Upcoming Events

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Lectures, Workshops, Exhibits, Historical Tours and More

The Historical Society of Baltimore County hosts presentations by both amateur and professional scholars, offers history and genealogy research workshops, and provides traveling tours related to the rich history and heritage of Baltimore County.

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Agenda

  1. Aug
    6
    Thu
    1. Genealogy Instruction (Free!) @ HSBC Almshouse
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      FREE, MONTHLY, GENEALOGY INSTRUCTION at the Historical Society of Baltimore County with local genealogist Noreen Goodson, and professional genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed. Angela Walton-Raji is the author of Black Indian Genealogy Research: African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and has a wealth of general and niche genealogy knowledge, experience, and resources to share.

      Download event flyer.

      Join the Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History For Genealogy Classes at the Historical Society of Baltimore County

      The first Thursday of each month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, genealogy classes for beginners will be underway to the public free of charge.  Bring your laptops with you!  The classes will be taught by professional genealogist and author, Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed, or local genealogist Noreen Goodson.

      Let us help you to explore the areas of family history that interest you. Learn various methods of:

      • Conducting Oral History
      • Preserving your Family History
      • Pursuing your Family’s Military History
      • Organizing a Research Strategy

      Learn how to access the basic documents for family history:

      • Federal Census Records
      • State Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
      • Military Records
      • Online Databases
      • Connecting with other genealogists

      Beginning the first Thursday of every month, come and share family stories, discuss your genealogy roadblocks, learn how to compile and present your data. Explore methods of documenting ancestors who were enslaved, who were free, who were immigrants, who were native born.  Internet access will be available to research records from multiple states.

      Take an ancestral journey with us!

  2. Aug
    28
    Fri
    1. HSBC Booth at the Maryland State Fair @ MD State Fairground in Timonium
      Aug 28 – Sep 7 (all-day)

      Visit Our Booth at the Maryland State Fair!

      For one week each year the society shifts many of its volunteer assets to plan for, setup and man (or woman) a booth at the Maryland State Fair to promote the society, its mission and programs.  Please stop by and give a friendly hello or thank you to our wonderful corps of volunteers!

       

  3. Sep
    3
    Thu
    1. Genealogy Instruction (Free!) @ HSBC Almshouse
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      FREE, MONTHLY, GENEALOGY INSTRUCTION at the Historical Society of Baltimore County with local genealogist Noreen Goodson, and professional genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed. Angela Walton-Raji is the author of Black Indian Genealogy Research: African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and has a wealth of general and niche genealogy knowledge, experience, and resources to share.

      Download event flyer.

      Join the Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History For Genealogy Classes at the Historical Society of Baltimore County

      The first Thursday of each month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, genealogy classes for beginners will be underway to the public free of charge.  Bring your laptops with you!  The classes will be taught by professional genealogist and author, Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed, or local genealogist Noreen Goodson.

      Let us help you to explore the areas of family history that interest you. Learn various methods of:

      • Conducting Oral History
      • Preserving your Family History
      • Pursuing your Family’s Military History
      • Organizing a Research Strategy

      Learn how to access the basic documents for family history:

      • Federal Census Records
      • State Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
      • Military Records
      • Online Databases
      • Connecting with other genealogists

      Beginning the first Thursday of every month, come and share family stories, discuss your genealogy roadblocks, learn how to compile and present your data. Explore methods of documenting ancestors who were enslaved, who were free, who were immigrants, who were native born.  Internet access will be available to research records from multiple states.

      Take an ancestral journey with us!

  4. Sep
    19
    Sat
    1. Montebello 100! @ Lake Montebello
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Visit us at our booth at the Montebello Water Filtration Plant’s 100th Anniversary.  Music, food, boats, and family fun for the whole family.  Please remember our excellent History Trails article on the incredible significance this water filtration plan serving city and suburb alike!

      Montebello Water Filtration Plant I - History Trails Historical Society of Baltimore County

  5. Sep
    27
    Sun
    1. Remembering Winters Lane, w/ Louis S. Diggs @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Remembering Winters Lane

      (Winters Lane is a registered National Historic District in Baltimore County.)

      Presentation by Louis S. Diggs

      Louis S. Diggs was born and raised in Baltimore, attended Baltimore schools, and made his career in the military.  After his 20+ years of military service, he settled in the Catonsville area, where his wife had grown up.  Continuing to build on his education, he graduated from the University of Baltimore with a BA degree, and later a Masters in Public Administration.  He went on to do post-graduate studies at George Washington University in D.C.

      Having had an ongoing interest in history, especially in the African-American communities of Baltimore, he began compiling histories of these communities, ultimately writing over 20 books and articles focusing on them.

      Because we will not have time to see all of the historic areas of Catonsville during our Legacy Tour on October 10th, we have asked Mr. Diggs to share with us some of the stories from one of his earlier books, It All Started on Winters Lane, about the families and people from this historic African-American district in Catonsville.

  6. Oct
    1
    Thu
    1. Genealogy Instruction (Free!) @ HSBC Almshouse
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      FREE, MONTHLY, GENEALOGY INSTRUCTION at the Historical Society of Baltimore County with local genealogist Noreen Goodson, and professional genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed. Angela Walton-Raji is the author of Black Indian Genealogy Research: African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and has a wealth of general and niche genealogy knowledge, experience, and resources to share.

      Download event flyer.

      Join the Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History For Genealogy Classes at the Historical Society of Baltimore County

      The first Thursday of each month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, genealogy classes for beginners will be underway to the public free of charge.  Bring your laptops with you!  The classes will be taught by professional genealogist and author, Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed, or local genealogist Noreen Goodson.

      Let us help you to explore the areas of family history that interest you. Learn various methods of:

      • Conducting Oral History
      • Preserving your Family History
      • Pursuing your Family’s Military History
      • Organizing a Research Strategy

      Learn how to access the basic documents for family history:

      • Federal Census Records
      • State Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
      • Military Records
      • Online Databases
      • Connecting with other genealogists

      Beginning the first Thursday of every month, come and share family stories, discuss your genealogy roadblocks, learn how to compile and present your data. Explore methods of documenting ancestors who were enslaved, who were free, who were immigrants, who were native born.  Internet access will be available to research records from multiple states.

      Take an ancestral journey with us!

  7. Oct
    10
    Sat
    1. Bus Tour – Catonsville At Large @ Baltimore County Almshouse
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Visit Historic Catonsville, including Old Salem Lutheran Church. Enjoy a delightful buffet lunch at Dimitri’s Restaurant. See the Victorian summer homes of wealthy Baltimoreans. Visit the Catonsville Room at the  local library.

      More Details Below!

      For questions or concerns e-mail tourinfo@hsobc.org

      Event Flyer – Click Here! (PDF)

      Registration Form – Click Here! (PDF)

      The first settlement in the area was made by the Quakers. They settled near an inn that was famous for its johnnycakes which were a cornmeal flatbread. These johnnycakes were very popular with the teamsters before they started their long trip westward.

      The farms in the area were mostly tobacco farms. The roads that ran near these farms were tobacco or rolling roads because the great casks or hogsheads were turned on their sides and rolled down the road to the port at Elkridge.

      About 1800 the area became known as Catonsville. It was named after Richard Caton, an English gentleman who married Mary, Charles Carroll’s oldest daughter.

      Catonsville grew rapidly, its population made up of many nationalities. In 1844, St. Timothy’s Church was built and is still in use today. In 1849 the first Salem Lutheran congregation was organized.

      This area became popular as a summer retreat for many wealthy Baltimoreans. Many great Victorian homes were built. It was a fashionable place to live and developed a social life similar to English country life.

      Catonsville has retained many of its historic homes, churches and buildings. A stroll through Catonsville’s residential avenues is like a step back in time.

      According to Benjamin Banneker Park, they are probably America’s largest original African American historical site, preserving most of Banneker’s original homestead in what is now historic Oella, MD. In 1737, Benjamin’s father purchased 100 acres here with 7,000 pounds of tobacco – the Colonial cash crop. Fast-forward 248 years and this site is rediscovered in a 1985 archaeological investigation. With land parcels acquired by Baltimore County from 1985 to 1993, much of the original 100 acre Banneker homestead came to be preserved as a major portion of Banneker Historical Park. The Banneker Museum first opened its doors in 1998.

       

  8. Nov
    5
    Thu
    1. Genealogy Instruction (Free!) @ HSBC Almshouse
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      FREE, MONTHLY, GENEALOGY INSTRUCTION at the Historical Society of Baltimore County with local genealogist Noreen Goodson, and professional genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed. Angela Walton-Raji is the author of Black Indian Genealogy Research: African American Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, and has a wealth of general and niche genealogy knowledge, experience, and resources to share.

      Download event flyer.

      Join the Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History For Genealogy Classes at the Historical Society of Baltimore County

      The first Thursday of each month, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, genealogy classes for beginners will be underway to the public free of charge.  Bring your laptops with you!  The classes will be taught by professional genealogist and author, Angela Walton-Raji, BA, M.Ed, or local genealogist Noreen Goodson.

      Let us help you to explore the areas of family history that interest you. Learn various methods of:

      • Conducting Oral History
      • Preserving your Family History
      • Pursuing your Family’s Military History
      • Organizing a Research Strategy

      Learn how to access the basic documents for family history:

      • Federal Census Records
      • State Vital Records – Birth, Marriage & Death
      • Military Records
      • Online Databases
      • Connecting with other genealogists

      Beginning the first Thursday of every month, come and share family stories, discuss your genealogy roadblocks, learn how to compile and present your data. Explore methods of documenting ancestors who were enslaved, who were free, who were immigrants, who were native born.  Internet access will be available to research records from multiple states.

      Take an ancestral journey with us!

  9. Nov
    14
    Sat
    1. Baltimore, from Sanitary to Sustainable Metropolis: A History of our Sewage System @ Back River Treatment Plant Auditorium
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Our 4th annual jointly sponsored with the Baltimore City Historical Society titled,Baltimore, from Sanitary to Sustainable Metropolis: A History of our Sewage System,will feature the following guest speakers:

      • Morgan Grove, Baltimore Ecosystem Study
      • Paige Glotzer, Johns Hopkins University
      • Kurt Kocher and others from Baltimore Department of Public Works

      More information on this topic:

       

      Click here for an event flyer (.pdf).

  10. Nov
    21
    Sat
    1. Miniatures Through Time: Maryland Miniature Exhibit @ Historical Society of Baltimore County
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Maryland Miniatures Unlimited and the Historical Society of Baltimore County invite you to join us for a miniature exhibition and two days of fun and history. The show, “Miniatures Through Time,” will feature intricate creations and historic miniatures, model trains, dollhouses and children’s activities.

      Suggested donation is $8.00 for adults and children over six. Children under six are free. All door proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Baltimore County. The building is ADA accessible.