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June 27 - August 23 at the birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” Fort McHenry offers “hands on history” seven days a week. Help hoist the grand Star-Spangled Banner flag over the ramparts, be a member of a cannon crew or take part in Ranger-led programs. See the garrison “on duty” Wednesdays - Sundays! Dressed in uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians who defended Baltimore in 1814, this living history program offers a touchstone to the past.

For two days, June 27 and 28, visiting members of the National Civil War Field Music School join Fort McHenry living historians and the Fort McHenry Guard Fife & Drum Corps for performances and special programs.

On June 27, 2015 at 6pm., there will be a Civil War Fife and Drum Tattoo: The walls of the fort will resound with the thunder of the fifes and drums playing pieces such as "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Dixie," and "The Battle Cry of Freedom." Following the concert Union reenactors portraying the garrison will drill and hold their final muster before "Lights Out." Watch the evening gun being fired and join the parade as the garrison marches out of the fort at the end of the ceremony.

Celebrate the Glorious Fourth all day on July 4, 2015. There will be Flag talks, musket-firing and a celebration with toasting and songs and at 3pm., a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Also join us for a special ceremony at Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Place.

Join the U.S. Army Old Guard, Continental Color-Guard and Fort McHenry Guard for a stirring performance on July 5, 2015, at 2pm

A sea service tattoo wil honor the US Coast Guard with Color-Guard and Maryland Defense Force Band bringing the best of the Ocean ashore on August 1, 2015 at 2pm. Afterward, stay for the annual Fort McHenry Crab Feast from 3pm - 7pm. Enjoy summer BBQ fare to go along with Maryland crabs, Heavy Seas beverages, Ryleigh’s Oysters and Eastport Oyster Boys band. Benefits the Friends of Fort McHenry.

Anyone can attend – Purchase tickets at www.friendsoffortmchenry.org


Montebello Water Filtration Plant’s 100th Anniversary

Completed in 1915 to national acclaim, Montebellow has become a landmark of municipal water filtration plants and was the second largest and most modern of its type in the nation. Visit the BCHS booth on September 19, 2015 from 11am-4pm  and celebrate this historic engineering marvel with music, food, boats, and family fun for the whole family.


Bmore Historic 2015 Unconference

Bmore Historic — Baltimore’s annual unconference on preservation, public history and cultural heritage—is returning to the Maryland Historical Society this fall on Friday, September 25, 2015 from 8:30am-4pm. To Learn more about Bmore Historic and/or to register visit Baltimore Heritage.


15th Annual Mayor's Reception and History Honors

On October 24, 2015 from 2pm-4pm. Please keep checking this this page for further details.


Godefroy Sestercentennial Series

On October 29, 2015 beginning at 7pm, come celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of First Unitarian Architect Maximilian Godefroy and the 197th Anniverary of the dedication of the First Unitarian Universalist . A panel, including Church Historian and BCHS board member Catherine Evans and Architect Doug Harnsberger, will discuss Godefroy's life and work. A reception will follow. Located at 12 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore, 21201.


Annual Joint Meeting of the BCHS and HSoBC

The City Department of Public Works will host the 4th annual Baltimore City Historical Society and Historical Society of Baltimore County joint meeting on Saturday November 14, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Facility auditorium at 8201 Eastern Boulevard, Baltimore 21224.   The program, Baltimore: From Sanitary to Sustainable Metropolis, will include presentations by Morgan Grove of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study; Paige Glotzer from Johns Hopkins University; and, Kurt Kocher and other BCDPW historians, focusing on our sewer/storm water system history. Ron Parks will display poster images related to this history program for viewing that day.

Free Admission, Free Parking, Free Refreshments!


Baltimore Water History in Brief Videos

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Public Information Supervisor, Kurt Kocher, delivers 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.


War of 1812 Exhibit at Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society, in conjunction with Brown Advisory and Legg Mason, presents In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland during the War of 1812.

The exhibit, which fills an entire gallery floor, is Maryland’s largest display devoted to the War of 1812 and its era. Many of the artifacts and documents in this collection have been donated by the Defenders of Baltimore, and includes Rembrandt Peale’s portraits of Joshua Barney, George Armistead, and other Defenders of Baltimore; a photograph of the “Old Defenders of Baltimore in Druid Hill Park” by W. Ashman, circa 1876-1880; and the original manuscript of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.


Largest Civil War Exhibit at Maryland Historical Society

The Maryland Historical Society on April 16, 2011, opened a Civil War exhibit, entitled "Divided Voices: Maryland in the Civil War." This extensive exhibit, including artifacts, costumes, videos, and costumed story teller guides, will run through 2015 in MHS headquarters located at 201 W. Monument Street.


Video Baltimore County, Baltimore City: Separate but Together

The inseparable histories of Baltimore City and County were presented in a lecture on November 18, 2012 at the Historical Society of Baltimore County's beautiful Almshouse. Videos of the presentation are now available on YouTube, and include the following:

Matthew Crenson is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University. Garrett Power is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and replaced Dr. Edward Papenfuse, who was unable to attend.







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