The faces and names of seventeen African-American soldiers who served under Captain William A. Prickitt are recorded in a rare surviving miniature photo album that was treasured by the Union Army officer, passed down through generations of his family, and is now part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. A mix of free and enslaved blacks ranging in age from fifteen to fifty, the soldiers have been enlarged to life size in colored pencil drawings by Michigan artist Shayne Davidson, who meticulously researched the lives of the men.
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Be our guest as we marry the drama and excitement of a wedding day with the extraordinary collections of artifacts, photos and documents assembled by The Jewish Museum of Maryland. We promise nostalgia, surprise, humor, insight and a new level of understanding of the meaning and experience of this important social ritual. From ketubahs to chuppahs and the sound of breaking glass, American Jewish weddings meld the secular with the religious, sometimes in unexpected ways.
Step through the doors of some of Fell’s Point’s most haunted pubs for a fascinating haunted pub crawl tour of this historic maritime neighborhood. Taverns in Fells Point have always been the rowdy stomping grounds of locals and visitors alike looking for a good time and a drink, and today it’s no different. Join the crowd and belly up to the bar like times past. If your arms break out into goosebumps, and the hair on your neck stands up, it may be because ghost sightings have happened all around you. Join us for a haunting experience!
Our original award-winning all ages walking tour is the Original Fells Point Ghost Walk Tour, running since 2001! Picture Fell’s Point, in Baltimore, Maryland, as it was, a rowdy seaport town, the birthplace of the sleek and dangerous clipper ship. Its streets were full of sailors from foreign lands spilling off ships, immigrants anxious to start a new life, and ladies of the night looking to make ends meet. Given this explosive combination, is it any wonder that many ghosts remained behind?
Please join us during Baltimore Beer Week 2017 on our Baltimore Beer by Bike tour! Our journey will include the site of the Barnitz Brewery, Baltimore’s first brewery in 1748, in what is today the center of downtown, the site of the brewery where Mary Pickersgill sewed her famous flag, and where H.L. Mencken had his first legal beer when prohibition ended at 12:01 AM, April 7, 1933.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland will host a major traveling exhibit, Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage from October 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018. The exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.
Over 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents were discovered in the flooded basement of the Iraqi Intelligence Headquarters in Baghdad in 2003. This remarkable trove provides a written record of Iraqi Jewish life and an unexpected opportunity to better understand the Iraqi Jewish community, which flourished in Iraq for more than 2,000 years.
Mount Vernon began as a country estate for Revolutionary War hero John Eager Howard and grew to be the place to live for Baltimore's rich and famous in the mid-nineteenth century. The Garrett family, owners of the B&O Railroad, the Walters, founders of the Walters Art Museum, and the Thomases, owners of Mercantile Bank, are among the families that built handsome mansions along the four parks that surround the Washington Monument. The recent renovations to the 200-year old Washington Monument are the latest news from the revival of this historic neighborhood over the last decade.
This fall, the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is opening its season with concerts at Baltimore’s War Memorial, and we’re delighted to join the musicians to make a combination of classics: a pre-show guided tour of the historic War Memorial building followed by a performance from the orchestra. Our first tour is on Sunday October 15, 2017 and we hope you can join us.
Alan Hovhaness: Prelude and Quadruple Fugue, op.128
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto featuring BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney
Georges Bizet: Symphony in C
Historical structures vital to the streetscape that survive from the period of Frederic Douglass’s residence in Fell's Point include two small wooden houses on South Wolfe Street that represent over 200 years of Baltimore history. Preservation architect Bryan Blundell will discuss construction of the houses around 1797 and their role in providing housing and opportunities for free African-American ship caulkers from the 1830s to the 1850s.
A FREE Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Please join us for a glimpse of the treasures found in the chamber papers of Judge Morris Ames Soper (1873–1963). Hailed as one of the most influential jurists of the twentieth century, this presentation includes the behind-the-scenes story of the collection and highlights of correspondence with Thurgood Marshall, H.L. Mencken, and Charles Ponzi.
Present by Micah Connor, MdHS Special Collections Intern – “A Legacy of Legal Action: Highlights from the Morris Soper Papers.”
UMBC Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
"The Changing Face of Modern War: Chemical Weapons and Civilian Bodies in the Aftermath of WWI"
Susan R. Grayzel, Professor of History, Utah State University
Wednesday, October 18, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery
In conjunction with McDaniel College’s Homecoming, the official Birthday Party marking the college’s 150th anniversary features live music, children’s activities, food and a beer and wine garden. In addition, the reception for the “150 Years on the Hill” timeline exhibition in Rice Gallery highlighting each decade of the college’s history and historic campus tours take place. The Birthday Party is then slated to continue at the Homecoming football game at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium with a cake-cutting ceremony at halftime.
Cross the gangway and come aboard to learn about America's Star-Spangled Ambassador, Pride of Baltimore II. Explore the deck and talk to her captain and crew. Learn about the history of Baltimore Clippers and the role privateers played in the War of 1812; or hear from a crew member what it is like to sail a tall ship today. Dates and times for deck tours are subject to change with short notice.
Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore's successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues.
In the fall of 1814, thousands of people came together on Hampstead Hill to defend Baltimore from a British attack. Today, the former fortifications are located in Patterson Park and topped by the charming Patterson Park Pagoda. After a short climb up the Pagoda’s winding iron stairs, you’ll enjoy a singular view of East Baltimore and learn the story of the Battle of Baltimore and War of 1812.
Tour the grounds and first floor of historic Tudor Hall, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
Biblical narratives locate Iraq as the origin of the first patriarch, Abraham. As history unfolds, Iraq (then known as Assyria and Babylonia) plays a major role, sometimes friendly but mostly quite unfriendly. Yet following the return of exiles from Babylon under the leadership of Ezra, many Jews remained in Iraq and generations later some were the compilers of the Babylonian Talmud. This illustrated presentation will introduce the impact ancient Iraq had on the development of ancient Israel and Judaism.
Tour the grounds and first floor of historic Tudor Hall, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Tour starts at 2:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com