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Patapsco Valley Heritage Area

hiSTORY DAYS

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. 
  • 7 - 9 pm / Howard County Historical Society Museum  8328 Court Ave / Ellicott City, MD
  • Presented by Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. in partnership with the Howard County Historical Society

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)
  • 1 - 4 pm / Benjamin Banneker Museum & Historical Park / 300 Oella Ave. / Catonsville, MD

Sunday, November 8
THE LAST TROLLEY TO CATONSVILLE

  • Streetcar 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.
  • 7 – 8:30 pm / Exec. Suites & Conference Space / 813 Frederick Road -2nd flr. / Catonsville, MD

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.
  • 7 - 8:30 pm / National Electronics Museum / 1745 W Nursery Rd / Linthicum Heights, MD

Friday, November 13
SPIRITS OF THE PATAPSCO

  • Step back in time with local ghost tour guides as they share tales of Valley ghosts and spectral sightings on this special Friday the 13th  “spirited” journey down the old National Road from Catonsville to Ellicott City (with a few side trips along the way)! This is NOT a walking tour.
  • 7 - 8:30 pm / Exec. Suites & Conference Space / 813 Frederick Road -2nd flr. / Catonsville, MD

Saturday, November 14
SPOTTING WILDLIFE IN WINTER

  • Not everyone heads south for the winter, especially the wildlife.  They do take precautions to winter over and therefore are a little harder to see.  This hike at Mt. Pleasant will teach you some of the tricks to find and see the winter denizens of Maryland and the Patapsco Valley.
  • 10 am / Howard County Conservancy / 10520 Old Frederick Road / Woodstock, MD

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 the problems.
  • 1 - 3 pm / Howard County Historical Society Museum,
    8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City, MD 21043
  • presented by : Howard County African American History Project, a committee of the Howard County Historical Society

HISTORY DAYS ONLINE PRESENTATIONS

On NOVEMBER 11 watch for and be part of Veterans of the Valley... a digital salute

Download an audio (coming soon)

Driving Tour of Historic Catonsville

produced by Catonsville Historical Society, Inc.

with narrative by Meg Protzman

www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org

 

 




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

Event Tickets
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OR mail check payable to: Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Inc. P. O. Box 96, Ellicott City, MD 21041

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