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Edward Papenfuse

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Baltimore: October 1816
Baltimore: October 1816 A City of Promise on the Bay October 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the launching of a fund drive to build a Christian church in Baltimore independent of any denomination and creed. The invited featured speaker 200 years ago w...

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Trading with the Enemy, Shot by a Former Slave: Baltimore Merchant Samuel Goldsmith Griffith
During the war of 1812 Baltimore merchants traded with the enemy.  One such case reached the Supreme Court after the war was over. The case of the Hiram is first officially reported in print by Henry Wheaton in 1 Wheaton 440 , published in 1816 . Briefly st...

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Thomas Poppleton's Surveyor's Map that Made Baltimore, 1822
Between 1776 and 1820 Baltimore grew like kudzu on a riverbank.  Geographically three settlements, the original town, old town and Fell’s point were legally merged into one and the official boundaries of the resulting Baltimore City (incorporated in 1797) w...

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Recreating Lost Neighborhoods: The House on Ann Street, Fells Point, Baltimore City, Maryland
of life in a seafaring community in the first decades of the
Republic, from the perspective of an owner of the Robert Long House
(812 Ann Street, Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland), her family, and
a few of her neighbors Romaine
Somervile, the in...

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" Thou shalt make castels thanne in Spayne, And dreme of joye, alle but in vayne ." [1] Jean Maurice (Maximilian) and Eliza Crawford Anderson Godefroy , Louisiana, Aaron Burr, and the Mystery of the Mahogany Box by Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archiv...

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1814: A Plea for Better Privys and a Cleaner life-<br>Baltimore's Forgotten Civil Engineer and Map Maker, Peter Charles Varlé
In 1833 Peter Charles Varlé published the first comprehensive tour guide to Baltimore City.  It was a lovely volume filled with useful information and woodcuts of prominent buildings.   As the engineer for the Susquehanna Canal he had spent time on the road...

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Defending Baltimore in 1814
Over the past few years  my research assistants and I have focused on citizen participation in the  defense of Baltimore in the summer and fall of 1814.   What follows is an essay on the blockading of the entrance to Baltimore Harbor that  I asked Charles W...
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