Baltimore History Evenings


Baltimore History Evenings

Baltimore History Evenings, presented in partnership with the Baltimore City Historical Society, are monthly series of presentations and discussions on Baltimore’s history. Due to social distancing guidelines, Baltimore History Evenings will take place virtually until further notice. Please email for a link to view each Zoom presentation.

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

Baltimore History Evening are sponsored by:

Arcadia Publishing
As the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, Arcadia’s mission is to connect people with their past, with their communities and with one another. Arcadia has an extraordinary catalog of more than 15,000 local titles and publishes 500 new books of local interest and local history each year.”

Trace Architects
Trace Architects is committed to using architecture as a tool for neighborhood sustainability. We are passionate about our profession and that translates into projects that energize not only the individual but the community.”

Join Us For The 2022 Season Of Baltimore History Evenings


January 20, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

Fiction for the Harassed and Frustrated: The Black Literary Tradition in Baltimore

Harlem might be more famous, but Baltimore was in the mix, too. We’ll join Dr. Kim Gallon via Zoom at 7:00 PM on January 20, 2022, to hear her latest research into Black literary movements in Baltimore that were contemporaneous with and exceeded the Harlem Renaissance. Dr. Gallon is Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, and the Founder and Director of the Black Press Research Collaborative.


February 17, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

Eden of the Epicure: Baltimore’s Lexington Market

Baltimoreans love to wax nostalgic about Lexington Market. But what do we know about its origins and growth, stall keepers and their fare, and how it became “world famous?” Dean Krimmel will share some of his findings—and surprises—from a recent research project inspired by the construction of the new market building that will open in 2022. Dean Krimmel, Interpretive Planning & Research, Creative Museum Services.


March 17, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

Cuisine a la Maryland: Historic Recipes of Baltimore’s Homes, Hotels and Street Corners

Kara Mae Harris writes about Maryland’s historic recipes. She shares stories of the ingredients and people mixed into the state’s rich culinary heritage. Ms. Harris is the author of the Old Line Plate blog about Maryland’s historic recipes.


April 21, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

Overlooked Places: Telling the Interconnected History of Maryland Through Recent Archaeology in Baltimore

Dr. Adam Fracchia has led several archaeological excavations in Baltimore, including several recent excavations in West Baltimore. In this talk, he will share his research and findings. Dr. Fracchia is Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland.


May 19, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

Border State, Border War: Fighting for Freedom and Slavery in Antebellum Maryland

In this talk, University of Maryland Historian Richard Bell situates antebellum Maryland in a rich vein of recent scholarship on the slave experience, interstate sales, fugitivity, free Black life, colonization, and kidnapping in the decades from 1825 to the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Dr. Bell is a Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home. Dr. Bell received our 2020 Joseph L. Arnold Prize for Outstanding Writing on Baltimore’s History.


June 16, 2022, at 7pm via Zoom

The Wilkens Curled Hair Factory: The Rise and Fall of a Major Baltimore Industry

Once central to building up southwest Baltimore, the Wilkens Curled Hair Factory employed more than 1,000 workers. Now, its site is home to a struggling shopping center. What was it, and what happened? Come hear the fascinating story from Jillian Storms, American Institute of Architects Baltimore, Baltimore Architecture Foundation.

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