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November 16, 2006|By LORI SEARS

Out of the past

Downtown's Jewish-owned department stores were an institution. Folks today still fondly recall memories of noshing in the Hutzler's lunchroom or shopping at the old Hoschild-Kohn's or Hecht Co.

What must it have been like from the inside, for the owners of these popular shopping institutions? Visitors to the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion can learn about life behind-the-scenes at one of these stores - Hutzler's - at a living history program Sunday. Harriet Lynn of the Heritage Theatre Artists' Consortium will portray Ella Gutman Hutzler (1855-1942), a wife and daughter of department store owners. Hutzler will present a tour of the city's grand shopping hubs through a slide presentation. Developed by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the program is presented as part of Free Fall Baltimore.

The program takes place 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount Vernon St. Free. For reservations, call 410-235-4457 or e-mail

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