The Baltimore City Historical Society.

Dedicated to preserving, curating, and telling Baltimore's story.




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Baltimore historians to sponsor programs on city history and help museums and universities support their collections of historical documents, records, and artifacts.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 proposed site for Johns Hopkins University, now Clifton Park.

The proposed site for Johns Hopkins University, now Clifton Park.


Baltimore History Evenings

The Third Thursday of every month January-June

April 19, 2018  Antero Pietila                                             "Doctors Stealing Corpses: Grave Robberies in Baltimore"

From the 1820s through the 1890s, Baltimore was a grave robbing capital, supplying stolen cadavers to medical schools near and far. The University of Maryland was a leading practitioner, but the new Johns Hopkins Medical School had to postpone scheduled dissections three times for the want of corpses. A solution then was found . . .

Pietila's forthcoming book, The Ghost of Johns Hopkins, interprets Baltimore history through founder's life and his institutional legacy.

Complete Schedule

The Village Learning Place  2521 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 Reception 7:00, Talks Begin 7:30






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  Memorial Stadium  Robert E. Kniesche / Baltimore Sun

Memorial Stadium Robert E. Kniesche / Baltimore Sun


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.

Consider joining the BCHS or making a contribution today.


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