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
    4
    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.

      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
    21
    Sun
    1. PUBLIC HISTORY > LOCAL HISTORY > YOUR HISTORY @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Public History > Local History > Your History. Speaker Ruth Mascari. When was your last history course? Did you like it? Or not? Can’t remember? That is probably the answer for most of us. But it might be more recent than you imagined. Have you seen the road side markers like the one in front of the Society? What do you think of the controversy over the Maryland State song? Our public history is all around us all the time. It can be found in architecture, music, road patterns, social trends, cemeteries and more. While academic history that is taught inside the classroom is critical, it lacks the elements of spontaneity and hands on opportunity. Public history is there to touch and see and be part of. It will probably be your history at some point. Ruth will use points in Baltimore County history to discuss this topic. She will have pictures and artifacts for demonstration. You are invited to bring a favorite or unique artifact of your own to share.

  3. Aug
    23
    Tue
    1. HSBC Antiques Appraisal Fair @ Alex Coopers Auctioneers, Towson MD
      10:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Details
      Mark your calendars – on Tuesday, August 23, the renowned antiques appraisers of Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, are donating their time to appraise your antiques and benefit the Historical Society. Numerous appraisers with varying specialties will be on hand at Alex Cooper’s newly renovated galleries. Bring your family treasurers and antiques to receive a professional, verbal appraisal for your item’s value. Who knows, you might discover you own an “American Treasure,” as the popular Antiques Roadshow series says. Minimum donation $10.00 per item all proceeds to benefit the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

  4. Sep
    25
    Sun
    1. Paper Money and National Banks of Baltimore County @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Paper Money and National Banks of Baltimore County. Speaker Armand Shank.  A brief history of paper money used in our country. Also, a close look at the nine National Banks chartered in Baltimore County, including: individual bank histories; bank notes issued, with report of survivors; bank officers and note signers; the first notes issued by the Cockeysville National Bank; and a display of surviving notes.

  5. Oct
    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.

      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!

  6. Oct
    22
    Sat
    1. HSBC Legacy Bus Tour VII – “Early Baltimore County” @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      HSBC Legacy Bus Tour VII – “Early  Baltimore County”

      Saturday October 22, 2016

      9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

      This year’s tour will visit Historic Fork, Kingsville, Franklinville, Jerusalem mills and include a buffet lunch at Mountain Branch Grill.

      After lunch we will enjoy a walking tour of historic Jerusalem Mill Village, including the Museum, Blacksmith Shop and General Store.  Be sure to wear your walking shoes and bring your camera.  The area within the Gunpowder Valley is most scenic.

      Cost: $75 for HSBC Members, $85 for Non-Members

      Registration Flyer

       

      EARLY BALTIMORE COUNTY

      STEP BACK IN TIME

       

      The area near the Gunpowder Falls became a choice site for some of the County’s earliest land grants, over 1300 acres patented between 1661 and 1686, testament to the importance of the region as a cradle of county settlement.  In 1674, Old Baltimore on the Bush River became the first permanent County seat.  By 1695, it was abandoned as a new courthouse was built at Simms’ Choice southwest of Little Gunpowder Falls, reflecting the growing importance of the Gunpowder Region. After 1710 the county seat moved again further inland to Joppa where it remained until 1768, when the county seat moved to Baltimore-Town.  But the economic importance of Little Gunpowder Falls and Gunpowder River had taken hold as multiple mills were founded along their banks, Jerusalem Merchant Mill, Onion’s Forge Grist Mill, Onion’s Upper and Forge Saw Mills, Bond’s Water Mills, Upper Jericho Saw Mill (later the Jerusalem Saw Mill), Upper Jericho Merchant Mill (located at a bend in Little Gunpowder Falls, with a miller’s house, still standing, about 100 ft. north of the mill), and Lower Jericho Saw Mill, among others.   Farmers visiting the area mills to deliver grain and wood, also looked for services such as a blacksmith, general stores, post office, etc

  7. Nov
    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.

      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!

  8. Nov
    12
    Sat
    1. 5th Annual Joint Program Baltimore City Historical Society and Historical Society of Baltimore County. “Wading in the Waters” @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      5th Annual Joint Program Baltimore City Historical Society and Historical Society of Baltimore County. Wading in the Waters of an Unsung River – The Life and Times of the Patapsco:  Baltimore’s River of History and River of Hope.

      A discussion about Patapsco culture, environment, history and people with:
      • Alison Kahn, author, and Peggy Fox, photographer, of Patapsco: Life Along Maryland’s Historic River Valley
      • Paul Travers, author of The Patapsco: Baltimore’s River of History

  9. Dec
    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.

      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!

  10. Jan
    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.

      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!