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This is a tough one.  Can you name this Fell's Point landmark that I photographed in November, 1979 prior to its restoration? Built in 1765, it is Baltimore's oldest urban residence.  The answer along with a present-day photo is at the end of the page.


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: wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com .  Please feel free to comment or make suggestions.


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Spring Semester 2015 Courses on Baltimore History and


  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Roland Park Country School --Kaleidoscope Program
  • Hopkins University -- Odyssey Program
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University - Renaissance Institute

For course offerings, click on the tab to the left:  Spring / Fall Courses

Baltimore City Historical Society:  2015 Baltimore History Evenings

Third Thursday of every month from January to June at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Learning Center,  2521 St. Paul Street  --  The lecture series is free and open to the public.

  • February 19th:  Baltimore's Deaf Heritage  -- Kathleen Brockway, author
  • March 19th:  Eliza Anderson and The Observer:  A Pioneering Woman in Early 19th Century Baltimore --  Natalie Wexler
  • April 16th:  Making Equality Work:  Radical Women in 1970s Baltimore  --  Jodi Kelber-Kye, April Householder, and Betsy Nix
  • May 21st:  The Mystery of the Mahogany Box:  Maxmilian Godefroy and the Defense of Baltimore, 1806-1815  -- Ed Papenfuse
  • June 18th:  Pests of Our Past:  The History of Vermin in Baltimore -- Dawn Biehler

For more information, visit www.historicbaltimore.org.

Druid Hill Family Center YMCA --  Black History Month Talk

Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m.  --  African American historian and collector Philip Merrill will present an illustrated program entitled "The Historic Legacy of Old West Baltimore".  An appraiser on Antiques Road Show as well as Chesapeake Collectables, Philip is sure to have plenty of items to show relating to African American history in Baltimore.  Sponsored by the Marble Hill Community Association, the talk is free and open to the public.  The Druid Hill YMCA is located at 1609 Druid Hill Avenue just south of Wilson Street.  For more information, call 410-728-1600.

Overlea / Fullerton Senior Center  -  Baltimore History Talk

Wednesday, February 18th at 10:45 a.m.  In celebration of Black History Month, join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk on Baltimore's African American Heritage.  From Baltimore's beginning in 1730, African Americans have played a major role in the history of the city, state, and nation.  Many of these men and women lived in Baltimore and made their mark here.  Whether it be portrait painter Joshua Johnson, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, boxer Joe Gans, newspaper publisher John H. Murphy, civil rights advocate Lilly Carroll Jackson, or philanthropists Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Baltimore is rich in black history tradition.  The program is free and open to the public.  Overlea / Fullerton Senior Center is located at 4314 Fullerton Avenue.  For more information, call 410-887-5220.  PROGRAM CANCELED -- THE BUILDING HAS NO HEAT.    RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 29TH


Visit Baltimore  --  Legends and Legacies Bus Tour

 Saturday, February 21st and 28th celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- $ -- In recognition of Black History Month, Visit Baltimore is offering a new Legends & Legacy Heritage bus tour of Baltimore's three African American Heritage Museums. Participants will visit the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Meyers Maritime Museum.  The tour also includes personal tour guides, appearances by period actors, a special "shoe box" lunch, and giveaways.  For more information and reservations, call 410-244-8861.  

Baltimore Heritage  --  Talks and Tours  

  • Lillie Carroll Jackson House Tour  -- Tuesday, February 24th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  -- $ -- From 1935 until her retirement in 1970, Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson was president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP, and for much of this time her home on Eutaw Place was the hub of civil rights organizing and activism.  Dr. Gabriel Tenabe from Morgan State University will lead the tour of this restored house and share stories of Jackson and her contemporaries as Morgan readies the house for its opening as a civil rights museum soon.  The Lillie Carroll Jackson house is located at 1320 Eutaw Place just south of West Lafayette Avenue.  For more information and reservations, call 410-332-9992 or visit info@baltimoreheritage.org   .          

  • Centre Theater Tour -- Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30 to 7 p.m. -- $ --  Join Jubilee Baltimore's Executive Director Charlie Duff for a tour of the Centre Theater located at 10 East North Avenue. Jubilee and their partners at Johns Hopkins University and MICA are transforming this long-neglected Station North landmark into a home for film education and arts programming. The Centre Theatre opened on February 2, 1939, and was part of a complex that included a studio theatre in addition to the main hall and the broadcasting center of WFBR radio.  For more information and reservations, call 410-332-9992 or visit info@baltimoreheritage.org            

  • Walking Tour:  Fell's Point as Boomtown, Sunday, March 29th from 1-3 p.m. -- $ -- In the years leading up the Revolutionary War and thereafter, Fell’s Point was a bustling port on the Chesapeake Bay with a naturally deep harbor and residents eager to get rich and grow their town.  Join Dr. Edward Papenfuse, retired State Archivist and historian, for a walking tour of Fell’s Point to learn about the people and places that were at the heart of Baltimore’s early years.  For more information and reservations, call 410-332-9992 or visit info@baltimoreheritage.org.  This tour is part of the 250th anniversary of the Robert Long House (See the photos at the beginning and end of this website).            

Catonsville Senior Center - Baltimore History Talk

Wednesday, February 25th at 12:45 p.m.  In celebration of Black History Month, join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk on Baltimore's African American Heritage.  From Baltimore's beginning in 1730, African Americans have played a major role in the history of the city, state, and nation.  Many of these men and women lived in Baltimore and made their mark here.  Whether it be portrait painter Joshua Johnson, abolitionist Frederick Douglass, poet Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, boxer Joe Gans, newspaper publisher John H. Murphy, civil rights advocate Lilly Carroll Jackson, or philanthropists Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Baltimore is rich in black history tradition.  The program is free and open to the public.  Catonsville Senior Center is located at 501 North Rolling Road.  For more information, call 410-887-0900.

Clifton Mansion -- Love and Renovation Tours

Saturday, February 28th, from 1-3 p.m.  -- $ --  Treat your Sweetheart to a tour of Clifton Mansion from the basement to it tower.  Learn about the archeology and renovations that are ongoing, and share the love stories of Captain and Mrs. Henry Thompson along with Johns and Elizabeth Hopkins.  The tours are free and open to the public.  For registration and information, visit cliftonmansion@civicworks.com.  


City Hall Courtyard Gallery --  Photo Exhibit

"You and I. Henry:  A Journey Through Baltimore and Beyond from Behind the Lens of Three Generations"  -- through Friday, March 13th.  For 70 years, three generations of the Phillips family have been photographing Baltimore's black community.  In honor of Black History Month, over 30 photographs from the Phillips family archives are on view at City Hall.  See the article from Sunday, February 8th in the Baltimore Sun written by Chirs Kaltenbach.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during business hours.  City Hall is located at 100 North Holliday Street.

Irish Railroad Workers Museum --  First Annual St. Patrick's Day Kickoff Party

Saturday, February 28th from 6-10 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 1338 Hull Street in Locust Point.  Join us as we welcome in Irish American Heritage Month in Maryland with our first annual kickoff party. We will enjoy great food, beer, wine, and soft drinks, along with live Irish music and dancers. All proceeds go to support the Irish Railroad Workers Museum. Parking is provided. Tickets are $75, or $700 for a table of ten. Reserve your place on our web site www.irishshrine.orgFor more information, call 410-347-4747. 

Irish Railroad Workers Museum's photo.

Preservation Society:  Robert Long House Anniversary 

 Join the Preservation Society of Fell's Point as it celebrates one of its most historic landmarks.  The Robert Long House, Baltimore's oldest urban residence, has been standing at 812 South Ann Street since 1765.  (See the January 18th Baltimore Sun article by Andrea F. Siegel.)  

To celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Preservation Society is planning a series events this year that began with a reception on January 22nd.   A series of free lectures, beginning in March, will take place in the Lucretia Fisher Visitor Center located at 1724 Thames Street in Fell's Point. All programs begin at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow.  For more information, call 410-675-6750.

  • March 26th:  "Colonial Development in Fell's Point" with Dr. Edward Papenfuse  
  • April 30th :  "The African-American Community in Fell's Point 1760-1860"  with Dr. Helena Hicks
  • October 15th:  "Immigration into Fell's Point, 1870-1930 with Dr. Jean Baker
  • November 12th:  Panel discussion on "Historic Preservation" with Joseph Cronyn, Mel Freeman, and Thomas Stosur. 

Howard County Historical Society:  Annual Meeting Program

Sunday, February 22nd, 2-3 p.m. --  Historian and author Tracy Matthew Melton, will give a presentation on the turbulent times of  early 19th century  "Mobtown" Baltimore.  Melton is the author of Hanging Henry Gambrill: The Violent Career of Baltimore's Plug Uglies, 1854-1860 and several articles in the Maryland Historical Magazine, including "The Case of the Catholic Know Nothings" in the current issue. The program will take place in the Avalon conference room on the lower level of Miller Branch Library (9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City).  The lecture is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to info@hchsmd.org or call 410-480-3250 for details.

Baltimore County Genealogical Society --  Baltimore History Talk

Sunday, February 22nd at 3 p.m.  Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk on Baltimore's First Century, 1730-1830. The program will focus on the founding of a town to ship tobacco and how it grew into a major port and the third largest U.S. city by 1830.  We will focus on the people, places, and events responsible for this evolution from the town's original 60 acres, through the American Revolution and War of 1812 to the beginnings of the B&O Railroad.  The program is free and open to the public.  The Baltimore County Genealogical Society is located at 8601 Harford Road in the old Parkville School.  Parking is behind the building.  Enter the building and walk up to the third floor, room 308.  An elevator is also available.  Please note that the Society's library opens at noon for research.  For more information, email  info@baltimoregenealogysociety.org THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN.  IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER.     

Maryland Historical Society Exhibit:  Images of a Vanished Baltimore

Through February -- $ --  Jacob Glushakow painted scenes of  everyday Baltimore:  the harbor, city markets, and most importantly the vanishing landscape of the city.  A graduate of City College in 1933, he served in World War II. Afterward he attended the Maryland Institute of Art.  Over the course of his life he sketched and painted over 1,000 works.  The exhibit:  "Images of a Vanished Baltimore:  The Art of Jacob Glushakow" runs through February.  The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street.  For more information, call 410-685-3750.


Enoch Pratt Free Library -- Programs

  •  Saturday, February 28th, 3 p.m. -- Author John Everett Thomas will discuss his book,  Love, Baltimore Style:  Plug Ugly Ball - A Mobtown Tale of Bullies and Baseball.  The program will focus on one of Baltimore's  most infamous 19th century street gangsThe program is free and open to the public.  The Light Street branch is located at 1251 Light Street in Federal Hill.  For more information, call 410-396-1096.

  • Saturday, April 25th, 11 a.m.  --  Authors Sally Johnston and Lois Zanow will present an illustrated talk based on their book, Monuments to Heaven:  Baltimore's Historic Houses of Worship.  The program is free and open to the public.  The Roland Park Branch is located at 5108 Roland Avenue just south of Deepdene Road.  For more information, call 410-396-6099.   

      City Hall  --  "It's More Than History" -- Brown Bag Lunch Series

      Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. in the Board of Estimates Room at City Hall located at 100 Holliday Street --  The programs are free and open to the public, and participants are invited to bring their lunch to the program.  Please note the participants will need a vaild ID to enter City Hall.

      • Friday, March 6th:  Hazel Gresham: The Other Rosie the Riveter  -  Commemorating the 70th year since the end of World War II, actress Rhonda Robinson will bring to life the stories of the African American and women workers at Baltimore’s Martin Aircraft Company. The story focuses on Hazel Gresham, a real life “Rosie the Riveter” who worked at Martin’s Canton factory in its Colored Division. Historical documents, photos, and the performance of songs help shed light on this fascinating piece of Baltimore’s industrial and social history.

      • Friday, March 13th:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks --   Despite what the family of Henrietta Lacks has endured, they are proud to honor the her memory and her unparalleled contributions to science and medicine. Their message is positive, optimistic, and—above all—celebrates Henrietta’s life and legacy. This presentation offers a sincere first-person perspective on the collision between ethics, race, and the commercialization of human tissue.  Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, went on to become the first immortal human cells ever grown in the laboratory. Those cells, named HeLa, became one of the most important tools in modern medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Though Henrietta died in 1951, her cells—alive and growing to this day—are still the most widely used cell line in the world..   

      Baltimore Museum of Industry:  Baltimore Shops!

      Through March 8th  -- $ --  This new exhibit takes a look at some of the places and businesses that made shopping in Baltimore unique.  Baltimore’s bustling 19th century markets spurred the development of the once-mighty department stores in the downtown shopping district, while independent merchants thrived alongside. Each left a distinctive imprint on Baltimore. More than just places to shop, they became a way of life integral to the character and identity of Baltimore.  "Baltimore Shops" will feature photographs and objects that represent the markets, stores, and merchants that came to embody Baltimore. Generations of Baltimoreans will recognize these names and places and remember going downtown to shop.  The Baltimore Museum of Industry is located at 1415 Key Highway in Locust Point.  For more information, call 410-727-4808.

      Cockeysville Senior Center  -  Baltimore History Talk


      Monday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m.  Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk entitled:  The Feminine Touch  -  Women in Baltimore History.  The talk will focus on the period from 1776 to 1950 and will include both famous and not-so-famous women who have contributed to Baltimore's development.  They include Mary Katherine Goddard, Betsy Patterson, Mary Pickersgill, Mary Elizabeth Lange, Henrietta Szold, Lizette Woodworth Reese, Etta Haynie Maddox, Lillie Carroll Jackson, the Cone sisters, and others.  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.

      Irish Railroad Workers Museum  -  Walking Tour 

      Saturday, March 7th from 10:30 a.m. to noon --  Judge Tom Ward will present the West Baltimore neighborhood which welcomed our ancestors who survived the Great Hunger. They thrived on its modest streets, where they established homes, earned a decent living, educated their children and worshipped freely. The tour includes visits to the Irish Railroad Workers Museum, the former site of St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, the Hollins Street Market, and others. The tour begins in the parking lot of the B&O Railroad Museum located at West Pratt and Poppleton Streets and is free and open to the public, but donations to the museum are always welcomed.  For more information and reservations, call 410-347-4747 or visit www.irishshrine.org

      Early Women Architects of Maryland Exhibit  

      Thursday, March 19th,  5:30 p.m. at Morgan State University School of Architecture and Planning -- 1888 marked the first year a woman became a licensed architect in the United States. Although women architects have been practicing in the United States from for more than one hundred and thirty years, they lack a prominent presence in history books, popular culture, or even in a
      modern day architect’s common knowledge.

      The Early Women Architects of Maryland Exhibit delves into the history of the remarkable women who, despite all odds against them, became the early practicing architects in the state of Maryland. Who were they? Where did they study? Where did they go on to practice? These women paved the way for future women architects, designers, and even working professionals as a wholeJoin us in a Open Gallery and Presentation telling the story of these remarkable women who practiced from the 1920s to the 1960s.  the School of Architecture and Planning is located at 5201 Perring Parkway opposite Ingram Road.  For more information, call 443-885-3225.


      Maryland Women's Heritage Center  --  Historic Walking and Bus Tour

       Friday, March 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- $ --  In recognition of Maryland's Women's History Month, the Heritage Center is hosting its annual Historic Walking and Bus Tour, led this year by Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg.  Starting from the Heritage Center, located at the corner of Lexington and Liberty Streets (the old BG&E building), the tour will visit the Star Spangled Banner Flag House and the Reginals Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture for tours. After lunch in the Reginald Lewis cafeteria, the tour will head toward Waverly, passing the Great Blacks in Wax Museum and other sites along the way.  In Waverly we will visit the monument that honors Lizette Woodworth Reese, educator and poet Lauriat of Maryland in 1931. The monument was done by sculptor Grace Turnbull and honors Miss Reese who was a graduate of Eastern High School and taught in the city school system for 46 years. From here we will visit the Confederate Women's Monument by Hopkins University and the monument to Billie Holiday located at Lafayette and Pennsylvania Avenues.  On our return to the Heritage Center, we will pass by several other landmarks connected to notable Baltimore women.  Reservations are required and seating is limited.  For information and reservations, call Diana Bailey at 443-996-1788 or email her at mwhcdiana@gmail.com.

      Star Spangled Banner Flag House   --  Book Talk

      Saturday March 28th, 1 p.m.  - $ -  Authors Sally Johnston and Pat Pilling will discuss their new book, Mary Young Pickersgill Flag Maker of The Star-Spangled Banner.  The Flag House is located at 844 East Pratt Street next door to the Reginald Lewis African American Museum.  For more information, call 410-837-1793.  

      Friends of the Perry Hall Library --  Local History Talks 

      • March 31st at 7 p.m.  --  Ed Hawkins from the Baltimore Museum of Industry will discuss the garment industry in Baltimore.  In 1900, this industry was the largest employer in the city.

      • Wednesday, May 13th at 7 p.m.  --  Glen Porter and Andrea Staschask from Jerusalem Mills will discuss this popular historical site in Kingsville.

      • Wednesday, June 10th at 7 p.m.  --  Jeff Korman, former director of the Maryland Department at Pratt Central Library, will present a talk on Baltimore history.

      All three talks are free and open to the public.  The Perry Hall Branch of Baltimore County Public Library is located at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard.  For more information, call 410-887-5195.

      Walters Art Museum:  Exhibits

      • Through April, 2016 --  From Rye to Raphael:  The Walters Story brings together for the first time an extraordinary group of art and artifacts to illustrate the intriguing stories behind the magnificent gift to the City from the Walters family.  The exhibit includes 200 works of art along with numerous photographs of the family.  The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.  Walters Art Museum is located at Charles and Centre Streets, one block south of  the Washington Monument.  For more information, call 410-547-9000.

      • Rinehart's Studio:  Rough Stone to Living Marble -- March 29 through August 30th -- This new exhibit explores the workshop of 19th century sculptor William Henry Rinehart who was born in Carroll County and is buried in Green Mount Cemetery.  Today the Walters Art Museum  contains an extensive collection of Rinehart's works including "portrait sculptures" of Walters family members.
      The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 North Charles Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday (through 9 p.m. on Thursdays).  Admission to the museum, is free.  For more information, call 410 - 547-9000Contact the museum for special guided tours of these two exhibits on selected Sundays each month from 1-2 p.m.

      B&O Railroad Museum Exhibit  --  The War Came By Train:  1865

      Grand Opening Weekend:   Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th   $   2015 marks the final year of the Civil War sesquicentennial ending with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and his funeral train through the heart of the Union States. The first stop on the mournful journey was the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Camden Station in Baltimore City. This weekend only see the reenactment of Lincoln's funeral with an exact replica of Lincoln's coffin, period music, and military and civilian re-enactors. A Civil War locomotive decorated as Lincoln's funeral train and special exhibits about Lincoln's funeral train and life after the War will be highlighted in this final segment of the 5-year exhibit which will run through the remainder of 2015.  The B&O Railroad Museum is located at 901 West Pratt Street.  For more information, call 410-752-2490. 

        Homewood Museum Exhibit  --  Making a Museum, The Peale Family in Early Baltimore

        Through May 31st  --  $ -- Charles Willson Peale, his sons, nieces and nephew were artists and naturalists whose portraits, miniatures, still lifes and silhouettes provide an eloquent and detailed chronicle of the most notable people and events of the republic’s early history. In addition to a selection of the family’s Baltimore-related artwork, the exhibit explores the history of the landmark museum and portrait gallery opened in Baltimore by Rembrandt Peale in 1814.  Located on Holliday Street just north of City Hall, the Peale Museum is poised to reopen after restoration as the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture.  

        • Exhibition Talk:  Science and Spectacle in 1800s Baltimore -- Sunday, March 8th  from 2-4 p.m. --$ --  Dr. Louis Rosenblatt will discuss the early demonstrations of science that were presented in venues such as the Peale's Museum.  A reception will follow the presentation.

        •  Members Only Program:  Director's Brunch and Tour of the Exhibit -  Sunday, April 12th from noon to 2 p.m. --$--  Museum Director and Curator Catherine Rogers Arthur will talk about the landmark museum that artist Rembrandt Peale opened in Baltimore in 1814.  The program includes brunch at Homewood Museum.   

        Homewood Museum is located at 3400 North Charles Street on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.  For more information, call 410-516-5589.

        War of 1812 Bicentennial

         Baltimore continues to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.  To learn more about Baltimore and the war visit www.starspangled200.org.         

        Other links to explore:

        • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
        • Baltimore National Heritage Area
        • Eastern Shore 1812 Consortium
        • Fort McHenry
        • Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
        • Maryland Historical Society 
        • 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
        • www.starspangledtrail.net - excellent site that ties in with the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail 



        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 410-685-3750.





        Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

        "Family of Flagmakers:  The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner" 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 Resources 

        StarSpangled200.com Interactive Websites


        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.




        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 includes the largest collection of Civil War railroad equipment in the world along with significant military and personal artifacts.  The final segment,  "1865" will deal with the Lincoln assassination and opens on the weekend of April 18th.  For more information, call 410-752-2490. The B&O Museum 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 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.



         Green Mount Cemetery Walking Tours

        The next set of walking tours through historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on Saturday May 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th - $ - 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 wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com.  



        New Books on Baltimore History and Architecture for 2015

        Jim Henneman, Baltimore Orioles:  60 Years of Oriole Magic (due out in April) 




        This Week in Baltimore's History:


        February 22nd:  1861:  President-elect Abraham Lincoln was smuggled through Baltimore on his way to Washington for the upcoming inauguration.  Rumors of a possible attack on Lincoln convinced officials to bring him through Baltimore in the middle of the night -- 3:30 a.m.  Once Lincoln arrived in Washington, detective Allan Pinkerton sent a coded message to the president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad:  "Plums delivered nut safely."  Outside of rumors, no hard evidence of a plot to harm Lincoln was ever uncovered. 


        February 23rd:  1905:  The Municipal League of Baltimore was organized at the Lyric Theater.  The League's main goal would be to scrutinize all candidates running for municipal office.


        February 24th:  1937:  The Baltimore Transit Company reported that more than 1,800 feet of copper wire was stolen from a discontinued streetcar line that ran between Point Breeze and Dundalk.  

        February 25th:  1870:  Hiram Revels of Mississippi took the oath of office as the first African American to serve in the U. S. Senate.  He served one year, leaving in 1871, to become the first president of Mississippi's Alcorn State University.  Prior to the Civil War, Revels had served as the minister of the Madison Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore from 1858-1863.  Located at 104 West Madison Street, the site today is occupied by a structure that was renovated into condos (2005) and renamed "The Revels."

        -------------------:  1885:  Members of the Enoch Pratt Free Library purchased the first books for the new Central Library that would open on Mulberry Street in January, 1886.

        ------------------:  1953:  "Romper Room," a television show for pre-schoolers was broadcast for the first time.  It appeared first on WBAL-TV with Nancy Claster  as its teacher.  The show went on to become television's longest running non-news program.  At the peak of popularity, the show was produced in 140 cities and 35 countries!

        February 26th:  1928:  Invented by Charles Adler, Jr., the world's first sound-activated traffic signal went into service at the corner of Belvedere Avenue (now Northern Parkway) and Falls Road.  By sounding  your car's horn, the signal would change in your favor.  (Adler would also be possible for a number of inventions that were critical to the aviation industry.)


        February 27th:  1819:  Hero of the War of 1812 for his bravery at New Orleans, General Andrew Jackson arrived in Baltimore for a visit. 

        February 28th:  1874:  Two freight trains direct from San Francisco arrived at Mt. Clare Station. The transcontinental crossing took 14 days.

        ------------------:  1971:   Before a crowd of more than 8,400 at the Civic Center, the Baltimore Clippers blanked the Springfield (Mass.) Kings 14-0 in the most one-sided shutout in American Hockey League history.  Marc Dufour had a hat trick, and Fred Speck, Jean Marie Cossette, and Bob Rivard had two goals apiece.  (I was there!)  

         And if this were a Leap Year -- February 29th, 1836:  Arunah S. Abell, Azariah Simmins, and William Swain signed an agreement to publish a daily "penny paper" in Philadelphia to be called the  Public Ledger.  It's success led Abell to Baltimore where he published the first issue of The Sun  a year later on May 17th, 1837.  It also sold for a penny!  


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        Photo Answer:  

        Located at 812 South Ann Street near Thames Street in Fell's Point, the Robert Long House is the oldest surviving residence of Baltimore.  The house was completed in 1765 by merchant Robert Long originally from York, Pennsylvania.  In addition to the house, Long also owned a waterfront warehouse on Thames Street.  In 1774, he married married Mary Norwood.  She died in 1783, two years after he sold his house to William Travis.

        In terms of architecture, the house includes some features not common to Baltimore houses at that time.  The "shed" dormer window on the roof and the "pent roof" between the first and second floors reflect elements of Pennsylvania architecture. 

        The brick for the house was hand-made, and laid in the Flemish bond style.  The headers (ends of each brick) were glazed to give the fašade of the house a checkerboard-like pattern, clearly a different appearance than other brick houses in Baltimore at that time.

        After Long left Baltimore, the building was used for several different purposes.  A third floor was added after the Civil War.  See the two black-and-white photos below (1912 and ca. 1930).  The Preservation Society of Fell's Point and Federal Hill acquired the Long House in 1975 and began the restoration work in 1980.  Today, the house and adjoining garden are open to the public.  This year the Preservation Society will celebrate the 250th birthday of the house with a series of events beginning with a party and reception on January 22nd.  See the listing above for information about the event.  (See the article on the Robert Long House in the Real Estate section of the Sunday Sun from January 18th)



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