Baltimore History Events

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.