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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. Dec
    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!

  2. Dec
    10
    Sat
    1. Evening of Holiday Cheer at Silo Hill 2016 @ Silo Hill at the Sotir Farm
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Join us for An Evening of Holiday Cheer at Silo Hill, our largest fundraiser of the year, on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 6 PM-9 PM. Silo Hill is a cozy rustic barn with a beautiful stone fireplace located at the Sotir Farm in Phoenix, Maryland. The evening will be a gathering of friends and supporters celebrating the holiday season. We are excited to announce that the new STEINWAY & SONS SPIRIO, the world’s finest high-resolution player piano, will be entertaining us. In addition, our hostess for the evening, vocalist and TV host Carolyn Black-Sotir, will sing a few holiday classics accompanied by pianist Dr. Matthew Bachmann. HSBC will take you back in time as the evening ends with an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along by the roaring fire. Wine & craft beer, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served.

      Tickets ($25 per person) are now on sale. For more information or to by tickets online please click HERE , or call us at 410-666-1878 for tickets or to discuss other ways of supporting this fundraiser and HSBC.

      Your generous support permits HSBC to continue our mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich history of Baltimore County. We pursue our mission through lectures, publications, tours, exhibits, oral histories, museum collections and a public research center. Learn more about HSBC on our website and by watching our introductory video on YouTube.

       

      Thank you for all you do for the Historical Society of Baltimore County!

  3. Jan
    22
    Sun
    1. Underground Railroad by Scott Mingus, Sr. @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      HSBC Sunday Speaker’s Series. Scott Mingus, Sr. on the Underground Railroad in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Details to follow.

  4. Feb
    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.

      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. Feb
    12
    Sun
    1. Sparrow’s Point, Speaker Bill Barry @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      From its opening in 1887 to becoming the largest steel mill in the world, with 31,000 workers, to its closure in 2012, the Sparrows Point plant, and its incorporated town, was a major historical landmark for industrial, and post-industrial America and Baltimore County.

  6. Mar
    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.

      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. Mar
    12
    Sun
    1. B&O Railroad During the Civil War, Speaker Dan Toomey @ HSBC Almshouse, Cockeysville
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      When the Civil War began the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad quickly became the most important railroad in the nation. Located entirely within the state of Maryland and the present day state of West Virginia, it represented the only direct rail link between Washington, DC, and the loyal states. Throughout the war, its destruction was a constant objective of the Confederacy. Dan Toomey will explore this “First Front” concept as presented in his book The War Came by Train: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad During the Civil War.

  8. 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

       

  9. 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!

  10. 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