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MAILING ADDRESS: HCHS, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
The largest private repository of images, maps, artifacts and archival materials related to the history of Howard County. MUSEUM HOURS: Friday, Saturday & Sundays 1:00PM- 5:00 PM LIBRARY HOURS: Mondays & Tuesdays 1:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 PM Saturdays 1:00 – 5:00 PM Sundays CLOSED
DIRECTIONS to the Museum from Main Street Ellicott City: Take Court Avenue up the hill, past the Court House. Museum is in the stone church to your left. DIRECTIONS to the Research Library and Archive from Main Street Ellicott City. Take Main Street in Ellicott City west approximately 2 miles to the Charles E. Miller Branch Library and Historical Center. 2nd floor at top of main staircase. Elevators available. Follow us on TWITTER -- https://twitter.com/hchsmd Follow us on INSTAGRAM --https://www.instagram.com/howardcounty_historicalsociety/
Mission: The Howard County Historical Society’s main goals are the investigation and study of Howard County history; promotion of programs educating members and the community in the history of Howard County and Maryland; to provide library research and museum facilities on the history of Howard County; collecting, preserving and displaying papers, books, manuscripts, records and artifacts of both local and wider interest; encourage research and writing on the part of the community and students in public schools and colleges; supporting the marking and preservation of historical sites and buildings; engaging in activities appropriate for a historical society and, finally, cooperating with all historical and preservation groups having a common interest.
Year of the Howard County Woman Profile #32
Laura Laurenson Byrne 1855 - 1938
Pictured on the left in the photo with Mrs. Stonestreet and Mrs. Ramsey. Photo on the right is her daughter Laura Byrne Hickok.
The women of Howard County owe a debt to Laura Laurenson Byrne or Mrs. B. J. Byrne. She, along with her daughter Laura Byrne Hickok and many women in Howard County fought for the Suffrage Movement through the Just Government League (JGL).
The JGL was an organization that supported rights for all women which included the right to vote, to hold public office, equal rights in family law, to enter into legal contracts, to have reproductive rights, to have the right to bodily integrity, to be free of sexual violence, the right of fair wages and equal pay, to own property and to obtain an education and advance in society.
The JGL was a national and international organization and their goals not only included the rights listed above, but some organizations went further to promote anti-lynching laws, the end of child labor, sanitation laws and the legalization of prostitution.
On the local level, Mrs. Bernard J. Byrne led the fight for Women’s Suffrage in Howard County along with her daughter Laura Byrne Hickok. As the President of the Howard County Just Government League, Laura Byrne worked tirelessly to inform and educate all women of Howard County regardless of race, religion, or political persuasion. Often traveling all over the county, when most of the roads were dirt or gravel, she visited the ladies on the farms who did not get into town frequently or did not have access to newspapers. In 1911, the Evening Sun in Baltimore reported the Suffrage Movement in Howard County to be flourishing. Most of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Howard County took place between 1910 and 1920.
Laura was born in 1855 into a family of privilege; her maternal grandparents were Charles Carroll IV and Harriet Chew Carroll of Homewood. Laura did not flaunt her life of privilege but worked diligently for the JGL. She traveled the state giving lectures, organizing committee meetings, providing educational material and fund raising for the cause.
In 1910, Mrs. Byrne lived on Main Street at Disney's Tavern in Ellicott City with her husband Dr. Bernard J. Byrne, daughter Laura Byrne and Bernard’s sister, Eliza. Her daughter was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a Suffragette. Mrs. Byrne held many meetings at her house which included speakers like Belva Lockwood, the oldest practicing attorney in the United States. She would also set up booths on the sidewalk on Main Street to hand out buttons, pamphlets, and educational material.
The Ellicott City Times under the direction of editor Colonel W. S. Powell was the first newspaper in Maryland to support women’s suffrage. The support of Colonel Powell and many other gentlemen in the county helped to promote The Just Government League.
Hammond Middle School math teacher Stacie Marvin received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the White House on Aug. 3.
Heritage Fund Highlight: Carriage House at Mt. Pleasant Farm Restored by Howard County Conservancy - Preservation Maryland
Heritage Fund Highlight: Carriage House at Mt. Pleasant Farm Restored by Howard County Conservancy - Preservation Maryland
The Howard County Conservancy stewards over three centuries of history at Mt. Pleasant Farm, including a newly restored Carriage House, funding in part by the Heritage Fund grant program. Historic Mt. Pleasant farm was donated for preservation by sisters Ruth and Frances Brown, retired Howard County...
The Howard County Historical Society is happy to partner with our friends at Park Ridge Creamery to provide a SPECIAL treat for our "Passporters" this year.
Complete the Passport to the Past Family program and your child will get a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream from Historic Ellicott City's PREMIUM Hand Scooped Ice Cream Spot, Park Ridge Creamery!
Email [email protected] for more info.
Passport to the Past
Park Ridge Creamery
Visit Old Ellicott City Park Ridge Creamery - Old Ellicott City, Ellicott City Partnership, Dining, Shopping, Museums, Music, History, Family Friendly
Bernard Bailyn, historian who reinterpreted the American Revolution, dies at 97
He won two Pulitzer Prizes for his studies of the people and ideas of the revolutionary era.
Ellicott City businesses to be featured on ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday
Seven Ellicott City businesses will be featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday morning in a segment about businesses working through the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.
Museum of Howard County History
Tune in tomorrow to Good Morning America as they do a segment on Elliott City. Our County Executive, Dr. Calvin Ball, was interviewed in the Museum first the segment.
Year of the Howard County Woman Profile # 31
Carrie E. Dorsey 1886 – 1963
“When you endeavor to do what’s right against all odds, even if you don’t at first succeed, there’s nobility and even majesty in such setbacks.”
~Herb Cohen, Negotiator~
Carrie Dorsey represents thousands of women who have struggled for freedom and equality. She didn’t have a degree, in fact little education. She didn’t invent some scientific machine or develop social theories; however, her life was the platform for women born after her to succeed and carry on in the world.
The 9th daughter of Catherine “Kitty” and John Dorsey was born in Bushy Park. Kitty, enslaved by Isaac Anderson, was freed in 1864 when Maryland wrote legislation to finally free slaves in states that had not betrayed the Union. Kitty walked away determined to live a free and fulfilling life.
Carrie followed in the tradition of her mother. Carrie was known as a “medicine woman” in the county, caring for anyone that needed her help. Like her mother, a well-known midwife, Carrie not only delivered babies, but also tended to the sick and provided excellent care. Carrie always responded to those in need.
Carrie managed to raise 12 children, often the children wearing patched clothes and little food to feed them, but she taught her children to endeavor, to do their best, and succeed. If you would like to learn more about Carrie and her family, check our online gift shop for “In Carrie’s Footprints – the Long Walk of Warren Dorsey” by Jack McBride White with Warren Dorsey.
August 7 is PURPLE HEART DAY
Today we honor a Purple Heart recipient from Howard County, Warrant Officet Gary William Hanna, KIA during the Tet Offensive, January 31, 1968. Mr. Hanna's medals and photo of his parents accepting the posthumous award are on display at the Museum and in this post.
Purple Heart Day, on August 7th, commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the American Revolutionary War, the Badge for Military Merit decorated six known soldiers.
General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. Washington intended the honor to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.
Until Washington’s 200th birthday, the Purple Heart persisted as a Revolutionary War footnote. Through the efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the U.S. War Department created the Order of the Purple Heart. Today the medal bears a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.
Walking Tours of Elliott City begin tomorrow, space is limited.
Walk This Way: Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours Time: Saturdays 11:00AM – 12:30PM Tickets: $15 per person | $12 per person (HCHS members, seniors, military, children under 13) Due to COVID Concerns, the following requirements must be followed for Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours All ticket...
The museum will be on next week's Good Morning America episode also!
Just a little visit to Main Street from Good Morning America!! Supposed to air next week❤️...I think Malina & Sophie wanted to join their crew-a pretty exciting few minutes for SEJ today!
Museum of the American Revolution
On this day in 1777, the Battle of Oriskany, considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolutionary War, was fought in New York. Nearly all of the participants at the Battle of Oriskany were American, and it marked the Oneida Indian Nation's split from the other nations of the Six Nations Confederacy.
Thaonawyuthe, known as Chainbreaker or Governor Blacksnake, fought alongside the British during the Revolutionary War. As an old man, he still recalled the bloody Battle of Oriskany, when and his fellow Senecas fought against a force of American militia and Oneida Indians. His portrait can be found on The Revolution's Veterans wall at the Museum, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.
Look for his portrait on your next visit when we reopen September 3. Learn more and reserve your tickets: bit.ly/2DjsYrP
Ellicott City Walking Tour
Ellicott City, located in the Howard County, Maryland has a deep and rich history that stretches back to colonial times. Our company is offering a unique walking tour with expert guides that will t…
Members, the Summer issue of the Legacy Newsletter featuring an article on the Women's Suffrage Movement in Howard County by our deputy Director Paulette Lutz, will be mailed out tomorrow. E-newsletters will be sent out as well.
If you are interested in receiving our newsletter, which updates our members with "goings-ons" at the Historical Society and the Museum of Howard County History, as well as two to three articles researched and written by our staff using source material from our collection, join as a member today!
Historic Ellicott City By Air
Henry R. Hazlehurst was born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England and this is his "Lilburn Mansion", built in 1857, located right here in OEC. A quick Google search revealed that it is available as an Airbnb.
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The Howard County Historical Society will start our Historic Ellicott City Walking Tours this Saturday at 11:00. Tours will be scheduled every Saturday at 11:00 until it gets too cold.
***Masks MUST be worn during this tour and 6' Distance must be maintained between guests and tour guides. The maximum number of guests will be 10, minimum of two.***
Our website will be updated this week with links to purchase tickets and our policies for the tours. Please bear with us as we work through this process. We have decided to resume tours due to demand, but we must maintain social distancing for the safety of our guests and staff.
Our page will be updated by Friday for ticket sales. Custom tours can be scheduled, please email [email protected] for information.
For you Tudor history lovers out there!
In this episode, Neil Johnston and Christopher Day discuss a letter written by Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII, to Thomas Culpeper, a groom
Maria Mitchell, a Quaker, was the first professional woman astronomer in the United States.
Maria Mitchell, American astronomer and the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also the first professional woman astronomer in the U.S. In 1847 she established the orbit of a new comet, which became known as ‘Miss Mitchell’s Comet.’ Learn more about...
Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Inc.
George Ellicott wants to share where to look for Jupiter and Saturn in the sky, with the Moon near them tonight.
FFC Historical Tours
Most museums and indoor activities are on hold right now. Why not go on an escorted tour outside. Tours in western Maryland running now. Small groups, social distancing in effect. Check out our tours at ffchistoricaltours.com #tour #tourism #maryland #ffchistoricaltours #getoutside #civilwar #history #wanderlust
Year of the Howard County Woman Profile #30
Mary Ellen Duncan
Mary Ellen Duncan, Ph.D., Retired President at Howard Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration and higher education.
An esteemed figure in the fields of academic administration and education, Dr. Duncan most recently served as the first female president of Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, a position she held for 10 years between 1998 and 2008.
Dr. Duncan authored “Indicators of Institutional Effectiveness: A Process for Assessing 2-Year Colleges” in 1989. Surprisingly, she never intended to delve into academic administration; however, due to her desire to implement positive changes in her environment and community, she took on increasingly responsible roles within the educational system. She reflects back on her years at Howard Community College as some of her career highlights, as she was able to take charge of the facility and transform it into the prestigious college it appears today.
A member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, she has also been a member and longtime legislative liaison of the National Council for Resource Development since 1990.
In light of her outstanding contributions to education, she was the recipient of a Merit Award from the South Carolina Women in Higher Education in 1985, and a John Fry Award and Merit Award from the American Association of Community Colleges in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women, Dr. Duncan has held a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University since 1963, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Connecticut since 1973 and 1982, respectively.
Ellicott City Partnership
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Come see for yourself. A day in Old Ellicott City enjoying our history, charm and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining is a good day.
The Honorable Lavinia Margaret Engle | Protecting Women's Voting Rights
The ratification of suffrage did not mark the end of the fight for women’s voting rights, according to Lavinia Margaret Engle. Listen now to learn more!
This July, our Chautauqua living history series goes virtual as Maryland Humanities raises the voices of four notable women who took action to secure their right to vote.
Our final week of Chautauqua features Arthuretta Martin as one of the most powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movement in the South, Fannie Lou Hamer. This video will be available July 27-August 2, 2020. You can join us for a live Q&A with Arthuretta on July 29, 2020. To learn more and register please visit: www.MDChautauqua.org.
About the Performance
Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) is considered one of the most powerful voices of the civil and voting rights movement in the South. In 1961, she attended a meeting led by members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Outraged by efforts to deny Black votes, she became a SNCC organizer and in 1962, and led a group to register to vote in Mississippi, which they were denied. She was later arrested for sitting in a segregated bus station restaurant and was then beaten at the jailhouse. In 1964, she co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Party to increase Black participation in the Democratic Party. She later became part of Mississippi’s first integrated delegation. Hamer attempted to run for the Mississippi House of Representatives but was barred from the ballot. After becoming frustrated with the political system, Hamer shifted her focus to create economic opportunities for black farmers in Mississippi.
Arthuretta Martin is a lifelong storyteller, accomplished speaker, civil rights advocate Distinguished Toastmaster and teaching artist. Her repertoire includes Aesop’s Fables, Anansi, and Brier Rabbit Tales, as well as historical narratives of women in history including Fannie Lou Hamer, Odetta Holmes, Frances Walker Harper, Marian Anderson, and Siseretta Jones. She has performed in diverse venues from the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts to Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Coast Ghana and Dakar, Senegal. She is a vocalist in the Howard University Rankin Chapel Choir, the Washington Revel’s Jubilee Voices based in Washington, DC, Voices from the Earth Inc.., National Association of Black Storytellers, National Storytelling Alliance, and the National Speakers Association. She holds a BA from James Madison University, an MA from Florida Institute of Technology and continued post-graduate work in public policy, history, and communication at George Mason University. Her theatrical and music training were at George Mason University, Voices from the Earth, Inc., Woolly Mamouth Theater, and the Edward Jackson of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Anne Hurley Studios, Fairfax, Virginia.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in Chautauqua are the performers’ interpretations of the historical figures and do not necessarily reflect the views or position of Maryland Humanities or our funders.
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