Philipp Brundett, Mary Cardwell, Larry Carmichael, Carol Deibel, Adrienne DeRan,
Robert Preston, James T. Wollen
October 9, 2011 - Archer Lecture, Annual George Archer Lecture,
Historic Kiplin Hall, English Home of George Calvert, 1st Lord Baltimore,
Speakers: Albert J.A. Young, Esquire, Jack S. Griswold,
October 10, 2010, 2:30 P.M., Lecture will be preceded by a Hearty English Tea,
Tickets are $15.00 in advance for the tea and lecture, Lecture alone is free,
This event will be at: The Historical Society of Harford County, Inc.,
143 N. Main St., Bel Air, MD, Checks payable to Historical Society of
Harford County, Inc. by Oct. 6th
Call 410.838.7691 for further information/reservations
Fundraiser, "Friends of Olde,"
Doll & Teddy Bear Silent Auction, Friday, October 21, 2011, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Lite Fair on Friday evening, Saturday, October 22, 2011, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Headquarters,
143 North Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014, Photos, More Details
November 6, 2011, from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Hays House Museum in Bel Air, Harford County will mark
Native American Heritage Month with special events.
Visitors will learn about the life of Native Americans while exploring
an eighteen-foot tipi, viewing Native American beadwork, and learning
about the life, clothing and customs of the Plains Indians. Musicians will
demonstrate Native American flute music on authentic instruments. The
Archaeology Society of the Upper Chesapeake will display a diorama
and artifacts of pre-historic Maryland. The museum is located at 324
Kenmore Avenue in Bel Air,
adjacent to the Bel Air High School. Admission is $5 for adults
and $3 for students and seniors. Children under 4 are free. Parking is free.
For further information call 410-838-7691.
Operated by volunteers under the auspices of the Historical Society
of Harford County, The Hays House Museum is a not-for-profit museum
that illustrates the life of rural gentry during the period in which
it was built, 1788-1820. This special event is made possible in part
by a grant from the Maryland Council for the Arts through the Harford County
Cultural Arts Board and Harford County Government.
Bel Air Armory
Celebrating Harford Veterans, Harford County
citizens have a long history of military service dating to the earliest colonial days.
The history of Harford’s involvement is evident in the memorabilia and documents stored
at the Historical Society of Harford County. Yet few people ever have a chance to see the collection. On November 10th and 11th of 2011 a celebration is planned to recognize this strong tradition by inviting the public to participate in a two day event at the Bel Air Armory 39-41 N. Main Street in Bel Air. A committee consisting of Historical Society members along with town and county representatives initiated event planning in January for this Veterans Day celebration. The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5 PM to 8 PM with a wine and cheese reception at the Armory. Visitors will be treated to the music of Duke Thompson, Maryland Conservatory of Music and be able to preview the Historical Society exhibits.
The exhibits will include uniforms, maps, photographs and memorabilia from each major conflict involving Harford County residents since the American Revolution. Many of these items have never been exhibited to the public. Some items of special interest include a copy of the Bush Declaration, watercolor maps produced by French troops during the Revolution, a preview of exhibit materials developed for next years War of 1812 exhibition, photographs of Aberdeen Proving Grounds and Edgewood Arsenal’s development and much more. As part of our Celebrating Harford Veterans, we have created a website with information about the event and how you can help. A unique part of the Website is an opportunity to post your veterans photo and information about their service. Please visit http://www.celebratingharfordveterans.org and click on the Honor Your Veteran Tab to see how your veteran will be shown. Then follow the information below to submit your information. And of course plan to attend the activities planned for this 3 day event November 10th to 12th.
The major celebration will begin at 10 AM on Friday, November 11, 2011 in front of the Armory. A parade featuring a military band and Color Guard detachments from numerous organizations, as well as the National Guard will initiate the ceremony which will include music, speakers, a reading of "In Flanders Fields" and a National Guard fly over ceremony. Details are still being finalized. Following the parade and ceremonies, a luncheon will be served in the Armory featuring a special guest speaker. The luncheon will be limited to 200 people so anyone interested in attending should sign up early. Tickets are available through the Historical Society, 143 N. Main Street, Bel Air, MD. The exhibits will reopen for the general public between 2 PM and 5 PM.
For more information on Celebrating Harford Veterans
The Tow Boats of Havre de Grace, Archer Tea & Lecture, Richard Sherrill, November 13th, 2 PM, Society Headquarters.
Cannery Lecture, November 20th, 2 PM,
Harford County Genealogical Society, Society Headquarters, One of the more popular topics of Harford County history is its canneries.
In 2009, the Historical Society of Harford County undertook a project to
map the old landmarks in the area: railroads, schools, canneries general
store-post offices, and mills. Our November speaker, Bernie Bodt, took on
the cannery project. Bernie will discuss the canning industry in Harford
County and when possible, the families whose name was attached to the business. The result of
Bernie’s effort was the Harford Canneries” Map available for purchase at the Historical Society
of Harford County.
December 4, 2011, - Hays House Christmas Open House
Christmas Greens Sale and Open House,
Stop into the Society on Saturday, December 10th from 9 AM to 3 PM for our annual Christmas Greens
Sale and Open House. Society volunteers will have freshly made wreaths, swags, centerpieces and other
table arrangements for sale along with freshly cut loose greens. Traditionally, holly, magnolia, boxwood,
and a wide variety of evergreen (pine, fir, cedar, etc) are available. The Society will be decorated for
Christmas and light refreshments will be served. Our gift shop will also be open for convenient holiday
shopping. Great books on Harford history are featured as well as many interesting vintage, antique and
hand-crafted items. Donations of greens are always appreciated. If you would like to donate to the cause
please call 410-838-7691 to arrange for drop off or for someone to pick up. If you have experience in
creating flower arrangements and would like to volunteer please call the same number. This is one of
the Society’s larger fundraisers. Please keep it in mind as you decorate for Christmas!
December 11, 2011, 4 p.m. - Candlelight Concert with 18th & 19th Century
Instruments, Costumes, Followed by A Festive and Elegant Tea Party in the British
Tradition, Emmanuel Episcopal Church,
See Poster for Details
POWER POINT LECTURE ON HARFORD COUNTY CANNERIES –ARCHEOLOGICAL
ASPECTS AND ARTIFACT INTERPRETATION, January 11, 2012,
6:30 P.M. Havre de Grace City Hall. Sponsored by the Archeological Society of Northern
Chesapeake (ASNC). Speaker Bernie Bodt. No Charge
BRITISH REAR ADMIRAL GEORGE COCKBURN ATTACKS HAVRE DE GRACE – MAY 3,
1813 – NEW FINDINGS, February 8, 2012,
6:30 P.M. Historical Society Headquarters. Sponsored by the Archeological Society of Northern
Chesapeake (ASNC). Speaker Christopher George. No Charge
Grand Re-Opening! TIMELESS FURNITURE at Home in the
Museum, March 11, 2012, Hays House Museum,
1 - 4 PM, Preserving our Past Series: Visit the Hays
House with furniture restoration expert
as he examines major pieces of antique furniture from the Historical Society’s
collection. Admission: $5 adults, $3 Students and Seniors.
of the event: Examine the timeless furniture at home in Bel Air’s
VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, March 24,
2012 between 11 AM and 1 PM to learn more
about volunteering. Volunteer opportunities are as flexible and
as varied as your interests. They allow you to work from home, on
an ad hoc basis depending on your schedule or to be part of a
regularly scheduled committee effort. The Society has a unique
volunteer tradition with its volunteers forming the “heart and soul”
of the organization. For details
Volunteer Opportunities and
Women’s and Children’s MEDICAL CARE in the Quaker
Community, April 15, 2012, Hays House Museum, 1 - 4 PM,
Preserving Our Past Series: Find out about the
health issues and “cures” that plagued 18th
century women and children from Nancy Webster, a practicing
Quaker and history interpreter who has studied 18th century
domestic life for more than 40 years.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 Students and Seniors
SPRING HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE & TEA,
Dr. Barry A. Lanman, coauthor On Heroic
Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross,
Ever wondered how our astronauts managed to deal with multiple
crises in space; what air battles were like in World War II, Korea and
Vietnam. Our guest speaker for the Spring Historical Society lecture
personally interviewed numerous Distinguished Flying Cross
recipients from these conflicts and more, April 29, 2012,
2 pm – 4 pm. Historical Society Headquarters.
The first in a series of local history talks. Talk only – No Charge.
Tea & Talk $10 per person. 410-838-7691
More information PDF
Children’s Games Day and May Day Celebration
, May 6, 2012, Hays House Museum, 1 - 4 PM,
Preserving Our Past Series: An afternoon of
fun and games for the whole family. Board
games, and weather permitting, outdoor
activities enjoyed by our forefathers.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 Students and Seniors
BUS TRIP, May 14, 2012, This years trip will be to
Antietam National Battlefield
in Sharpsburg, MD. The tour will include an on-bus tour guide,
visit to the Museum. $75 per person. 54 seats
available. Trip includes, travel to and from the Battlefield, entrance
fees, on bus professional guide, lunch
and snacks. Send check with lunch choice to Historical
Society of Harford County, 143 N. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014.
Starbucks and Wegmans have generously agreed to provide coffee and
snacks for the trip from Bel Air. We will have water and drinks
available on the bus plus a light snack during the tour.
Our tour guide, Mr. John Schildt, is one of the most experienced
guides from the Battlefield Park. He will conduct the tour on the
bus and at stops around the park. Lunch will be a sit down lunch
with three choices for entre. We will be eating lunch at the
Applause Banquet Room. Choices:
Sliced Roast Beef, Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast or Baked Ziti.
Please indicate your lunch choice when you send in your
reservation and check. Applause Caterers opened their doors in
the new Academy Theater Banquet and Conference Center at
58 E. Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD on November 1, 2008.
Once an abandoned warehouse, the Tusing Building has been
transformed into a beautiful theater, banquet and conference facility.
Antietam National Battlefield ART EXHIBIT AND WINE & CHEESE EVENING, June 7, 2012,
6:30 pm – 10 pm. Historical Society Headquarters.
Exhibit featuring the Society’s recently received gift of the collected artwork
of the late Mary Woodward. Evening reception. Admission $15.00. 410-838-7691
YARD SALE, June 16, 2012, Headquarters, 9 AM - 3 PM.
Independence Day Open House,
July 4, 2012, Hays House Museum,
9 AM -12 PM, Special activities!
Period music by the Catherine Street Consort.
SUMMER HISTORICAL LECTURE & TEA: Join us on July 21st at 2PM for our second lecture of 2012. The Lecture is Landreth Seed - The oldest Seed Catalog in America and will be at the Headquarters, 143 N. Main Street, Bel Air. The Lecture and tea are $8. This should be a fun and informative lecture especially for those who love both history and gardening. 410-838-7691
On Sunday, September 9, Hays House Museum will celebrate Grandparents’ Day with an event for nature lovers young and old entitled "A Walk on the Wild Side." Wildlife rehabilitator Kathy Woods of the Phoenix Wildlife Center will present an educational program on wildlife rehabilitation and the conservation of wildlife habitat. Ms. Woods has a federal permit to rehabilitate raptors such as hawks, owls and the American bald eagle. Beekeepers from the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association will present a program and demonstration on honeybees, beekeeping and related arts.
Bring the grandchildren for a visit with wildlife rehabilitator Kathy Woods and her feathered and scaled critters. Get answers to your wildlife rescue questions. Learn about honeybees from Dennis Hertzog of the Susquehanna Beekeepers Association. The museum is located at 324 Kenmore Avenue in Bel Air, adjacent to the Bel Air High School. Admission, which includes a tour of the 1788 house, is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children under 4 are free. Parking is free. For further information call 410-838-7691.
ANNUAL DINNER & LECTURE, September 20, 2012,
The Clarion, Aberdeen, MD, 6:30 pm – 10 pm. Dinner and
speaker TBA. Sponsored by The Historical Society
of Harford County. Reservations required, 410-838-7691
First Annual Antiquarian and
Used BOOK SALE and PIT BEEF sale, October 12, 13 & 14, 2012,
Near a thousand of pre-owned vintage and contemporary books in a variety of
subject areas. Fri. and Sat. 9 am - 4 pm, Sun. 11 am - 4 pm.
Details on Book Sale
HSHC Night at MaGerks: The Historical Society of Harford County will
be the featured non profit organization at MaGerks on October 17th, 2012. A portion
of the proceeds for food purchased in the dinning room will be donated to the Historical
society. Please come out for dinner and bring friends and/or family.
Parlor Concert featuring Planxty
Plaid, October 28, 2012, Hays House Museum, 6 PM,
Listen to a concert of Celtic and traditional
music in the Hays House parlor by Planxty
Plaid—fiddle player JoAnn Appel and guitar
player Jim Selway. Light Refreshments will be served. Seating is
limited. Reservations Required, Call 410-592-8693 or 410-838-7691.
Admission: $8.00 MaGerks address is 120 S. Bond Street in Bel Air.
The Art of Hearth Cooking, November 11,
2012, Hays House Museum, 1 - 4 PM,
Preserving Our Past Series, Be an 18th century
locavore! Experience the sounds and aromas of
seasonal foods prepared at the hearth by Mercy
Ingraham, a renowned 18th century culinary
expert, history interpreter, and food writer for
Early American Life.
Admission: $5 adults, $3 Students and Seniors
Model Train Show,
This exhibit is for all ages, wonderful working train models provided
by the Harford Modular Railroad Group will be set up
at the Headquarters Building from November 17, 2012 to December
16th. Hours: Friday 4 PM to 8:00 PM,
Saturday noon to 8:00 PM, Sunday noon to 4:00 PM.
Cost: Adults $4; Children $2; 4 years & under free. 410-838-7691
Holiday Open House, December 2,
2012, Hays House Museum, 1 - 4 PM,
Visit while the Hays House is richly arrayed in
natural decorations for the holidays. Music by
the Catherine Street Consort. Admission:
GREENS SALE & OPEN HOUSE, December 8,
2012, 9 am - 3 pm, Headquarters,
Live greens, both loose and specially created holiday arrangements.
Gift shop. Refreshments. Free Admission. 410-838-7691
Colonial Candlelight Christmas Concert and Tea,
Emmanuel Church in Bel Air, December 9
2012, 4 PM, Enjoy an exquisite holiday concert by Musica
Antiqua performing on period instruments. Tea
in the British tradition follows the concert.
Admission: $23.00. Paid reservations required.
Call 410-592-8693 or 410-838-7691.
McKinney-Graybeal House Tour
SUGAR IN HISTORY - LECTURE & TEA
NEEDLEWORK EXHIBIT AND TALK
March 17th, 2013, Mark your calendar Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club
opens its doors. The second in our series of tours of historically significant
or interesting buildings and homes in Harford County will take place on Sunday,
March 17th at the Elkridge-Harford Hunt Club from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
The clubhouse will be the focus of the day. Designed by prominent New York
Architect James O’Connor, the house was built on the foundation of an older
structure destroyed by fire. Stop in and see the home of the second oldest recognized
foxhunting club in the United States.
March 24, 2013, Spring Historical Lecture and Tea,
Sugar in History: from Harvested Cane to the Table by Deb Peterson, Culinary Historian,
The Historical Society and Hays House jointly sponsor a program at Headquarters.
Reservations required. 2-4 pm.
April 14, 2013, Schoolgirl Samplers, Needlework
Expert Kathleen Franetovich, Hays House Museum, 1-4 pm.
$5 Adults, $3 Students and Seniors; Under 4 free.
June 9, 2013, Spinning Demonstration, Hays House will feature a spinning demonstration by
docent and Colonial reenactor Kathy Scholl. Until the machines of the Industrial Revolution mechanized the production
of cloth, spinning was a necessary domestic job for the lady of the house or her servants in the middle-class household.
Since only the wealthier classes could afford to purchase cloth or have clothing made; most clothing and
household fabrics were made at home, using wool from sheep they raised or flax, used to make linen, from
plants they grew. Frequently used was linsey-woolsey, a combination of wool and linen, an important fabric
in Colonial America. At that time, cotton was an expensive luxury. Spend a Sunday afternoon touring the
1788 Hays House; learn about Thomas Hays, “the Founding Father of Bel Air”; and see the spinning demonstration.
Hays House Museum, 1-4 pm. $5 Adults, $3 Students and Seniors; Under 4 free.
June 10, 2013, 2013 Bus Trip to Wheatland Mansion
Call for details and reservations.
June 22, 2013, Yard Sale , Headquarters, 9 am - 3 pm.
June 23, 2013, Book Discussion - Ladies of Liberty,
Hays House Museum, 1-4 pm.
July 4, 2013, Independence Day Open House,
Patriotic music and tour of the 1788 Hays House. Free. 9 am -12 noon.
Historical Society of Harford County
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