Patapsco Valley Heritage Area
November 6 – 14, 2015
Friday, November 6
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH Reception
Patapsco Valley hiSTORY
Days kicks off on the closing night of the Smithsonian’s Hometown
Teams exhibit with a “ball park” reception. Don’t miss this last
chance to see a wonderful exhibit AND help support Maryland’s newest
Heritage Area. An added feature to the exhibit highlights contributions
made to the sporting goods industry by the Patapsco Valley’s C.
R. Daniels Company. Meet veteran freelance journalist Tom Flynn,
author of Baseball in Baltimore.
$50 donation per person / $85 per couple
All donations support Patapsco Heritage Greenway,
Inc. and future Patapsco Valley Heritage Area initiatives.
Saturday, November 7
MARCHING THROUGH HISTORY: A Tribute to Veterans
Saturday, November 7
BENJAMIN BANNEKER's 284TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Join the annual celebration of this first African-American
man of science and his life in the Patapsco Valley. Featuring storytellers,
family-friendly activities, Banneker farmstead hikes and cabin tours.
Visit the interpretive displays and special exhibits at the 142-acre
site. (FREE to museum members/$2 for non-members)
Sunday, November 8
THE LAST TROLLEY TO CATONSVILLE
service between Catonsville and Ellicott City ended in 1955, however,
the town has captured its trolley heritage through rails-to-trails
improvement, outdoor murals, and old trolley features.
Enjoy a pictorial presentation of historic streetcars, car
barns, street scenes, and other memorabilia of yesteryear as Oella
resident and local historian David Ditman shows how the streetcars
are remembered around town today.
Monday, November 9
THE GREENWAY CONCEPT
In the early twentieth century, progressive leaders
in Baltimore, state forestry advocates, and landscape architects
(including the Olmsted Brothers), helped create a natural park presence
that included the Patapsco River Valley.
This desire to have open spaces available to urban residents,
coupled with a compelling interest in better forest management,
spurred development of Patapsco State Park--the first state park
in Maryland. Geoffrey L.
Buckley and J. Morgan Grove, authors of The Patapsco Forest Reserve:
Establishing a “City Park” for Baltimore, 1907 – 1941, discuss how
Catonsville resident John Glenn, forester Fred Besley
and concerned leaders joined forces to bring the “City Beautiful”
movement to Maryland.
Tuesday, November 10
THE EVOLUTION OF EARLY AMERICAN CEMETERIES & BURIAL GROUNDS
Thursday, November 12
BLOEDE THE MAN; BLOEDE THE DAM
Catonsville resident Victor Gustav Bloede was
a child of industrial America. In
1905 the inventor, businessman, real estate developer,
civic leader, and philanthropist built an electric generating complex
at Gray's Mill on the Patapsco River using innovative technologies.
After more than a century,
Bloede dam is scheduled for removal.
Patapsco Heritage Greenway member Tim Titus tells the story
of the man, his dam, and their importance both
then and now to the heritage area and the Patapsco River.
Friday, November 13
SPIRITS OF THE PATAPSCO
Saturday, November 14
SPOTTING WILDLIFE IN WINTER
Saturday, November 14
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN HOWARD COUNTY
: Fels Lane
Many of the early residents of Ellicott City’s
Fels Lane community were but one or two generations removed
from the slave families of Douhgoregan
Manor. In the ‘60s, housing conditions in this community
had deteriorated to the point that it was referred to as “the world’s
smallest ghetto.” In February 1965 a devastating fire and the loss
of life became a watershed moment for both this black community
and Howard County’s community at-large.
"The Fire Next Door" slide show tells the tale
of that tragic event and explains the community fight to correct
1 - 3 pm / Howard County Historical Society Museum,
8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043
HISTORY DAYS ONLINE PRESENTATIONS
On NOVEMBER 11 watch for and be part of Veterans
of the Valley... a digital salute
Patapsco Valley hiSTORY Days kicks off on the closing night of the Smithsonian’s
Hometown Teams exhibit with a “ball park” reception. Don’t miss this
last chance to see a wonderful exhibit AND help support Maryland’s newest
Heritage Area. Meet veteran freelance journalist Tom Flynn, author of
Baseball in Baltimore. Ballpark menu & beverages.
$50 donation per person / $85 per couple Purchase
OR mail check payable to: Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Inc. P. O. Box
96, Ellicott City, MD 21041
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