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
    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!

       

  2. 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!

  3. Sep
    19
    Sat
    1. Montebello 100! @ Lake Montebello
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Visit us at our booth at the Montebello Water Filtration Plant’s 100th Anniversary.  Music, food, events 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!

      Exhibits:
      Baltimore City Historical Society, Historical Society of Baltimore County, Fire Museum of MD, NorthEast History Roundtable, Clifton Mansion, Public Works, MD Zoo, Carrie Murray Nature Center, Morgan State University, Community Organizations, Artists, Performers and more

      Free Parking:
      Hopkins Eastern Campus Lot, SE corner of Ellerslie Avenue and East 33rd Street – with free shuttles to and from the event!

      Live Music:
      Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides, Karter Jaymes and the Ezekiel Reed Band, J Pope and Funk Friday

      Activities:
      Kid’s Zone, Disc Golf, Biking, Kite Flying, Bounce House, Giant Legos, Coloring, Painting, Historic Program, Plant Tours, Time Capsule, Historic Marker Unveiling and more

      Food and Drinks:
      Food Trucks will be selling a wide variety of items and a Beer Garden will be selling drinks to those 21 and over

      Giveways: Hats, Fans, Bags, Wattle Bottles, Kites and Pins while supplies last

      Free! Fun! Family Event!

      Like & Visit MONTEBELLO CENTENNIAL on Facebook and discover more details.

      Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Montebello I Filtration Plant dedication.

      Celebrating one hundred years of clean, reliable, safe and tasty public drinking water .

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

       

    2. Callaghan Concert & HSBC Fundraiser! @ The Music Barn at Sotir Farm
      7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
      ‘Add to Cart’ to buy tickets! Scroll down for Callaghan YouTube videos.


       

      On behalf of the Historical Society of Baltimore County (HSBC), we are pleased to announce that, on Saturday evening, October 10 at 7pm, HSBC will be holding its second ever benefit concert – again at the Music Barn on the Sotir Farm located at 14601 Cooper Road, Phoenix, MD.

      British singer-songwriter Callaghan (now based in Nashville, TN) will be returning to perform her beautiful Americana music including tunes from her first album Life in Full Color as well as from her live album and her brand new release A History of Now.

      If you saw Callaghan last year at the Music Barn, you already know what a talented artist she is and how uplifting her music was and will be this fall. This year, Callaghan will be joined once again by her guitarist and now by a cellist as well. Check out her recent videos of “Who Will I Be” and “We Don’t Have to Change the World”.

      Joining Callaghan on the co-bill will be country music recording artist Granville Automatic featuring the fantastic vocals of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins. Their latest album, An Army Without Music, was just released August 14, 2015 and is available for download on iTunes or check it out on theirwebsite along with their first album and a collection of live hits. Watch their YouTube performances of “Never on a Sunday” and “Grancer Harrison” to get a taste of their music.

      Tickets ($50 per person) are now on sale. Seating is limited to 150 and last year we sold out ten days before the concert. Below is an order form for tickets and for sponsorships. Or you may call us at 410-666-1878 or 410-935-0117 for either tickets or to discuss other ways of supporting this fundraiser concert and HSBC.

      Your generous support of this concert permits HSBC to continue its mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich history of Baltimore Countyincluding lectures, genealogical research, publications, tours, exhibits, historical research, the re-opening of its museum and its preservation of artifacts of Baltimore County history and sharing them with the world. Learn more about HSBC by visiting its website and by watching a four minute slideshownarration here.

      If you can’t make the concert (or if you are game for a full day and night of HSBC fun), consider joining the HSBC bus tour of historic Catonsville on October 10 from 9am to 5pm. More info on the bus tour is available here.

      Thank you for all you do for the Historical Society of Baltimore County!

      Click ‘Add to Cart’ to buy tickets!


       

      Callaghan

      Visit www.callaghansongs.com

  7. Oct
    18
    Sun
    1. Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ Catonsville Historical Society
      2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

      Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir?

      @ Catonsville Historical Society
      2:00 PM, Sunday October 18, 2015
      Ever drive over the Warren Road Bridge crossing the Loch Raven Reservoir and wonder if the large water expanse has always been there?  Ever wonder what else could have been there?  Ever met anyone who once lived in Warren, MD and wondered where it was?  Come to find out the answers to these questions and some other interesting facts about Warren, MD on September 18th.  A speaker from the Historical Society of Baltimore County will present facts and pictures about Loch Raven Reservoir and Warren, MD.

      Catonsville Historical Society
      1824 Frederick Road
      Catonsville, MD 21228

  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).