- The East Baltimore Historical Museum opens in April in three historic row houses, the culmination of nearly three decades of work to preserve the history of a neighborhood demolished in the late 20th century for an urban renewal project.
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- The current Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition, “A Modern Influence: Henry Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore,” recalls the intimate relationship of the legendary art collecting Cone sisters who acquired more than 700 works by the famed French painter between 1906 and 1949.
- The tradition of eels, or capitone, the night before Christmas seems to date back to at least the 17th century.
- Eighty years ago, amid the traditional pomp and pageantry, Army and Navy played football before a raucous crowd of 98,000 in Philadelphia. At the same time, a Japanese war fleet advanced toward Pearl Harbor where, eight days later, it would attack America.
- In the 1940s, the city’s Afro-American newspaper devoted a column called “Orchids and Onions” to calling out these racist shops — and praising those who went on the record as treating all shoppers equally.
- Veterans Day‘s roots stretch back to Nov. 11, 1918 when an armistice was declared marking the end of World War I. The day was later marked with military memorial ceremonies and after World War II, its name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 and honors all veterans, whether living or deceased.
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- A permanent exhibit about the journeys of escaped slaves on the railroad is likely to open at the B&O Museum in Baltimore in spring 2022.
- While the Orioles’ stellar starters (Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer and Pat Dobson) pitched well, Pittsburgh’s unheralded staff was better, stopping the champs on a two-hitter, a three-hitter and two four-hitters.
- In late September, the Baltimore City Fire Department renamed Engine Company 52 on Woodbrook Avenue in West Baltimore the Hilton L. Roberts Sr. Fire Station in honor of a pioneering Black firefighter who was a member of the second class that graduated Black Americans in 1954 from the firefighter’s academy.
- From around 1830 to 1850, Black laborers dominated Baltimore’s ship caulking industry, ensuring that the ships that left Baltimore’s harbor were watertight. It was demanding and important work, and they were able to band together and negotiate higher wages than would have been available to other free Black workers at the time.