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

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 directo@mountclare.org for more information and to submit a resume.