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Doors Open Baltimore Offers Rare Public Access to Historic Landmarks

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Maryland Historical Society, The Info Hub for Doors Open Baltimore

In the 1800s, Clipper Mill famously housed the largest machine shop in the country, Poole and Hunt Foundry and Machine Works. Machinery ranging from steam engines to locomotive parts was produced there and helped power the Industrial Revolution. Fast forward to 1995, long after it closed down, and an eight-alarm fire nearly destroyed what remained of the factory’s Assembly Building. But in the past two decades, the remaining Clipper Mill complex has been revitalized and is now home to a vibrant residential and commercial hub.

Historical Society Will Seek Bids for Former Greyhound Station, Two Other Properties

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The former Greyhound station, acquired by the Maryland Historical Society in 1999.

Taking a page out of the Baltimore City government’s book, the nonprofit Maryland Historical Society is preparing to lease three properties it owns in order to help fund its operations.

Historical Society Launches Website All About Baltimore Unrest

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Photo via the archive project's homepage.
Photo via the archive project’s homepage.

The Maryland Historical Society launched a website on Thursday with thousands of photographs, video and audio segments, and text files documenting the unrest in Baltimore, and they’re putting the call out for more.

Maryland Historical Society Sues Local Brewery

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Photo of Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the opening of Peabody Heights Brewery, via Flickr/Maryland GovPics
Photo of Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the opening of Peabody Heights Brewery, via Flickr/Maryland GovPics

A picture is worth much more than a thousand words, according to the Maryland Historical Society.

America’s Next Top… Poe Toaster?

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The Poe Toaster was one of Baltimore’s great traditions–in part thanks to its mystery. Just who was visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave every year on his birthday, leaving behind three roses and a bottle of cognac? We may never know, particularly since the Poe Toaster has been MIA since 2009. But now the Maryland Historical Society wants to bring the Poe Toaster back–albeit in a less mysterious manner.

These Photos Show Baltimore’s Original Pro Wrestling Fans

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Dr. X (Maryland Historical Society)
Dr. X (Maryland Historical Society)

Professional wrestling fans have always been just as interesting as the muscle-guys in the ring. In the ’80s, they usually didn’t have signs ready for TV. But as a new post from the Maryland Historical Society shows, Baltimoreans who came out to see the body slams before didn’t escape the camera.

Bootleggers Bash: REBOOTED

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Bootleggers Bash

catch of the day fish (2)Now, getting a bunch of young local history nerds (er… buffs) together for a night of classic debauchery may not sound as raucous as some other Saturday night offerings—but if that’s the case, we suspect you missed last year’s Baltimore Bootleggers Bash. The evening was such a hit that they’re bringing it back for 2014—and you don’t want to miss the chance to party Great Gatsby style this year. On Saturday, February 22nd, the Young Defenders (and those who love them)will be rocking the night away in the 1840s Plaza—an even grander venue than last year.

Historical Society Hosts Lecture on the Legacy of the Calverts and Arundells

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catch of the day fish (2)If you’re living pretty much anywhere in Maryland, Calvert and Arundell are names you see or hear literally everyday. You can’t even turn on the traffic report or local news without hearing some casual name-dropping vis-à-vis street names, school names, building names, and on and on and on. But who were these people, really? We’d be willing to bet that a casual man-on-the-street poll would reveal that few Baltimoreans could tell you much about either historical family. Sure, we can assume they were fabulously wealthy and well connected (pretty key back in the day for getting places named after you); but there’s got to be more to know. And as usual, the Maryland Historical Society is happy to share.

Fashions of 1812 Fashion Show: What Would Betsy Bonaparte Wear?

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1812 Fashions

catch of the day fish (2)So it may not be the most up-to-date fashion show you’ll ever attend, but it could easily be one of the most fun. The Maryland Historical Society is hosting its second annual “Fabulous Fashions of 1812” show this Sunday, November 3rd. On the catwalk: elaborate dresses, evening wear and military uniforms of the 1800s. For those looking for something a bit more…err…contemporary, there will also be a presentation of original designs inspired by the 1812 era, thanks to the Balitmore Fashion Alliance.

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