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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. Apr
    2
    Sun
    1. Maryland Voices of the Civil War, with Charles Mitchell @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County and the Historical Society of Baltimore County are pleased to co-host a talk by Charles Mitchell, “Maryland Voices of the Civil War: Understanding the Civilian Experience.” Pre-registration requested

      The Civil War deeply divided families, friends and communities. Both sides fought to define the conflict on their own terms: Lincoln and his supporters struggled to preserve the Union and end slavery, while the Confederacy waged a battle for the primacy of local liberty or the states’ rights. But the war had its own peculiar effects on the four border slave states that remained loyal to the Union. No state better exemplified the vital role of the border state than Maryland. Through the lens of the civilian experience, this talk will examine the animating themes of Maryland’s Civil War story, such as the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the fate of civil liberties in time of war, the impact of military operations and the role that slaves themselves played in helping win their own freedom and bring an end to the “peculiar institution” a full six months before the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

      Charles Mitchell’s book, “Maryland Voices of the Civil War” (Johns Hopkins University Press), the product of 12 years of research, draws on more than a thousand letters, diaries, and period newspapers–many previously unpublished–to portray the passions of a wide variety of people: merchants, slaves, soldiers, politicians, freemen, women, clergy, slave owners, civic leaders and children who were caught in the emotional vise of war.

      “Maryland Voices of the Civil War” is a winner of the Founders Award from the Museum of the Confederacy, for outstanding scholarship of the Confederate era. His other book, “Travels Through American History in the Mid-Atlantic: A Guide for All Ages,” won a Gold Award in the guidebook category from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2016. Mitchell has published widely on Civil War-era politics and slavery in Maryland.

      Pre-registration requested

       

  2. Apr
    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!

  3. Apr
    23
    Sun
    1. Another Sunday, Speaker:Cynthia Strauff Schaub @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      It’s historical, so it has to be factual, right? It’s a novel, so it’s fiction, right?  And how do you pin down all those details? Cynthia Strauff will share her adventures in writing, researching and completing her historical novel, Another Sunday

  4. May
    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!

  5. May
    7
    Sun
    1. Baltimore County School System History, Speakers: Dr. Robert Dubel and Farrell Maddox @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      An historical journey that dates back to 1993 when a young man and his remarkable grandmother climbed a fence and then a hill to find an abandoned building.  It was the schoolhouse she attended as a young child.  Flooded with memories and tears trickling down her cheek, she inspired E. Farrell Maddox to write Building the Future, a 276 full-color commemorative book, showcasing the history of Baltimore County Public Schools.

  6. Jun
    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!

  7. Jun
    11
    Sun
    1. Lansdowne: Speaker James Klima @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      If you want to preserve the history of your church or organization, Mr. Klima and Mr. Cosgrove will teach you how to do it with pictures, videos and other digital media. They will be using Lansdowne as an example showing the videos they used to tell the story of Lansdowne.

  8. Jul
    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!

  9. Jul
    9
    Sun
    1. Christopher Columbus: Speaker Jerry Kahan @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      For God, for gold, for spices. These dreams motivated the man we call Christopher Columbus to sail across the Atlantic Ocean four times. In search of a sea route to Asia, he discovered a New World; a discovery far more important. Five hundred years have now passed and still the details of his story are as varied and unclear as ever. The historical and cultural significance of these voyages is absolute and irrefutable.

  10. Aug
    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!