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227 Steps

August/September, 2015 Volume 3, Issue 7 Dear Reader, Thousands of people celebrated the Washington Monument’s reopening at the July 4 Monumental Bicentennial, courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Ask any Baltimorean for their thoughts about the Washington Monument, and you’ll likely receive a nostalgic response: Many have childhood memories of racing up the 227 narrow steps […]

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Mount Vernon Celebrates Independence Day

    July, 2015    Volume 3, Issue 6 Dear Reader, George Washington atop his monument, courtesy Mount Vernon Place Conservancy Happy Fourth! This Saturday, Mount Vernon is celebrating a special time in American history with its Monumental Bicentennial, a neighborhood-wide celebration featuring the official reopening of Baltimore’s restored Washington Monument! Presented by the Mount Vernon […]

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A Monumental Bicentennial

June, 2015 Volume 3, Issue 5 Dear Reader, Baltimore’s Washington Monument (courtesy Wikipedia) With its cornerstone laid on July 4, 1815, Mount Vernon’s Washington Monument became the first public monument to honor George Washington and the ideals of American Democracy he represented. This July 4, Baltimore is celebrating this special time in American history with […]

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Baltimore Strong May, 2015, Volume 3, Issue 4 Dear Reader, Just three days after the riots, Trinacria reopened its doors. Well-wishers left messages on the temporary plywood windows, above. There isn’t one person who lives or works in Baltimore who hasn’t been affected by the recent unrest. And while the glare of the national media […]

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A Wide World, ‘Imagined’

l April, 2015     Volume 3, Issue 3   ‘High Priestess,’ courtesy Baltimore School for the Arts   Dear Reader, Close your eyes for a moment. Picture the most colorful, far-out landscape: Miles from civilization, and shrouded in myth. It’s a world you’ve never seen before… and a world you’ve probably never thought was possible, […]

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A Tale of Mysterious Coffins

March, 2015   Volume 3, Issue 2 Dear Reader, It was a moody Chesapeake afternoon late in 1990. There was a message waiting for Maryland Historical Society President Burt Kummerow when he returned to St. Mary’s City after a trip up the road. At the time, he was Director at Historic St. Mary’s City, and […]

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A Knockout ‘Night’

  February, 2015 Volume 3, Issue 1 Pictured (left to right) Grasan Kingsberry, Sullivan Jones, Tory Andrus (Photo by Richard Anderson) Dear Reader, This story begins on a night in February, 51 years ago. The location? Miami. The four men who had gathered in a nondescript hotel room read like a Who’s Who list of […]

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The Holiday Issue

Mount Vernon’s Holiday Cheer   December, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 12 Dear Reader, Now that the scaffolding has come down from the Washington Monument, the stage is set for the 2014 Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting, which will be held tonight, Thursday, December 4! The festivities begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8 PM. The […]

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A Salute to Our Veterans

Veterans’ Voices In Mount Vernon   November, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 11   Dear Reader, With over 400,000 veterans living in Maryland today, there are heroes all around us. The Maryland Humanities Council has partnered with University of Baltimore to present the stories of veterans in our community in a very meaningful way. The program, called “Veterans’ […]

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‘Went to church in Baltimore and saw that it was good’

October, 2014 Volume 2, Issue 10 Dear Reader, Grace & St. Peter’s Church Along the quiet corridors of West Monument Street less than a block from Mount Vernon Place Park, you’ll find Grace & St. Peter’s, an Episcopal parish offering the Anglican and Western Catholic traditions of liturgy, music, and teaching. This brownstone church was […]

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