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    March 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    Past Times for Children - Schoolyard Games
    96-year-old Warren Dorsey, the grandson of a slave, grew up poor in Sykesville during the 1920s and '30s. Jack White will conduct a casual interview with Warren to discuss his slave grandmother, his parents, and the many challenges he overcame during his struggle to educate himself and escape poverty, as chronicled in Jack's book, In Carrie's Footprints.
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    March 21 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    Box Lunch Talks - Researching Your Civil War Soldier
    During the recent commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, many Americans discovered an interest in learning about their Civil War ancestors. Genealogist Debra Hoffman explains the resources for researching a Civil War soldier and uses two case studies—one Union and one Confederate—to illustrate the information that can be found.
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    Shipley Memorial Garden

    The gardens of the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House were made possible through the generosity of the Paul Shipley family in memory of Miss Lillian Shipley, our first resident curator.

    Shipley Memorial Garden at the Historical Society of Carroll County, MarylandMany of your friends and neighbors have dedicated plantings in memory of loved ones, both friends and family, and in honor of events, homesteads long gone, individuals, or accomplishments. Join them in becoming part of this lasting legacy; there are a limited number of shrubs available to adopt as well as two memorial benches.

    All adopted plants will include plaques with the names of the donor and the recipient as well as the common and botanical names of the plant. Purchase price of $100 per shrub includes replacement of plantings if they should fail. This donation also supports the upkeep and care of this lovely addition to the East End of town. It is a beautiful attraction all year around.

    Shipley Memorial Garden at the Historical Society of Carroll County, MarylandFrom spring and into the summer you can see the kitchen garden beside the back porch planted with some of the more interesting and unusual plants that may have been grown in the period 1800-1850 and used for food, medicinal, or domestic-industrial purposes. The larger portion of the garden, “the Pleasure Garden,” is planted with a wide variety of plants, shrubs, and trees that would have been available during the same early 19th century period.


    The Shipley Memorial Garden behind the Sherman-Fisher-Shellman house has been awarded a Bay-Wise Certification through the University of Maryland Extension Service. On September 16, 2013, garden designer and primary caretaker Helen Hecht, along with garden volunteer Lyn Ingram, received the certificate and a blue Bay-Wise certification sign to proudly display in our garden. A minimum of 36 documented best practices must be present to gain certification.

    Much of what we do to maintain our own landscapes can significantly affect the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay and the environment. Much as HSCC’s mission includes the conservation and preservation of historic materials and resources, the environmentally sound and sustainable gardening principles required for the Bay-Wise Certification help protect and conserve our natural resources for future generations.

    Specially trained Carroll County Master Gardeners Dick Heiger, Carolyn Seabolt and Marilyn Maguire Phillips conducted the certification. Congratulations to all the garden volunteers!

    Please call the Historical Society at 410-848-6494 for additional information or email us at Info@HSCCmd.org.

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