Put your best foot forward and explore the best of Baltimore! Join the Heritage Area's Urban Rangers on a memorable walk through history featuring historic attractions, unique neighborhoods, and colorful stories that make Baltimore charming and unique. From the Inner Harbor to Fell's Point - we've got Baltimore covered!
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Through their ancestors stories, family historians Bush and Kemp take us on a compelling journey through African American history using genealogical research. The community is Edgefield, South Carolina, where an enslaved maternal line is traced to 1799. Follow the authors through years of meticulous genealogical research and DNA testing as they reclaim their family stories and inspire others to embark on their own family journeys.
A book signing will follow with Natonne Elaine Kemp.
This is a look at the evolution of battleship armor, especially during the Second World War, with a comparison of various battleships. Why were the battleships at Pearl Harbor so vulnerable, what did Yamato gain from being a quarter heavier than other nations battleships, was Hood really less armored than Bismarck?
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.
Doctoral candidate Jonathan A. Hanna, Claremont Graduate University, explores the intellectual underpinnings of Maryland’s Federalists and their drive to ratify the new nation’s Constitution. Many state leaders in Maryland and throughout the new nation, known as Anti-Federalists, feared a strong federal government that would limit powers granted to the states. This is a timely presentation amidst current debates on interpreting the “letter” versus the “spirit” of the law.
This years Pioneer Camp will be Space themed! Campers will learn about satellites, telescopes, stars, space travel and more! The Campers are going to make their own telescopes and planets as we explore the final frontier. The annual STEM Camp for 8-11 year old students, will be offered in two sessions covering the same material for each. Registration is required. Payment must be through PayPal during registration. Where: National Electronic Museum Each day the Camp will Start at 9:00am and go until 1:00pm. So please pack a lunch!
Baltimore National Heritage Area is co-hosting an Summer picnic with the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. Come out and support your favorite local history museum. The History Alliance is a consortium of Baltimore area history museums dedicated to preserving, interpreting and promoting local heritage through collaborative community and educational programs. We support educational opportunities for schoolchildren statewide. GBHA museums support the workforce and employ more than 2000 individuals.
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Step back in time on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead, Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 for a Civil War Encampment and Living History. Two days of special events commemorate Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart’s Cavalry and Sykes’ Union V Corps. Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery drills, living history, and skirmishes as visitors get a front row view of Civil War military forces and the effect on civilians at the Union Mills Homestead, where both Union and Confederate forces rested before the decisive battle at Gettysburg.
The Maryland Historical Society is hosting a special production of Ovation Dinner Theatre's "Joey & Gina's Italian Comedy Wedding.” Join the Tomatto and Bonanno families as they celebrate Joey and Gina's big day. You won't believe your eyes as YOU, the "wedding guests," become part of the high-jinx during this hilarious wedding and reception. Dance, sing and party right alongside the most dysfunctional wedding party in history. Event includes a five-star "wedding buffet" by Chef's Expressions.
Baltimoreans celebrated atop Federal Hill when we ratified the U.S. Constitution. We used it to defend the city from the British in the War of 1812 and to make sure we stayed in the Union in the Civil War. We have even tunnelled under it to quarry minerals. Join us on a tour of Federal Hill and the neighborhood around it to learn about this waterfront community’s rich history, including stops at one of the last wooden houses in the city, the oldest house in Federal Hill, and the wonderful alley houses along Churchill Street.
WAKE UP YOUR IMAGINATION and bring out the STORY FROM WITHIN!
Join Mama Linda Goss, Storyteller-in-Residence at the Peale, for a free session of story swapping and rhythm talking.
Hear Mama Linda and other storytellers at the Peale from earlier sessions.
How did a secretary in a Baltimore law office compose a letter to a client in 1930? Perhaps on a Super Speed Silent typewriter by Smith and Corona. How did an accountant tally the debit column for the daily numbers in 1990? Using a Dalton Adding Machine, of course! From the ancient Antikythera Mechanism dating to the first century BC to the Altair 8800, the early personal computer that Paul Allen and Bill Gates (then a student at Harvard) wrote code for in the mid 1970s, the Computer Museum at the IT firm System Source is a marvelous chronicle of the evolution of the computer.
Always wanted to learn how to make cocktails like the pros? Nows the time! join us for a 30-minute tour of the distillery and then it’s time for cocktails! You’ll mix up two of our springtime favorites, the Black-Eyed Rye and the Maryland Mule. Learn the intricacies of flavor combinations and different bar tools. Here’s to a spring of rye whiskey – For your porch, your party and your spirit!
Hear ye! Hear ye!
The Maryland Historical Society is transforming its courtyard into a Colonial Market Square on Saturday, July 28th!
Interact with Colonial vendors and buy a bag of boiled salted peanuts, dip your own beeswax candles to take home or try your hand at our rope making demonstration. Families, students, scouts and adults will all enjoy this unique summertime opportunity in our Colonial Market Square.
The Chesapeake is the only place in the United States where all five types of lighthouses exist. Learn what worked and what did not. Hear about the Bay’s surviving lighthouses, lighthouses that have “crossed the bar”, and those that have been preserved. Hear stories about the perils of being a keeper on the Bay, and their heroic efforts to help mariners in distress.
Where can you find a piece of the Berlin Wall, a cannon ball mounted on a Conestoga wagon hitch, and over a hundred lions looking down at you from the tops of Baltimore's buildings? On our Downtown Landmarks and Lions tour, of course! In this leisurely stroll—we cover a little over a mile in a little over an hour—you’ll see and hear the highlights of downtown Baltimore’s history and architecture. Best of all, you'll discover where all the noble lions, hellish fiends, and neo-Egyptian sphinxes are hiding—the trick is in looking up!