Howard County is a community with a long and rich history. And we’re very fortunate to have the Howard County Historical Society to document and preserve the county’s past. The Society’s Archives and research library is kept at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library. In their private collection they have thousands of photos, local 4-H documents, maps, deeds and property records, marriage licenses, voter records, and slave manumission records, as well as, a collection of oral histories. The Historical Archives makes a wealth of information available to parents who home school, researchers, historians and genealogists looking for their ancestors in Howard County. School and adult groups as well as the general public are welcome.
The Society’s Museum is located near the Court House in Ellicott City in the former First Presbyterian Church. On display is a large collection of local memorabilia and artifacts from local businesses, the boy and girl scouts, and the Ellicott family. A snap shot of the local military presence during the civil war is documented through artifacts. Daily life in Howard County is recalled with an assortment furniture, decorative arts, textiles and agricultural tools.
But the Historical society does more for the Howard county community than collect object and documents. The Howard County Historical Society offers a number of interesting public events including concerts, lectures, and other activities.
Here is a short list of upcoming events:
The Howard County History Society is the repository of a treasure of information about Howard County. Stop by the museum and the Miller Branch of the library to learn more about our community, it’s history and people.