The Baltimore City Historical Society

This month’s Baltimore History Evening is on February 21, 2019

Baltimore History Evenings are held at The Village Learning Place (directions) at seven o’clock PM on the third Thursday of every month from January to June.

Come hear and see Antero Pietila, journalist and historian, author of Not in My Neighborhood and The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins, talk about his new book:

Johns Hopkins, Pragmatic Opportunist

Johns Hopkins was opposed to slavery, but slavery was central to the economy within which he made his fortune. Some of that fortune came from the whiskey trade—“Hopkins’ Best” bottles are the holy grail of Baltimore bottle collectors—despite Quaker objections to the trade. A generous philanthropist, he was also a hard bargainer.

Antero Pietila

Antero Pietila


PRESERVATION: Baltimore City Historical Society promotes the study, presentation, and appreciation of history of our city. We work with Baltimore historians to sponsor programs on city history and help museums and universities support their collections of historical documents, records, and artifacts.

EDUCATION: We’re dedicated to helping residents and visitors learn about of our city’s defining moments – and understand Baltimore’s historical and cultural significance. We encourage everyone to take a closer look at the familiar historic sites, notable people, and diverse neighborhoods that are part of everyday life in Baltimore.

COMMUNITY: Through our website, events, archives, and social media, we strive to create a gathering place for those who want to explore and celebrate Baltimore’s rich history and cultural heritage. And we invite everyone to share stories, ask questions, or offer insights by contacting us here.




The Baltimore City Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization. We offer free events throughout the year to Baltimore history buffs, but we depend upon yearly membership dues from those of you who are certifiable enthusiasts.

We keep our annual dues low, and have a variety of membership levels. If you join, you can flash your official membership card all around town.

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