A Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904
The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 lasted for almost thirty hours, destroying the entire central business district, burning over 140 acres, damaging 2,500 companies, and causing over $100 million in losses. Yet, no one died during the course of the fire. In this illustrated presentation, Wayne Schaumburg investigates the suspected cause of the fire, traces its path of destruction, and considers the role of fire fighters and city officials in protecting and rebuilding Baltimore. Requires slide projector and screen. Adult and high school audiences.
Wayne R. Schaumburg has taught in the Baltimore City Public School System for over thirty-five years. For over fifteen years he has given illustrated talks on Baltimore history to community, business, historical, college, and senior groups. He has also written a number of publications related to Baltimore and is currently researching the history and architecture of the Upton Estate in Baltimore (1838). Mr. Schaumburg received his M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University and has an M.S. in history and social science from Morgan State University.