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

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday

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 January and February.  (All programs are FREE unless there is a $)

Monday, January 13th, 1030 a.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center: FROM MEETING HOUSE TO

                                                           CATHEDRAL:  BALTIMORE'S 18TH CENTURY RELIGIOUS


Wednesday, January 15th, 10:45 a.m. at Overlea / Fullerton Senior Center: BALTIMORE'S AFRICAN

                                                                  AMERICAN HERITAGE

Wednesday, January 29th, 10:30 a.m. at Parkville Senior Center:  BALTIMORE: "FIRST" IN THE NATION

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, $ at The Fire Museum of Maryland: BALTIMORE'S FIRST RENAISSANCE -- ITS

                                           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



​​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 early 2020)







Saturday, January 11th, 11 a.m. at the Irish Railroad Workers Museum located at 918 Lemmon Street,

one-half block north of the B&O Museum on Pratt Street.  Museum board member Barry Larkin will present

an illustrated program entitled "Rails to Trails, to the Light Rail: A History of the Northern Central Railroad."

Follow the Northern Central's growth along the Jones Falls to the countryside, providing a way of passage

for both passengers and freight....built by Irish immigrants who arrived at the height of the Great Hunger.

The program is FREE and open to the public, but donations are always welcomed. For more information,

call 410-347-4747 or visit info@irishshrine.org.

Thursday, January 16th 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 Baltimore historian and executive director of

Jubliee Baltimore will present an illustrated program on "The Invention of Downtown: How Baltimore

and Other North Atlantic Cities Invented the Central Business District."  The program is FREE and open to

the public.

Saturday, January 18th, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. at the Clifton Mansion, 2701 St. Lo Drive in Clifton Park  $

Uncover the hidden Georgian Mansion of Captain Henry Thompson within the Italianate summer home of

Johns Hopkins. Hear how the Mansion tells the story of Baltimore and the people who shaped it by their

service from the Revolution to our current day. Tours will begin at 10:00 and 10:30 pm. Tours last

approximately an hour and a half and feature a climb to the top of the tower with its excellent view of

Baltimore along with an examination of the recent interior restorations of the Grand Staircase and parlor

funded by the Friends of Clifton Mansion. RSVP in advance to cliftonmansion@civicworks.com. For , call410-366-8533.
more information, call 410-366-8533.

Saturday January 18th -  Monday, January 20th at the B&O Railroad Museum, at 901 West Pratt Street.  $

B&O History Tour:  From Slavery to Civil Rights --  A special tour which highlights the history of African

Americans on the railroad from slavery to civil rights, and includes the rare opportunity to go inside of a

Pullman sleeper car. The tour will last approximately 40-45 minutes.  SATURDAY 10:30 a.m.  and 2 p.m.;

SUNDAY  2:30 p.m.;  MONDAY  1p.m.  For more information, call 410-752-2490.

Saturday, January 25th 1-2 p.m. at the H. L. Mencken House, 1524 Hollins Street.  "Mencken's Quotable Quotes"

Actor Alex Zavistovich will present an engaging hour of famous Mencken quotes and comments to honor his

memory and the anniversary of his death. Many are humorous, some are scathing, cynical is another word to

describe many of the quotes, regardless of the content the audience will be subject to an array of controversial

quotes and comments designed to stimulate a reaction. At the conclusion of the presentation, to honor

Mencken's passing on January 29th,1956, a specially designed Mencken Memorial Cake will be enjoyed by

the audience along with a Toast to Mencken's legacy. The program is FREE and open to the public, but this is

a ticketed event due to limited seating. For information, visit 1524menckenhouse@gmail.com.

Monday, January 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Central Library,

400 Cathedral Street.  "Baltimore's Civil Rights Heritage: shaping the National Movement." Baltimore’s airport is

named after Civil Rights giant Thurgood Marshall, and plaques in Fell’s Point show where Frederick Douglass

took his stand against slavery and for equality. In addition to these well-known leaders, dozens of other Baltimorean

committed themselves to struggle for Civil Rights and helped shape The Movement locally and nationally. Reverend

Harvey Johnson worked from Union Baptist Church on Druid Hill Avenue to create some of the first Civil Rights

organizations inthe country as early as the 1880s. Lillie Carroll Jackson, who headed Baltimore’s branch of the

NAACP for 50 years, pioneered non-violent protest tactics that engaged young people. Clarence Mitchell led the

NAACPs efforts to pass ground-breaking Civil Rights legislation in Congress in the 1960s. Join Reverend Al Hathaway

from Union Baptist Church and Johns Hopkins, executive director of Baltimore Heritage, to learn more of how

Baltimore has shaped the Civil Rights Movement for over 100 years.  The program is FREE and open to the

public.  For more information, call 410-396-5430.

Wednesday, January 29th, 10-11:30 a.m., Baltimore Heritage Walking Tour:  "From Pianos to Pigskins: M&T

Bank Stadium Then and Now."  $ The Baltimore Ravens were one of the hottest teams in the NFL this season,

so what better time to join us at M&T Bank Stadium for a behind-the-scenes tour of their home? We’ll take in

the whole building from the suite-level to the locker-rooms. And, because we are Baltimore Heritage and have

more than a little history bent, we’ll learn about the history of the site, including German immigrant William

Knabe’s enormous piano factory that was once there. Knabe Piano started in Baltimore in 1837 and located

where the stadium now sits in 1869. The company sold pianos to luminaries like Francis Scott Key. When

Carnegie Hall opened in New York on May 5, 1891, Knabe family  sponsored Russian composer Peter

Tchaikovsky (think Swan Lake among other pieces) to conduct the opening concert. Who would have predicted

that 129 years later, the Baltimore Ravens would have an opera-singing kicker (Justin Tucker) performing at

the same spot where Knabe made grand pianos for the country’s opera houses? Join us for this touchdown

tour to talk about both football players and piano players. There will be free parking in a surface lot at the

stadium next to the tour starting point.  For reservations and more information, call 410-332-9992 or email:


Saturday, February 1st, 1-2 p.m., at Waters AME Church, 417 Aisquith Church. Baltimore Heritage Lecture:

"Remembering Laurel Cemetery. 1852-1958"  -  We are happy to help the Laurel Cemetery Memorial Task

Force spread the news about their upcoming black history lecture. The task force is endeavoring to erect a

permanent memorial in recognition of the thousands of African Americans interred at Historic Laurel Cemetery,

to ensure the safety and stability of the site into the foreseeable future, and to educate the public about the rich

history of the cemetery and the lives of those buried there. Laurel Cemetery was incorporated in 1852 as

Baltimore’s first nondenominational cemetery for African Americans. It quickly became a popular place of burial

for people across Black Baltimore’s socioeconomic spectrum, including 230 Black Civil War veterans, members

of the United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) and notables such as Civil Rights activist Reverend Harvey

Johnson. In 1958 and after a series of lawsuits failed to prevail in the courts, Laurel Cemetery was leveled.

Today it is the site of the Belair-Edison Crossing Shopping Center, and home to several businesses. However,

many current patrons and nearby residents have no knowledge of the site’s former purpose and significance.

Join us to learn more about the important history of the site and how we can preserve its memory.  The

program is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-332-9992.  For more information on

Laurel Hill Cemetery, visit the web site:  https://laurelcemetery.omeka.net/

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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

Baltimore's Historic Houses of Worship -- Tuesdays, Feb. 2nd- Mar. 3rd, Hunt Valley 1:30-3 p.m. 

Instructors:  L. Zanow and S. Johnson

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 Baltimore Orioles: Years of Dominance 1966-1983 --  Mondays, Jan 27th - Mar 16th, Hunt Valley

1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.  Instructor:  William Thompson


Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 --  Friday, February 7th, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Hunt Valley  Instructor: Patrick Heline

Lunch to follow at the Peppermill

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

The Lost Jazz History of Baltimore, Maryland --  Tuesdays, February 4th - March 17th, 11a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Instructor:  Gregory Thompkins

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​







 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!