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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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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 $100,000,000. 

The tour 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

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.




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. 


Cockeysville Senior Center  -  Baltimore History Talk


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.

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.

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.  

Maryland Historical Society:  Lecture Series

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 events@mdhs.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 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

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Community College of Baltimore County:  Lunch & Learn Classes

Each 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.

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.    

Walters 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, call 410-547-9000.

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. 

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 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.
  • 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 




This Week in Baltimore's History:


January 24th:  1902:  Baltimore Juvenile Court opened with Judge Charles W. Huisler presiding.    

January 25th:  1921:  The first rehabilitation school for veterans of World War I was established at Fort McHenry.        


January 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.        


January 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.

January 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



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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