The Historical Society of Harford County Inc

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc An organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, present, promote, & interpret the rich and diverse history of Harford County. To help with the societies mission, please visit our webpage and click ‘Donate’ in the top right corner of the page.
The Historical Society of Harford County welcomes individuals, families, and organizations of all backgrounds, ages, and degrees of interest and involvement. The only requisite for membership is a genuine commitment to the county and its people, and the payment of annual dues (a portion of which is tax deductible). The Society encourages all members to become as active as they can. The Society is run mostly by volunteers. Members get the occasional Bulletin, meeting notices, use of the all Society research collections, admission to the Hays House Museum, Headquarters museum, advanced invitations to Society dinners, programs, and activities, and the Newsletter free
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The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc. seeks to be preeminent and most user-friendly source for an individual to obtain historical information about the county and genealogical information about its inhabitants.

Mission: The Historical society of Harford County, Inc. collects, preserves, promotes, and interprets the rich and diverse history of the Harford County area in its regional context from prehistoric origins to the present for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Veterans Day Parade and celebration - Bel Air Armory, Bel Air, MD, US - Video
11/05/2019
Veterans Day Parade and celebration - Bel Air Armory, Bel Air, MD, US - Video

Veterans Day Parade and celebration - Bel Air Armory, Bel Air, MD, US - Video

Harford County citizens have a long history of military service dating to the earliest colonial days. The history of Harfords involvement is evident in the memorabilia and documents stored at the Historical Society of Harford County. This year on November 10th and 11th a celebration is planned to re...

11/05/2019
Come out to support the Historical Society at MaGerk's BelAir next Tuesday, November 12th from 6-9pm at the Red Planks 2...
11/05/2019

Come out to support the Historical Society at MaGerk's BelAir next Tuesday, November 12th from 6-9pm at the Red Planks 2 of Harford County Calendar Release Party! Proceeds from the event will benefit The Historical Society, and the first 100 guests will receive FREE swag bags!

We have “Swag” for days here as the countdown is ON for our 5th Annual Calendar Release Party, Nov 12th at MaGerk's BelAir from 6-9pm. Be one of the first 100 guests to receive a FREE Swag Bag! This event is open to the public, and they won't last long!
Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan Association Mason-Dixon Country Silver-Top Manufacturing James C. Wilson Excavating, Inc. Tracey Simms Steppingstone Farm Museum BCV Commercial Realty Jarvis Appliance Rockfield Manor UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Town of Bel Air Government Singer Auto & Tire Center Barry Glassman Harford County Government Barn Quilts of Harford County Visit Harford The Mill of Bel Air Thompson's Moving, Incorporated Harford TRANSIT 103.7 WXCY Harford County Education Foundation Harford County Living Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development Salt Works Spa Harford County Public Library Havre de Grace Decoy Museum The Historical Society of Harford County Inc Harford County Chamber of Commerce Sonipak Design & Marketing Amy Jones Melissa Goutos McSorley Sandy Mislak Kapinos

10/27/2019
**Our scheduled bus trip to Delaware has been canceled.
10/22/2019

**Our scheduled bus trip to Delaware has been canceled.

We had a great Night at the Copa! An evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment
10/07/2019

We had a great Night at the Copa! An evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment

We had a great Night at the Copa! An evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment

Special Event
09/18/2019

Special Event

The Society is fortunate to have volunteers such as Christopher Smithson.  Christopher was interviewed by historian Phil...
08/16/2019
Episode 19: Setting The Record Straight on Johns Hopkins Hospital and "Little Albert" by Artifactual Journey • A podcast on Anchor

The Society is fortunate to have volunteers such as Christopher Smithson. Christopher was interviewed by historian Philip J. Merrill in this informative podcast.

In Episode 19 of the Artifactual Journey Podcast, Philip talks to Christopher Smithson, professional historian, genealogist, and longtime member of the Historical Society of Harford County, Inc., about Johns Hopkins University and Hospital and their history of experimentation.

Preservation Maryland
07/15/2019
Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland

PRESERVATION GRANTS: For the second year since funding was restored as a result of advocacy efforts led by Preservation Maryland, $600,000 in new preservation brick-and-mortar grants were recently distributed by the Maryland Historical Trust to deserving projects around the state! Recipients include: The City of Hagerstown - Municipal, Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Westminster Preservation Trust, Historic Ships in Baltimore, Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Aberdeen Historical Museum, Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, The Historical Society of Harford County Inc, The Lost Towns Project. #preservationadvocacyworks #preservemd

07/15/2019
07/14/2019
The Hays House

The Hays House is OPEN today July 14th !!

The Hays House will be open today, June 23, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Stop in for a visit! We’d love to show you Bel Air’s oldest residence, as well as our current clothing display. Admission is free today.

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6...
07/09/2019

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6054081 and AmazonSmile donates to Historical Society of Harford County Inc

06/29/2019
06/29/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out today to our annual Rummage Sale!!!

Doors open at 9:00AM!!! Good Luck to EVERYONE!!! Don’t forget to look around the back parking lot also!!!! (Credit, Ch...
06/29/2019

Doors open at 9:00AM!!! Good Luck to EVERYONE!!! Don’t forget to look around the back parking lot also!!!! (Credit, Check, and Cash (smaller bills are greatly appreciated)!!!

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06/29/2019

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's cover photo

WHGM
06/27/2019

WHGM

Good morning! Today on Mallow in the Morning, Mary Schweers from the The Historical Society of Harford County Inc will be stopping by in the 8 AM hour to talk about their Annual Rummage Sale that is happening THIS Saturday!

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Click on 'Listen Live' on our NEW website...www.whgmgold.com

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06/20/2019

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's cover photo

Join us tomorrow at the Harford County Agricultural Center (3525 Conowingo Rd, Street, MD) for this months Brown Bag Lun...
06/10/2019

Join us tomorrow at the Harford County Agricultural Center (3525 Conowingo Rd, Street, MD) for this months Brown Bag Lunch.

06/02/2019
Join us today:
05/14/2019

Join us today:

Good Morning Everyone! Today is the last day of John Sauers wonderful Art Exhibit and Sale...10AM-2PM.
05/11/2019

Good Morning Everyone! Today is the last day of John Sauers wonderful Art Exhibit and Sale...10AM-2PM.

Thank you to everyone who came out to view the beautiful paintings by local artist, John Sauers this evening!  For those...
05/11/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to view the beautiful paintings by local artist, John Sauers this evening! For those who missed tonight’s show/sale, we will continue tomorrow from 10am - 2pm!

#SoldOut
04/26/2019

#SoldOut

Tonight!!!!! April 25, 2019!
04/25/2019

Tonight!!!!! April 25, 2019!

Missouri State Archives
04/17/2019

Missouri State Archives

The The Historical Society of Harford County, Maryland, was kind enough to send us this elaborate menu from a Jan. 27, 1857, dinner in St. Louis attended by approximately 450 prominent citizens, including Governor Trusten Polk, members of the Missouri General Assembly and the St. Louis City Council, Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers’ Association. The extravagant event occurred in the Mercantile Library’s Varieties Theatre, with food catered by Alexander Guenaudon for the magnificent sum of $2,500. One newspaper described it as “the grandest affair of the kind that ever came off in the city.”

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04/15/2019

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's cover photo

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's cover photo
04/12/2019

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's cover photo

Friday May 10th 7:00-9:00PMSaturday May 11th 10:00AM-2:00PM
04/09/2019

Friday May 10th 7:00-9:00PM
Saturday May 11th 10:00AM-2:00PM

We had a wonderful turn out at Mr. Carmichael’s lecture today.
04/06/2019

We had a wonderful turn out at Mr. Carmichael’s lecture today.

Good Morning Everyone! The doors are open for research and information for those interested in becoming a volunteer at t...
03/23/2019

Good Morning Everyone! The doors are open for research and information for those interested in becoming a volunteer at the Hays House and/or the Historical Society. 10AM-2PM

The Society is saddened to learn of the passing of long time member Charles Lee "Chuck" Robbins. Mr. Robbins was a regul...
03/19/2019

The Society is saddened to learn of the passing of long time member Charles Lee "Chuck" Robbins. Mr. Robbins was a regular visitor to the Society and the donor of many volumes given to our library collection. He was the author of the definitive biography of R. Madison Mitchell, the wonderful children's Harford County coloring book and most recent, his memoir "The Heavenly Waters Gang." A great storyteller, his visits to the Society always culminated in a gathering of anyone who happened to be nearby as we all listened to one of his many tales of growing up in Bel Air, his war experiences, or many of his other recollections. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

The Historical Society of Harford County, sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Andy Klein.  Long t...
03/12/2019

The Historical Society of Harford County, sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Andy Klein. Long time supporter of the Society and pillar of the community, a good man.

We had another wonderful turnout for today’s monthly BBL...
03/12/2019

We had another wonderful turnout for today’s monthly BBL...

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a beautiful evening of fantastic music, delicious food and beverages, and great ...
03/02/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a beautiful evening of fantastic music, delicious food and beverages, and great company at our first Wine & Jazz event last night. The jazzy sounds of the Nico Sarbanes Trio and the years of Harford’s history nestled in the museum provided the perfect intimate setting for a cozy night out in Bel Air. This event will be the first of more fun to come. We appreciate all of your continued support!

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” - Art BlakeyReady for a fun and cozy night of wine and jazz to kick of...
03/01/2019

“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” - Art Blakey

Ready for a fun and cozy night of wine and jazz to kick off the weekend! #wineandjazz #historicalsocietyofharford #nicosarbanestrio #richlincatering #thekellygroup #allthatjazz #SOLDOUT

Maryland State Parks
02/27/2019

Maryland State Parks

The Monkton Station is a restored 1898 train station, formerly serving the Northern Central Railway. See photo from 1910, then before and after the re-roofing project just completed in-house by our Engineering and Construction Crew. Photo from 1910 is one of the only pictures we have on file that show the original brown and beige two-toned paint, as the structure was later painted red. (Courtesy of Gunpowder Falls SP seasonal ranger William Sade)

Good Morning Everyone! The society is open until 2:00PM. 2/23/19 (4th Sat)
02/23/2019

Good Morning Everyone! The society is open until 2:00PM. 2/23/19 (4th Sat)

02/23/2019

The Historical Society will be open this Saturday, February 23rd from 10AM-2PM.

The Historical Society will be closed today.
02/20/2019

The Historical Society will be closed today.

Standing room only for our rescheduled Brown Bag Lunch monthly presentation, Bound for the Line.
02/19/2019

Standing room only for our rescheduled Brown Bag Lunch monthly presentation, Bound for the Line.

02/15/2019

Wine and Jazz tickets are selling fast! We only have a limited number of seats so make sure you grab your tickets before they sell out!

Check out a clip below of our amazing entertainment - the Nico Sarbanes Jazz Trio. The music, along with the beautiful atmosphere of the Historical Society Museum will make for a fabulous date night out on Main Street Bel Air!

Get your tickets here: ➡️ https://bit.ly/2tmfkMu

Follow Nico Sarbanes Here:

➡️https://www.instagram.com/nicosarbanes/

Ancestry
02/14/2019

Ancestry

Fold3 is celebrating Black History Month with free access to their African American Collection which includes "Colored Troop" service records, slave registry, anti-slavery records, and more.

Explore their Black History Collection for free throughout the month of February: https://ancstry.me/2DXlSXT

02/12/2019
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

Tomorrow night is an all new episode of #FindingYourRoots! Our guests are Tulsi Gabbard, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio. Watch at 8/7c only on PBS!

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143 N Main St
Bel Air, MD
21014

General information

Hours: Tuesday COURT RECORDS 9AM-3PM - Wednesday ARCHIVES 9AM-3PM - Thursday RESEARCH LIBRARY 9AM-3PM & Open the fourth Sat of the month from 10AM-2PM

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(410) 838-7691

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