Patricia Schultheis

Baltimore’s Lexington Market

Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Anerica series, Baltimore’s Lexington Market traces the continuous history of a vast public market on the westside of Baltimore. From its founding immediately after the Revolution, Lexington Market has been intimately linked to Baltimore’s identity, and this pictorial history captures both the essence of the market and the growth and struggles of a great American city. Built on land donated by John Eager Howard, one of the Revolution’s heroes, the market was intended to provide the city’s burgeoning population with fresh food grown by farmers in Maryland’s fertile western reaches. Using photocopies of historic documents as well as reproductions of earliest photographic techniques Baltimore’s Lexington Market details the market’s growth through the eras of horse drawn buggies to trolley cars, and, finally, automobiles. Central to the market’s success, is its unique and vast variety of foods: oysters, muskrats, hand-dipped chocolates, jelly beans, specialty cakes, steaks, lamb chops, roasted peanuts, strawberries, and Silver Queen corn ⎯ the variety is endless. This well-designed little volumn captures the essence of the enterprising Epicureans, those the hard-working vendors and sharp-eyed shoppers, who make the market memorable.

Selected Works

Prize winning short story collection. To be published summer 2015 by Washington Writers Publishing House. In one way or another, all the characters in these stories come to question the commitments they have made, the prices they have paid, and the lies they have told to others and to themselves.
Creative nonfiction
Skating to Seventy, an essay using ice skating as a metaphor for life, won first place for nonfiction sports writing from Winning Writers in 2013.
A lively and detailed pictorial history that captures the essence of a grand institution.
Short Story
Published in Left Curve in 2006, "The Haint" was a fiction finalist in 2005 for the Iowa Review 2005 fiction contest.
Published in Passages North in 2003, “The Assembly,” is the story of a Holocaust survivor who’s living on St. Bart’s Way.