Howard County Historical Society

Howard County Historical Society EMAIL: [email protected]

WEBSITE: www.hchsmd.org

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.
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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

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

Operating as usual

Preservation Maryland
04/06/2021

Preservation Maryland

Join us TONIGHT from 7:00pm-8:00pm as we dig into the history of the little cabin that could! This is your opportunity ask questions about the archaeology and history of this project site! Preservation Maryland purchased the threatened Jonathan Street cabin in early 2020. First steps included stabilization, design planning, and archaeology. It is now under restoration and is just one of the revitalization projects planned for the heart of the African American neighborhood of Hagerstown, Maryland.

As part of the project, the State Highway Administration’s lead archaeologist, Dr. Julie Schablitsky invited Maryland Public Television to follow the archaeological team for a day. The result is a 5 minute mini-documentary about the discoveries made onsite.

Panelists include: Nicholas Redding, Preservation Maryland; Reggie Turner, Western Maryland CDC; Dr. Julie Schablitsky, State Highway Administration; Amy Oden, Maryland Public Television

This is a free virtual event hosted on Facebook Live.

Thank you to Maryland Public Television and the State Highway Administration for allowing us to screen the mini-doc during this event. Additional project support from the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development and The 1772 Foundation.

#mpt #revolvingfund #preservation #Archaeology #preservemd #FBLive #webinar

04/06/2021
FFC Historical Tours

FFC Historical Tours

Check out my multi-day Civil War tour running this fall at www.ffchistoricaltours.com We will go to Gettysburg and dozens of other locations. #civilwar #civilwarhistory #tour #pennsylvania #ffchistoricaltours #go #wander #travel #getoutside

Open today!
04/05/2021

Open today!

We're getting ready for you! Beginning tomorrow, Monday, April 5, we will open for limited in-person services including browsing, computer access, printing, photocopying, and faxing.
Contactless pickup and Bundle Bags will continue to be available at all branches.
We’re excited to welcome you back and we're working to keep you safe! For details and to make an appointment go to https://bit.ly/2Q6qbZw

Laurel Historical Society
04/04/2021

Laurel Historical Society

We ❤️ Laurel!

Today marks the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Laurel, on April 4, 1870. Incorporation meant that the city could pass its own laws, raise taxes and levy fines, and have its own fire, police, and rescue services.

📷 1861 Martinet map of Prince George's County

Maryland History Tours
04/04/2021

Maryland History Tours

Our Tour Guide Mike would love to tell you some stories about our ghosts tonight!

Haunted Main Street Tour – Saturday April 3rd at 8:00 PM

Ellicott City today is a resilient town almost 250 years old with great shops and a vibrant night life…. so is it any wonder that the many ghosts who still call this town home remain to see if they can raise the hairs on the back of your neck?

Covid-19 restrictions apply: limit of 10 people; face mask required; social distancing and temperature scan at check-in.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounts for Students, Military & Seniors. Tour meets at the Howard County Welcome Center 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older.
Photos: Rissa Miller and W. E. Lilley
Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum
04/04/2021

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? To celebrate, each Friday in April the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is sharing a selection of poetry published in the B&O Employees Magazine. Published monthly from 1912 until 1962, the magazine featured articles, news, stories, cartoons, poetry, and more written by railroad employees.

This week's spotlight is from the November 1913 edition, titled "To a Locomotive" by Charles H. Meiers.

To A Locomotive

Reflectively I stand and gaze on thee,
Thou pulsing giant of the steel highway;
O’erwrought with, thou throbb’st as if to say:
“Let me be off; I’m longing to be free –
To flee across the river, o’er the lea,
And through the city, while no human may
Arrest my course, save those who all the day
Feed me and ride me onward toward the sea.”

While gazing on thy quivering sides, my mind
Is filled with thoughts of how with wondrous speed
Thou bearest messages across the land
That save fond hearts from breaking; and behind
Thy massive form sometimes our nation’s need
Is safely borne to its waiting hand.

Image ID: Black and white image of a train station with approaching steam engine. From the museum's collection.

#NationalPoetryMonth #RailfanFriday

Maryland Center for History and Culture
04/03/2021

Maryland Center for History and Culture

Learn about work to preserve more than 300 daguerreotypes at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, like this 1846 portrait of Cecilia E. and F***y Levy, by attending a free virtual lecture tomorrow, April 1, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. The discussion will be led by Zach Long, Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, and Catherine Mayfield, MCHC France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Participants will gain insight into the fascinating history of daguerreotypes and the various challenges to their conservation.

You can register for “Saving America’s Treasures: Preserving Daguerreotypes in the MCHC Collection” here: https://www.mdhistory.org/calendar/saving-americas-treasures-preserving-daguerreotypes-in-the-mchc-collection/

Image: “Portrait of Cecilia E. and F***y Levy,” unknown, full-plate daguerreotype, 1846. Maryland Center for History and Culture, H. Furlong Baldwin Library, CSPH 081

Signs of spring blooming in Ellicott City as Main Street Marketplace kicks off | MOSTLY MAIN
04/02/2021
Signs of spring blooming in Ellicott City as Main Street Marketplace kicks off | MOSTLY MAIN

Signs of spring blooming in Ellicott City as Main Street Marketplace kicks off | MOSTLY MAIN

Main Street Marketplace, Spring Edition, is coming to Tonge Row every Saturday in April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented by the Ellicott City Partnership, the Little Market Cafe and the Park Ridge Creamery, the market features local businesses, craftsmen and artisans.

What’s ‘hoppening’? Easter egg hunts kick off spring season in Howard County.
04/01/2021
What’s ‘hoppening’? Easter egg hunts kick off spring season in Howard County.

What’s ‘hoppening’? Easter egg hunts kick off spring season in Howard County.

By opening its doors for the 2021 season on Thursday, April 1, Clark’s Elioak Farm in Ellicott City is hopping right into the Easter spirit by offering numerous egg hunts not just on Easter weekend but every day from Friday through April 11.

Maryland History Tours
03/31/2021

Maryland History Tours

Mount Misery Ghost Walk
Friday April 2nd at 8:00 PM

The hills north of town harbor some very eerie legends of spirits and unexplained legends from decades ago and even days ago! The Spirits have been anxious to greet new visitors!

Covid-19 restrictions apply: limit of 10 people; face mask required; social distancing and temperatures may be scanned at check-in.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounts for Students, Military, Seniors.
Tour meets at the Museum of Howard County History, 8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older.
Photo: W. E. Lilley

Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

Maryland History Tours
03/31/2021

Maryland History Tours

Haunted Main Street Tour – Saturday April 3rd at 8:00 PM

Ellicott City today is a resilient town almost 250 years old with great shops and a vibrant night life…. so is it any wonder that the many ghosts who still call this town home remain to see if they can raise the hairs on the back of your neck?

Covid-19 restrictions apply: limit of 10 people; face mask required; social distancing and temperature scan at check-in.

Tickets are $15.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Discounts for Students, Military & Seniors.
Tour meets at the Howard County Welcome Center 8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD. Recommended for guests 10 and older. Photo: W. E. Lilley

Tickets at: https://www.mdhistorytours.com/tickets

Howard County Library System
03/31/2021

Howard County Library System

We're getting ready for you! Beginning Monday, April 5, we will open for limited in-person services including browsing, computer access, printing, photocopying, and faxing. Passport services will resume on May 3 at the East Columbia Branch too!

Contactless pickup and Bundle Bags will continue to be available at all branches. Watch for details about how to sign up for appointments in the coming weeks.

We’re excited to welcome you back and working to keep you safe! For details go to https://bit.ly/2Q6qbZw

03/30/2021
FFC Historical Tours

FFC Historical Tours

This raid was a daring action that led to the Union soldiers to receive the Medal of Honor. #history #civilwarhistory #civilwar #wander #tennessee #medalofhonor #go #ffchistoricaltours

Maryland History Tours
03/30/2021

Maryland History Tours

Ellicott City Ghost Tours
The weather looks great Friday & Saturday evenings
AND our spirits have missed you!

Friday – Mt. Misery (the hills north of town)
The hills north of town harbor some very eerie legends of spirits
and unexplained legends from decades ago and even days ago!

Saturday – Haunted Main Street
Ellicott City is a resilient town almost 250 years old
…. so is it any wonder that the many ghosts who still call this town home remain to see if they can raise the hairs on the back of your neck?

Photos courtesy: Victoria Goeller & Sarah Huber

Info and tickets at: https://maryland-history-tours-llc.square.site/

Covid-19 restrictions apply:
limit of 10 people; face mask required and social distancing;
temperature may be scanned at check-in

03/30/2021
Dragon Digital TV

Dragon Digital TV

Preservationist Jean Hannon was honored in 2006 with the first Senator James Clark Jr. Lifetime Achievement award, representing her remarkable and inspirational dedication to the Howard County community. Jean designed the Howard County flag in 1968, was a successful business owner and OEC advocate, featured the first OEC Walking Tour, was an award-winning cartoonist with the HC News... and 53 years before OEC won the Benjamin-Moore's Main Street Matters contest in 2014, Jean organized the Operation Face-Lift campaign, an effort that resulted in the painting of several building facades in the old Ellicott City district. Jean was recognized by Joetta Cramm as "businesslike and knew how to get things organized and done." Howard County Historical Society Visit Howard County Historic Ellicott City, Inc. Ellicott City Partnership Howard County Government Ellicott City Ghost Tours Preservation Howard County

03/29/2021
Dragon Digital TV

Dragon Digital TV

This episode is a tribute to historian extraordinaire Joetta Cramm, who provided countless hours of research and content for many of the Pages From the Past episodes. Her writings and photos have been used in several books including "A Pictorial History, Howard County, published in 1987, and Historic Ellicott City: A Walking Tour. Her walking tours in OEC, lectures at Howard Community College over the course of 30 years, and contributions to the Howard County Historical Society are countless. She was named Preservationist of the Year in 2003, held several leadership positions, and was inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame in 2007. Also, this episode of Pages From the Past concluded Richard Holmes extensive history series in 2008. Both Joetta and Richard passed in 2013. Howard County Historical Society Visit Howard County Historic Ellicott City, Inc. Ellicott City Partnership

03/25/2021
Preservation Maryland

Preservation Maryland

Happy Maryland Day from your friends at Preservation Maryland!

Did you know that in 1903, the State Board of Education selected March 25th as "Maryland Day" in its effort to promote better teaching about Maryland’s history in the public school curriculum? The General Assembly then established Maryland Day as an official state holiday in 1916. At Preservation Maryland, we work everyday to save the stories and places in Maryland that matter.

Help save Maryland history this Maryland Day by heading to presmd.org/donate and becoming a part of Maryland's only statewide historic preservation organization!

Song: Maryland by Pretty Gritty

#Maryland #MarylandDay #PreserveMD #Preservation #HistoricPreservation #MDinFocus #History #MD #MarylandPride

Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday! - https://mailchi.mp/d005a84257f3/upcoming-events-at-the-howard-county-hi...
03/25/2021
Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday!

Walking Tours of Ellicott City Every Saturday! - https://mailchi.mp/d005a84257f3/upcoming-events-at-the-howard-county-historical-society-and-the-museum-of-howard-county-history-4730622

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 touch on many points of this great American town’s history and culture.

I'm very proud that the Howard County Historical Society was included in the Statewide Excellence Award for the "Ballot ...
03/25/2021
Preservation Maryland Wins Statewide Excellence Award for Ballot & Beyond Public History Project - Preservation Maryland

I'm very proud that the Howard County Historical Society was included in the Statewide Excellence Award for the "Ballot and Beyond Public History Project. - Preservation Maryland. Dan Materazzi (researcher), Paulette Lutz (author), Shawn Gladden (Director) and Liz Bobo (speaker) were recognized for their blog cast "Laura Byrne - Serving Suffrage with a Smile." Click on the link to see all of the wonderful blog casts of our Maryland women who fought bravely for Women's Suffrage.

Preservation Maryland’s women’s suffrage public history project, Ballot & Beyond, has been recognized for Excellence in Media and Publications from the Maryland Historical Trust. Ballot & Beyond is a free, on-demand online exhibit and podcast that serves to commemorate Maryland’s suffragists a...

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Elizabeth "Liz" Bobo, who has been named as a 2021 Honoree for the Mary...
03/25/2021
Maryland Women's Hall of Fame Awardees Bobo - Maryland Department of Human Services

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Elizabeth "Liz" Bobo, who has been named as a 2021 Honoree for the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Liz was our Honorary Spokeswoman for last year's "Year of the Howard County Woman" and was nominated by our team for this wonderful and much deserved honor. Thank you Liz for your service and your role with the Historical Society.

https://dhs.maryland.gov/maryland-womens-hall-fame-awardees-bobo/

Back to HOF Home Page 2021 Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame Honoree Elizabeth “Liz” Bobo Politician, Maryland’s First Female County Executive Nominated by the Howard County Historical Society, Ellicott City, MD Elizabeth “Liz” Bobo was the first woman to be elected to the office of County E...

Howard County Recreation and Parks
03/25/2021

Howard County Recreation and Parks

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, this week we honor the Black women whose stories are so often left out of the larger historical context of Howard County.

Prior to the Civil War, one in every four persons were enslaved. However, by 1860, roughly 10% of the Black population of Howard County was free, double of almost every other county in the State.

Today, researchers can track the lives of many formerly enslaved people who were freed through preserved documents of the era. These records indicate that many people who were once enslaved were freed either by slaveholders or family members.

One such individual was Charlotte Dorsey, who was freed on her eighteenth birthday in 1859 for the price of $5 (the equivalent of roughly $169 today) according to a manumission document. Census records from the following year show that Charlotte began working as a live-in housekeeper for Charles Smith, a farmer and freedman. In 1880, that year’s Census showed that Charlotte was living with family in Baltimore City.

Thanks to the historical trail started by one document of manumission, the story of Charlotte Dorsey and the life she lived were not lost to history. Through her story and countless others, we can create a more complete picture of what life was like in Howard County before and after the Civil War. #hocoheritagehistory #womenshistorymonth

Believe it or not ....
03/24/2021

Believe it or not ....

Have you ever heard of a hairbarium before? Neither had we until visiting the Howard County Historical Society Museum! Director Shawn Gladden shared this incredible piece that speaks to memorialization practices in the Victorian era. A type of memento mori that both honors the deceased and acknowledges the inevitability of death, this hairbarium is similar to mourning jewelry made with hair of the deceased. Human hair was popular as a material for these pieces as it does not decay over time, unlike many other natural materials. However, this object is distinct from mourning jewelry in that these hair clippings were collected over the course of many individual’s lives rather than just at a single person’s death.

Based on dates noted in the hairbarium, these clippings were gathered between 1752 and 1867 at births, marriages, and deaths of various members of the Snowden family- meaning this object was meant to memorialize life events over time, rather than solely to memorialize the end of a life. This idea is supported by a quote on the hairbarium reading, “One generation passeth away, and another cometh.” While concrete evidence is lacking, it is believed that the pink and blue bows represent births, the white bows marriages, and the black bows death. If you’re interested in learning more about the different ways memorialization processes and practices manifest in the Patapsco Valley, be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming Patapsco Short on memorialization!

#PatapscoShorts
#PatapscoDays

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9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD
21042

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MUSEUM LOCATION: 8328 Court Avenue Ellicott City, MD 21043 ARCHIVE & RESEARCH LIBRARY LOCATION: Charles E. Miller Branch Library and Historical Center 9421 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21042 MAILING ADDRESS: Howard County Historical Society 9421 Frederick Road Ellicott City, MD 21042

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Monday 13:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00

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Someone refresh my memory -- what year did HCHS start using the Weir Building for the archives?
Here is a mini post I wanted to share. Enjoy!
In 1954 there was a flurry of activity to finish the Enchanted Forest in time for it's August 15th 1955 opening. Here we see the entrance castle being built to accept the thousands of visitors in it's first season alone. For this and much more, I invite you to join my group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnchantedForestBehindtheScenes
Researching the old Clark Family Farm on Roxbury Road. There's a cemetery there -- "Gilpin alias Pressley" reserve family graveyard. Anyone know about those names?
Does anyone have any information on the family trees for James Woods ,Nancy (Toll) Wood last of the Talbot street pioneers ,and Gawin Craig or Jane Scott. These are our relatives who passed away in the 18 hundreds.
For many of us, our very first cruise was Little Toot at the Enchanted Forest. We couldn't wait for the tour around the lake and going under Mt. Vesuvius. (later avoided as the mountain had been slowly sinking over the years) For this and much more, I invite you to join my group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnchantedForestBehindtheScenes/
Does anyone happen to know when the iron bridge next to the Miller Branch library was built? I don’t see many iron bridges so I was just curious! It’s a gorgeous view this time of year.
Great News! Today we wrapped up filming "A Different Kind of Song: The March of Black Women and the Unsung Stories of Black Women Composers." Thanks to an extraordinary groundbreaking collaboration between the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAPPA) "Bringing Color to the Classics!" and the Museum of Howard County History at the Howard County Historical Society in Historic Ellicott City, Maryland. Stay tuned for the virtual streaming, a tour de force in creative storytelling through the lens of history, culture, and music. Airing Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 4-5 pm on the CAAPA facebook and youtube pages. All the performances are exquisitely presented at the Museum of Howard County History. Click! www.4caapa.org and www.hchsmd.org Note: In partnership with Howard County Historical Society, ASALH Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and Maryland Humanities. #music #museums #history #culture #concerts #storytelling #classicalmusic #spiritualmusic #artsandhumanities #communityoutreach #creativityatwork #artists #blackwomencomposers #blacksuffragettes #blackexcellence #gamechanginglives #blackgirlmagic #collaborations #partnerships #arts 2020 video c Denée Barr All Rights Reserved
Hi I was wondering if you know anything about the old graves (9?) on a strip of land across the street from the Bethany Station 8 on Old Frederick Road.
Hey You, yeah you....do you live history, current events and trivia? Well then you should join the Walsh's Traveling Trivia and the Ellicott Silly Comedy Festival this Saturday, 3/28 at 12:30 PM for a FREE interactive game of trivia!! Limited space is available...Clink this link to sign up your team now: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084BACA728A5FA7-ellicott https://www.facebook.com/events/619568662174284/
A new discovery from Howard County. Dunloggin Dairy Milk Crate Before the residential area known as Dunloggin in Ellicott City, Maryland was developed, there was a dairy farm called Dunloggin, home of quality purebred Holstein Friesian cattle. Before it was called Dunloggin Farms, the 523 acres was called “Chatham Springs”. The property had been a wedding present to one of the daughters of Thomas W. Ligon. Ligon was governor of Maryland from 1854-1859. The daughter and her husband lived in “White Hall” which is still a private dwelling now listed on the Registry of Historic Places. It stands on Chatham Road at Dunloggin. In 1926, Joseph Natwick, a lumberman from Baltimore, saw the property which was covered with a pristine stand of white oak, and offered to buy the land from the two elderly Ligon sisters. The ladies wanted to sell but were horrified that their land would be r***d of its trees so a deal was made where a swath of timber between their house and the rest of the property would be left so they wouldn’t be able to see the trees being destroyed. They were also allowed to live in their house for their lifetimes. After logging the white oak he tried selling the property but was unable to find a buyer. He bought some prized Percheron draft horses and housed them on the farm and called the place “Dunloggin” as he said he was “done logging.” Being a native of Wisconsin he remembered how he loved the farms there with the black and white animals pastured on green backgrounds. So he went to Wisconsin to buy some Holstein breeding stock. He built barns and landscaped. Tree stumps were dug up and large rocks were blasted. Beautiful barns were built and quality cattle were brought to live there. By a series of coincidences he hired a genius of a cowman, Paul B. Misner, from Pennsylvania, and a well known veterinarian, Dr. E. C. Deubler, from Neshameny Farms in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Dr.Deubler traveled to the farm on vaccination days or when an animal was sick. The herd grew, with luck and careful breeding, into what is still known as the model for the breeding of dairy cattle in the world. Dunloggin was one of the first herds to keep pedigrees and breed for confirmation as well as production. The herd was well known and revered in the 1930’s and 40’s and still remains the hallmark of the dairy breeding industry. Dunloggin was an extraordinary coming together of a dream, a man with money to fund it, a genius of a cowman, and men who were loyal hard workers. The farm was sold to Hymie Kaplan, who with his brothers owned Shirtcraft, a firm in New York City. Mark Wakefield, Jr. a young developer from Louisville, Kentucky developed the property into one of the first subdivisions in Howard County.
Please join us this Tuesday, February 11, for a special presentation from The Elkridge Heritage Society. "Little Poland...The Polish People & Their Move to Elkridge" will be a panel discussion with several Elkridge residents, looking back at the early to mid-1900s when many Polish families settled in Elkridge. Hope to see you there! Details here: https://www.elkridgeheritage.org/ehs-meeting-announcement-little-poland/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=elkridge-heritage-society-published-a-new-post_3