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
    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!

  2. May
    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!

  3. May
    31
    Sun
    1. Annual Membership Meeting @ Historic Baltimore County Almshouse
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      The annual membership meeting will observe a brief business meeting including a state of the society address, new board of trustee elections and refreshments.  Following the business meeting and refreshments a guest presentation.  More details to come.

    2. Sam Smith Star-Spangled Hero – New Book Presentation, Sale & Signing (Public Program) @ Historic Baltimore County Almshouse
      3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

      Sam Smith Star-Spangled Hero – New Book Presentation, Sale & Signing

      Join us, and the authors of the new book, Sam Smith: Star-Spangled Hero: The Unsung Patriot who Saved Baltimore and Helped Win the War of 1812, for a presentation, book sale and signing.  Robert Dudley, Marc De Simone and special military history contributor Lt. Col. Guy Berry, USMC, invested untold hours in their research and writing of this new book.

      About the Author

      Dr. Marc DeSimone was born and raised in Baltimore and has taught leadership at Colleges and Universities. He has also provided leadership training to both private and public sectors for over three decades. He currently provides training for the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management in Baltimore.

      Back Cover

      It was September 11 of 1814, during the “forgotten” War of 1812, and the future of American independence was on the line. The most powerful military force in the world, the British Royal Navy, had positioned a massive naval blockade all along the American Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Mexico, slowly strangling the infant U.S. economy. The invasion of Washington, D.C. by Lord Wellington’s “Invincibles” the month before had resulted in the burning of the Capitol and White House, scattering Congress and the President to the wind. In the largest assembly of combatants during the entire war, the people and city of Baltimore were targeted by the British as a hated “nest of pirates”. At noon that Sunday, church bells sounded the alarm as 50 war ships of the British juggernaught appeared within sight of Fort McHenry! Against all odds, one American heroically led the defense that saved his beloved city. Five weeks later, upon hearing the news of the Battle of Baltimore in London, the British government finally relented and maneuvered to quickly negotiate an end to the war. Baltimore and America were saved as Sam Smith became a military hero for the second time in his illustrious life. The fruits of his efforts are recorded in our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, and the results of his deeds are forever emblazoned on every American heart. This is the story that shows what can happen “when freemen shall stand!” Here is a tribute to the un-sung patriot and his life of leadership and service. Smith is a bold example of true American heroism and wisdom from one of the darkest days of our existence as a free people. Inspiring us all today, this book is the authors’ homage to the early Republic, and Sam Smith’s fight for freedom and liberty, illuminating the all important leadership lessons which teach us how one American can make the difference in preserving the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

  4. Jun
    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. Jul
    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!

  6. Jul
    20
    Mon
    1. Antiques Appraisal Fair – Featuring Alex Cooper Auctioneers & Appraisers @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      On Monday, July 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the society Almshouse headquarters in Cockeysville, the renowned antiques appraisers of Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, are donating their time to appraise your antiques!

      Numerous appraisers with varying specialties will be on hand as a fundraiser for us, and a service to you! Bring your family treasurers and antiques to receive a professional, verbal appraisal for your item’s value.

      Who knows, you might discover you own an “American Treasure,” as the popular Antiques Roadshow series says.

      Space is limited, and pre-registration is required by calling 410-666-1878, or e-mail info@hsobc.org. Please inform the approx. quantity of items you’re bringing. Cost = $15 per item for members, or $30 per item for non-members. Bring your silver, small furniture, jewelry, paintings, etc.

       

  7. Aug
    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!

  8. Aug
    12
    Wed
    1. Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ Loch Raven Public Library
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ Loch Raven Public Library
      7:00PM Wednesday August 12, 2015
      Ever drive over the Warren Road Bridge crossing the Loch Raven Reservoir and wonder if the large water expanse has always been there?  Ever wonder what else could have been there?  Ever met anyone who once lived in Warren, MD and wondered where it was?  Come to find out the answers to these questions and some other interesting facts about Warren, MD on September 18th.  A speaker from the Historical Society of Baltimore County will present facts and pictures about Loch Raven Reservoir and Warren, MD.

      Loch Raven Public Library
      1046 Taylor Avenue
      Towson, MD 21286

  9. Aug
    28
    Fri
    1. HSBC Booth at the Maryland State Fair @ MD State Fairground in Timonium
      Aug 28 – Sep 7 (all-day)

      Visit Our Booth at the Maryland State Fair!

      For one week each year the society shifts many of its volunteer assets to plan for, setup and man (or woman) a booth at the Maryland State Fair to promote the society, its mission and programs.  Please stop by and give a friendly hello or thank you to our wonderful corps of volunteers!