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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. Oct
    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. Oct
    10
    Sat
    1. Bus Tour – Catonsville At Large @ Baltimore County Almshouse
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Visit Historic Catonsville, including Old Salem Lutheran Church. Enjoy a delightful buffet lunch at Dimitri’s Restaurant. See the Victorian summer homes of wealthy Baltimoreans. Visit the Catonsville Room at the  local library.

      More Details Below!

      For questions or concerns e-mail tourinfo@hsobc.org

      Event Flyer – Click Here! (PDF)

      Registration Form – Click Here! (PDF)

      The first settlement in the area was made by the Quakers. They settled near an inn that was famous for its johnnycakes which were a cornmeal flatbread. These johnnycakes were very popular with the teamsters before they started their long trip westward.

      The farms in the area were mostly tobacco farms. The roads that ran near these farms were tobacco or rolling roads because the great casks or hogsheads were turned on their sides and rolled down the road to the port at Elkridge.

      About 1800 the area became known as Catonsville. It was named after Richard Caton, an English gentleman who married Mary, Charles Carroll’s oldest daughter.

      Catonsville grew rapidly, its population made up of many nationalities. In 1844, St. Timothy’s Church was built and is still in use today. In 1849 the first Salem Lutheran congregation was organized.

      This area became popular as a summer retreat for many wealthy Baltimoreans. Many great Victorian homes were built. It was a fashionable place to live and developed a social life similar to English country life.

      Catonsville has retained many of its historic homes, churches and buildings. A stroll through Catonsville’s residential avenues is like a step back in time.

      According to Benjamin Banneker Park, they are probably America’s largest original African American historical site, preserving most of Banneker’s original homestead in what is now historic Oella, MD. In 1737, Benjamin’s father purchased 100 acres here with 7,000 pounds of tobacco – the Colonial cash crop. Fast-forward 248 years and this site is rediscovered in a 1985 archaeological investigation. With land parcels acquired by Baltimore County from 1985 to 1993, much of the original 100 acre Banneker homestead came to be preserved as a major portion of Banneker Historical Park. The Banneker Museum first opened its doors in 1998.

       

    2. Benefit Concert at Sotir Farm @ The Music Barn at Sotir Farm
      7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
      ‘Add to Cart’ to buy tickets! Scroll down for the artists’ YouTube videos.


       

      On behalf of the Historical Society of Baltimore County (HSBC), we are pleased to announce that, on Saturday evening, October 10 at 7pm, HSBC will be holding its second ever benefit concert – again at the Music Barn on the Sotir Farm located at 14601 Cooper Road, Phoenix, MD.

      British singer-songwriter Callaghan (now based in Nashville, TN) will be returning to perform her beautiful Americana music including tunes from her first album Life in Full Colour as well as from her live album and her brand new release A History of Now.

      If you saw Callaghan last year at the Music Barn, you already know what a talented artist she is and how uplifting her music was and will be this fall. This year, Callaghan will be joined by a cellist as well. Check out her recent videos of “Who Would I Be” and “We Don’t Have to Change the World”.

      Joining Callaghan on the co-bill will be country music recording artist Granville Automatic featuring the fantastic vocals of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins. Their latest album, An Army Without Music, was just released August 14, 2015 and is available for download on iTunes or check it out on theirwebsite along with their first album and a collection of live hits. Watch their YouTube performances of “Never on a Sunday” and “Grancer Harrison” to get a taste of their music.

      Tickets ($50 per person) are now on sale. Seating is limited to 150 and last year we sold out ten days before the concert. Below is an order form for tickets and for sponsorships. Or you may call us at 410-666-1878 or 410-935-0117 for either tickets or to discuss other ways of supporting this fundraiser concert and HSBC.

      Your generous support of this concert permits HSBC to continue its mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich history of Baltimore County including lectures, genealogical research, publications, tours, exhibits, historical research, the re-opening of its museum and its preservation of artifacts of Baltimore County history and sharing them with the world. Learn more about HSBC by visiting its website and by watching a four minute slideshownarration here.

      If you can’t make the concert (or if you are game for a full day and night of HSBC fun), consider joining the HSBC bus tour of historic Catonsville on October 10 from 9am to 5pm. More info on the bus tour is available here.

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

      Click ‘Add to Cart’ to buy tickets!


       

      For more on the artists visit www.callaghansongs.com or http://granvilleautomatic.com/.

  3. Oct
    18
    Sun
    1. Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ Catonsville Historical Society
      2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

      Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir?

      @ Catonsville Historical Society
      2:00 PM, Sunday October 18, 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.

      Catonsville Historical Society
      1824 Frederick Road
      Catonsville, MD 21228

  4. Nov
    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!

  5. Nov
    14
    Sat
    1. Baltimore, from Sanitary to Sustainable Metropolis: A History of our Sewage System @ Back River Treatment Plant Auditorium
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Our 4th annual jointly sponsored with the Baltimore City Historical Society titled,Baltimore, from Sanitary to Sustainable Metropolis: A History of our Sewage System,will feature the following guest speakers:

      • Morgan Grove, Baltimore Ecosystem Study
      • Paige Glotzer, Johns Hopkins University
      • Kurt Kocher and others from Baltimore Department of Public Works

      More information on this topic:

       

      Click here for an event flyer (.pdf).

  6. Nov
    21
    Sat
    1. Dollhouse Exhibit and Miniatures Sale @ Historical Society of Baltimore County
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      For an event flyer, click here!

      Maryland Miniatures Unlimited and the Historical Society of Baltimore County invite you to join us for a miniatures exhibition and a day of fun and history at the historic Baltimore County Almshouse!

      The exhibit will feature dollhouses, miniatures, historical exhibits, and a free children’s activity.  The exhibit will take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2015, from 11:00am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, from 11:00 am -3:00pm at The Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Md, 21030.

      Admission is $8 for adults and children six and over.  Children under six are free. All door proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

      The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking.

      For more information, see the Historical Society’s website www.hsobc.org  or contact the Historical Society at 410-666-1878 .  Bring the family and join us for the Fun!

      There is a little something for everyone in this exhibit!   The Historical Society will feature some of their own collection of miniatures, and two historic dollhouse replicas.   The George Wythe House (Williamsburg), and the Betsy Ross House (Philadelphia), will be exhibited.  Many intricate dollhouses, room boxes and miniatures will be shown in different scales. The kids can enjoy a free make and take project.  A sales table in another area gives the opportunity to purchase some miniature items! 

  7. Nov
    22
    Sun
    1. Dollhouse Exhibit and Miniatures Sale @ Historical Society of Baltimore County
      11:00 am – 3:00 pm

      For an event flyer, click here!

      Maryland Miniatures Unlimited and the Historical Society of Baltimore County invite you to join us for a miniatures exhibition and a day of fun and history at the historic Baltimore County Almshouse!

      The exhibit will feature dollhouses, miniatures, historical exhibits, and a free children’s activity.  The exhibit will take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2015, from 11:00am-4:00 pm, and Sunday, November 22nd, 2015, from 11:00 am -3:00pm at The Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville, Md, 21030.

      Admission is $8 for adults and children six and over.  Children under six are free. All door proceeds will benefit the Historical Society of Baltimore County.

      The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking.

      For more information, see the Historical Society’s website www.hsobc.org  or contact the Historical Society at 410-666-1878 .  Bring the family and join us for the Fun!

      There is a little something for everyone in this exhibit!   The Historical Society will feature some of their own collection of miniatures, and two historic dollhouse replicas.   The George Wythe House (Williamsburg), and the Betsy Ross House (Philadelphia), will be exhibited.  Many intricate dollhouses, room boxes and miniatures will be shown in different scales. The kids can enjoy a free make and take project.  A sales table in another area gives the opportunity to purchase some miniature items! 

  8. Dec
    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. Jan
    31
    Sun
    1. An Encore presentation of Rumor or Fact: A Town under Loch Raven Reservoir? @ HSBC Almshouse @ HSBC HQ
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sunday January 31, 2016, From 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

      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 January 31st.  Ms. Sally Riley, HSBC researcher and Librarian will present facts and pictures about Loch Raven Reservoir and Warren, MD. Sunday January 31, 2016, 2 – 4 PM. Admission: $5.00 for non-members, HSBC members free.