planning who had worked with FLO Jr. on Roland Park and Forest Hills Gardens were all directly involved in designing Dundalk, including Baltimore architect Edward Palmer, Roland Park Company leader Edward Bouton, and architects Grosvenor Atterbury and Charles Wellford Leavitt. Their plans were inspired by their designs for more affluent areas, including curvilinear streets, separation of uses, green spaces, and restrictive covenants. We will explore how these plans created a new community for workers and managers, but was segregated by race.

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Virtual Tour of Baltimore’s Municipal Buildings

July 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Baltimore is a city filled with a wide range of architectural treasures. Meg Fielding will take us on a virtual tour of Baltimore’s municipal buildings like pumping stations, fire houses, and beautiful government buildings that house the infrastructure and people that keep Baltimore going.

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The Church of the Redeemer: Baltimore’s Beloved Modernist Church (Virtual Talk)

July 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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The Church of the Redeemer made it to the semifinals of BAF's Architecture Madness tournament, which included 64 exceptional Baltimore buildings built between 1870 and today, hosted in celebration of AIA Baltimore’s 150th anniversary. We'll explore what makes this modernist church so beloved by Baltimoreans.

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August 2021

SAY IT LOUD Maryland “Hear Our Voices” Virtual Panel

August 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual MD United States + Google Map
By Donation

To celebrate the virtual launch of SAY IT LOUD Maryland, join us for a panel discussion featuring four of the winners included in the exhibition. They will speak to their experiences as diverse professionals in Baltimore and the projects they are most proud of. The physical SAY IT LOUD Maryland exhibition will open at the Baltimore Center for Architecture and Design in October 2021.

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A History of Woodberry: The Heart of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley (Virtual)

August 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Last year, Woodberry became a local historic district in recognition of its historic significance to Baltimore. Nathan Dennies, Associate Director of BAF, Chair of the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, and a Board Member of the Friends of The Jones Falls, will walk us through Woodberry's history beginning with the flour mills of the 18th century and ending with how the neighborhood's industrial legacy is being preserved and celebrated today.

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September 2021

A Spy in the Neighborhood of Charles Village (Virtual Talk)

September 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Alger Hiss, a native Baltimorean, was a government official accused of spying for the Soviet Union In one of the most spectacular Cold War era trials in the U.S., Hiss was convicted of perjury. Hiss's accuser was Whittaker Chambers, a confessed Communist Spy turned Conservative Republican.

Regardless of what conclusions the reader reaches from the mountain of evidence and the books that have been written about the Alger Hiss case, much of the narrative by Whittaker Chambers may have been composed in a modest house in Charles Village, 2610 St. Paul Street, a typical example of detached domestic architecture in Baltimore often overlooked by architectural historians.

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Monumental Maryland Marble: The Cockeysville Quarries 1800-1940 (Virtual Talk)

September 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Phillip Lord joins us for a presentation on marble quarries in Cockeysville and the buildings in Baltimore and beyond that were made of stones quarried from these sites. Cockeysville Marble was a major source of marble in the United States, used in the construction of significant buildings in Baltimore and beyond including the Washington Monuments in Baltimore and Washington DC, Baltimore's City Hall, the United States Capitol Building, and the Fisher Building in Detroit.

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The Underground Railroad in Baltimore County (Virtual Talk)

September 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

In observance of International Underground Railroad Month, historian and write Louis Diggs will tell the story of the journey to freedom through Baltimore County revealing sites in the area that were part of the Underground Railroad.

Louis Diggs is a chronicler of African American history specializing in Baltimore County. His work illuminates the historic past of its Black communities. He is the author of ten books focusing on African American history in the Baltimore region. Diggs was honored by the State of Maryland for his contributions in preserving the history of Maryland's Black communities. Diggs led the effort to restore the Cherry Hill African Union Methodist Protestant Church in Granite, Maryland and convert it to the Diggs/Johnson Mini-Museum on African American History.

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Mount Vernon Place Interiors: Art Show and Online Auction

September 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - October 3, 2021 @ 8:00 pm
Virtual MD United States
Free

This year twelve artists from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) have been invited to paint some of Mount Vernon Place's beautiful interiors. The artists have each selected an interior--from the Walters Art Museum to the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion (among others) and are busy at work on their canvases. Their efforts will culminate in an online exhibition and auction. Follow the Facebook page to see some of their artwork in progress, and stay tuned to learn how to participate.

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October 2021

Virtual Fall Lecture: Mapping Baltimore Apartheid

October 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage kick off Doors Open Baltimore with Dr. Lawrence Brown, author of "The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America." Dr. Brown will put Baltimore under a microscope, looking at the causes of segregation and drawing on extensive research of data and policy. Brown will demonstrate how data visualization can be a tool to distribute resources to communities in need, and speak to the roles of design, planning, and preservation in healing and restoring redlined Black neighborhoods.

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Sound and Proclamation: Learning about Henry McShane and his Bells (Virtual Talk)

October 8, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Join us and Luke McCusker of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum as we explore Henry McShane, his bell foundry and the churches where they were installed. His work was vital in the proclamation of religious freedom throughout America's cities and towns. By McShane’s death, his foundry had 1,000 employees. He and his workers had made and shipped over 200,000 bells, supplying 75% of the bells found in America’s churches. Ships and civic memorials also purchased bells from the firm. McShane is also credited with naming Dundalk, having established a factory there and naming it after Dundalk, Ireland where his father was born.

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Baltimore’s Vernacular Churches (Virtual Talk)

October 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Along with its famous, architecturally distinguished churches, Baltimore retains many lesser-known but architecturally and socially interesting church buildings. Some are modest, simple structures, some are grander, and probably all of them have been ignored when we think about Baltimore's architectural heritage. If we stop to look at them, however, we see the evidence of Baltimore's spatial and population growth in the years before the Civil War. They tell a tale of geographic and social mobility, changing tastes, and even theological change. You can see all this, if you know what you're looking at.

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2021 Virtual Pitch Party: Help Us Give Away Six Micro-Grants!

October 21, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
Free

Please help us give away five micro-grants to advance good ideas in Baltimore. This is our sixth year of providing micro-grants and as we have done in past years, we’ll have five finalists provide three-minute “pitches” of their ideas… and then we will ask you to cast virtual ballots for your favorite. Based on your votes, we will give out two $500 grants, two $250 grants, and one $50 grant. 

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Restoring the Hawley-Hutzler House (Virtual Talk)

October 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

In 2019, the grand Victorian 8,000 square foot Hawley-Hutzler Mansion went on the market. The mansion was once the home of the Hutzlers, who owned the famous department store of the same name. The mansion has gone through significant alterations since it was built in 1887, including being converted to offices, and in the 1970s, split up into apartments. Needless to say, there would be a lot of work to do to restore this mansion to its former grandeur.

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A History of Poppleton (Virtual Talk)

October 29, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Learn about the history of Poppleton with Professor Nicole King (Department of American Studies, UMBC). King has worked with local residents and preservationists to document the important Black history of Poppleton, which has been threatened by slum clearance, urban renewal, highway construction, and redevelopment. We will also learn about ongoing advocacy efforts to preserve Poppleton's historic places and fight displacement, such as the proposed CHAP local historic district, Black Homeownership in Old Poppleton.

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November 2021

Exploring the Prince George’s County Civil Rights Trail (Virtual Talk)

November 5, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual MD United States
By donation

The Prince George's County Civil Rights Trail is a hybrid online and sign trail tour that illuminates the most affluent African American majority county in the nation with a legacy of civil rights activism. It is a joint project of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s Black History Program with funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and the National Park Service. The project will include an interactive website, the installation of on-site interpretive signage, and educational workshops. Executive Director of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Meagan Baco, will share new research and archival photos from nine sites across the county, including Bowie State University, Laurel Municipal Pool, Ridgeley Rosenwald School, the Cole Field House at UMD, and more during this Virtual Histories presentation.

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Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum and Baltimore’s Civil Rights Legacy

November 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Join us on Nov. 12 and hear the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum talk about their mission to share Baltimore's rich Civil Rights legacy with BCPS students through community partnerships and curriculum development.

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December 2021

Disrupting Lines: The Career and Legacy of Victorine Adams (Virtual Talk)

December 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Prior to the processing of her archival collection at Morgan State University, Victorine Adams remained obscured behind the imposing notoriety of her husband, William “Little Willie” Adams. Yet she led a remarkable life and was the first African American woman elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1967. Adams also created two organizations, participated in philanthropic endeavors, mentored young women and maintained an impeccable reputation and social life. She was a self-assured woman aware of the distortion that surrounded her race, gender and class in Baltimore. Join Morgan State's University Archivist Dr. Ida E. Jones to see how Victorine Adams' “compassionate conviction” compelled her to organize, raise her voice and run for public office in service to the masses of underserved people in her hometown of Baltimore.

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Slave Streets, Free Streets: Early Baltimore On-Line (Virtual Talk)

December 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Anne Sarah Rubin discusses her digital project "Slave Streets, Free Streets: Visualizing the Landscape of Early Baltimore." This website allows users to virtually stroll the streets of Baltimore circa 1815, while exploring the lives of free blacks and enslaved workers. She will also discuss the on-line games her students made about the Pratt Street Riots of 1861, suggesting some of the ways that modern technology can reconstruct the past in newly engaging ways.

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Rash Field: A Park for All of Baltimore (Virtual Talk)

December 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Shaping public space comes with a special responsibility. Architects, planners, and designers must examine the impacts—both positive and negative—of public improvements on all members of a community and be intentional about how their efforts can create better experiences for all, today and tomorrow. With a commitment to crafting equitable and collaboratively-designed projects, Mahan Rykiel Associates approached the redesign of Rash Field Park with intention and sensitivity. By first examining the context and histories around Baltimore’s Rash Field Park and the surrounding Inner Harbor, then deploying a many-layered engagement strategy that prioritized outreach to underserved and underrepresented communities, Mahan Rykiel Associates was able to set the stage for shaping Rash Field as a public space for all people—a park that could be enjoyed by visitors, but, first and foremost, a park that would be cherished, celebrated, and enjoyed by the neighbors and residents of Baltimore City.

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January 2022

Baltimore’s Pursuit of Fair Housing (Virtual Talk)

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

From the late 1800s until the modern era, Black Baltimoreans have faced and challenged race-based housing discrimination and governmental redlining. This historic discrimination greatly affected community growth and the socio-economic advancement of Black Baltimoreans. Yet, Black Baltimoreans today are still suffering from the effects of housing discrimination. Join Alexander Lothstein from the Maryland Center for History and Culture as he discusses the history of housing discrimination and challenges against it in Baltimore.

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February 2022

Baltimore’s Slave Markets (Virtual Talk)

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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The talk will explore the growth of the domestic slave trade in Baltimore, the various methods and locations of sale, and some of the more notorious traders in the business of selling people.

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Evergreen Museum & Library: An Introduction to the Collections (Virtual Talk)

February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Evergreen was home to two generations of the Garrett family until 1952 when it was bequeathed to Johns Hopkins University. Both generations were avid collectors of fine and decorative arts, rare books, and Asian arts and crafts. Their collections have been augmented over the years by donations and acquisitions. This presentation will give a small “taste” of what one would see on a tour of Evergreen.

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March 2022

The Shipwrecks of Curtis Bay (Virtual Talk)

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Did you know there is a ship graveyard in Baltimore’s Curtis Creek? Join us for a talk by Maryland’s State Underwater Archaeologist, Dr. Susan Langley, to discover the submerged and hidden vessels off of Hawkins Point! Although known mostly as the home of the U.S. Coast Guard since 1897, the bustling waterfront industries of Curtis Bay and Creek have long included shipyards and other maritime businesses. So it's not unusual that these waters contain a disproportionate number of scrapped and abandoned vessels. What is surprising is the nature and histories of many of these watercraft, which include mid-19th century schooners to the last passenger steamers operating as recently as 1963.

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Baltimore Deco: Architectural Optimism in the Interwar Years (Virtual Talk)

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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This talk will consider how an international design movement, Art Deco, found its way into Baltimore during the 1920s and '30s. Fueled by a robust manufacturing sector, the city became fertile ground for a wide-ranging architecture that mixed freely with the prevailing design trends of the day (albeit leaning toward the traditional); an important representative of America’s major industrial cities in the interwar years. Lesser-known examples of Baltimore Deco will be shared, and the talk will also highlight a few optimistic building projects undertaken in the midst of the Great Depression.

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April 2022

Remembering Laurel Cemetery

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
By Donation

Laurel Cemetery was incorporated in 1852 as Baltimore’s first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans. It quickly became a popular place of burial for people across Black Baltimore’s socioeconomic spectrum, including 230 Black Civil War veterans and notables such as Civil Rights activist Reverend Harvey Johnson. In 1958 and after a series of lawsuits failed to prevail in the courts, Laurel Cemetery was leveled. Today it is the site of the Belair-Edison Crossing Shopping Center, and home to several businesses. However, many current patrons and nearby residents have no knowledge of the site’s former purpose and significance. Join Dr. Isaac Shearn of the Laurel Cemetery Memorial Project to learn more about the important history of the site and how we can preserve its memory.

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The Society of These Young Men: Black Ship Caulkers in Antebellum Baltimore (Virtual Talk)

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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Baltimore’s most famous ship caulker, Frederick Douglass, described his fellow Black caulkers as “a circle of honest and warm-hearted friends” and declared that he “owe much to the society of these young men.” Join us to learn more about the lives of the ship caulkers and their families through the story of Israel Jones, a president of the Caulkers Trade Union Association. Jones and others worked in the middle of the 1800s to build a strong Black community with philanthropic organizations, education/debating societies, and churches. His story is one of the many that the Friends of the Ship Caulkers’ Houses and the Preservation Society will tell through the ongoing stabilization, rehabilitation, and interpretation of the Ship Caulkers’ Houses at 612-614 S Wolfe Street in Fell’s Point. Join architectural historian Sarah Groesbeck to learn about Israel Jones, the Caulkers' Houses, and more.

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The Evolution of Olmsted’s Sudbrook Park (Virtual Talk)

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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On Friday April 29, 2022, author Melanie Anson will give a Virtual History on the evolution of Sudbrook Park, a planned community in northwest Baltimore designed in 1889 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.. Olmsted, often seen as America's first landscape architect, conceived this "suburban village" with curved roads and open green spaces, traits that set the community apart from its contemporaries. Portions of Sudbrook Park are registered on the National Register of Historic Places and listed as a Baltimore County Historic District.

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May 2022

Coming to America: Baltimore’s Immigration History (Virtual Talk)

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States + Google Map
By Donation

Did you know that Baltimore served as America’s third largest port of entry during the Great Wave of Immigration of 1830 to 1914. In 1868, the B&O Railroad partnered with the North German Lloyd Company of Bremen, Germany, to build and operate a pier for immigrant ships in Locust Point, where 1.2 million immigrants first set foot on American soil. They included people from all over Europe, including Germans, Irish, Lithuanians, Czechs, Poles and Italians, who established their neighborhoods, as well as churches, synagogues, schools, cultural and philanthropic institutions, which eased the transition from their old country to life in America, and added to the rich diversity of our city. Join Nicholas Fessenden from Baltimore Immigration Museum to learn more about our immigrant past and today’s efforts to document and celebrate our diverse roots.

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June 2022

The Olmsted Firm’s Evolving Relationship with the Roland Park Company (Virtual Talk)

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States
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On Friday June 3, 2022, author Ann G. Giroux will give a Virtual History on "The Olmsted Firm's Evolving Relationship with the Roland Park Company" starting at 1:00pm. The Roland Park Company, headed by Edward H. Bouton, collaborated with the Olmsted firm on numerous projects both in and out of Baltimore’s historic Roland Park Company District. This professional relationship, which spanned several decades, produced dramatically different landscape treatments, reflecting Bouton’s growing experience, confidence and stature, evolving trends in suburban residential design, and financial considerations. This program will show through pictures and plans how the Olmsteds adapted their planning principles to meet Bouton’s requirements for the communities of Roland Park (1890s), Guilford (1910s) and Homeland (1920s).

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Reviving the Royal Theater (Virtual Talk)

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Virtual MD United States + Google Map
By Donation

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Theater, we arev hosting a talk on the theater and the work being done to revive this historic community through the insights of three guest speakers. 

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