Baltimore History Evenings

Baltimore History Evenings, presented in partnership with the Baltimore City Historical Society, is a monthly series of presentations and discussions on Baltimore.

Baltimore History Evenings run from January to June, and are held on the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Baltimore History Evenings 2017 Schedule

January 18, 2018

Charles B. Duff, President, Jubilee Baltimore, Inc., Executive Director, Midtown Development, Inc.

Baltimore and Her Sisters: Row House Cities of the World

The row house cities of the world form a great family of cities on both sides of the Atlantic. Baltimore is part of this family, along with Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Boston, and New York. Learn how this kind of city arose, and experience some of the wonderful places that the builders of row house cities—including Baltimore—have created.

February 15, 2018

Karen Kruse Thomas, Historian of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, author of Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1935—1985

 Famed for improving health worldwide, the work of what is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has had admirers and detractors, even in its own East Baltimore neighborhood.

March 15, 2018

Steven K. Ragsdale, Baltimore historian, and healthcare and education consultant

Lauraville v. Morgan College: Fighting Housing Segregation and Jim Crow in Early 20th Century Baltimore

 Early in the 20th century, Morgan College, like other “downtown” colleges, made plans to move to a spacious “suburban” site. However, Baltimore’s turn-of-the-century segregation laws, economic fears of black encroachment into white neighborhoods, and a white-hot, racially divided political climate lead to a four-year long legal, legislative, and public relations battle.

April 19, 2018

Antero Pietila, Author of the forthcoming The Ghost of Johns Hopkins, which interprets Baltimore history by examining the life and institutional legacy of Johns Hopkins, the man.

Doctors Stealing Corpses: Grave Robberies in Baltimore

 From the 1820s through the 1890s, Baltimore was a grave robbing capital, supplying stolen cadavers to medical schools near and far. The University of Maryland was a leading practitioner, but the new Johns Hopkins Medical School had to postpone scheduled dissections three times for the want of corpses, until a solution was discovered…

May 17, 2018

Simone R. Barrett, Researcher, Robert M. Bell Center for Civil Rights in Education at Morgan State University, Adjunct Professor of History, Coppin State University

We Bring Thee Our Laurels Whatever They Be: Student-Led Protest at Morgan State

The national student movement of the 1960s grew out of Baltimore’s student movements of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. The Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP, the City-wide Youth Forum, Morgan State College NAACP, and the Civic Interest Group led and shaped the “long Civil Rights Movement.”

 June 21, 2018

Deborah R. Weiner, Co-author, On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore

 On Middle Ground: The Jews of Baltimore

Baltimore’s unique status as both a border city and an immigrant port profoundly shaped the historical experience of its Jewish population. Exploring how Jews negotiated their place in this environment sheds light on one of the city’s largest ethnic groups, and provides a fresh perspective on Baltimore’s development