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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In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, beaten, tortured, and left to die — tied to a fence in the middle of a prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming, simply for being gay. His name was Matthew Shepard. Matthew’s murder brought national and international attention to the lack of hate crime legislation across the nation and forced a small community to wrestle with its identity on both the local and national levels.
Originally known as Peabody Heights, the neighborhood we now know as Charles Village grew in the early 1900s as a distinct community connected to downtown by the city’s growing streetcar system. The neighborhood combines the familiar rowhouse character with more suburban features such as landscaped front yards and park-like boulevards. It also has its fare share of colorful buildings and people.
Join us for the Friends of Fort McHenry Spectacular Reception on the grounds near the Evening Public Program for a special feast featuring mouth-watering fare, signature beverages and luscious desserts provided by Atlantic Catering, Ryleigh’s Oyster and Heavy Seas Brewing Company, Key Brewing Company and Atlantic Wines. We will celebrate Defenders' Day and honor Congressman John Sarbanes, Recipient of the Francis Scott Key Award for his dedication and passionate support of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
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.
Hear an overview of the life and military service of James J. Archer of Harford County. Gen. Archer was the first general officer in the Army of Northern Virginia captured during the Civil War. His infantry brigade opened the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and one of his soldiers killed Union Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, commander of the Army of the Potomac’s First Corps.
The cast of Iron Crow Theatre's The Laramie Project will present a benefit staged reading of the rarely performed sequel to The Laramie Project, entitled The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. A portion of all proceeds will go to support The Matthew Shepard Foundation. While this event is free a $20 suggested donation is requested to support our efforts in raising funds for The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
This race conversation will trace the legacy of Jim Crow as revealed in objects used to dehumanize African Americans and will then connect this legacy to contemporary circumstances in Baltimore and beyond. This event is in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Africana Studies.
In conjunction with the Jim Crow Black Memorabilia exhibition, Hateful Things.
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.
The story of the Port of Baltimore is a continuing tale of stevedores and ship captains, supporting businesses and industries, moving bananas and bulldozers. What started with expectations of tobacco trade gave way to grain as a dominant cargo, small coastal sailing vessels yielded to iron hulled steamers and now today’s massive trans-ocean cargo carriers. Through it all, the Port of Baltimore has been an economic hub for the city and has shaped virtually all aspects of it, from where we live to what we eat and how we work to when we retire.
Moses Sheppard came to Baltimore as a young man in the late 1700s and made a fortune as a merchant. He also served as the city’s warden to the poor and commissioner of its prison, positions that matched his Quaker beliefs. When social reformer Dorothea Lynde Dix approached him about helping to establish a facility for people with mental illness, he jumped and founded the Sheppard Asylum in 1853.
Attend a free panel discussion at the Maryland Historical Society about recent enhancements to the permanent exhibition Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War that reveal new stories about the African American experience before, during and after the war. New interactive elements also draw visitors into the dialogue about the conflict and ask them, “Are we still divided?” Scholars Dr. Martha Jones (Johns Hopkins University), Dr.
The Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) takes place Sept. 28-29 at several venues located around the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD. The programming will showcase Japanese culture through traditional and contemporary art, film, music and food, targeting an audience of students, residents and cultural supporters in the Baltimore area. The festival aims to provide a platform for Japanese artists and cultural experts to expand American audiences' perceptions of Japan and build interest in Japanese culture.
Scheduled events for BJAF 2018 include:
The 2018 Baltimore Japan Art Festival (BJAF) will take place Sept. 28-29 at several venues located around the Station North Arts District. Presented by Nippon Motion, MICA & the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, the 2018 BJAF will showcase Japanese culture through traditional and contemporary art, film, music and food, targeting an audience of students, residents and cultural supporters in the Baltimore area.
Join the Arts Administrators of Color Network in partnership with the Urban Arts Leadership Program of GBCA for the 2018 Annual Convening, the only annual convening for and by people of color in the arts.
Networking Breakfast (9:15 - 10am)
Opening Plenary: We Aren't Buzzwords (10:00 - 11:15am)
Breakout 1 (11:25 - 12:15pm)
. This weeklong celebration of the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation is presented by Historic Ships in Baltimore in partnership with the United States Navy, the Maryland State Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism Development and the City of Baltimore, among others.
Every first Thursday of the month visit us for free and take a collections highlights tour. Tours take place at 11 a.m. Explore the galleries with a member of our staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display and learn about Maryland’s rich history.
“Ribbon trimmings are all the fashion at Bath,” is a quote from a letter Jane Austen sent to her sister, Cassandra, in March 1814. In this and many other letters, Austen demonstrates a lively interest in current trends as they relate to her personal wardrobe.
The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Eutaw Place, the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on Howard Street, and Davidge Hall downtown, the oldest medical teaching facility still in use in the Western Hemisphere: Central Baltimore is packed with wonderful historic places!
A free, two-day outdoor event on the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death, featuring Poe-themed performances, art, vendors, and food, and celebrating his influence on the arts.
The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, October 6, 11 AM to 5 PM, and October 7, 11 AM to 4 PM, free to the public
VIP Death Weekend Tours include a one-hour bus trip to four Baltimore-area Poe sites and Poe House tour - $39 per person. Tickets available at https://poefestinternational2018.eventbrite.com