BCHS sponsors a number of events, publications and contests, including a popular history-evening speaking series at the Village Learning Place, where City history comes to life on the third Thursdays between January and June; the annual Mayor's Reception and History Honors; the newsletter "Baltimore Gaslight"; the Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore's History, and a history conference.

 Volunteer to Judge  April 28, 2018

Volunteer to Judge  April 28, 2018

Promote The Future of History In Baltimore

Maryland Humanities invites you to serve as a judge for the 2018 Maryland History Day competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when nearly 700 students will arrive with History Day projects focused on the theme of “Conflict and Compromise.”

Each year, over 27,000 Maryland students immerse themselves in in-depth research to create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme.

As they progress through competitions at the school, district, state, and national levels, students rely on volunteers like you to evaluate their projects and help them to improve their skills that they have developed throughout the process.

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students in this exciting learning experience may judge. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback.

Sign Up to Judge for Maryland History Day

Please note: This is only for the Maryland History Day state contest. If you would like to judge for your local contest, please contact the district coordinator.

 Locust Point

Locust Point

150th Anniversary

Arrival of the ss Baltimore to Locust Point


March 24, 2018

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

From 1850-1868, all immigrants to Baltimore City would land at a variety of locations.  In 1867, President John Work Garrett of the B&O and Albert Schumacher of the North German Lloyd Company signed an agreement.  The B&O would build an exclusive immigration pier in Locust Point, while Lloyd would send at least one steamship per month loaded with immigrants.  The first ship, SS Baltimore, arrived at this new pier on March 23, 1868.  A large parade was held on Broadway in Fells Point to commemorate this occasion.  From that day until World War I, Baltimore welcomed more than 1.2 million immigrants at Piers 8 & 9 in Locust Point as a result of this partnership.

Nick Fessenden is a Baltimore City Historical Society Board member. He and Brigitte Fessenden founded the Baltimore Immigration Museum, which is partnering with the B&O Railroad Museum to host this event.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $21 for B&O Members

The Baltimore Immigration Museum, 1308 Beason St, Baltimore, MD 21230, is open Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-4:00.

See more about the Locust Point event here.



 The Village Learning Place

The Village Learning Place

History Evenings 2018

Free Talks                            on Baltimore History
Third Thursday of Every Month, January-June

April 19, 2018                    Antero Pietila "Doctors Stealing Corpses: Grave Robberies in Baltimore"

From the 1820s through the 1890s, Baltimore was a grave robbing capital, supplying stolen cadavers to medical schools near and far. The University of Maryland was a leading practitioner, but the new Johns Hopkins Medical School had to postpone scheduled dissections three times for the want of corpses. A solution then was found . . .

Pietila's forthcoming book, The Ghost of Johns Hopkins, interprets Baltimore history through founder's life and his institutional legacy.

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