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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. May
    31
    Sun
    1. 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.”

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

       

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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!

       

  8. Sep
    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. Sep
    19
    Sat
    1. Montebello 100! @ Lake Montebello
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Visit us at our booth at the Montebello Water Filtration Plant’s 100th Anniversary.  Music, food, events and family fun for the whole family.  Please remember our excellent History Trails article on the incredible significance this water filtration plan serving city and suburb alike!

      Exhibits:
      Baltimore City Historical Society, Historical Society of Baltimore County, Fire Museum of MD, NorthEast History Roundtable, Clifton Mansion, Public Works, MD Zoo, Carrie Murray Nature Center, Morgan State University, Community Organizations, Artists, Performers and more

      Free Parking:
      Hopkins Eastern Campus Lot, SE corner of Ellerslie Avenue and East 33rd Street – with free shuttles to and from the event!

      Live Music:
      Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides, Karter Jaymes and the Ezekiel Reed Band, J Pope and Funk Friday

      Activities:
      Kid’s Zone, Disc Golf, Biking, Kite Flying, Bounce House, Giant Legos, Coloring, Painting, Historic Program, Plant Tours, Time Capsule, Historic Marker Unveiling and more

      Food and Drinks:
      Food Trucks will be selling a wide variety of items and a Beer Garden will be selling drinks to those 21 and over

      Giveways: Hats, Fans, Bags, Wattle Bottles, Kites and Pins while supplies last

      Free! Fun! Family Event!

      Like & Visit MONTEBELLO CENTENNIAL on Facebook and discover more details.

      Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Montebello I Filtration Plant dedication.

      Celebrating one hundred years of clean, reliable, safe and tasty public drinking water .

      Montebello Water Filtration Plant I - History Trails Historical Society of Baltimore County

  10. Sep
    27
    Sun
    1. Remembering Winters Lane, w/ Louis S. Diggs @ HSBC Almshouse Headquarters
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Remembering Winters Lane

      (Winters Lane is a registered National Historic District in Baltimore County.)

      Presentation by Louis S. Diggs

      Louis S. Diggs was born and raised in Baltimore, attended Baltimore schools, and made his career in the military.  After his 20+ years of military service, he settled in the Catonsville area, where his wife had grown up.  Continuing to build on his education, he graduated from the University of Baltimore with a BA degree, and later a Masters in Public Administration.  He went on to do post-graduate studies at George Washington University in D.C.

      Having had an ongoing interest in history, especially in the African-American communities of Baltimore, he began compiling histories of these communities, ultimately writing over 20 books and articles focusing on them.

      Because we will not have time to see all of the historic areas of Catonsville during our Legacy Tour on October 10th, we have asked Mr. Diggs to share with us some of the stories from one of his earlier books, It All Started on Winters Lane, about the families and people from this historic African-American district in Catonsville.