history http://wypr.org en "The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torrey" http://wypr.org/post/martyrdom-abolitionist-charles-torrey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Psychiatric researcher E. Fuller Torrey’s mother told him he had a famous ancestor, a preacher who had made a big impact as an abolitionist back in the </span>1840s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. This distant cousin, Charles Turner Torrey, was said to have personally driven 400 slaves to freedom and had inspired John Brown to take a militant stand against slavery.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 12394 at http://wypr.org "The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torrey" How Maryland Became Maryland http://wypr.org/post/how-maryland-became-maryland <div><p> T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hree-hundred and eighty years ago today, the first permanent Maryland colonists stepped off their ships, <em>The Ark</em> and <em>The Dove</em>, and onto St. Clement’s Island in what is now St. Mary’s County. The group of around 140 people was led by Leonard Calvert, brother of </span>Cecilius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Calvert, who held the charter for the colony and the title of Lord Baltimore. For more than a century, </span>Marylanders<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have taken time out on this day to remember the history of the Free State.</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 10542 at http://wypr.org How Maryland Became Maryland How Baltimore Rebuilt After The Great Fire of 1904 http://wypr.org/post/how-baltimore-rebuilt-after-great-fire-1904 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One-hundred ten years ago this Friday, Baltimore could be seen as a glow in the night sky for miles around the city. It wasn’t the city lights that generated the glow but a wind-stoked fire that ravaged much of the city’s downtown. The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 is considered the third worst fire to hit an American city and it shaped downtown in ways still visible today.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:55:56 +0000 Sheilah Kast & Matt Purdy 8270 at http://wypr.org How Baltimore Rebuilt After The Great Fire of 1904