Cockeysville Senior Center - Baltimore
Monday, August 11th at 10:30 a.m. --
Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg will present an illustrated program entitled "19th Century Baltimore:
A City of Immigrants." The talk will focus on the city's role as a major port of entry for immigration. We will
look at the wave of Irish and Germans who came before the Civil War as well as the Polish, Russians, Lithuanians, Bohemians,
Austrians and others who made up the 610,000 who arrived here between 1868 and 1900. The program is free
and open to the public. Cockeysville Senior Center is located at 10535 York Road just north of Warren Road.
For more information, call 410-887-7694.
Senior Center -- Baltimore History Talks
Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg will present
two illustrated programs in August. Both are free and open to the public. Pikesville
Senior Center is located at 1301 Reisterstown Road. For more information, call 410-887-1245.
Thursday, August 14th at 1 p.m.
-- History of Baltimore's Parks and Public Squares
Friday, August 29th at 1 p.m. -- Baltimore's Historic Houses
Railroad Workers Museum -- Walking Tour
On Saturday, August 16th, the Irish
Railroad Workers Museum will host a tour of the Irish neighborhood
nearby the B&O Railroad Museum. Baltimore was a major port of entry for Irish
survivors of the Great Hunger (also known as the Potato Famine). The Irish were
welcomed with railroad work, free education, a thriving Irish parish and
community life that included food markets, local pubs, and fraternal
organizations that advocated for a free and independent Ireland. The tour departs from the B&O Railroad Museum parking
lot at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by Tom Ward. The tour is free and open to the public
although donations to the museum are always welcome! For more information, call 410-347-4747 or email email@example.com.
Oaks Senior Center -- Baltimore History Talk
August 21 at 12:30 p.m. - Baltimore historian and educator
will present an illustrated talk on the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Entitled "A Hot Time in the Old Town," the program
will focus on the February 7th blaze that destroyed almost 90% of the central business district. Over 140 acres burned;
1,526 buildings were destroyed; 2,500 companies were put out of business; 30,000 residents were out of work; and damage
was estimated at over $100 million. The program is free and open to the public. Seven Oaks Senior
Center is located at 9210 Seven Courts Drive. For more information, call 410-887-5192.
Baltimore City Historical Society Tour
Saturday July 26th, 10 a.m.
-- Join BCHS for a tour of the Maryland Women's Heritage Center located at the corner of Liberty and West
Lexington Streets. The tour is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Contact Joe Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Heritage Center tells the story of women's history in Maryland.
Heritage -- Sunday Walking Tours
Looking Up Downtown Baltimore Walking Tour:
Gargoyles and Grand Landmarks -- First Sunday of the month through
November, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., departing from the Farmer's Market $
In a little over an hour and walking a little less than a mile, we take you on a tour through the highlights of downtown
Baltimore's history and architecture.
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 from above.
For more information and reservations, contact Baltimore Heritage at 410-332-9992.
Maryland Humanities Council - Literary Walking Tours of Mt. Vernon
Saturdays from April through September -- Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary
luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and cultural institutions built by Baltimore's successful 19th century
merchants and industrialists. Participants will learn how a neighborhood of scholars, artists, authors, newspapermen,
philanthropists, and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate issues of the day as well as open new
literary avenues. The 90-minute walking tours are free and open to the public, but
reservations are required. The tours depart at 11 a.m. from the Enoch Pratt Central Library located at 400 Cathedral
Street. For more information, call 410-685-0095. (Tour dates are July 19, August 16, September
Patterson Park Pagoda
Sundays through October from noon to 6 p.m. -- Completed in 1890 by Charles Latrobe, the Observatory, better known as
"the Pagoda," is the best known landmark in Patterson Park. Located on the west side of the park near the intersection
of Patterson Park Avenue and Pratt Street, the octagonal Victorian structure has a spiral staircase that leads to three levels
each providing great views of the city. Operated, maintained, and staffed by the Friends of Patterson Park, the Pagoda
is free and open to the public.
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: July 27; August 10 and 24; September 14 and
28; October 12 and 26; November 9.
War of 1812
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.
National Historic Trail
- 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
Star-Spangled 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,
of 1812: Interpretive Resources
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.
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
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 (due out in June,
David Shackelford, The
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland
Bill Barry, The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore
Ross 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 Lookout)
This Week in
1920: Lifeguards at the swimming pools in city parks were given a $2.00
per week raise. They would now earn $18 per week.
1793: Cigar smoking was recommended as a way to prevent yellow fever.
----------: 1959: Jazz and blues singer Billie Holiday died in a New York hospital. Born in Philadelphia,
she grew up in Baltimore on South Durham Street. Her recording debut took place in 1933 with Benny Goodman. Today
a monument to Holiday stands at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Lafayette Avenues that was done in 1985 by sculptor
James Earl Reid.
1865: The sale of all portraits of Confederate soldiers and officers as well as those of John Wilkes Booth
were prohibited in Baltimore.
1919: An announcement was made that ferry service between Baltimore
and Love Point (in Queen Annes County) would begin on September 1st.
1902: A severe thunderstorm with high winds tore through Baltimore damaging 517 buildings and killing 19
1791: St. Mary's Seminary opened under the leadership of the Sulpician Fathers. Originally located
on Paca Street in Seton Hill, today the school is on Roland Avenue near Northern Parkway, and continues to be the oldest theological
seminary in the United States.
July 22nd: 1883: The first telephone service between Baltimore and Washington D. C. went into service.
July 23rd: 1788: A sharp rise in tides flooded wharves, stores, and low ground near the harbor and Fell's Point.
In this process, large quantities of cargo were destroyed.
Construction began on the Ravens' $200 million stadium just south of Camden Yards which was scheduled to open in 1998.
Website updated on 7/16/2014
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.