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Links to Baltimore Tourism and Preservation
Topics Relating to Balitmore History
Links to Places Featured in this Itinerary

Baltimore Tourism and Preservation

Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association

The City of Baltimore
Find out about municipal services, history, and recreational opportunities for visitors and residents.

Maryland Historical Trust
The MHT is the official State Historic Preservation Office, and assists the people of Baltimore and of Maryland in indentifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the state's signficant historic places.

Baltimore Enterprise Community
Three sections of Baltimore have been designated as "enterprise communities," distressed areas that have recieved signficant federal tax incentives and block grants designed to encourage job creation and community development.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national non-profit preservation organization.

Historic Hotels of America A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HeritageTraveler program that provides information on historic hotels and packaged tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.

National Park Service Office of Tourism
National parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the NPS promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed, and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.

National Historic Landmarks
National Historic Landmarks recognize properties especially important to the development of our nation. This site provides virtual tours of eight such properties in Maryland. Three of these sites are located in Baltimore, the USCGC Taney, the B & O Museum and Mount Clare Station and the USS Constellation.

National Park Service: List of Baltimore Sites
The National Park Service also provides information on a list historic sites in Baltimore. They include everything from main attractions like the Babe Ruth House Museum and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to historic sites like the Flag House and the Baltimore Maritime Museum.

National Scenic Byways Program
This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Baltimore's Historic Charles Street website for more ideas.

Teaching with Historic Places
This website, maintained by the National Park Service, offers online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators to help teachers use historic places in the classroom.  Each lesson is linked to national standards for history and the social studies.

Specific Topics Relating to Baltimore

Fort McHenry, the War of 1812, and The National Anthem

  • The Smithsonian
    The Smithsonian maintains the Star Spangled Banner and is in the midst of restoring this piece of Americana. Links from the main sight highlight the flag's history, the challenge of preserving it, and the new challenge of restoring it to its former glory.
  • American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
    This special National Park Service project encourages children and adults to travel through time and across the country to special places in our nation's past that hold fascinating stories of America's "common defense." In particular this website spotlights the Flag House as the origin of the Flag that inspired a nation.

  • American Military History
    This is a chapter of American Military History, which was written by the Center of Military History, a branch of the United States Army. The reading includes historical mapsand detailed accounts of the various fronts and stages of the War of 1812.

  • Edgar Allan Poe
    The National Park Service maintains Poe's Philadelphia house. It was here that he published some of his most famous works, such as "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and "The Masque of the Red Death". Edgar Allan Poe Museum, located in Richmond, VA, has information on his entire life, but focuses primarily on the two stints of his life spent in Richmond. Educational materials, museum information, and some of Poe's works are included within the site.

    H. L. Mencken
    An international society has formed around H. L. Mencken. Their website includes pictures, quotes and facts about the history, ideals and works of this historical figure.

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    In 1965, in anticipation of the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was built. The webpage links to a virtual tour of the premises as well as information on the present uses of the Basilica and Shrine.

    National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program
    A theme study on Large Preserved Vessels and Shipwrecks includes three of Baltimore's treasures: the Baltimore, the USCGC Taney and the USS Constellation.

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