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The County Flag – Heavily Ridiculed, Still Adopted

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

The Baltimore County Flag – Heavily Ridiculed, Still Adopted Adam Youssi June 2015 (Special thanks to the Baltimore County Department of Planning, Preservation Services, for access to their files for sources used in this article.) Early in 1962, the Catonsville Business Association hosted a contest sanctioned by the Baltimore County Executive, Christian H. Kahl, and the County Council. The contest’s goal was to solicit designs for the first official Baltimore County flag, because to date the county didn’t have one. The Baltimore County public schools got involved too:...

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Cherry Hill AUMP Church

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Deteriorating 19th c. Black Church & Cemetery Reborn as Small Museum & Meeting Place Cherry Hill AUMP Church in Granite, MD April 23, 2015 Today, we visited the results of a project almost fifteen years in the making – the historic Cherry Hill African United Methodist Protestant (AUMP) Church (BA-2399). It’s just one project among others being spearheaded by local African American historian and author, Louis Diggs. The small “colored church,” as it was commonly called, is in Granite, MD, in western Baltimore County. It’s located on Offutt Road, one block east of an...

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When Inspiration Strikes

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

When Inspiration Strikes… By: Sally Riley April 22, 2015 I’m a graduate of Mount Saint Agnes Lower School and Mount Saint Agnes College [MSAC].  So, when a copy of the Architect’s History of the Octagon Building fell into my hands in May 2009, I wanted to share it with all my former classmates.  The Octagon Building was the oldest building on campus; but, the report, more than 80 pages long and full of deep architectural and engineering detail, is tedious and dull to read.  This posed a problem I was determined to resolve – how could I write it in a way that would be...

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HSBC Donates Books to The Book Thing of Baltimore

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

HSBC’s Used Books Donated to The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc. April 2, 2015 Today, the society donated hundreds of remaining books from its used book sale to a good cause – The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc.  The Book Thing of Baltimore gives away books, free of charge, to anyone desiring them – teachers, schools and the general public. Despite offering a multi-week used book sale from our location in Cockeysville as a fundraiser and service to our members and friends, your generosity left us with hundreds of quality used and new books without space to store them.  Hence,...

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Woman’s Club of Catonsville Collection

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Woman’s Club of Catonsville Collection The society accepted and accessioned a collection consisting primarily of documentary materials related to the operations of the Woman’s Club of Catonsville (WCC). The club operated from 1932 to 2012. At the height of its popularity the club had over 300 members and provided creative, philanthropic and civic opportunities to Catonsville women. The WCC’s activities and successes were numerous.  The WCC’s efforts and planning were instrumental in Catonsville’s urban revival efforts of both the 1960s and today.  In the 1950s and...

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