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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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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