Writers Live: David Taft Terry, The Struggle and the Urban South: Confronting Jim Crow in Baltimore before the Movement
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Writers Live: David Taft Terry, The Struggle and the Urban South: Confronting Jim Crow in Baltimore before the Movement

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library, African American Department (map)
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Baltimore, one of the South’s largest cities, was a crucible of segregationist laws and practices. Through the example of Baltimore, Maryland, David Taft Terry explores the historical importance of African American resistance to Jim Crow laws in the South’s largest cities. Terry also adds to our understanding of the underexplored historical period of the civil rights movement, prior to the 1960s. Along the way, African Americans worked to define equality for themselves and to gain the required power to demand it. They forged the protest tradition of an enduring black struggle for equality in the urban South. By the 1960s that struggle had inspired a national civil rights movement.

David Taft Terry is an assistant professor of history at Morgan State University.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the program.

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Clifton Mansion Tour: Wonderful Restorations
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Clifton Mansion Tour: Wonderful Restorations

The Clifton Mansion best known as Johns Hopkins’ Italianate Country Estate hides within it the Georgian Mansion of Captain Henry Thompson. Hear how the Mansion tells the story of Baltimore and the people who shaped it by their service from the War of 1812 to our current day. Enjoy the most recent restoration efforts showcasing Victorian decorative styles from 1852.

Tours will begin at 10:00 and 10:30 pm. Tours last approximately an hour and a half and feature a climb to the top of the tower with its excellent view of Baltimore along with an examination of the recent interior restorations of the Grand Staircase funded and directed by the Friends of Clifton Mansion.

RSVP in advance to cliftonmansion@civicworks.com and pay $5 at the door.

For more information contact us at 410-366-8533.

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Annual Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square
Sep
7
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square

The Annual Billie Holiday Jazz Concert at Lafayette Square is a musical celebration of the rich and important legacy of Billie Holiday. With generous support from Johns Hopkins University, the performance is free and open to the public. By taking jazz out of the symphony hall and returning it to its nesting place near Pennsylvania Avenue -- the neighborhood of Holiday's youth -- this one-of-a-kind concert establishes a new center of gravity in Sandtown for fine arts and culture.

Don't forget to bring your picnic basket, blanket and/or lawn chair!

Featured Performers:

  • Sheila Ford, Vocalist

  • Sean Jones, Trumpet

  • Nasar Abadey, Percussion

  • Jamal Moore Organix Trio

  • More to come...

For more information, contact liberationarts@jhu.edu.

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Bmore Historic 2019
Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Bmore Historic 2019

Bmore Historic is a participant-led unconference at the Baltimore Museum of Industry for scholars, students, professionals and volunteers who care about public history, historic preservation and cultural heritage in the Baltimore region. Bmore Historic is organized by Baltimore Heritage and a team of volunteers. Special thanks to the UMBC Orser Center and UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities for supporting Bmore Historic in 2019.

As always, Bmore Historic is a unique opportunity to spend a day with friends, neighbors, and colleagues interested in exploring the connections between people, places and the past in Baltimore and Maryland. Bmore Historic is a place where many kinds of participation are welcoming: enthusiastic speaking out and careful listening; practicing hands-on skills and struggling with big issues. Expect thoughtful conversations but no academic papers or boring slideshows.

Please come out and explore how we can build on our community's cultural heritage to create a better future for all people in our region. If you have never participated in an unconference, please read our Bmore Historic 101 guide to learn more. If you're interested in facilitating a session, check out our facilitator guide.

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Doors Open Baltimore 2019
Oct
5
to Oct 6

Doors Open Baltimore 2019

Join us for the 6th Annual Doors Open Baltimore, the city’s largest festival of architecture and neighborhoods. This year we'll have over 50 buildings to explore across the city for free, from the 18th century home of Baltimore's second mayor to the city's latest luxury skyscraper.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10am–4pm: Open houses, bus tour, and bike tour
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 10am–4pm: Guided tours and special events
Be sure to follow the event on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates about participating sites.

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BCHS and HSBC 8th Annual Joint Program
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

BCHS and HSBC 8th Annual Joint Program

  • Waverly Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library (map)
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Each year in November the BCHS and the Historical Society of Baltimore County hold a joint program. For the 2019 version the societies will join with Maryland Women’s Heritage Center to investigate Baltimore Suffrage History.

The session will be moderated by renowned historian Jean Baker, author of “Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists.” Presenters will be Kacy Rohn, creator of “Maryland Historical Trust: Maryland Women’s Fight for the Vote,” a map tour of people and places of the Maryland women’s suffrage movement, and Diane Weaver, author of “Maryland Women and the Transformation of Politics, 1890s-1930.”

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Baltimore History Evening
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Baltimore History Evening

Garrett PowerEmeritus Professor, University of Maryland School of Law

 Samuel Smith: Patriotism, Profits, and the Panic of 1819

Samuel Smith is widely remembered as a U.S. Senator, a patriot, and veteran of the Revolution and the War of 1812. However, he was also a merchant, and his firm was intimately involved in the first great financial disaster of the new republic. How much did he know?

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Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age Lecture with Jack Burkert
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Baltimore Enters the Industrial Age Lecture with Jack Burkert

  • The Peale Center for Baltimore History & Architecture (map)
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Presented by the Baltimore National Heritage Area

This is a one-hour presentation that takes the attendee through the 19th century, from an agrarian town to a center of commerce and industry.

Few of us have thought about the Industrial revolution since middle school but it was at the heart of Baltimore becoming a center for commerce, business and industry. When the 19thcentury opened, a few villages destined to become Baltimore were modest centers of trade. Dependent on Europe for both trade and financing, these villages left behind, slowly at first, their agrarian roots as the new century matured.

Immigrants flowed in, village centers merged and Baltimore became an important business and industry center. Ores, coal, wheat, cotton and of course, in the midst of it all, the humble oyster became king. Baltimore was “oyster town” with its hundred packing-houses lining the waterfront. Shipbuilding, shipping companies, then railroads each had and have a continuing role in making Baltimore an important center for commerce.

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Bid the Pride of Baltimore II Bon Voyage!
Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

Bid the Pride of Baltimore II Bon Voyage!

Pride of Baltimore II will leave Baltimore on Wednesday, June 5, bound for the Great Lakes to participate in the Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2019. Come to Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor on June 5 at 5:30 p.m. to wish Pride of Baltimore II and her crew safe travels. We are so very happy to be sailing north this summer to proudly represent Baltimore and Maryland in both American and Canadian ports!

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Jun
2
10:30 AM10:30

Mount Vernon Cultural Walk

The Cultural Walk explores the fine architecture and world-renowned institutions along the Charles Street National Scenic Byway. Impressive buildings and monuments line the corridor, from Benjamin Latrobe’s Basilica to the sophisticated minimalism of Mies van der Rohe’s One Charles Center. The nation’s first monument to George Washington stands tall in the center of Mount Vernon Place, just steps away from some of the nation’s foremost cultural institutions, including the Walters Art Museum, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Peabody Institute.

Tour co-sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area. It begins at the Inner Harbor Visitor Center and ends at the Monument. Limited to 20. $7-10, free for children with a paying adult. Tour does not include Monument climb. Reservation for a climb ($4-6) for after the conclusion of your tour can be made on the Conservancy’s website: www.MVPConservancy.org or when you arrive at the Monument.

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 The Ivy Bookshop and Baltimore City Historical Society   invite you to a book talk and signing with Rep. Josh S. Cutler,   the author of “Mobtown Massacre” (www.MobtownMassacre.com)
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Ivy Bookshop and Baltimore City Historical Society invite you to a book talk and signing with Rep. Josh S. Cutler, the author of “Mobtown Massacre” (www.MobtownMassacre.com)

The Ivy welcomes Josh S. Cutler to discuss his new book Mobtown Massacre: Alexander Hanson and the Baltimore Newspaper War of 1812.

With a bitterly divided nation plunged into the War of 1812, a fiery young Federalist editor named Alexander Hanson risked his life to defend a newspaper that dared express unpopular views. His words provoked a violent standoff that crippled the city of Baltimore and left Hanson beaten within an inch of his life. This little-known episode in American history—complete with a midnight jailbreak, bloodthirsty mobs and unspeakable acts of torture—helped shape the course of war, the Federalist Party and the nation’s very notion of the freedom of the press. Josh Cutler’s history of the Mobtown Massacre offers a lesson in liberty that reverberates today.

Josh S. Cutler is an attorney and state legislator representing the Sixth Plymouth District of Massachusetts, which includes the town of Hanson. Cutler is a graduate of Skidmore College (BA), Suffolk Law (JD) and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (MPP in environmental policy).

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Maryland's Irish Connections.....Reflections by Denny Lynch
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Maryland's Irish Connections.....Reflections by Denny Lynch

Join educator and photographer Denny Lynch at the Irish Railroad Workers Museum on Saturday, May 4th as he presents "Maryland's Irish Connections,” a fascinating slide-illustrated talk that examines our state's historic links to the nation of Ireland, from Maryland's formative years right up to the twenty-first century. The Irish have left an indelible mark upon our state; come join us! Denny will begin at 11:00.

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