Friends of the Perry Hall Library -- Book Talk
Saturday, January 24 at 2 p.m. -- Author and former Sun columnist Michael Olesker will discuss
his latest book "Front Stoops in the Fifties." His book recounts
the stories of some of Baltimore's most famous personalities as they grew up during the "decade of conformity." They include Jerry Leiber, Nancy Pelosi, Thurgood Marshall, and Barry Levinson. The program is free and open to the
public. The Perry Hall Branch of the Baltimore County Library is located at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard.
Fire Museum of Baltimore: Great Baltimore Fire Tour
Sunday, February 8th, 1-4 p.m. from the Fire Museum of Maryland located at 1301 York
Road, just north of Beltway exit 26 in Lutherville -- $ -- Join Baltimore historian Wayne R. Schaumburg and museum
director Steve Heaver to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Great Baltimore Fire. Beginning on Sunday morning, February
7, 1904, the blaze continued for over 30 hours destroying most of Baltimore's central business district. In the end 140 acres
had burned; 1,526 buildings were lost; 2,500 companies were out of business; 30,000 people were out of work; and damage estimates exceeded
begins at the museum with a short power point introduction. From there, we will travel downtown by motor coach and
follow the path of the fire. This will include a three block walk through the heart of the "burnt district."
On returning to the Fire Museum, there will be refreshments and a chance to view three museum pieces that actually fought
the blaze. For information and reservations call 410-321-7500. Space is limited.
Irish Railroad Workers Museum -- Second Saturday Programs
Saturday, February 14th, 11:30 a.m. -- Museum founder Tom Ward will
present a talk on "The Civil War and the B&O Railroad." The program is free and open to the public but donation
to the museum are always welcome. The Irish Railroad Workers Museum and Shrine is located at 920 Lemmon Street, just
one-half block north of the B&O Railroad Museum. For more information, call 410-347-4747.
Baltimore City Historical Society: 2015
Baltimore History Evenings
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.
For more information, visit www.historicbaltimore.org.
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
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.
Cockeysville Senior Center - Baltimore
Monday, February 9th at 10:30
a.m. Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg for an illustrated talk entitled "A Hot Time in
the Old Town: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904." The program will focus on the worst fire disaster in the
city's history. Beginning on Sunday morning, February 7, 1904, the blaze continued for over 30 hours
destroying most of Baltimore's central business district. In the end 140 acres had burned; 1,526 buildings were lost; 2,500
companies were out of business; 30,000 people were out of work; and damage estimates exceeded $100 million.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-480-3250 for details.
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 email@example.com.
Maryland Historical Society: Lecture
February 5th at 6:30 p.m. -- $ -- Dr. Jenny Carson, professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art will present an illustrated
lecture entitled "William Henry Rinehart and the Business of Sculpting Portraits." William Henry Rinehart was
one of the most highly regarded sculptors of his day. Before his untimely death in 1874 in Rome, his studio produced almost
100 "portrait Sculptures"in marble. This talk will explore the context of the neoclassical portrait bust in the nineteenth
century, by taking a close look at Rinehart's busy studio practice. This program is part of the 2015 Francis
Scott Key Lecture Series. For more information and registration, call 410-685-3750 ext. 377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Maryland Historical Society is located at 201 West Monument Street, two blocks west of the Washington Monument.
Maryland Historical Society Exhibit: Images of a Vanished
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.
Free Library -- Programs
- Thursday, January 29th, 6
p.m. -- Join Pratt staff member Julie Saylor for a talk entitled "The Old Hamilton Library: Andrew
Carnegie's Gift to Baltimore." Carnegie gave money for the building of several branches of Pratt Library.
The program is free and open to the public. The Hamilton branch is located at 5910 Harford Road near Glenmore Avenue.
For more information, call 410-396-6088.
- Saturday, February 7th, 3 p.m. -- Author Mark
Osler talks about his new book, Baltimore Persons and Places. The 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.
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 gangs. The 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.
of Baltimore County: Lunch & Learn Classes
class takes place at the Hunt Valley Campus building located at 11101 McCormick Road and is followed by lunch at a nearby
restaurant. $ For more information and registration, call 443-840-5830.
- 1814: The Other Baltimore - Instructor: William Barry. Friday,
January 23rd, 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch at the Milton Inn. Examine Baltimore at the time of the War of 1812
and discover the exciting working-class life from the busy harbor to the workshops of the Jones Falls and Fell's Point.
Hutzler's: Where Baltimore Shops - Instructor: Michael Lisicky.
Friday March 13th from 10:30 a.m. to noon followed by lunch at The Milton Inn. Recall the days when Hutzler Brothers
Department Store was a beloved part of the Baltimore retail and cultural scene. The class will look at the distinctive
Art Deco design of the downtown store, the unforgettable fashion shows, Christmas decorations, and the popular Colonial Restaurant.
Michael Lisicky is the author of two books on the famous Baltimore Department stores.
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.
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.
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 whole.
Join 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.
Art Museum: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story
Through April, 2016 -- 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 is free and open to the public during regular museum hours.
Walters Art Museum is located at Charles and Centre Streets, one block below the Washington Monument. For more information,
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.
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
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
- 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
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.
of 1812: Interpretive Resources
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
that will change annually. The "1864" segment includes the Battle of Monocacy and the Johnson-Gilmor Raid. For
more 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.
Green Mount Cemetery
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 email@example.com.
New Books on Baltimore History and Architecture for 2015
This Week in Baltimore's History:
January 24th: 1902: Baltimore
Juvenile Court opened with Judge Charles W. Huisler presiding.
25th: 1921: The first
rehabilitation school for veterans of World War I was established at Fort McHenry.
26th: 1923: Mayor Broening proposed the building of a large municipal auditorium to be used for exhibitions,
concerts, and other large gatherings. He suggested the location be near the new Municipal Stadium on 33rd Street.
27th: 1885: Several pieces of sculpture by Antoine-Louis
Bayre were unveiled at Mt. Vernon Place as a gift by William T. Walters to the city. Located in West Mt. Vernon Place,
they included the Lion, and four small bronze pieces entitled War, Peace, Force, and Order. Today
these four bronze sculptures are located at the ends of the marble balustrades on either side of the Washington Monument.
January 28th: 1928: The
Peruvian Steamship Company announced plans to begin service between several South American ports and Baltimore.
29th: 1956: H. L. Mencken died at his home on Hollins Street
in Union Square at the age of 75. He rests at Loudon Park Cemetery.
1956: Some 2,000 motormen, bus drivers, and maintenance workers from
the Baltimore Transit Company (BTC) went on strike as negotiations over an hourly pay increase from $1.90 to $2.00 broke down.
January 30th: 1881:
The new building for the First Baptist Colored Church, located at Caroline and Orleans Street, was opened.
January 31st: 1923: Baltimore's
season of grand opera began with Wagner's "Die Meistersinger" performed at the Lyric Theater by the Wagnerian Opera
Festival Company of Berlin.
February 1st: 1879:
At a Fell's Point meeting, 135 oyster boat owners threatened to suspend operations unless packers agreed to pay 20-cents per
bushel of oysters delivered to Baltimore.
-----------------: 1896: The first organized game of ice hockey in the United States was played in Baltimore
between teams from Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities. The match ended in a 2-2 tie.
February 2nd: 1825:
The first lodge for African American Masons in Maryland was organized under the name of Friendship Lodge #6 of Baltimore.
-----------------: 1910: The trustees of the Woman's College of Baltimore voted to change the school's name to Goucher
College in honor of its founder and recent president, Rev. John Franklin Goucher.
Website updated on 01/23/2015
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.
the article on the Robert Long House in the Real Estate section of the Sunday Sun from January 18th)
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