Midnight in a Haunted House, 10:45 p.m. through Nov. 2, Jennie Wade House Museum, 548 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa., gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com. Jennie Wade, the only civilian fatality during the Battle of Gettysburg, died baking bread in her home. If that morbid trivia, the still-there bullet holes, photographed ghost gallery in the basement, and knowing that the museum--said to be Gettysburg's most haunted home--isn't enough to deter you, then the perfectly preserved interior and 90-minute tour will certainly entertain.
The Fells Point Haunted Pub Tour, 7 p.m. May 23, June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8 and 22, the Whistling Oyster, 807 S. Broadway, (877) 225-8466, baltimoreghosttours.com, $20. If your style is more about drinkin' and less about wandering an empty field that doesn't even look the way it did during some ol' battle anyway, check out this tour for ages 21 and over in the charming waterfront neighborhood.
Explore the Annapolis Harbor and U.S. Naval Academy, through Nov. 21, Annapolis Harbor and U.S. Naval Academy aboard Harbor Queen, Annapolis, watermarkcruises.com. Tour Annapolis, the USNA, and inhale the sea air on a 40-minute narrated cruise. Includes the history of our capital, which is seemingly more refreshing via water.
W.E.B. DuBois, A Living History Presentation, 10:30 a.m. May 22, Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., (410) 685-3750, mdhs.org. bill Grimmette portrays scholar and political activist W.E.B. DuBois in this presentation, which includes a discussion of DuBois' legacy. When else are you going to have a conversation with DuBois?
Last Full Measure Of Devotion, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. May 23%u201325, Monocacy National Battlefield, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, (301) 662-3515, nps.gov/mono. A special flag display in honor of Memorial Day and fallen soldiers of the Battle of Monocacy.
Fighting for Freedom: Black Women's Army Corps During World War II, 7 p.m. May 23, 2009, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt St., (443) 263-1829, africanamericanculture.org. Learn all about African-American women's first entrance into WAC during WWII, including their courage in Europe and hardships and discrimination.
Oley Valley Bus Tour, May 30, (610) 582-4900, danieboonehomestrea.org. Daniel Boone administrator Jim Lewars leads and narrates this bus tour of the Daniel Boone Homestead and the Exeter Friends Meeting House with a tour of the Oley Valley and Morlatton Village.
Colonial Days, May 30-31, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, (301) 663-3885, frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org, Relive the 1700s through these living history demonstrations looking at the 18th-century lifestyle and its trades, crafts, skills, and fashion.
Cannoneers to Your Posts, June 6-7, Monocacy National Battlefield, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, (301) 662-3515, nps.gov/mono. Civil War re-encators perform their duties as pretend artillery crews and school you on cannons and how they were used in battle. Skip over to Gambrill Mill for demonstration, kaboom!
Defenders Return to the Fort, 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays June 6-Aug. 29, Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc. Fort McHenry's Guard dresses up and gets down to offer time travelers a glimpse at the daily life of a soldier serving in the War of 1812. Drills, barracks activities, artillery and musket firing, civilian activities, and children's programs round out a full day of living in the 19th century.
The Economic Impact of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on Canal Communities in Washington County Maryland, 1 p.m. June 13, Cushwa Basin, Williamsport, (301) 739-3250, whilbr.org. This panel discussion and canal tour covers the 1824-1938 impact of the canal for Washington County and Western Maryland through lecture, photography, correspondence, and oral history.
The Tell-Tale Tour Scavenger Hunt, June 15-Sept. 30, Baltimore area, nevermore2009.com. Greater Baltimore History Alliance presents a museum hop through the city to study exhibits about Baltimore's bard, learn the history of our fair city and its existence in the Romantic period, and win prizes.
Juneteenth--A Celebration of Freedom!, 3 p.m. June 20, Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., (410) 962-4290, nps.gov/fomc. The nationwide celebration commemorating the end of the Civil War and slavery comes to Fort McHenry with re-enactors, speeches, local historians, a public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a salute to Black Living Legends.
Gettysburg 146th National Civil War Battle Reenactment, July 3-5, 900 Pumping Station Road, Gettysburg, Pa., (717) 338-1525, gettysburgreenactment.com. See the Gettysburg Battle justoutsideoftown, all day, all weekend, where everything is just the way it was 146 years ago, minus the flora (but Gettysburg is currently working on that).
Confederates Take the Shriver House, Shriver House Museum, July 4, 309 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa., (717) 337-2800, shriverhouse.org. The only in-town re-enactment brings interaction with the Confederates as they ready for battle, G-burgites post-battle as they recover from the harrowing battle, plus the occupation of an attic. In the middle of summer! What were they thinking? Hopefully, they'll let you in on it.
Gettysburg Ghost Bus Tour, 8:30 p.m. July 4, Sach's Bridge, 778 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa., (717) 334-6296, gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com. Gettysburg gets sneaky when it comes to education--droll facts are made interesting by way of speculative ghost stories. If only the rest of American history had been this interesting, we might have taken more bus trips in our teens.
145th Anniversary of Battle of Monocacy, July 11-12, Monocacy National Battlefield, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, (301) 662-3515, nps.gov/mono. Faux Union and Confederate soldiers do everything but the battle in this anniversary presentation focusing on the encampment, field hospital battlefield hikes, and demonstrations.
Civil War Encampment, July 11-12, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 600-1650, rosehillmuseum.com. Re-enactors pitch their tents to show life on the manor during the Civil War, which includes a skirmish in the afternoon. Children get hands-on activities, which likely involves brushing sheep's wool and tryin' to spin it.
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