Baltimore History Events

Doors Open Baltimore/October 6 & 7

10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Explore Charm City during a free weekend of Architectural Open Houses and Tours with over 60 open houses and 30 guided tours. 

View the full list of sites and activities on the Doors Open Baltimore website.

Introducing Doors Open Baltimore Itineraries
Having trouble figuring out what to see during Doors Open Baltimore 2018? Try a Doors Open Baltimore itinerary—a days worth of sites to visit built around a theme. We'll be updating the list of itineraries regularly between now and the event!VIEW ITINERARIES
 #AIABaltAmor: Buildings You Love Instagram Contest
Win great prizes by participating in the Doors Open Baltimore Instagram photo contest. Participating is easy!
1) Take a photo of your favorite Doors Open building.
2) Post your photos before midnight on Sunday, October 7 using the hashtags: #AIABalAmor and #exploremoredoors
3) Entries will be judged, and the winners will be contacted by direct message through Instagram.


Registration Now Open for Doors Open Baltimore Special Events

This year includes more guided tours and activities than ever before. Go on free guided tours of neighborhoods and buildings across Baltimore. Events include family friendly activities like the Kids Architecture Workshop at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (organized by the AIA Balitmore Future Architects Resources Committee) and tours of neighborhoods including WoodberryStation NorthHollins MarketPennsylvania AvenueFells PointColdspring Newtown and more! It all happens on October 6 & 7. 

Register now. Tours are free but space is limited!


 Domino Sugar Factory Tour Raffle
Take a rare look inside Baltimore’s iconic Domino Sugar Refinery! Space is very limited and tickets will be given through a random lottery system. The tour will be on Friday, October 5 at 10:00 am. 


Doors Open Baltimore Sneak Peek: Exploring Orchard Street Church

By Tiffany James

Located in the Seton Hill neighborhood, Orchard Street Church is a historic 19th century church and the oldest known extant building built by African Americans in Baltimore. 

During Doors Open Baltimore 2018, Orchard Street Church will serve as the location for two different all-day special events. Participants can register for one of the Orchard Street Church guided tours scheduled to occur every 40 minutes starting at 10 AM on both Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. Afterwards, visitors can participate in Bmore NOMA’s all-day event—Redesigning the Vacant Lots in Baltimore—which includes a series of hands-on workshops with an interactive 3D model that will be used to recreate, explore, and discuss the vacant street issues in the city.


Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation/October 6

Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 1 pm – 3 pm Reginald F. Lewis Museum

This film captures the rich oral histories of prominent African Americans who grew up and lived through the era of legal segregation in the Mason/Dixon border area of Baltimore. The narratives document individuals who attended segregated schools before and following the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education ruling.  Film participants and panelists  include:

Robert Bell: First African American Chief Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals – at 16 he was the lead plaintiff in Bell v Marylandwhich helped push America towards desegregation / Dr. Patricia Welch: Was part of the first desegregated class at Eastern High School and is the Dean of Education at Morgan State University /Evelyn Chatmon: First female African American Assistant School Superintendent for Baltimore County Public Schools / Dr. Walter Arthur Gill: One of the first African Americans to graduate from Baltimore City College High School in 1955 / Francis Gill: Frances was the last group of students to attend Coppin Normal Teachers College when it was located on Mount Street / Treopia Green Washington: Director of Special Initiatives, College of Education at Bowie State University and sister of Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine.

“Voices of Baltimore: Life Under Segregation” is co-directed and co-produced by Towson University professors, Gary A. Homana, Morna McDermott McNulty, and Franklin Campbell Jones.

This program is in partnership with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and Towson State University’s College of Education.

In conjunction with the Hateful Things exhibition

Let us know you are coming.

19th Annual BCHS Baltimore History Honors & Joseph Arnold Essay Contest Award Presentation/October 27

2pm Saturday

Our Saviour Lutheran Church                                                                                                        3301 The Alameda, Baltimore 21218

The Ghost of Johns Hopkins Book Release by Antero Pietila/ November 14

Public Event Hosted by Union Baptist Church of Baltimore  6 - 7:30 pm                                   Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave, Baltimore 21217

Antero Pietila writes another bombshell, "The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City." 

For those whose eyes were opened by his book, "Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City," you will find this book mind boggling. 

Come here his discussion and be one of the first to purchase his book on November 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

Sales of the Book become available on November 15th.

The Historic Work of Firefighters in Protecting Baltimore County and City Residents’ Safety    /Nov. 17

2pm to 4pm, Saturday November 17, 2018 

HSBC headquarters at 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville MD 21030

Free admission and parking. Doors open at 1:15pm. 

The Historical Society of Baltimore County & Baltimore City Historical Society's 7th Annual Joint Program

Presenters Stephen Heaver of the Fire Museum of Maryland, James Doran of the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Division Chief Francis DiPaula of the Baltimore County Fire Department, and George Collins, Co-Founder and CEO of African American Firefighter’s Historical Society will discuss the historic work of firefighters in protecting Baltimore County and City residents’ safety.

Previous BCHS and HSBC joint programs have looked at changing jurisdictional and political boundaries, waterworks, suburbanization, sewage, the history and culture of the Patapsco River and the the history of policing. 

Contact HSBC at 410-666-1878 or

Activism and Art:                                                            The Catonsville Nine, 50 Years Later

New Exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society

On May 17, 1968 in Catonsville, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore, two women and seven men, three in clerical attire, arrived at the Selective Service office, Local Board 33, located in the Knights of Columbus building. They seized several hundred A-1 draft records from the office, dumped the files on the ground in the parking lot, doused with homemade napalm, and torched them in protest of the Vietnam War. This act of civil disobedience intensified protest against the draft, prompted debate in households in Maryland and across the nation, and stirred angry reaction on the part of many Americans. It also propelled the nine into the national spotlight.

The Catonsville action reflected not only the nature of the Vietnam antiwar movement in 1968, but also the larger context of social forces that were reshaping American culture in the 1960s. We are commemorating the 50th anniversary of this historical and fiery protest with a new exhibit utilizing the artwork of Catonsville Nine participant Tom Lewis, as well as historic photographs and materials, video from the award-winning 2013 documentary Hit & Stay, and other materials. 

201 West Monument St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-4674
Phone: 410-685-3750

Mount Clare Museum House Call for Volunteer Docents

Mount Clare Museum House is the 1760s home of Charles Carroll, Barrister and his wife, Margaret Tilghman Carroll in addition to enslaved and indentured servants. Today it serves as an example of Baltimore’s revolutionary experience.

Mount Clare Museum House is accepting applications for volunteer docents. Duties include giving tours to visitors and, when time permits, taking on additional projects in line with students’ academic interest.

You must be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 am to 4:15 pm.

Graduate and undergraduate students are both welcome. Areas of study preferred include African American Studies, American Studies, Art History, History and other related fields. Must have an interest in educating the public, both adults and children.

Email for more information and to submit a resume.