Arts, Culture, and Humanities

BALTIMORE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC

  • Cockeysville, MD
  • www.hsobc.org

Mission Statement

The Historical Society of Baltimore County collects, preserves and interprets the rich history of Baltimore County for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. We are stewards of more than 9,000 museum artifacts, 8,000 historic photographs, a 4,000-volume library, 500 historic maps and atlases, and hundreds of archival collections, all shedding light on Baltimore County's past. We host presentations, lectures and workshops, and we produce publications, historical tour, and exhibits. We offer weekly hours at our library for those who wish to research their family history, historic structures and properties, community and associational life, education, infrastructure development and other aspects of Baltimore County history and heritage. We partner with other like-minded organizations, and to advocate for a more historically minded, educated, and aware society. We are proud to serve as the only organization dedicated to preserving Baltimore County history in its entirety.

Main Programs

  1. Sunday Speaker Series
  2. Library/Research Center
  3. Legacy Bus Tour
  4. Collections
  5. Publications
Service Areas

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Maryland

Baltimore County, Maryland, and adjoining counties.

ruling year

1962

Executive Director since 2015

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Dr Kathleen M Barry

Keywords

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Baltimore County, history, genealogy

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Also Known As

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE COUNTY

EIN

52-6048476

 Number

8210550422

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Sunday Speaker Series

We host monthly history talks by researchers and other experts whose presentations illuminate some aspect of the history of Baltimore County and its surrounding areas.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

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Program 2

Library/Research Center

During our weekly public hours and by appointment, we open our collections and provide skilled library assistance to patrons researching genealogy, historic properties and myriad other topics related to Baltimore County history.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Program 3

Legacy Bus Tour

Each autumn our volunteer bus tour committee organizes a day-long bus tour with lunch that highlights the history of an area of the County. In recent years the tour has visited the Northeast villages of Fork, Franklinville, and Jerusalem Mill to delve into early County history (2016); Catonsville (2015); the historic cemeteries and churches west of the Interstate (2014); and key facilities in our water system, Loch Raven and Prettyboy Dams and the Montebello Filtration Plant (2013). The committee prepares a keepsake booklet for attendees of some fifty pages describing the historical sites on the tour as well as others that the tour does not have time to visit.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

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Program 4

Collections

We house and care for collections comprised of approximately 9,000 museum artifacts, 8,000 historic photographs, more than 2,000 subject files and 8,000 genealogy files, 500 historic maps and atlases, 4,000 library volumes and hundreds of newspapers, journals, memoirs, oral histories and other resources.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Adults

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Program 5

Publications

We produce a bi-monthly newsletter and a quarterly history journal, History Trails. The newsletter is a mix of short historical features, puzzles, and news of the organization and our friends. History Trails, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2016, presents a single research-drive article, with illustrations and scholarly citations, in each issue. On occasion we publish additional single-volume publications, such as books, booklets or historic maps.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Baltimore County, Maryland, and adjoining counties.

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Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Executive Director

Dr Kathleen M Barry

BIO

Kathleen Bary received a BA magna cum laude in history from Harvard University in 1992 and a PhD in history from New York University in 2002. She was a Mellon Research Fellow in American History at the University of Cambridge from 2003 to 2006, where she completed Femininity in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants (Duke University Press, 2007). She has taught American history at NYU, Cambridge, and Merrimack College.

Before moving to the UK to take up the Cambridge fellowship, Kathleen was on the staff of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a New York City-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to history education. As the Institute's Coordinator of Special Projects and Publications, she was involved in the design, editing and production of a wide range of publications for students, teachers and the general public. She also assisted in the development of initiatives such as a summer history research internship for undergraduates. More recently, she has served as a Subject Matter Expert in U.S. history for Cengage Publishing and worked in admissions at Princeton University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Thomas L. Graf

Self-employed consultant in aerospace-related technical and management services

Term: June 2015 - June 2013

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