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. May
    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!

  2. May
    4
    Sun
    1. Non-indentured Child “servants” in Baltimore County, 1683-1715 @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Event Flyer – Click Here (PDF)

      Speaker Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D. will talk on his research into 27 child “servants” without indentures appear in the Court Proceedings of Baltimore County.  The records from that time period are fragmentary, covering 1683-1686, 1691-1696, and 1708-1715.

      BOOK & SPEAKING TOPIC

      “This is every family’s worst nightmare: the disappearance of a child.

      Richard Hayes Phillips has collected the names of more than five thousand children kidnapped from Ireland, Scotland, England, and New England and sold into slavery in Maryland and Virginia, ca. 1660 to 1720. By English law dated 1659, it was lawful for justices of the peace to kidnap children found begging or vagrant and ship them to the plantations as servants without indentures. The younger the child, the longer the sentence, and the colonial county courts were the judges of their ages. The children are on the record. By name.

      These five thousand names, culled from the colonial Court Order Books, some of which have not been examined for centuries, have now been compiled into one genealogical index. In almost every case, the entries provide the name of the child, the name of the owner, the date they appeared in court, and the age assigned by the judges, many of whom owned the very children they were sentencing to servitude.

      We have long known about African slaves, convict laborers, and, of course, indentured servants who agreed in writing, by indenture, to work without wages for a number of years to pay off the cost of their passage and lodging, after which time they were free. We were never told about white slaves, who did not agree, who did not consent, and who never contracted in writing.

      BIOGRAPHY

      Richard Hayes Phillips holds a Ph.D. in geomorphology from the University of Oregon, and M.A. degrees in history and geography from the University of Oklahoma.  He has taught geology, geography and history at seven colleges, including New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico.  He now works for the Adirondack Trail Improvement Society and the Lake George Land Conservancy.  He lives in Canton, New York.

      He is descended from two generations of Scottish slaves, the father a prisoner of war, the son a kidnapped child.  This is what inspired him to document the history of white slavery in America, and to index the names of five thousand children kidnapped in Scotland, Ireland, England and New England and sentenced to slavery by the colonial courts of Maryland and Virginia.  He continues to search the court records to find out what became of these children.”

  3. May
    15
    Thu
    1. A Historic View of Towson @ Towson Branch - BCPL
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Venerable Baltimore County historian, John W. McGrain, is giving a talk on “Old Towson,” with slides from the 1950s to present.

      It will be free and open to the public in the auditorium at the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

  4. May
    25
    Sun
    1. Rumor or Fact? A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
      Volunteer Sally Riley will give an encore presentation of this talk she delivered in March, which received wonderful reviews and praise.   It will cover the history of the mill and town called Warren. The program will cover the time period from 1800’s until the 1920’s  at which time the mill was eliminated to make way for our drinking water supply. Anne Eichler Kolakowsky, local poet and author, will read from her new book, Persistance: Poems of Warren, Maryland, with the assistance of Fred Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun reporter. Sales and signing will follow, with a portion of sales donated to the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

      Event flyer – click here (PDF).

       

  5. Jun
    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!

  6. Jun
    12
    Thu
    1. Remembering the Village of Texas, MD – Where is it? What is it? How did it come to be? @ Cockeysville Branch - Baltimore County Public Library
      7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Do you know where Texas, Maryland is?  Have you ever wondered how it got its name?  Cassie Kilroy Thompson, the founder of the Friends of Texas Maryland, will offer a presentation and time for discussion about the origins and history of this disappearing Baltimore County village.

       

  7. Jun
    22
    Sun
    1. Annual Membership Business Meeting & Presentation @ HSBC Almshouse
      Jun 22 (all-day)

      Annual Membership Business Meeting & Presentation

  8. Jul
    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!

  9. Aug
    7
    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!

  10. Sep
    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!