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Woodlawn Replaced Powhatan Mill & Town

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Woodlawn Replaced Powhatan Mill & Town By: Martha Hendrickson March 31, 2015 Today we know Woodlawn as a community, the national headquarters of the Social Security Administration and the previous location of the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. But did you know that before 1902 there was no Woodlawn, but a mill and mill town called Powhatan? From an original investment by John and E. Levering, the company of Baltimore Manufacturing at the Powhatan Cotton Works built a new mill on the Gwynn’s Falls.  The water driven mill began operations in 1811 and by 1813 it had 4,000 spindles in...

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Hidden Treasures: The HSBC Cemetery Transcription Files

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Hidden Treasures: The HSBC Cemetery Transcription Files By: Ann Royston Blouse March 10, 2015 In the 1970s, HSBC members undertook the project of locating every cemetery in Baltimore County and transcribing all of the headstones in those cemeteries. The results of this multi-year project now reside in the Cemetery Transcription files at HSBC.’ Headstones that may be illegible today were more clear 40 years ago and the transcriptions provide a wealth of family data for anyone tracing their family in Baltimore County. Early headstones recorded not only a person’s name and dates of birth and...

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“Does History Matter?” Questionaire

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Does History Matter? What locals in Baltimore County have to say about history… By: Justin Albright (Towson U. History Student & HSBC Intern.)      Over the past week I have been traveling around Baltimore County asking locals in the community if they think history matters. The purpose of this was to allow locals in the community the opportunity to share their opinions, while also allowing the organization (HSBC) the opportunity to gauge public interest. This blog will discuss some of the answers provided and give my responses to same questions.      It should be noted that...

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A Historical Society’s Variety of Roles in the Community

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

  A Historical Society’s Variety of Roles in the Community By: Kathleen Black, HSBC Intern., 2014 Historical societies, such as the Historical Society of Baltimore County, play a unique role in both preserving and promoting local history.  As a public history institution, with its mission to interpret Baltimore County’s history for the edification of the community, the society must embrace all aspects of local history.  Unlike museums that primarily focus on education through objects, or historic preservation groups whose aim is directed to buildings and structures, or an...

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Game of the District Messenger Boy: A Boundary Object Bridging Two Eras of American History

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Game of the District Messenger Boy: A Boundary Object Bridging Two Eras of American History By: Kathleen Black Intern, Historical Society of Baltimore County, 2014 Oh, the games we play without considering the context of their time.  Take for instance the board game titled Game of the District Messenger Boy, or Merit Rewarded, manufactured by McLoughlin Brothers in 1886, and found among the collections of the Historical Society of Baltimore County.  District Messenger Boy is a straightforward “spin-and-move” board game where players spin an arrow, which directs them to move either one,...

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Vertical Files Collection, Now Online!

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

We’ve just updated our website with a new page and research tool!  We posted our ever-growing collection of vertical files! These files may be one of the most used research resources at the historical society.  The vertical file collection project began fifty-years ago, and it contains newspaper clippings, hand-written manuscripts, Maryland Inventory of Historic Places reports on structures and sites, and other documents and ephemera related to specific Baltimore County topics. Take a look online here! Or, download the vertical files collection PDF...

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