Wayne's Guide to Walks, Talks, and Tours of Baltimore

In honor of Black History Month

On June 2,1958, Dr. King was the keynote speaker,

at Morgan State College's commencement in Baltimore.

Can you identify the four gentlemen leading the

commencement procession?


(Answers are at the end of the site)



 Welcome to my website which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary of listing walks, talks, tours, classes, and books that relate to Baltimore's history and architecture. Founded in 1730, Baltimore has played a major role in the history of our region, state, and nation. The site is updated monthly, and I am always amazed how many events there are to post.  I'm always open to suggestions on how to improve the site.  Feel free to email:  wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com.



Forthcoming Baltimore History Talks & Classes

Here is a list of my talks in February and March.  (All programs are FREE unless there is a $)

Sunday, February 2nd, 2 p.m. at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion:  $  FROM THE STAMP ACT TO YORKTOWN:

                                                           BALTIMORE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Tuesday, February 4th, 1 p.m. at Essex Senior Center:  BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

Friday, February 7th, 10 a.m. at Edgemere Senior Center:  BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

Sunday, February 9th, 1 p.m. at The Fire Museum of Maryland: BALTIMORE'S FIRST RENAISSANCE -- THE

                                           AMAZING RECOVERY FROM THE GREAT FIRE OF 1904  $

Monday, February 10th, 10:30 a.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center:  A HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN! THE

                                                             GREAT BALTIMORE FIRE OF 1904

Tuesday, February 11th, 10 a.m. at Victory Villa Senior Center: BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN


Wednesday, February 26th, 10:30 a.m. at Parkville Senior Center: BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN AMERICAN


Thursday, February 27th, 12:45 p.m. at Bykota / Towson Senior Center:  BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN

                                                               AMERICAN HERITAGE


Saturday, March 7th, 1 p.m. at the Star Spangled Banner Flag House:  THE FEMININE TOUCH:  WOMEN

                                                        IN BALTIMORE HISTORY

Monday, March 9th, 10:30 a.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center: THE FEMININE TOUCH:  WOMEN IN

                                                         BALTIMORE HISTORY

Tuesday, March 10th, 10 a.m. at Victory Villa Senior Center: THE FEMININE TOUCH: WOMEN IN

                                                     BALTIMORE HISTORY

Wednesday, March 11th, 7 p.m. at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street. Second Wednesdays: 

                                                             THE FEMININE TOUCH:  WOMEN IN BALTIMORE HISTORY

Friday, March 20th, 12:45 p.m. at Bykota / Towson Senior Center: THE FEMININE TOUCH: WOMEN IN

                                                      BALTIMORE HISTORY

Tuesday, March 24th, 7 p.m. at Baltimore County Public Library - Perry Hall Branch:  NINETEENTH

                                                  CENTURY BALTIMORE -- A CITY OF IMMIGRANTS

Wednesday, March 25th, 10:30 a.m. at Parkville Senior Center:  THE FEMININE TOUCH: WOMEN IN

                                                               BALTIMORE HISTORY

Thursday, March 26th, 7 p.m. at Baltimore County Public Library - Hereford Branch:  MONUMENTAL

                                                    BALTIMORE:  A LOOK AT OUR CITY'S MONUMENTS & PUBLIC ART


​​Green Mount Cemetery Walking Tours:

The next set of walking tours for historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on April 18th, May 2nd, 16th, and 30th.

Opened in 1839, Green Mount is an early example of an urban-rural cemetery, that is, a cemetery with a park-like

setting located close to the countryside.  Green Mount is the final resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William

and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Betsy Patterson, Arunah Abell, Albert Ritchie, Harriett Lane Johnston, William

Henry Rinehart, John H. B. Latrobe, A. Aubrey Bodine, John Wilkes Booth, Walter Lord, many other famous Marylanders. 

The two-hour walking tours begin at 9:30 a.m. from the main gate located at Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street.

The cost is $20 per person. The tours are led by Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg. To receive the

tour information sheet in March, email your POSTAL ADDRESS to wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com.                                                         






Baltimore Magazine January, 2020 issue.  Be sure to check out the photo article by Ron Cassie and

Christine Jackson (pp. 76-91) on "Baltimore the Beautiful, A Tribute to One of America's Greatest

Architecture Cities."

Ann Blouse and Cynthia Mann, What Lies Beneath, The Farms, Mills, and Towns Under Our Reservoirs

Christos Christou and Henry Peden, Jr., Maryland Casualities in the War of 1812


Bernard McKenna, The Baltimore Black Sox, A Negro Leagues History 1913-1936  (available in July)

Old West Baltimore, (due out Fall,2020)





Saturday February 1st thru 29th at Historic Homewood Museum, 3400 North Charles Street on the

Hopkins University campus.  FREE ADMISSION FEBRUARY.   Free admission includes a guided tour of

the museum that draws on new scholarship to tell the stories of Charles and Harriet Carroll, for whom

Homewood was constructed in 1801, and two enslaved families, the Rosses and the Connors, who labored

for the Carrolls in the first quarter of the 19th century.  Free admission applies to individuals and groups

under seven. Tours depart on the hour with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. Advanced reservations are

appreciated by calling 410-516-5589.


Sunday, February 2nd, 2 p.m. at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion at 11 West Mt Vernon Place.  $  Sunday lecture

series sponsored by Baltimore Heritage and the Garrett Jacobs Mansion.  "From the Stamp Act to Yorktown --

Baltimore in the American Revolution" ---  Join Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg as we

look at Baltimore’s role in the fight for independence.  Discover our town’s unique response to the Stamp Act

crisis. Learn about a group of soldiers called the Maryland 400, many of whom were from Baltimore, that saved

Washington’s army at the Battle of Long Island. Did you know that Baltimore was the capital of the United States

for three months? Learn about Mary Katherine Goddard’s contribution to American independence, and the

construction of the first American frigate built in Fell’s Point. Finally we answer the burning question: did George

Washington sleep here? This and more! 



Sunday, February 9th, 10-11:30 a.m., Baltimore Heritage Walking Tour:  "Mount Vernon Love Stories: A

Historic Valentines Walking Tour"  $  Baltimore historian Jamie Hunt is back with a Valentine’s Day-themed

tour of romance in Mount Vernon! For two centuries, Mount Vernon has seen spectacular love stories,

bitter feuds, and more than a few juicy trysts. The neighborhood’s earliest days include patriot and original

Mount Vernon landowner John Eager Howard marrying a charming young Philadelphian, Margaret “Peggy”

Chew, after her first love was hanged for treason in a plot that involved Benedict Arnold. Fast forward

200 years and Mount Vernon saw a 20th century graduate of its Baltimore School for the Arts, actress

Jada Pinkett Smith, fall in love with and marry another noted Philadelphian, actor Will Smith.  In between

these two sets of lovers are the royal tales of Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, who died wealthy but bitter in

Mount Vernon years after an annulled marriage to Napoleon’s brother Jerome, and Bessie Wallis Warfield,

who was christened in a neighborhood church (just across the street from where Betsy died) and grew up

to become the Duchess of Windsor. Not to be outdone by royalty, some of Baltimore’s most storied authors

have ties to Mt. Vernon along with their beautiful, sad marriages, including Edgar Allan Poe, H.L. Mencken,

and F. Scott Fitzgerald. And of course the rich and famous of Baltimore’s Gilded Age include more than a

few with off-beat love lives. For information and reservations call 410-332-9992 or

email info@baltimoreheritage.org.


Sunday, February 9th, 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall of First Unitarian Church, located at 514 North Charles Street.

 Founders Day Tea and Reading. Church historian Dr. Catherine Evans will discuss "The Beginnings of

Unitarianism in Baltimore:  Post-War of 1812 Euphoria to the Panic of 1819."  The program is FREE and open

to the public.  A reception will follow the program. For more information, call 410-625-2330.



Sunday, February 9th, 1 p.m. at the Fire Museum of Maryland, located at 1301 York Road in Lutherville 

"History Ablaze!" -- the annual commemoration of the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. Speakers include Baltimore

County Fire Chief Joanne Rund and Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg who will present

an illustrated program on Baltimore's amazing recovery from the 1904 blaze. Reservations are required.

Call 410-321-7500. Refreshments are included.

Tuesday, February 11th, 5-7 p.m. at University of Baltimore, Angelos Law Center, 1401 North Charles Street.

 "The City Charter:  Does It Work for a 21st Century Baltimore?" Join in a panel discussion of proposed updates

to the City Charter with these experts:  former Mayor Kurt Schmoke, former Mayor Sheila Dixon, City Council

Brandon Scott, City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, City Councilman Bill Henry, and Baltimore historian and

professor of political science Matthew Crenson. The program is FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, February 13th, 7-8:30 p.m. at Motor House located at 120 West North Avenue.  "Company Towns"

hosted by the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  Hear from an interdisciplinary panel of experts on company

towns, including Sparrows Point, in the past and present.  The program is FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, February 15th, from 1:30-3 p.m. AND from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive

in Clifton Park  Enjoy a historic afternoon tea experience with hot drinks, sweet and savory snacks, live

piano accompaniment, and tours of Clifton Mansion's newest restored spaces. There will be two seatings

1:30-3:00 pm and 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The event will be hosted by "Miss Elizabeth Hopkins", Johns Hopkins'

cousin, who often hosted events at Clifton Mansion when it served as his summer home from 1838-1873.

Guests of all ages are welcomed. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Clifton Mansion was built

between 1790 and 1801 by Baltimore merchant Henry Thompson, and is the only remaining Baltimore

home of an officer from the War of 1812. Thompson served in the War of 1812 as captain of the Flying

Artillery, 3rd Maryland Brigade. Johns Hopkins, famed abolitionist, entrepreneur and philanthropist,

purchased Clifton Mansion in 1838. Restoration is ongoing at Clifton Mansion and is currently being

conducted by The Friends of Clifton Mansion. For more information, call 410-366-8533.

Saturday, February 15th 1-3 p.m. at the Avenue Bakery, 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue. Hosted by the Avenue bakery

and Flickering Treasures,  Join us on February 15, at 1 p.m., to mark the 98th anniversary of the opening

of the Royal Theater, then called the Douglass, at The Avenue Bakery. We will celebrate the history of the

Royal and 17 other theaters in the Pennsylvania Avenue commercial district with the unveiling of a

mural-size map, historic photos and advertisements, which are now part of a permanent exhibition at The

Avenue Bakery. We’ll be talking about the future of The Avenue with bakery owner James Hamlin and

Lady Brion, executive director of The Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District. Flickering

Treasures author Amy Davis and entertainment columnist Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor Trusty will be on

hand to sign their books. Everyone is welcome at this free event!

Sunday, February 16th, 2-4 p.m. at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane.  $

(free to HSBC members)  Frank Wrabel, railroad historian and author will present an illustrated program

on "The Railroad Age In Baltimore County."  This presentation will feature a general history of the key

railroad routes in Baltimore County including stations and structures that once served County residents.

Feature trains that served the region, unique railroad services, and the transition to the current railroad

environment will also be covered. For tickets visit https://historicalsocbaltoco.ticketspice.com/the-

railroad-age-in-baltimore-county-21620.  For information, call 410-666-1878.


Thursday, February 20th at 7 p.m.  Baltimore History Evenings - third Thursdays from January to June

sponsored by the Baltimore City Historical Society. The programs will take place at the Village Learning

Center located at 2521 St. Paul Street in Charles Village.  This month Nathan Dennies of the Hampden

Heritage Alliance will present an illustrated program on "The Jones Falls Valley: Its People and the Things

They Made." The  program is FREE and open to the public.


Thursday, February 20th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Avenue. Helena Hicks

Speakers Series -- Join Distinguished Professor Lawrence Jackson as he chronicles the time Frederick

Douglass spent in Maryland, before making his escape north. Using interactive maps, Jackson will

recount Douglass’ formative years from his life as a slave on Eastern Shore plantations, to the streets and

shipyards of Baltimore. The program is FREE and open to the public.

Saturday, February 22nd, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.at the Roland Park Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free

Library, 5108 Roland Avenue. Historian and author Antero Pietila will discuss his latest book "The Ghosts

of Johns Hopkins."  The program is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 410-396-6099.





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Through May 24, 2020  at Goucher College's Sanford Unger Athenaeum (library) Level 4:  "Paul Henderson:


Photographs From the Civil Rights Era." This Maryland Historical Society traveling exhibit will be at Goucher

through May, 2020. Public viewing hours are from Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during

normal library hours.  The exhibit is FREE and open to the public.  As the Afro-American Newspaper's first

photographer and later a free-lance photographer, Paul Henderson captured life in Baltimore during the

1940s to 1960s.  While Henderson’s collection includes over 7,000 photographs, the exhibit at Goucher will

feature a selection of images that visually documents the African American community and subjects including

NAACP activities, protests, Morgan State University, athletic events, businesses, church groups, and

everyday life in Baltimore during the Civil Rights era.

Through December, 2020, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument Street  $ 

The Hutzler Experience: How a Small Dry Goods Store Became a Maryland Institution.  Hutzler’s

department store was a Maryland icon for more than a century. Starting as a small dry goods store on

Baltimore’s Howard Street in 1858, Hutzler’s grew into a Maryland dynasty that dazzled and delighted for

generations. In total, Hutzler’s operated 10 stores in Maryland, including its downtown flagship store

known as the “Palace,” and its first expansion store in Towson that opened in 1952.  The family-run

business was thoughtful and innovative, instilling pride and affection from patrons and employees alike.

Hutzler’s was more than a store. It was an experience. The exhibition will recall what was an all-day

experience for customers, displaying products, ephemera, employee uniforms and handbooks, drawings,

video from behind-the-scenes at Hutzler’s, and items from the iconic Towson “Tea Room.” A highlight of

the exhibition will be a re-imagined window display, like the Hutzler’s on Howard Street, which will change

with the seasons.





Community College of Baltimore County  443-840-4700

Baltimore's Grand Estates: Their Architecture and Builders -- Tuedays, May 5th-June 2nd, Hunt Valley

1:30-3p.m.  Instructor: Jeff Wible

Major Mills of the Patapsco Valley --  Wednesdays, Mar. 4th - Mar 18th, Catonsville 10 a.m.-noon

Instructor:  Betsy McMillion

Movers and Shakers of the Patapsco River Valley --  Wednesdays, May 6th-20th, Catonsville

10 a.m.-noon  Instructor: Betsy McMillion


The Unknown Johns Hopkins -- Wednesday, March 11th, 10:30 a.m. - noon at Owings Mills

Instructor:  Antero Pietila.  Lunch to follow at Glyndon Grill

The Cone Sisters -- Friday, March 20th, 10-30 a.m. - noon at Hunt Valley  Instructor:  Nancy Lotz

Lunch to follow at Blue Stone

Baltimore: Mid-Century People, Places,Priorities in the 1950s  --  Friday, March 27th 10:30 a.m. - noon at

Hunt Valley  Instructor:  Jack Burkert.  Lunch to follow at Fazinni's

We Always Told Steel Stories --  Tuesday, April 28th, 10:30 a.m. - noon at Owings Mills Instructor: Bill Barry

Lunch to follow at Glyndon Grill

Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program  410-516-4842 

Johns Hopkins' Baltimore  --  Tuesdays March 10-31, 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday April 4th 10 a.m.-noon at

Clifton Mansion  Instructors:  Allison Seyer and James Stimpert

 Notre Dame of Maryland University - Renaissance Institute  410-532-5351

This Was Baltimore Once Upon A Time --  Thursdays, March 26th - May 7th, 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Marty Sharrow

Goucher College - Sage Academy for Lifelong Learning   410-337-6200

Flickering Treasures:  Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters -- Friday, February 21st, 2-3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Amy Davis

Historical Society of Baltimore County  410-666-1878

Historical Topics of Baltimore -- Wednesdays, March 11th - April 15th (no class April 8th) 1-3 p.m.







 ANSWERS TO THE PHOTO QUIZ:  (left to right)

1. Dr. Martin Luther King


2. Dr. Martin Jenkins - President of Morgan State College

3. Governor Theodore McKeldin

4. Dr. Carl J. Murphy

In his commencement address, King said "Freedom must ring from every mountainside ...

and when this happens, all ...  will be able to stand together ... and sing a new song... Free

at last, free at last, great God Almighty, we are free at last" (June 2, 1958)

This quote is also on the plaque that honors Dr. King located on the grounds of the Maryland

State House in Annapolis.



Dr. Martin Luther King made a number of visits to Baltimore City. In October,1964, he

visited Baltimore campaigning for Lyndon Johnson and other Democrats running in the

November election.  Two famous photographs of King riding on North Gay Street were taken

by Paul Hutchins of the Sun and Paul Henderson of the Afro-American.  King would return the

following year to be honored at the Lord Baltimore Hotel by the citizens of Baltimore in

recognition of his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

To see these two photos from 1964, visit my facebook page!