Heritage -- Sunday Walking Tours
Looking Up Downtown Baltimore Walking
Tour: Historic Jonestown and the Shot Tower -- Third
Sunday of the month through November, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., departing from the
Farmer's Market $ Enjoy a fun walk past Historic Jonestown’s
unique landmarks from the Phoenix Shot Tower (tallest structure in the U.S. until 1846) to an early commercial block on Gay
Street (including one of only a handful of surviving examples of cast-iron architecture). After looking up at some
great buildings, we'll climb the winding steps inside the Shot Tower so you can look back down at historic downtown Baltimore
For more information and reservations, contact
Baltimore Heritage at 410-332-9992.
Pratt Free Library -- Book Talk
Thursday, October 22nd, 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Branch
located at 5910 Harford Road -- Author and labor historian Bill Barry will discuss his new book "The 1877 Railroad
Strike in Baltimore." The program is free and open to the public. For more information,
Baltimore City Historical
Society -- 14th Annual Mayor's Reception and History Honors Program
October 25th, from 1-3:30 p.m. at Clifton Mansion located at 2701 St. Lo Drive (just east of Harford
Road and the Alameda) in Clifton Park. The program is free and open to the public.
Enjoy refreshments; hear a brief speech from the Mayor; honor ten people who have contributed to Baltimore's life and
history; and tour the historic Clifton Mansion.
of the Maryland State Archives - Book Talk
21st at 5:00 pm at the Maryland State Archives: Ross M. Kimmel
will discuss John Jacob Omenhausser and his Civil War artwork, much of it as a prisoner-of-war at Point Lookout in the final
year of the war. The Friends of MSA recently published the book by Mr. Kimmel and Michael Musick: "I Am Busy Drawing
Pictures: The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser, CSA." Omenhausser was from Baltimore.
The program is free and open to the public. The Maryland State Archives is
located at 350 Rowe Blvd in Annapolis. For more information, call 410-260-6400.
Art Museum -- "From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story"
Sunday, October 26th through April 17, 2016 -- This new exhibit explores
the lives, times, tastes, and legacy of the museum founders William and Henry Walters through an extraordinary group
of art and artifacts. The exhibit is free and open to the public during museum hours.
The museum is located at North Charles and Centre Streets. For more information, call 410-547-9000.
State at the Peale Museum: Art Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, November 1st, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Carroll Mansion located at 800 East Lombard Street - $
- Celebrate 200 years of the Peale Museum and the new Peale Center for Baltimore history and architecture. For more
information visit www.thepealecenter.org. (Also, see the Baltimore Sun article from October 7th written by Yvonne Wenger)
"Inside Federal Hill" House Tour
Saturday November 1st, from noon to 5 p.m. $ Join Federal Hill Main Streets on their second tour, showcasing 10 properties in charming Federal Hill.
A reception follows
the tour that will be hosted by
Federal Hill Main Street for all ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased in
advance through www.historicfederalhill.org or by calling 410-727-4500.
Druid Hill Park --
Rawlings Conservatory Lecture
Wednesday, November 5th from
6-8 p.m. $ Join Alan Stein for an illustrated lecture on "Great Conservatories
of the 19th Century & the Architecture Behind Them." Revisit conservatories, some in Baltimore City, that
were lost to the ravages of time and budget cuts. A reception will precede the program. For more information,
call 410-396-0008. The Druid Hill Park Conservatory is located at 3100 Swan Drive near the intersection of
Gwynns Fall Parkway and McCulloh Street.
Johns Hopkins University Museums -- Mt. Vernon Tour
Sunday, November 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $
James Abbott, Director and Curator of Evergreen Museum and Library will lead a tour of two historic Mt. Vernon
landmarks: Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church and the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. Both landmarks will shed light
on the lives of Mary Frick Garrett Jacobs, Robert Garrett, and Dr. Henry Barton Jacobs. Brunch at the Garrett-Jacobs
Mansion is included. Reservations are required. For more information, call 410-516-0341 or email email@example.com. The tour begins at Grace & St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Monument and Park Avenues. Free
parking is available at the Maryland Historical Society across the street from the church.
Baltimore Museum of Art -- 100th Anniversary
Sunday, November 23rd, from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free and festive day celebrates the BMA's beautifully
renovated American art galleries and newly reopened Merrick Historic Entrance with activities for all ages. The day features:
step-scrubbing performance with artist Megan Hildebrandt—arrive early to attend!
engraving, needlepoint, stained glass, and clock-making demonstrations
- Storytelling with Maria Broom
and Pedicab Oral History Project with artist Michelle Nugent
- Family art-making activities and in-gallery
conversations with museum educators
- Free personalized hand-cut paper silhouettes by Alex Vernon
in-gallery harp demonstration by Jasmine Hogan
- A lively musical performance led by Brooks Long with
Caleb Stine, Ruby Fulton, Eze JacksonLatrobe, Eric Kennedy, and others
- Food trucks and free birthday
cake from Charm City Cakes
Tudor Hall Tours
of historic Tudor Hall, home of the Booth family in Harford County will take place on selected Sundays through November.
$ Tours begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on each date. In addition, there are several special talks
that are part of some of the 2 p.m. tours. Tudor Hall is located at 17 Tudor Lane of of Maryland Route 22 between
Bel Air and the campus of Harford Community College. For more information, call 443-619-0008 or email SpiritsofTudorHall@gmail.com . The tour dates are: October 12 and 26; November 9.
War of 1812
Baltimore continues to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of
1812. To learn more about
Baltimore and the war visit www.starspangled200.org.
National Historic Trail
- Maryland Historical Society
- Covers the upper Chesapeake Bay region in the war; includes
timeline, notable people, sites of interest, and bicentennial events
- created by Dr. David Hildebrand and the colonial Music Institute;
includes music from the period of the war
- excellent site that ties in
with the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Society - War of 1812 Exhibit -Through June, 2015 $ Entitled In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During
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
Creative Alliance: 1814: The Summation -- A History Symposium
on the War of 1812
Saturday, November 15th, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Patterson
Theater located at 3134 Eastern Avenue $ Join
the Creative Alliance for a day long exploration of the War of 1812, its impact, and the role Maryland played in
its outcome. The program features panels with lively scholars sharing new research about
the war, book signings and activities in the gallery, complete with plenty of time for audience discussion. Admission includes
light refreshments and beverages throughout the day, a delightful lunch, and dynamic post-event happy hour with cash bar.
The panels include:
of the War of 1812: Don Hickey, Alan Taylor, Burt Kummerow, and Jane Cook
Maryland's Maritime Contributions to the War of 1812:
Ralph Eshelman, Christopher George, Carey Roberts, Jan Miles, Jamie Trost
and Personalities of the War: Alan Taylor, Don Hickey, Vince Leggett, Ryan Cox
Battle of Baltimore, From North Point to Hampstead Hill:
Scott Sheads, Ralph Eshelman, Christopher George, Robert Cummins, Jr.
For more information, call 410-276-1651.
Banner Flag House
"Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner"
is the newest exhibit for the Museum. $ Family of Flagmakers tells
the story of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who created the Star-Spangled Banner, her family and her household. It is the first
exhibit in history to focus on this exceptional woman's life and her incredible achievement: the creation of the flag that
inspired our American National Anthem. The exhibit invites visitors to experience different aspects of Mary's life
and the events surrounding the creation of the famous flag. It
will feature many one-of-a-kind objects from the Flag House collection: the
original receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner, on display for the first time in decades; the Lightner drum, carried
by drummer boy Henry Lightner, who sounded the alarm when the British attacked Fort McHenry; and original fragments of the
Star-Spangled Banner, cut from the awe-inspiring 30 x 42 foot flag. The Flag House is located at 844 East Pratt Street.
For more information, call 410-837-1793.
War of 1812: Interpretive
Both Key Cam and War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Maps were designed to promote,
educate, and inform a wide audience about Francis Scott Key, significant War of 1812 battles in the Chesapeake region and
the upcoming 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
KeyCam.com, has four web cams that are fixed on Fort McHenry in Baltimore and is designed to give the same view
that 200 years ago inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to what would later become our National Anthem.
The War of 1812 Interactive Battlefield Maps, www.1812battles.com, feature cutting-edge maps that through animation highlight four significant battles of the War
of 1812 in the Chesapeake: the Battle of St. Leonard Creek, the Battle of Bladensburg, the Battle of North Point and the
Battle of Baltimore. Each map provides an historical context of the battle, along with images, artwork, and video highlighting
the history of each battle. Users can experience the battles in the Chesapeake Bay landscape as it was during the War of
1812 or toggle to the modern landscape of 2014.
- 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 "1864" segment includes the Battle of Monocacy and the Johnson-Gilmor Raid. For
information, call 410-752-2490. The B&O Museum is located at 901
W. Pratt Street.
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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and
from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is located at 601 South
President Street. For more information, call 443-220-0290.
Society of Baltimore County, Baltimore City Historical Society, and Stevenson University Public History Program
"Baltimore's Suburbanization and Outward Growth" Saturday,
2-4 p.m. in Rockland Hall on the campus of Stevenson University located at 1101 Owings Mills
Blvd. The program is free and open to the public.
Explore how Baltimore’s
suburbanization has impacted, and been effected by, changes in urban and suburban demographics, transportation, housing practices,
city and county planning, and poverty and tax policies. Speakers include:
Holcomb, City Planner with the Baltimore
City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, and author of The City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore, presents, "Tying It All Together:
Understanding Suburban Growth in the Baltimore Region 1830-2010."
- Antero Pietila, retired 35 year Baltimore Sun reporter, foreign correspondent, editorial board member, and author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City,
presents, "Suburbanization is a State of Mind."
Kneebone, fellow at the Metropolitan Policy
Program at the Brookings Institution, and co-author of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, presents, "The Shifting Geography of Poverty in Metropolitan
Green Mount Cemetery
next set of
walking tours through historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on Saturday, September 27th, October
11th, 25th , and November 1st - $ - 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
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FOUR TOURS ARE NOW FULL. TO BE PLACED ON THE MAILING LIST FOR THE
2015 TOURS, EMAIL YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS TO firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Books on Baltimore
History and Architecture for 2014
Shackelford, A Journey From Roads to Rails: The
Baltimore and Frederick Turnpike, the B&O Railroad, and Ellicott Mills,
Maryland, 1800-1860 (See Fred Rasmussen's article in the Baltimore Sun from Friday, January
A Bungled Affair, Britain's War on the United States, the Final Years 1814-1815
Carol Berkin, Wondrous Beauty, Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte
E. Fuller Torrey, The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles
Torrey (See the article by Mary Carol McCauley
in The Sun from Sunday, February 23rd)
and Melissa Blair, Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities
Lucas and Julie Schabletsky, Archeology of the War of 1812
Shackelford, The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland
The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore (See the article by Kate Drabinski
in the September 24th issue of The City Paper)
Kimmel and Michael Musick, I'm Busy Drawing Pictures: The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John
Jacob Omenhausser, CSA (This Confederate soldier from Baltimore was imprisoned at Point
Marc Leepson, What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life (See
the article by Mary Carole MacCauley in the Sun from July 27th)
Sun, Man In the Street, From Dirt Roads to Blacktop: A History of Baltimore Street Names
Mark Millikin, Babe Ruth: Star Pitcher of the 1914 Baltimore Orioles
Marc Ferris, Star-Spangled Banner, The Unlikely Story of America's National
Rob Kasper, Baltimore
Baseball & Barbecue with Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles' Smokey Slugger
Images of America, Baltimore's Deaf Heritage
Claudia Floyd, Union-Occupied
Maryland, A Civil War Chronicle of Civilians and Soldiers
Dr. Charles Neimeyer, The U.
S. Army Campaigns in the War of 1812: The Chesapeake Campaign 1813-1814
J. Carroll Holzer,
Baltimore and Maryland During the War Between the States (as viewed by Private George Melvin -- 1st
Maryland Confederate Infantry)
This Week in
1897: Gertrud Stein entered Hopkins Medical School. She attended for two
years but did not complete her studies.
----------------: 1990: Barry Levinson's film "Avalon,"
opened at the Senator Theater. The film which chronicled the
life of a Russian immigrant family in Baltimore, was filmed in Fell's Point, Mount Vernon, and Roland Park. Eighteen
members of Levinson's family appeared in minor roles or as extras!
1869: The Centenary Biblical Institute opened at the Sharp Street Memorial Methodist Church. Later
the school moved to a site at Edmondson and Fulton Avenues. Established to train young African American men for the
Methodist ministry, the school moved again to northeast Baltimore in 1917 and became Morgan College. Named for the Rev.
Lyttleton Morgan, we know it today as Morgan State University.
----------------------: 1871: Ford's Grand Opera House opened for business. Located on Fayette Street near
Eutaw, it was built by Baltimore-born James T. Ford, Sr. who had operated Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The Baltimore
playhouse operated for 93 years and became known to locals as "the temple of drama." Ford's Theater lasted until February
2, 1964 when the curtain came down on its final show: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" starring
Jerry Lester. Within days, the theater was demolished for a parking garage while construction had already begun on the
new Morris Mechanic Theater at Charles Center.
-----------------: 1960: The Maryland Historical Society announced its acquisition
of the watercolor paintings and journals of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U. S. Capitol building and the Baltimore
-----------------: 1967: The telephone reference service
opened at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
1967: Baltimorean Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African American justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.
October 3rd: 1876: Johns Hopkins University
opened with 89 students. Classes were held in buildings located at Howard and Little Ross Streets.
1944: The Orioles won the International League championship with a 7th game victory over the Newark Bears
by a score of 6-3. The Orioles advanced to the Little League World Series where they defeated the Louisville Colonels.
5th: 1786: A disastrous flood along the Jones Falls swept away
mills, bridges, and several buildings near the harbor.
----------------: 1939: The Senator movie theater opened
in Govans just south of Belvedere Avenue on York Road.
1956: Johnny Unitas saw his first action with the Baltimore Colts in a 31-14 loss to the
Detroit Lions. He entered the game late in the fourth quarter for George Shaw.
----------------: 1991: Cal Ripken, Jr. was the last major league
batter at Memorial Stadium. He grounded into a double-play as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Orioles 7-1. After
the game, an emotional ceremony featuring over 100 former Oriole players, bid farewell to Memorial Stadium.
1849: Edgar Allan Poe died at the Washington Medical College (later known as Church Home Hospital) in Baltimore
under mysterious circumstances (Jeff Jerome, former curator of the Poe Museum, has over 20 different versions of Poe's
death). Two days later, Poe was laid to rest in the rear section of the Western Burial Grounds, known today as Westminster
Graveyard (located at Fayette and Greene Streets.).
Website updated on 10/01/2014
Photo Answer: Known as "Baltimore's Valhalla," Green Mount is one of the
city's most historic cemeteries and will celebrate its 175th anniversary on July 13th. Opened in 1839, it was Baltimore's
first urban-rural cemetery, that is, a cemetery with a park-like setting located close to the countryside. Organized
by a group of seven Baltimore gentlemen led by tobacco merchant Samuel Walker, they purchased 65 acres of merchant Robert
Oliver's country estate named "Green Mount." At it's dedication on July 13, 1839, keynote speaker John Pendleton Kennedy
praised the new site by saying that "Death was part of nature and Green Mount would provide a place for man to repose in the
quiet simple beauty of the natural countryside."
Within five years Green Mount saw over 600 burials and soon became Baltimore's cemetery of choice. Today, over
67,000 people are buried here (see the photo below). Its distinctive Tudor Gothic gatehouse was
designed by Robert Carey Long, Jr. in 1840, and is located at Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street. Other
architects would leave their mark on the cemetery s well. The walkways were
laid out by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Jr. and designed to conform to the existing topography. Niernsee and Neilson designed
the Gothic revival chapel (see the photo below) while Buckler and Fenhagen erected the Masoleum
Green Mount is the final resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett,
Arunah S. Abell (see the photo below), William Henry Rinehart, Harriet Lane Johnston, Theodore
McKeldin, Betsy Patterson, John Wilkes Booth, A. Aubrey Bodine, Walter Lord, Confederate General Joseph Johnston and
many other famous Marylanders.