Baltimore History Events


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

Reserve tickets here

The University of Baltimore's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences                                     'A Lifetime of Service' Dean's Speaker Series with Talk by Beverly Cooper, May 14

7:00 p.m. UB Merrick School of Business Thumel Business Center Auditorium
Christine Spencer, dean of the University of Baltimore's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, in coordination with Christopher King of Conscious RT, will launch a Dean's Speaker Series titled, "A Lifetime of Service." This series of talks will celebrate local leaders who have positively impacted Baltimore City in their lifetime, and will kick off on Monday, May 14 with Beverly Cooper, vice president of The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, a private family foundation named after her nephew. The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center (home of UB’s Merrick School of Business), 11 W. Mount Royal Ave. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required (details listed below).

"We are honoring Baltimore's great leaders who have contributed purposefully over their lifetime to making Baltimore a better place," says Dean Spencer. "We will hear from them as they reflect about their lives and personal experiences in making Baltimore the wonderful city we know it to be."

Two other speakers are scheduled for future talks in this series: On June 11, the series will welcome John "Jake" Oliver, who became chairman and publisher of the Baltimore Afro-American in 1986, achieved publisher emeritus status in 2018 and is the great-grandson of the newspaper's founder. On Oct. 8, University of Baltimore president and the first African-American mayor of Baltimore City, Kurt L. Schmoke, will speak. All talks will take place on the second Monday of each month.

Reserved seats are available by filling out an online R.S.V.P.

Baltimore City Historical Society History Evening/May 17

May 17, 2018 * Simone R. Barrett, Ph.D.

Researcher, Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education at Morgan State University, adjunct professor of history, Coppin State University

We Bring Thee Our Laurels Whatever They Be: Student-Led Protest at Morgan State

The national student movement of the 1960s grew out of Baltimore's student movements of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The Baltimore City Chapter of the NACCP, the City-Wide Youth Forum, Morgan State College NAACP, and the Civic Interest Group led and shaped the “long Civil Rights Movement.”

7:00 Reception/ 7:30 Program at the Village Learning Place

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

Walking tours of Green mount Cemetery/may 19

 The next set of walking tours for historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Opened in 1839, Green Mount is an early example of an urban-rural cemetery, that is, a cemetery with a park-like setting located close to the countryside.  Green Mount is the final resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Betsy Patterson, Arunah Abell, Albert Ritchie, Harriett Lane Johnston, William Henry Rinehart, John H. B. Latrobe, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Wilkes Booth, Walter Lord, many other famous Marylanders. 

The two-hour walking tours begin at 9:30 a.m. from the main gate located at Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street. 

The cost is $20 per person.  The tours are led by Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg. To be placed on the mailing list for the spring tours, email your POSTAL ADDRESS to

More Than A Name: Enslaved Families at Historic Homewood/ Through MAY 27

Location: Homewood Museum    Price: Free with guided museum tour admission

Homewood is often described as a the summer residence of Charles Carroll Jr., his wife, Harriet, and their children. This is true but incomplete. Homewood was also a site of bondage, an unchosen home for dozens of enslaved individuals who labored in service of the Carrolls between 1801 and 1825. 

Drawing on new archival research, this focus exhibition, co-curated by students in the Johns Hopkins University's Program in Museums and Society, illuminates the work and family lives of Homewood's enslaved community like never before. Through objects ranging from clothing to runaway slave ads, meet the Ross and Conner families, Sam Dorsey, Charity Castle, and others, and learn how—in spite of grave and near-constant challenges to their health and security—they forged lives for themselves.

3400 N. Charles Street
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218

  • Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm
  • Closed Mondays

Tours begin every half hour with the last tour beginning at 3:30pm

WJZ 70th Anniversary Archival Footage Screening and Celebration/June 7

7:00 pm  $20 - $25 The Picker House (in the courtyard of Mill No. 1)

Join the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) for a special screening of archival footage from the WJZ archives. Revisit great moments of WJZ broadcast history from 1948 to today, including coverage of the Orioles, local celebrities, and Baltimore’s iconic neighborhoods.

The event will take place at the Jones Falls Valley’s newest event venue: The Picker House, located along the Jones Falls in the courtyard of Mill No. 1. Admission will include a reception catered by Cosima.

Proceeds from the event go to support MARMIA and its effort to digitize the WJZ archive, which contains a wealth of historic moments in Baltimore’s history over the past 70 years.

The cost is $20 for Baltimore Heritage and MARMIA members and $25 for non-members. Valet parking will be available.

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.