Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


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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  1. Nov
    1. Tour: Come Fly with Them – Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum @ Historical Society of Baltimore County Almshouse
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The Historical Society of Baltimore County & The Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County (formerly Baltimore County Historical Trust) are offering an informative and interesting bus tour to the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum.

      The Glenn L. Martin Company’s aircraft played an important role in the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.  The tour will also survey a number of planned communities from the 1940-50s in the Middle River and surrounding area.  The planned communities were among the first to provide economic housing for workers in a less congested setting.

      The cost of the tour will include a catered lunch at a nearby restaurant.

      Pre-registration required.

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  2. Nov
    1. Baltimore County, Baltimore City: Separate but Together @ Historical Society of Baltimore County Almshouse
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Join Matthew Crenson, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Johns Hopkins, and Edward Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist, for a fascinating exploration of the inseparable histories of Baltimore County and City. From the creation of the County in 1659, to the incorporation of the City and the final annexation of territory in 1918 the sometimes united entities have a tumultuous history.

      Moderator: Garrett Power
      Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
      Francis King Carey School of Law


      Historical Society of Baltimore County
      Baltimore City Historical Society

      Registration opens October 2, 2012.

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  3. Dec
    1. Securing Historic Status on Structures in African American Communities @ Historical Society of Baltimore County Almshouse
      11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      The Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History, Inc., is proud to announce that there will be a workshop on how to have African American Churches, Lodges, Schools, homes, etc., designated as historic, with the benefits of qualifying for grants, tax credits, etc. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Baltimore County Historical Society, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030.  Parking is available, and there is no charge for the workshop.

      The itinerary of the workshop will be as follows:

      11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

      Louis S. Diggs, Founder and President of the Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History, Inc., will talk on the purpose of the workshop and will introduce Theodore H. Mack, the Chairman of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture and the State and County administrators who will conduct the sessions, and some administrative notes about the workshop.

      11:10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

      Karin Brown, Chief Preservation Services, Baltimore County, will discuss what is involved in having your property historically land marked, and securing tax credits on your property.  There will be a question and answer opportunity after her presentation.                                                           

      11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

      Anne B. Raines, Capital Grants and Loans Program Administrator, Maryland Historical Trust, will discuss the African American Heritage Preservation Program and possibly other funding possibilities.  There will be a question and answer opportunity after her presentation.

      12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.      Lunch

      12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      Amy M. B. Skinner, Easement Administrator, Office of Preservation Services, Maryland Historic Trust, will discuss the meaning of “Easement,” and how it impact on receiving grants. There will be a question and answer opportunity after her presentation.

      1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

      Marilyn Benaderet, Preservation Services Director, Preservation Maryland, will discuss the Heritage Fund Grant Program that is administered by Preservation Maryland. There will be a question and answer opportunity after her presentation.

      1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

      Patricia Bentz, President of Baltimore County Historic Trust will discuss how the Baltimore County Historic Trust may be helpful in providing Grants and other assistance to eligible historic structures in Baltimore County. There will be a question and answer opportunity after her presentation.                                                                                          

      1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

      Open discussion about the workshop

      It is anticipated that participation in this workshop will be extremely limited; therefore, admission tickets will be required.  Should you desire to participate you must send your request for an admission ticket by email to:  Louis S. Diggs (louisdiggs2@verizon.net) not later than November 23, 2012.You will be notified by return email if your request is approved, with an admission ticket.

      You can access the website of the Research Center at www.diggsresearchcenter.org.  For information about information on Louis S. Diggs, please visit his website at www.louisdiggs.com.

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  4. Jan
    1. Lighting the House: A History of Domestic Lighting @ Historic Almshouse
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Join lecturer John Danz as he presents an illustrated talk on the history of domestic lighting.  John will use lighting objects from his own collection as well as slides to demonstrate how domestic lighting developed during the past three hundred years. He will also discuss how changes in lighting influenced American lifestyles as well as interior design.

      John has a degree in History from VA Tech, and is a member of The Rushlight Society.

      Event Flyer: http://www.hsobc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Lighting_the_House.pdf