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Baltimore History Evenings

The Baltimore City Historical Society and The Village Learning Place present Baltimore History Evenings 2016.

Join us the third Thursday monthly from January to June for our exciting 2016 series. These free talks take place at The Village Learning Place, 2521 St Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Reception at 7:00 pm and the talks begin at 7:30 pm.

January 21, 2016: Tim Newby, author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and it's Legacy presents "Appalachian Migrants and Bluegrass Music in Baltimore". World War II and post-war industrial expansion brought Appalachian migrants to Baltimore, including extraordinary mountain musicians who made Baltimore the center of the bluegrass world. Many struggled with origins and disdain for their music.

February 18, 2016: What to do with Baltimore's Confederate Monuments? The recommendations of the Commission to Review Baltimore's Public Confederate Monument should be available by this date. Even if it is not ready, a panel has been assembled to shed light on this contentious issue.

March 17, 2016: Antero Pietila and Mark Ruetter, distinguished journalists and historians present Journalists and Historians: Reporting the Present, Capturing the Past. Today's citizens and tomorrow's historians depend on good journalism to understand what is happening and what has happened—and what it all means. Are we losing a valuable resource? This is the annual Grace Darin Memorial Lecture.

April 21, 2016: Louise Kelley and Richard Oloizia, author and editor of LGBT Baltimore, respectively discuss their new illustrated history A New Look at LGBT Baltimore. The author and editor discuss the development of the Baltimore LGBT community from the 1960s with photos and documents from university and organizational archives and private collections.


Atticus Finch, Jim Crow & Baltimore's Best

On Thursday, February 11, 2016 Professor Garrett Power will present “Atticus Finch, Jim Crow & Baltimore’s Best.” The presentation will examine the role played by the pseudo-science of eugenics in the justification for racially discriminatory law and practices in twentieth century Baltimore. Particular attention will be paid to the infatuation Baltimore’s leading citizens had with eugenics. Many of these individuals were leaders of the Bar. Included among them, John Prentiss Poe (1836-1909) Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, William L. Marbury, Sr. (1858-1935), Philip Perlman (1890-1960), and numerous others. The presentation will focus on early twentieth century efforts to deny African-Americans the right to vote, the residential segregation ordinances, school segregation and more

Professor Garrett Power is Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Professor Power continues as an active teacher and scholar teaching courses in constitutional law and legal history. Professor Power’s more recent scholarship has considered both constitutional law and legal history. He has prepared both teaching materials and articles considering the constitutional limitations on governmental power. His historical work has resulted in a series of monographs considering the origins of the land system in Maryland and development of the City of Baltimore. As President of Westminster Preservation Trust, Professor Power directs the stewardship of the historic Westminster Burying Ground (the site of Edgar Allan Poe’s grave) and the operation of the restored 19th century Westminster Hall.

Place: Mitchell Courthouse – 100 North Calvert Street – Main Reading Room of the Bar Library (Room 618).

Time: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016, with a wine & cheese reception immediately following. Invitees: Members of the Library Company of the Baltimore Bar and their guests, judges, employees of Baltimore City and its courts, courthouse employees, government lawyers, law librarians, law and college faculty and students. Others may attend by paying $20 or subscribing to a Bar Library membership. If you would like to attend telephone the Library at 410-727-0280 or reply by email jwbennett@barlib.org.


Baltimore Water History in Brief Videos

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Public Information Supervisor, Kurt Kocher, delivered a presentation about "Baltimore Water History in Brief." This event took place November 16, 2013, at the Maryland Historical Society, and was jointly sponsored by the Historical Society of Baltimore County and the Baltimore City Historical Society. Other speakers included former MD State Archivist, Edward C. Papenfuse, and the Center for Watershed Protection's William Stack.







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