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Upcoming Events

  • Mar 12 - Days before indoor Plumbing at the Hays House
  • March 14th - Bata Belcamp through Photos
  • May 13th - Lincoln's Final hours and the Hunt for John Wilkes Booth
  • Now - Great Migration Survey


Events, News, Social

The Society sponsors numerous events throughout the year ranging from lectures, movies, exhibits to yard sales, tours and bus trips. All are welcome whether members or non members. If you wish to receive email notices about these events, please sign up below.

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Note: The Headquarter is not open on holiday weekends or the 4th Saturday in December

On Going

  • Every Fourth Saturday Open, 10am–2pm @ Historical Society of Harford County (HSHC)


  • Feb 21 - Mar 21, 2017 (Tue-Tue)
    The Great Migration Survey @ On Line
    Between 1900-1950, literally hundreds of families migrated from the hill country of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to Harford County. For some, this was a return to the family roots. For others, it was an opportunity to purchase fertile farmland inexpensively, work on expanding industrial and military projects like Conowingo Dam, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Bata Shoe Company, Glenn L. Martin’s new airplane factory or one of the other war manufacturing facilities in the region. These “Eastern Pioneers” changed the face of Harford County for generations to come. But their stories are disappearing.
    If your family is one of the many who followed the Carolina road back to Maryland, would you take a couple minutes to complete this survey so we can begin telling the story of these brave pioneers who are responsible for so much of Harford’s 20th century history. All of the information gathered will become part of the Historical Society of Harford County’s permanent collection for the many genealogists and researchers who use the facility and possibly a future publication on the contributions of these southerners to the county and state.
  • Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
    Brackets for Good @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
  • Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 1 pm–4 PM
    To Be Clean or Not, in the days before indoor plumbing @ Hays House, 324 Kenmore Ave Bel Air, MD 21014
    Kathy Scholl and Susan Wooden will discuss cleanliness in the days before indoor plumbing. There will be a display of Vintage Lingerie. The event includes tour of the Museum.

    Senior and Students are $4 and children under 4 are free

    Free parking is adjacent to the Hays House

  • Tue, Mar 14, 2017, 12:30–1:30
    Bata Belcamp Story told through photographs @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
    Larry Carmichael will discuss the history of Bata Belcamp through the use of photographs of the people, factory and housing. This discussion covers the period from 1939 to 2000.
  • Sat, Mar 18, 2017, 2 PM–4 PM
    The History of Chocolate @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
    $10 per person

  • Sat, Apr 1, 2017
    Movie Night - Shenandoah @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
    $7 per person

    Includes Popcorn and soda. Plus a Booth Family memorbilia exhibit

  • Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 1 pm–4 pm
    Old Furniture Exposed - Restoring Antique Furniture @ hays House, 324 Kenmore Ave Bel Air, MD 21014
    How to decide if antique furniture is good enough for restoration and how to date vintage furniture.

    Seniors and Students $4, children under 4 free

  • Tue, Apr 11, 2017, 12:30–1:30
    Decoys and the Sportsman of the Flats @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
    C. John Sullivan, Jr. is the presenter
  • Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 1 pm–4 pm
    Why Sweet Smelling Herbs and Flowers were Important in the 18th Century @ Hays House, 324 Kenmore Ave Bel Air, MD 21014
    Children will be able to make a Mother's Day gift

    Seniors and Students are $4 and children under 4 are free

  • Sat, May 13, 2017, 1 pm–4 pm
    Lincoln's Final Hours and the Hunt for John Wilkes Booth @ 143 N. Main Street Bel Air, MD 21014
    "Lincoln’s Final Hours" by Kathryn Canavan

    Kathryn Canavan, author of Lincoln’s Final Hours, will speak about the effect that one extraordinary night
    had on the ordinary Washingtonians who witnessed what happened inside Petersen's Boarding House on the
    night President Lincoln died there. Their eyewitness accounts provide telling new details about the assassination.

    Ms Canavan will have books for sale

    "The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth (Murder at Ford’s—The Aftermath)" by John Howard
    Follow the escape route of John Wilkes Booth with our special speaker John Howard. His presentation will take
    us on the twelve day escape journey of John Wilkes Booth from the assassination at Ford’s Theatre to his
    demise at Garrett’s Farm through a photographic presentation of the existing sites of the escape route and relics
    of the assassination. See where John Wilkes Booth stopped and hid over the course of the twelve days.
    Attendees will receive a map of the escape route.