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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. Oct
    25
    Sat
    1. BUS TOUR – “West of the Interstate: Cemeteries & Historic Churches” @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      “West of the Interstate: Historic Cemeteries & Churches”
      A luxury coach bus tour, leaving from the society’s almshouse headquarters, and returning to the society’s almshouse headquarters. (Includes light to moderate walking at numerous sites.)

      • SOLD OUT – Registration forms no longer available.

      We will identify 11 historic cemeteries and churches, dismount for 8, including lunch at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Upperco, MD. We will also visit the Reisterstown Community Cemetery dating from 1764.

      Mark your calendars now!  Bring your camera!

      Cost: SOLD OUT – $50 for HSBC members, or $60 for non-members.

      Tour:  October 25, 2014

      For more information or questions about this tour e-mail tourinfo@hsobc.org

       

  2. Nov
    1
    Sat
    1. FREE BUS TOUR – Celebrate Emancipation Day with a display, talk and FREE bus tour @ Owings Mills Public Library
      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

      CELEBRATE EMANCIPATION DAY IN MARYLAND WITH A DISPLAY, TALK AND FREE BUS TOUR THROUGH VARIOUS HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES IN BALTIMORE COUNTY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

      Click Here for an Event Flyer

      The activities will begin with photographic displays at the Owings Mills Public Library, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills by Ray Banks of the Negro Baseball League and Louis S. Diggs of African American Life in Baltimore County.  The program will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  The bus will depart about 9:30am.  There is free parking in the public garage adjacent to the Library.

      From 10:00am to 11:00am, we will visit Mt. Gilboa AME Church in Oella.   This is the oldest, still active African American Church in Baltimore County, a visit to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, also in Oella, concluding with a drive-thru of the African American community of Winters Lane in Catonsville.

      From 11:00am to 12:00pm, we will visit such historical African American structures were runaway slaves found safe haven such as Union Bethel AME Church, the Emmarts UM Church, etc.  The tour will also visit a slave church in Granite that is in the process of being converted to a mini-museum.

      From 12:00pm to 2:00pm we will visit the historic African American community of Turner Station in Dundalk where there will be a talk on the life of Henrietta Lacks during a free lunch at the Union Baptist Church, and we may meet one of the Lacks family members, ending with a tour throughout this significant African American Community.

      By 2:15pm, the bus will depart Turner Station to return to the Owings Mills Public Library by 3:00pm when the tour will end.

      The tour guides will be Louis S. Diggs who will be sharing historical information throughout the tour, assisted by Betty Stewart.

      To be considered for a ticket for the tour, submit your request via an email to: Louis S. Diggs at louisdiggs2@verizon.net, or Betty Stewart at bruthstew@verizon.net.  You will be notified by email if you are approved for a seat.

      This tour is sponsored by the Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotions. The tour through the Turner Station community will be hosted by the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group and the Kingdom Economic System

  3. Nov
    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. Historic Cockeysville @ Cockeysville Branch - Baltimore County Public Library
      1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

      Historic Cockeysville, MD

      Historical Society of Baltimore County volunteer, Sharon Leggin, presents over 100 images of 19th and early 20th century Cockeysville, including some now and then photos, along with an oral presentation on topics such as schools, the railroad, people, houses and places of business.

  4. Nov
    15
    Sat
    1. Baltimore’s Suburbanization & Outward Growth @ Rockland Hall - Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Mark your calendar for our third annual jointly sponsored program, bridging the interpretive boundaries between city and county…

      Baltimore’s Suburbanization & Outward Growth
      Event Flyer (click here)

      Join us to explore how Baltimore’s Suburbanization has both impacted, and been effected by, changes in urban and suburban demographics, transportation, housing practices, city and county planning, and poverty and tax policies.

      Speakers:

      • Eric Holcomb, City Planner, Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP), and author of The City as Suburb: A History of Northeast Baltimore Since 1660 (Chicago: Center for American Places, 2008), presents, “Tying It All Together: Understanding Suburban Growth in the Baltimore Region.”
      • Antero Pietila, retired 35 year Baltimore Sun veteran, reporter, foreign correspondent, member of the Sun’s editorial board and recent author of Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City (Ivan R. Dee, 2010), presents, “Suburbanization is a State of Mind.”
      • Elizabeth Kneebone, fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, whose work focuses on urban and suburban poverty, metropolitan demographics and tax policies.  Her recent book with co-author Alan Berube is Confronting Suburban Poverty in America (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2013), presents, “The Shifting Geography of Poverty in Metropolitan Baltimore.”

      Program Sponsors:

      • Baltimore City Historical Society
      • Historical Society of Baltimore County
      • Stevenson University’s Public History Program

       

       

  5. Nov
    23
    Sun
    1. Historical Traffic Control Devices & The Evolution of Highway Safety Signage @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

      Longtime collector Christopher Laughland will present a lecture focusing on the development and evolution of traffic control devices. These devices were used in and around Baltimore County from the 1900s to present.  He will talk and present a slide show about the changes and progression of numerous devices used for maintaining traffic during road construction, such as old lanterns, road markings and signage.

       

  6. Dec
    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.

      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. Feb
    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!

  8. Mar
    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. Apr
    2
    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!