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.

The National Archives
04/01/2020

The National Archives

We’re pleased to confirm that we will be giving everyone free access to our digitised collections very soon, but it’s taking our amazing digital team a bit of time to make it happen.

They’re facing similar challenges to the rest of the world with regard to connecting to our various technical systems while working from home, and many of them are also juggling childcare duties. Stay tuned for an update soon!

EDIT: To clarify, we’re referring to digitised collections that are available on our website (and usually chargeable) – at this stage, this doesn’t extend to our collections on other sites.

Harford County Public Library
03/29/2020

Harford County Public Library

Checking on our seniors is critical and Maryland has set up this voluntary program.

A Message from the HSHC PresidentHello,Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has enacted an executive order requiring closure of...
03/24/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

A Message from the HSHC President

Hello,

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has enacted an executive order requiring closure of all non-essential businesses as of 5PM EST, on March 23rd in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.

We, here at the Society, kept our distance and watched as the events unfolded. As predicted, our fast approach to the crisis paid off. Not allowing volunteers and visitors into the building eliminated the possible transfer of the virus.

To the people that work tirelessly behind the scenes, your hard work is greatly appreciated. These are Historic times! I am focused on doing the right thing for all. I will continue to keep you, our staff, volunteers, visitors and employees at the forefront of my decision making through this crisis.

As we gain information and remain in crisis mode, all events are canceled or postponed. Carol Deibel, Events Committee Chair, and I will be working on postponed dates and or cancellation of future events. [email protected]

Maryanna Skowronski, Society Director, will continue to report to work on a very limited basis. Contact can still be made by email or phone, but admittance will be limited to emergency and maintenance personnel.

Please continue to stay informed through trusted sources such as the Harford County Health Department website at: https://harfordcountyhealth.com/coronavirus/ and the Maryland Department of Health website at: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/ as more information is gathered surrounding this situation.

We are all in this complicated, uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. We encourage you to consult www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html for information and updates.

I hope that all of you are remaining safe in this uncertain time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected]



Thank you,
Bill Walden
President

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

Online Research - The Historical Society of Harford County
03/16/2020
Online Research - The Historical Society of Harford County

Online Research - The Historical Society of Harford County

Past Perfect (Online Catalog) The Historical Society’s record keeping system is called PastPerfect. This is an online KEYWORD search database providing researchers the ability to search our records without having to travel to our Headquarters. Library books, vertical files and AV materials are ind...

03/16/2020

**Donations are currently NOT being accepted for our upcoming Rummage Sale in JUNE due to the society currently being closed for safety measures for the Coronavirus.

Ladies from the Bel Air Cheveux Salon and Day Spa just stopped by! Welcome to the neighborhood!
03/12/2020

Ladies from the Bel Air Cheveux Salon and Day Spa just stopped by! Welcome to the neighborhood!

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc. is pleased to assist Harford Community College with its ongoing exhibit Ha...
03/02/2020

The Historical Society of Harford County Inc. is pleased to assist Harford Community College with its ongoing exhibit Harford County: Our Land & Environment, which will be open to the public March 3 – May 29. The exhibit tells the story of Northern Maryland’s history in the nascent agro-environmental movement and the part local residents, Russell and Kate Lord played in this endeavor. Stop by and enjoy the Society’s exhibit materials and the beautiful exhibit prepared the college staff.

Feels like spring out there! Our spring exhibit opens tomorrow at 12 pm, and will be on view until the end of May. Join us for the opening!

Good Morning Everyone! The society is open until 2:00PM today and four of our best historians and genealogist are volunt...
02/22/2020

Good Morning Everyone! The society is open until 2:00PM today and four of our best historians and genealogist are volunteering today! Members Free / Non-Members $5.

01/20/2020
01/16/2020

Thanks to John Carroll School teacher Gary Scholl for his presentation this week on Cheyenne Indian Moccasins. Gary's talk was part of the Society's monthly Brown Bag Lunch series.

01/07/2020

Good Morning Everyone! The society is now open again:
Tues-Thurs 9AM-3PM
3rd Wed Evening: 5PM-8PM
4th Sat- 10AM-2PM
Research: $5.00 for non-members.

Photos from The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's post
01/06/2020

Photos from The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's post

Society Director, Maryanna Skowronski, will be at the Opera House in Havre de Grace showing horse racing films from the ...
01/03/2020

Society Director, Maryanna Skowronski, will be at the Opera House in Havre de Grace showing horse racing films from the Historical Society's A/V collection and will give an overview of the history of the films and how we came to own them. The event is free. Reservations are recommended. Contact http://hdgoperahouse.org

Feeling those winter blues? Join us for our first lecture in Shank Winter Lecture series January 15th at 7 pm. All talks are held at the beautiful HdG Opera House and all are free of charge with refreshments to follow. The Shank Lecture Series is sponsored by Stephens and Stephens Clocks of Havre de Grace.

The State Theater of Havre De Grace
01/02/2020

The State Theater of Havre De Grace

HISTORIC ITEM FOUND IN THE THEATER
🔶1897 Sperry and Hutchinson Green Stamp

""S&H" stands for the Sperry & Hutchinson Co, which was founded by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron Hutchinson in 1896, according to Greg Hatala in a 2013 article on NJ .com.

It wasn't until the 1930s that the company's reward programs became popular nationwide, and the little green stamps were distributed by various retailers as rewards for shoppers. The stamps could be collected into booklets - the backs had an adhesive like that on postage stamps that had to be wet to adhere - then the booklets were redeemed for "rewards" ordered from S&H catalogs" - AL .com

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01/02/2020
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Our new #FindingYourRoots guests have some incredible stories to uncover. Tune in to our winter premiere this Tuesday, January 7 at 8/7c on PBS or stream on PBS.org/FindingYourRoots.

Harford County Government
12/31/2019

Harford County Government

Check out The Historical Society of Harford County Inc's latest news and upcoming events here:https://www.harfordhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NL-Jan-Feb-2020.pdf

Even though we use PastPerfect for our new entries, we have kept our card catalog.  Here's a great article about another...
12/30/2019
4 million cards. 4,000 drawers. And a whole lot of paper cuts. A coalition of book lovers rushes to save U-Va.'s card catalogue.

Even though we use PastPerfect for our new entries, we have kept our card catalog. Here's a great article about another institution that recognized the importance of theirs. ( It's all good 'til the lights go out!)

Students and faculty members are working to save the old card catalog at the University of Virginia, which was slated to be discarded during the library's major renovation.

** The final winner for our contest is Linda London Nickel who answered Main St.  Thank you to everyone who participated...
12/20/2019

** The final winner for our contest is Linda London Nickel who answered Main St. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The last Holiday Trivia Question takes us back to the late 1800’s. These sleigh races were held on what street? Winner chosen from correct answers submitted.

** Congratulations to our Day 3 winner Donna Funk Dickey who correctly guessed Bond Street and whose name was randomly s...
12/18/2019

** Congratulations to our Day 3 winner Donna Funk Dickey who correctly guessed Bond Street and whose name was randomly selected from the correct answers.

Day 3 of the Holiday Trivia Contest:
Which local festive street is this?

Winner will be picked from all correct answers submitted.

**Congratulations to our Day 2 winner Lisa Harkins Maxwell who submitted that the Holiday Window belonged to Boyd and Fu...
12/17/2019

**Congratulations to our Day 2 winner Lisa Harkins Maxwell who submitted that the Holiday Window belonged to Boyd and Fulford. Winners are randomly picked in a drawing from the correct answers. Stay tuned for our Day 3 question.

The Holiday Trivia Contest Continues: Can you name the store that displayed this window? Winner will be chosen at random from the correct answers submitted.

12/17/2019

Thank you to all that have donated by using smile.amazon.com this holiday season!

** Congratulations to Stacey Haas Rebbert for correctly guessing the year of the first Oak Grove Living Christmas Tree w...
12/12/2019

** Congratulations to Stacey Haas Rebbert for correctly guessing the year of the first Oak Grove Living Christmas Tree which was December 1985.

Historical trivia contest: Winner receives this beautiful holiday decoration painted on antique slate. Winner randomly chosen from correct answers.

Today’s question: What year did Oak Grove Baptist Church start the Living Christmas Tree?

Historical Society of Cecil County
12/08/2019
Historical Society of Cecil County

Historical Society of Cecil County

Scroll down to the bottom to hear a recording of the dispatcher on duty, Rosemary Culley, as she communicates with first responders.

We hope everyone had a wonderful time at tonight’s Holiday Paint & Sip!!
12/07/2019

We hope everyone had a wonderful time at tonight’s Holiday Paint & Sip!!

11/28/2019
11/27/2019

The Society will be closed tomorrow (11/28) for Thanksgiving... safe travels.

Please consider The Historical Society of Harford County as your Amazon shopping charity this holiday season. AmazonSmil...
11/26/2019

Please consider The Historical Society of Harford County as your Amazon shopping charity this holiday season.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

Freedom Federal Credit Union's 2nd #FreedomToHelpChallenge! Help us by posting pictures showcasing The Historical Societ...
11/25/2019
#FreedomToHelpChallenge 2019 - Freedom Federal Credit Union

Freedom Federal Credit Union's 2nd #FreedomToHelpChallenge! Help us by posting pictures showcasing The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc. & show volunteerism with a description of the experience using the hashtag #FreedomToHelpChallenge for a chance to win weekly prizes and a $1,000 charitable donation for The Historical Society Harford County 501(C)3 non-profit! Contest submissions accepted from November 1st - December 12th, 2019. Full details at www.freedomfcu.org/helpchallenge #FreedomToHelpChallenge

Win $1,000 for your favorite Harford County charity! Read on to see how to enter the award-winning 2nd annual #FreedomToHelpChallenge Photo Contest.

What a wonderful night celebrating the release of the Red Planks of Harford County calendar!  We’d like to give a specia...
11/13/2019

What a wonderful night celebrating the release of the Red Planks of Harford County calendar! We’d like to give a special thank you to Sonipak Design & Marketing and photographer Amy Jones for putting together such a beautiful collection of images and for all of their support of the Historical Society of Harford County. Thank you also to MaGerk's BelAir for hosting such a fabulous event. Calendars will be available soon at various locations throughout the county - we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Red Planks of Harford County
11/11/2019

Red Planks of Harford County

We all know Emergency Manager Rick Ayers may be calling us tomorrow about the weather 🥶☺️ and if he does, GET TO MaGerk's BelAir for the Red Planks 2 Calendar Release Party!! Seriously, it’ll be 🔥🔥 and we are all down for a good party, right!!??!! Pop in, it’s FREE!!
Sonipak Design & Marketing Harford's Heart Magazine 103.7 WXCY Harford County Living Melissa Goutos McSorley Sandy Mislak Kapinos Amy Jones

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

**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.

Address

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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CONOWINGO DAM In the Roaring Twenties, America buzzed with energy and innovation as an electric revolution swept across the country. Enlisting Mother Nature to lead the charge, the mighty Susquehanna River was harnessed in 1928 by one of the larges hydroelectric works ever seen: Conowingo Dam. This feat of engineering, adorned with an art deco charm, is a landmark known by many but understood by few. The time of the Conowingo Dam construction, 1927 and 1928, was one of tremendous growth for Stephenson Lodge, No. 135 and for Darlington, Maryland. In 1927, our membership grew from fifty-three to seventy-eight members. That year twenty-nine meetings were held, and ninety-three degrees were conferred. While in 1928, thirty meetings were held with eighty-two degrees being conferred. The membership rose to one hundred and six. More Degrees were conferred during those two years than would be in the next twenty years. Stephenson Lodge will present an hour long documentary on the Conowingo Dam created by Maryland Public Television on January 16 at Stephenson Lodge, 2115 Shureville Road in Darlington. Right across from the Darlington Methodist Church. Open to the public. As a bonus for the history buffs, see inside the old Darlington Academy building, built in the 1890's, and see images of the classes that attended. Many of the original architecture elements still exist. If you are a fan of Harford County/Darlington history, you won't want to miss this.
September 23:Junius Brutus Booth & Tudor Hall – 2:00 pm Come to Tudor Hall this Sunday at 2pm for a special talk on Junius Brutus Booth Sr, father of John Wilkes Booth and patriarch of the Booth family. Presented by Jim Garrett, Booth family historian and Lincoln assassination author and speaker. Talk starts at 2:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those ages 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
September 23: Guided Tour of the Historic Tudor Hall – 1:00 pm Tour the grounds and 1st floor of Tudor Hall this Sunday at 1pm, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearean actors including John Wilkes Booth‬. Tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those ages 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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Tour the grounds and 1st floor of Tudor Hall, home of Maryland’s famous family of Shakespearian actors including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth on April 22. Tours start at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and lasts about 45 minutes for each tour. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those ages 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
Currently compiling lists from the Baltimore Sun from 1837 to submit to the Historical Society of Harford County.
June 25, 2017: Junius Brutus Booth and Tudor Hall – 2:00 pm Learn more about Junius Brutus Booth Sr, father of John Wilkes Booth and patriarch of the Booth family. Presented by Jim Garrett, Lincoln assassination author and speaker. Talk starts at 2:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
June 25, 2017: Guided Tour of the Historic Tudor Hall – 1:00 pm Tour the grounds and first floor of historic Tudor Hall, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors including ‪Edwin Booth‬ and ‪John Wilkes Booth‬. Tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at Spi[email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
Hope to see you tomorrow at the Juneteenth Celebration! Juneteenth is a nationally recognized day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States and celebrates African American history and culture. As part of its 150th anniversary, Hosanna School Museum will hold a Juneteenth celebration festival on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. The festival is open to the public and free of charge. Hosanna's Juneteenth celebration will feature re-enactors, living history presentations, lectures, craft vendors, special activities for children, food trucks, a gift shop and more. Get your free tickets today!
June 4, 2017: A Long Look Backward: From the Pen of Asia Booth – 2:00 pm Asia Booth, older sister of John Wilkes Booth, was the chronicler of the Booth family’s greatest triumphs and their most heart breaking failures. In her speech, Kate Ramirez will look more into Asia Booth and her myriad of writings. Kate is a 19th century researcher, speaker, and living historian who specializes in the Lincoln assassination. Talk starts at 2:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at Tudor Hall, 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com
June 4, 2017: Guided Tour of the Historic Tudor Hall – 1:00 pm Tour the grounds and first floor of historic Tudor Hall, home of Maryland's famous family of Shakespearian actors including ‪Edwin Booth‬ and ‪John Wilkes Booth‬. Tour starts at 1:00 pm and lasts about 45 minutes. Located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015. $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email us at [email protected]. For other tour dates go to http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com