Baltimore History Events

Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865/ JUNE 1, 2018 – JULY 27, 2018

Location: Homewood Museum:, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Price: Free with regular admission ($8 public; free for members, JHU faculty, staff, and students)

This award-winning exhibition, on loan from The Historic New Orleans Collection, examines the domestic slave trade during the 57 years between America’s abolition of the international slave trade in 1808 and the end of the Civil War, paying special attention to Baltimore’s role in the practice.

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HAPPY Birthday Babe Ruth/ July 19

Celebrate with the Greater Baltimore History Alliance at its inaugural Summer Picnic at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.  Bring yourself and a few friends.  There’ll be beer, food, fun and networking.  Come see the expanded house exhibit and hang out on the new patio. 

 When: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Time:  5:00 -7:00 pm

Where:  Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum

216 Emory Street

Homewood's Annual Summer Afternoon Tea/July 29

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Homewood Museum, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Savor a traditional afternoon tea in the stunning reception hall of Homewood, a Palladian-inspired summer house built in 1801 for Charles and Harriet Carroll. Experience the elegant entertaining rooms as guests would have in the early 19th century.

With chamber music lilting in the background, enjoy classic finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, seasonal fruits, and delectable pastries, accompanied by fine black and fruit teas and a toast of sparkling wine.

$35-$40 Limited to 24. Advance, pre-paid reservations required by calling 410-516-5589. Please note: We are not able to accommodate vegan, gluten-free, or allergen-free versions of our menu.



Middle School Essay Contest Awards Ceremony

10:30 am Wednesday August 8, 2018 

Baltimore City Hall - 4th Floor Curran Room

On May 11, 2015, the Baltimore City Council passed Council Bill 15-0512 withthe lead sponsorship of Councilman Jim Kraft. The ordinance concerning Baltimore Day read: “August 8 of each year shall be “Baltimore Day” in honor of Baltimore’s founding on August 8, 1729. The Mayor shall proclaim this day as Baltimore Day, to recognize this important moment in theCity’s History.” 


The Baltimore Day Committee of theBaltimore City Historical Society (BCHS) planned a 2018 Essay Contest among selected City middle schools (Francis Scott Key Middle, Walter P. Carter Middle, Guilford Middle, Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys) to celebrate the event this year. The committee felt that the essay contest would provide students with a valuable opportunity to focus on history, practice research and writing, and learn something new about their city. The essay topic was, “The Port of Baltimore.” Partners were recruited for the project and Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) Senior Museum Educator, Jack Burkett, visited participating schools or hosted them at the BMI for an hour-long, interactive power point presentation on the history of the Port and reviewed various rich topics for the essay contest with students. 


Councilman Zeke Cohen, Chair of theBaltimore City Council’s Education and Youth Committee, also collaborated on theproject and secured space at the Curran Room at City Hall for the awards ceremony.The Baltimore Day Committee members visited the schools to provide support and research sources for the writing projects.  


A judging panel was selected, consisting of Judy Dobbs of the Maryland Humanities, Monica Whippo of Baltimore City Schools and BCHS board member Matt Crenson.The top six essay winners will be awarded cash and trophy prizes at the August 8, 2018 ceremony at City Hall. The Baltimore Day Committee members are Bradley Alston, Chip Markell and Matt Crenson.


You are invited to attend the awards ceremony at City Hall and to celebrate Baltimore Day with us!


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

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.