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. Apr
    4
    Fri
    1. History of Cockeysville @ Cockeysville Senior Center
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      Take a walk down memory lane with HSBC Volunteer Sharon Leggin as she details the history of Cockeysville in a talk at the Cockeysville Senior Center. The talk will include historic photos, before and after pictures and a question and answer period. Local  schools, churches ,businesses and the underpass will be some of the topics covered.

      NOTE: This event is being held at the Cockeysville Senior Center (not at the society headquarters).

       

  2. 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.

      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. 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.”

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

       

  6. 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.

      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
    22
    Sun
    1. Annual Members Meeting (Members Only Please) @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      Members,

      Please join us for our annual society membership meeting.  There, we will briefly discuss the state of the society, and present and vote on a new slate of board members and officers.  Light fare will be provided.

      Members only please.  (Please watch your mailbox for more information on this and the slate of new board candidates.)

      Also, please plan to stay for the 3:00 p.m. presentation by Bill Barry, retired Director of Labor Studies at CCBC, about his new book,The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore.

       

    2. The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore – New Book Presentation, Sale & Signing (Public Program) @ HSBC Almshouse
      3:00 pm – 4:15 pm


      Event Flyer.
      This event is open to the public.

      Join Bill Barry, long time member of the Historical Society of Baltimore County, and the retired Director of Labor Studies at The Community College of Baltimore County/Dundalk, as he delivers a presentation about his new book and research.

      “When more than 100,000 railroad workers carried out the first national strike in the United States, it started in Baltimore at Camden Yards on July 16, 1877 as workers resisted a second round of pay cuts on the B& O Railroad.

      The new book, titled The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore, by Bill Barry focuses in detail on the weeks of the strike both in Baltimore, where two other strikes in the city were also in progress and 10 innocent bystanders were murdered by the Maryland militia near Baltimore City Hall, and on related strikes across the country. The book emphasizes that the strike became an epic moment not just in labor history but in US history, as it provoked critical issues, like the role of the federal government, the need for standing armies and the role of workers in an industrial society. The book also considers the political controversies of the time and the Red Scare that accompanied the strikes.

      The 1877 Railroad Strike in Baltimore covers the development of railroads as a national industry, and particularly the history of the B & O, early labor disputes and unionism on the railroads, the immigrant and working-class communities of Baltimore, and community support for the strikers. It uses original research from newspapers and committee hearings, minutes from the Hayes administration, as well as documents from the archives of the B & O Museum—including the notorious Gatling Letter—and even a section of poems about the strike, created by students in Baltimore. There are numerous period graphics and color photographs to illustrate the history.

      Chapter 1—Introduction

      Chapter 2—the B & O in Baltimore

      Chapter 3—The Workers in Baltimore

      Chapter 4—The B & O Strike

      Chapter 5–Reflections and Recollections

      Chapter 6—Poems

      Chapter 7—Afterword

      Appendix—The Gatling Letter”

  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.

      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.

      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!