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Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.: Maryland's Fair Housing Pioneer

July 14th 2016

Baltimore was a deeply troubled city after World War II. Greedy real estate agents created fear and panic among white…

 

Port Covington: Baltimore’s Junction with the World

June 30th 2016

Port Covington long served South Baltimore as an industrial hub of the city. Sharing a peninsula with Locust Point and…

 

Baltimore Sanitary Fair Sesquicentennial

June 16th 2016

The 1864 Baltimore Sanitary Fair (April 18-April 30) provided the large-scale vehicle for Maryland’s Unionist women to bring together both…

 

History Engaging Youth: Studying Civil Rights History in Maryland

June 2nd 2016

As communities across Maryland and the rest of the country continue to grapple with significant divisions and persistent inequality, people…

 

“Unwearied in Their Attentions”: Secessionist Women and the 1866 Southern Relief Fair

May 12th 2016

The Civil War deeply divided Baltimoreans along philosophical and sectional lines. The Secessionist women of Baltimore, those whose sympathies lay…

 

The Mastodon in the Museum

April 28th 2016

The great hall of the Maryland Historical Society is graced with the presence of a mastodon—a replica of a large…

 

Lost City: Baltimore's Grand Theatres

April 14th 2016

What happened to the movie business in Baltimore? Between 1900 and 1970 about 235 movie theatres in Baltimore opened and closed.…

 

Lubov Breit Keefer - Baltimore's Grande Dame of the Symphony

March 31st 2016

Lubov Breit Keefer – musician, scholar, teacher, arts activist – was born in 1896 in the industrial city of Nikolaev…

 

"We only aspire to save" - The Nursery and Child's Hospital of Baltimore

March 17th 2016

The Protestant Infant Asylum of Baltimore City was founded in 1875 to provide refuge for orphaned and abandoned babies. It…

 

The Paint and Powder Club - "The Oldest Club of its Kind"

March 3rd 2016

The Paint and Powder Club, established in 1893 as a philanthropic and social club, is dedicated both to camaraderie among…

 

Lost City: Local Taverns and Big Breweries

February 18th 2016

Back in the days when Baltimore was a manufacturing center, neighborhood bars were gathering places for the blue collar workers…

 

The Chocolate Dandies: Blake and Sissle's other Musical

February 4th 2016

On April 28 of this year, Baltimore born ragtime and jazz pianist and composer Eubie Blake and his partner Noble…

 

"White Enough to Pass": Uncovering the story of John Wesley Gibson

January 21st 2016

“John Wesley Gibson represented himself to be not only the slave, but also the son of William Y. Day, of…

 

Lost City: Baltimore's Vibrant Automobile Show Rooms

January 7th 2016

In early 1900s Baltimore, Mt. Royal Avenue looked quite different from the land originally developed in 1881 carved from portions…

 

Thomas Poppleton's Surveyor's Map that Made Baltimore, 1822

December 17th 2015

Between 1776 and 1820 Baltimore grew like kudzu on a riverbank.  Geographically three settlements, the original town, Old town and…