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This website is an on-going list of walks, talks, and tours that relate to Baltimore history
and architecture. The site was created for the benefit of my students, friends, and colleagues who often
inquire about upcoming events. I update the site every week. My e-mail address is: email@example.com . Please feel free to comment or make suggestions.
Annual Guide to the Best Christmas Train Gardens in the Baltimore Area
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Book Launch: Tuesday, December 3rd, 6:30
p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Central Library located at 400 Cathedral Street -- As part of the 100th
anniversary of Baltimore painted screens, author Elaine Eff will discuss her new book entitled The Painted Screens
of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed. Screen painting is a unique art form in Baltimore. In 1913
William Octavac, a corner grocer, began a family dynasty and inspired generations of artists who continue the craft
to this day. Eff's book is illustrated with 300 photos, and copies of her book will be available for purchase.
Elaine Eff served as the folklorist for Baltimore City and later for the state of Maryland. The program is free
and open to the public. For more information, call 410-396-5430.
Book Talk: Wednesday,
December 11th, 5:30 p.m. in the African American Department of the Central Library located at 400
Cathedral Street -- Author Rosa Pryor-Trusty will discuss her book African American Community, History
and Entertainment in Maryland. The program is free and open to the public. For
more information, call 410-396-5430.
4th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. -- As part of the 100th anniversary of Baltimore
painted screens, author Elaine Eff will discuss her new book entitled The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk
Art Revealed. The book is illustrated with 300 photos, and copies of her book will be available for purchase.
The program is free and open to the public. The Creative Alliance is located in the Patterson
Movie Theater at 3134 Eastern Avenue. For more information, call 410-276-1651.
Center -- Baltimore History Talk
6th, 10:30 a.m. in the Atease Center located at 7401 Holabird Avenue -- Baltimore
historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg will give an illustrated talk entitled "Baltimore During the Good Old Days."
The program will focus on the city's history from 1930-1960, and is free and open to the public.
for more information, call 410-887-7233.
G. Krug & Son
Ironworks Museum Anniversary
7th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Come celebrate the one year anniversary of the G. Krug & Son Ironworks Museum detailing
the 203 year history of this iconic blacksmithing company. The anniversary event will help bring awareness to a very visible
but little known piece of Baltimore’s history and development. G. Krug & Son Ironworks is the oldest working
blacksmith company in the United States today. Historic landmarks such as the Washington Monument, Johns Hopkins
University and Hospital, and the Basilica of the Assumption contain railings, fences, gates and other ironwork from G. Krug
& Son. The Museum One-Year Anniversary will include a tour of the museum as well as blacksmithing and key
making demonstrations, food, and music. For more information call (410-752-3166ask for Patrick Cutter or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. G Krug and Son is located at 415 West Saratoga Street in downtown Baltim
Bus Tour of Historic
11th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $ Sponsored
by Carroll Museums, Inc., the tour will visit five historic Baltimore churches: Corpus Christi Catholic Church (1891),
Brown Memorial Presbyterina Church (1870), Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1856), First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
(1859), and St. Mary's Chapel (1808). The tour includes lunch at, and a tour of the Carroll Mansion. Reservations
are required. For more information, contact Paula Hankins -- email@example.com.
Orienda House --
14th, from 5-9 p.m. -- Orienda House which today is part of Leakin Park will hold
its annual Open House and holiday reception. This year's guest speaker is Stephen G. W. Walk who will discuss
"Thomas Winans and the Russian Experience." The program is free and open to the public
but donations are always welcome. Orienda House was once part of an estate called The Crimea was owned by Thomas Winans
son of Ross Winans, engineer for the B&O Railroad. Thomas and his borther William designed, engineered, and built Russia's
first railroad for Czar Nicholas I during the late 1840s. Thomas built Orienda as a summer residence while his winter
home, Alexandrofsky, was located in Baltimore just west of Martin Luther King Blvd. Orienda House is located at
1901 Eagle Drive on Windsor Mill road just east of Forest Park Avenue. For more infromation, call 410-299-7613 or visit
Jewish Museum of
Maryland - Bus Tour
15th, at 9 a.m. from the Museum located at 15 Lloyd Street
$ Join Civil War historian and author Daniel Carroll Toomey for a tour of Civil War
sites in Baltimore. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Email
Museum of Industry - A. Aubrey Bodine Exhibit
Through February 6th $ This
new Bodine exhibit of 70 photographs is opening at Baltimore's Museum of Industry in conjunction with Jennifer Bodine's latest
book Bodine'sIndustry The Dignity of Workwhich was released earlier this year. A. Aubrey Bodine was the long time photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun. His career spanned almost 50 years.The
Museum of Industry is located at 1415 key Highway. For more information, call 410-727-4808.
Maryland Historical Society - Betsy Patterson Exhibit
Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
and the Quest for an ImperialLegacy -- $
-- Known as "the Notorious Belle of Baltimore," the socialite and
landowner Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was animportant female figure in 1812 society. As a gorgeous 18-year old, Betsy set the gossipmongers
all atwitter with her revealing empire dresses at local society events. Her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother
Jerome became an international drama. Even at ninety-four, Betsy was still making news as one of America's richest
through June 9, 2014, the "Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial
Legacy"exhibit marks the
first time the Maryland Historical Society has featured an exhibition exclusively devoted to a historical female figure.This exhibition includes silver, porcelain, paintings,
textiles, jewelry, manuscripts and furniture associated with Elizabeth and her descendants .In total, more than 100 objects will be on view in the exhibition.
The Maryland Historical Scoiety is located at 201 West
Monument Street. for more information, call 410-685-3750.
War of 1812 Bicentennial
Beginning in June, 2012, Baltimore and
Maryland will celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Events will culminate in September,
2014 with the celebration of Baltimore's defense against the 1814 British attack. To learn more about Baltimore and the War of 1812, visit www.starspangled200.org. For information about upcoming bicentenial events, visit www.starspangled200.com.
Other links to explore:
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Baltimore National Heritage Area
Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
www.upperbay1812.com - Covers the upper Chesapeake Bay region in the war; includes timeline, notable people, sites of interest, and bicentennial events
www.1812music.org - created by Dr. David Hildebrand and the colonial Music Institute; includes music from the period of the war
Maryland Historical Society - War of
1812 Exhibit -Through June, 2015 $ Entitled In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland
During the War of 1812, this exhibit retells the dramatic story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake
region through displays, a gallery devoted to the defenders of Baltimore, and more than 100 artifacts including the original
Star-Spangled Banner manuscript. The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street just west of Park Avenue. For more information, call
Civil War Sesquicentennial
B&O Railroad Museum - Civil
War Exhibit - $ The War Came By Train is a four year exhibit celebrating the role of the B&O Railroad in the Civil War. It will include the largest
collection of Civil War railroad equipment in the world along with significant military and personal artifacts that will change
annually. The new "1863" segment includes the 150th anniversary of West Virginia's statehood; the involvement of
the B&O in the creation, design, and use of armored railroad cars; the Confederate raid on the B&O in western Maryland; and the role played
by the railroad in the Battle of Chattanooga. For more information, call 410-752-2490. The B&OMuseum is located at 901 W. Pratt Street.
Maryland Historical Society: Civil War Exhibit - Divided
Voices: Maryland in the Civil War commemorates the 150th anniversary
of the beginning of the Civil War. $ The largest Civil War exhibit in the museum's 167-year history will tell the story of
the conflict in three parts: the romantic war, the real war, and the long reunion. The Maryland Historical Society
is located at 201 W. Monument Street just west of Park Avenue. For more information, call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org.
Baltimore Civil War Museum - Located in the old President Street Station that was built in the 1850s, the museum tells the story
of Baltimore's role in the Civil War. The museum is free
and open to the public from to from Monday to Saturday, and from to on Sundays. The museum is located
at 601 South President Street. For more information, call 443-220-0290.
Garrett-Jacobs Mansion 2014 Lectures Series
A series of four lectures entitled Meet the Garretts: Baltimore's Gilded Age Royalty will
take place on Sundays from January to March beginning at 2 p.m. $
A brunch is available prior to each program. For more information, call 410-539-6914. The Garrett Jacobs Mansion
is located at 11 W. Mt Vernon Place.
January 12th - Kathleen Sander: Creating the
Garrett Dynasty: Robert Garrett 1 and John W. Garrett
January 26th - James Abbott: A Modern Medici
Prince: T. Harrison Garrett and the Art of the Personal Museum
February 9th - Bernadette Low: Mary Frick Garrett:
Creating a Self in the Gilded Age
March 23rd - Edward Heimiller: Dr. Henry Barton
GreenMountCemetery Walking Tours
The next set of walking tours through historic Green Mount Cemetery
will take place on Saturday, May 3, 10, 17, 24 - $ - Opened in 1839 as the city's first urban-rural cemetery, Green Mount is the final
resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Theodore McKeldin, John Wilkes
Booth, Betsy Patterson, Walter Lord, and other famous Marylanders. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. from the main gate located at
Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street, and are led by Baltimore
historian Wayne R. Schaumburg. Reservations
are required. For more information on the tours,
call 410-256-2180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Books on Baltimore History and
Architecture for 2013:
Joseph Snyder, Baltimore and Ohio: The Passenger Trains and Services of the First American Common-Carrier Railroad, 1827-1971 (See the Sun article from January 25th by Fred Rasmussen)
Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril (deals with the alleged "Baltimore Plot" to assassinate Lincoln on his way to the 1861 inauguration)
Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith, Images of America: Perry Hall Mansion
(see more information below)
Jennifer Bodine, Bodine's Industry, The Dignity of Work
Daniel Toomey, The War Came by Train, The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad During
the Civil War
Steve Vogel, Through the Perilous Fight (focuses on the British
invasion of the Chesapeake in September, 1814)
Gregory Alexander and Paul Williams, Lost Baltimore( See the Sun article from April 5th by Fred Rasmussen)
Ralph Eshelman and Scott Sheads, Chesapeake Legends and Lore from the War of 1812
The Chesapeake Campaigns, 1813-1815
Kelly Terrill, Images of America: Reservoir Hill(
See the Sun article by Marie Gullard in the Real Estate Section from Sunday, June 2nd.)
Baltimore Sun, Maryland Exposed, Iconic Photography
of The Baltimore Sun
Bill Eggert,Gentlemen of the Harbor: Stories of Chesapeake
Bay Tugboats and Crews
Claudia Floyd, Maryland Women in the Civil War, Unionists, Rebels, Slaves and Spies
Kathleen Ambrose, Remington, The History of a Baltimore Neighborhood
Lee Sartain, Borders of Equality, The NAACP and the Baltimore Civil Rights Struggle,
Michael Olesker,Front Stoops in the Fifties: Baltimore Legends come of Age
Lin Hart,Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice
Ted Patterson, Football In Baltimore, History and Memorabilia from Colts to Ravens, 2nd edition
Constance Schulz,Maryland in Black and White, Documentary Photography from the Great Depression and World War II
Baltimore Sun, The
Darkroon, Iconic Photography from Seven Baltimore Sun Photographers
Elaine Eff, The Painted Screens of Baltimore: An Urban Folk Art Revealed
M. Hirsh Goldberg,
It All Started With a Deli: the Attmans of Lombard Street
John H. Foertschbeck, German
Catholic Parishes of Marylandand Pennsylvania (includes
St. Alphonsus, St. James, St. Michael the Archangel, and Sacred Heart of Jesus as well as a chapter on German communities)
Joseph Ross, Jr., In the Shadow of the Flames,
Baltimore's 1968 April Riots
Father Kevin Mueller, The
Best Way to Go, the History of the Baltimore Transit Company, second edition
John McGrain, Charles Street, Baltimore's Artery
of Elegance (See the Sun article from November 15th by Fred Rasmussen) This book is only
available at the Historical Society of Baltimore County in Cockeysville: 410-666-1878.
Lisa Noll, Images of America: Around Mount Washington
Elmer Hall, A Mill on the Point: One Hundred
and Twenty-Five Years of Steelmaking at Sparrows Point, Maryland (See the Sun article
from November 29th by Fred Rasmussen)
The PerryHallMansion, constructed circa 1775 as the country estate of Harry Dorsey and Prudence Carnan Gough, has long been considered one
of the most historic structures in Baltimore
County, Maryland. Nestled on a ridge overlooking the lush forest of the GunpowderRiverValley, the Mansion has played host to a number of crucial events in both local history and in the emergence of Methodism
in the United States. Since its completion, the house has claimed fourteen different principal owners, culminating with
its transfer to public ownership in 2001. Each of the families who lived there left behind unique legacies. Materials contained
in Perry Hall Mansion depict the evolving use of the building and grounds and demonstrate how this progression reflected
changing conditions within Maryland generally.
Sean Kief and Jeffrey Smith have both played important
roles in the leadership of Historic Perry Hall Mansion, Inc. Images provided by Kief show the lives of his ancestors, the
Dunty family, as they made their home at PerryHallMansion during the Victorian era. This chronicle draws on over 200 years worth of images, personal accounts of surviving residents,
and original source documents to vividly tell the story of PerryHallMansion.
The Images of America series celebrates the history
of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories
from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in
the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
November 16th: 1916: The Clifton Park branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library opened
for business. Located on North Wolfe Street near Sinclair Lane, it was one of four branches built with money from
philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The others were: Patterson Park (1910), Govans (1921), and Brooklyn (1921).
---------------------: 1941; Baltimore Municipal Airport opened for business. Located in Dundalk near Colgate Creek, it
replaced Logan Field that had opened in 1920. (Logan Field was located near the present-day Logan Village Shopping Center
on Dundalk Avenue. It was named for Lt. Patrick Logan who was killed during an air show.) Municipal Airport served
as Baltimore's hub for air travel until the opening of Friendship Airport (now BWI-Marshall) in 1950.
November 17th: 1875: A marble monument was erected over the new site of Edgar Allan Poe's
grave in Westminster Graveyard. Poe's body had been moved from the rear of the cemetery to a spot next to the gate at
Fayette and Greene Streets. The new monument was paid for by contributions from Baltimore City students and teachers.
From 1949 until recently, the monument has been the site of the annual visit by the "Poe Toaster" who left brandy and roses
at the grave on Poe's birthday in Janaury.
2010: Shortly after midnight, a 175-foot-wide tornado with winds of over 100 mph, plowed
through a one-tenth of a mile section of northeast Baltimore near Perring Parkway and McClean Blvd. Although the tornado
was on the ground for less than a minute, it did extensive damage to homes, apartments, power lines, and trees in its path.
Fortunately, no lives were lost.
18th: 1954: The Orioles completed the largest trade in major league history.
A total of 17 players were involved. Part of the deal sent pitchers Bob Turley, and Don Larson to the Yankees in return
for catcher Gus Triandos and shortstop Willie Miranda.
November 19th: 1991: Cal Ripken, Jr. was named American League MVP for the second time
in his career.
November 20th: 1920: Frank A. Munsey , owner of the Baltimore News, bought the
Baltimore American and The Star at a price of $1,500,000. He suspended publication of The
Star and published the Baltimore American as the morning edition of the Baltimore News, but continued
using the old name of the American. Hence the origin of the later Baltimore News American newspaper!
1926: Thousands of Baltimoreans turned out in the wind and rain to see Queen Marie of Roumania
who was visiting the city with her children. In a speech the Queen appealed to American women to work for world peace.
November 21st: 1872: Mt. Vernon Place Methodist Church was dedicated. Designed by
Thomas Dixon and Charles Carson, the high Victorian Gothic chruch was built of green serpentine marble with red and buff sandstone
trim. At that time, Mt. Vernon Methodist was described as one of the most splendid church buildings in America -- "a
cathedral to Methodism" according to the Baltimore Sun.
---------------------: 1912: The Harriet Lane Home For Invalid Children opened. It was the gift of Henry and Harriet Lane
Johnston who lost both their sons to rheumatic fever. Harriet Lane was the niece of President James Buchanan.
Today the Harriet Lane Home is the Children's Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
22nd: 1921: Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France was part of the ground-breaking ceremony
for the new War Memorial building. Designed by Lawrence Hall Fowler, the War Memorial is located at Fayette and
Gay Streets, and honors the 1,752 Marylanders lost in World War I. The building was completed in 1926.
November 23rd: 1870: The City Council passed an ordinance that
changed the nmae of Thompson Street to Edmondson Avenue.
Photo answer: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is located at Pratt (earlier Queen Street) and Albemarle Streets. Also shown in the photo is Arthur Sewell, a blind gentleman, who was the
first curator of the Flag House from the year it opened, 1928, until his death in 1946. See the present-day photo below. Built
in 1793, it became the residence of Mary Pickersgill from 1807 until her death in 1857. Between that time and 1928, the building
was used as a liquor/tobacco store, a tavern, a shoe repair shop, a steamship ticket agency, and an Italian bank and post
office. Interest in purchasing and restoring the building began with the Star-Spangled Banner Centennial celebration in 1914.
This year the Flag House will celebrate its 85th anniversary.
Mary Pickersgill (see her picture below),
was an accomplished seamstress and ensign maker. In the summer of 1813, a full year
before the British attack, she was commissioned to produce two flags for FortMcHenry. Major
George Armistead wrote. "We are ready at FortMcHenry to defend Baltimore against invading by the enemy. That is to say, we are ready except that we have no suitable ensign
to display over the Star Fort, and it is my desire to have a flag so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing
it from a distance."
The garrison flag, made by Mary with
the help of her daughter Caroline, three nieces (Eliza, Margaret, and Jane), and an African-American apprentice named Grace,
measured 30 by 42 feet in size with stars that were two-feet point to point. Made of English woolen bunting, the flag
weighed 80 pounds when completed. Due to the size of the flag, she was able to use the malt house floor of a nearby
brewery to complete her work. See the picture below. A second "storm flag," 17 by 25 feet was also produced. Mary Pickersgill was paid $574.44 for her work. The receipt is on display at the Flag House. This
year marks the bicentennial of the flags' production.