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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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Don’t Forget About Our History Trails Publications

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

History Trails is the Historical Society of Baltimore County’s semi-academic, popular history publication, in production since 1966. SUBMISSIONS: To have your research or narrative considered for publication, please follow this link for the society’s official submissions policy. (Copies are available for sale at $5.00 each, or you may review them at our research center.) Vol. No. Date Title & Author $5.00 each 1 1 September 1966 “History Markers” 1 2 December 1966 “Hunt Clubs” 1 3 March 1967 “Hannah More Academy” 1 4 June...

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“The Montebello Water Filtration Plant I: Clean Water for City & Suburb Alike”

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

(Brief preview and excerpt from History Trails 43, no. 3 & 4. To read more become a member of the society today!)) “The Montebello Water Filtration Plan I: Clean Water for City & Suburb Alike” History Trails 43, no. 3 & 4 By: Martha Hendrickson The Montebello Water Filtration Plant gave the Baltimore region national acclaim when it was completed in 1915.  It was a significant achievement in both engineering and architectural design. In 1912, engineers began the architectural and engineering plans for the landmark which was a boon to the health and well-being of...

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“Best Cultivated Farm”

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

'"Best Cultivated Farm": The Backstory of Hayfields, Nicholas Merryman Bosley, and the Lafayette Premium of 1824' (Excerpted from History Trails 43, no. 1 & 2) By: Teri Rising 2011-2012   Hayfields Farm, located in the National Register Historic District of Western Run-Belfast in northern Baltimore County, is designated an official Baltimore County Landmark. Built by Nicholas Merryman Bosley, c. 1811, Hayfields was awarded the "Best Cultivated Farm" premium by the Maryland Agricultural Society in 1824, with Revolutionary War hero General Lafayette in...

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“Castle Thunder, The Catons, and Catonsville’s Historical Myths”

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

"Castle Thunder, The Catons, and Catonsville's Historical Myths" (History Trails 42, no. 4 excerpt) By: John McGrain 2011 Numerous sources, including Dr. George C. Keidel, Emily Emerson Lantz, Kate Mason Roland, several unidentified writers for the Sun, the American, the Argus, and an historic roadside marker describe an extinct structure titled 'Castle Thunder' as the early home of Richard and Mary Caton – for whom the town of Catonsville, Maryland is named. The sources repeat a legend that Castle Thunder was the Catons' home before completion of their...

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