November 4 – HSCC Annual Meeting

210 East Main St. 210 East Main Street, Westminster, MD

Hello all, Thank you very much for your interest and participation in Carroll County Historical Society events!  We want to highlight four events coming up in November. Registration is available through the HSCC webpage.  We would love to have you join us!! Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm – Annual Meeting featuring keynote speaker Sharon Tosi-Lacey on [...]

November 8 – Historic Railroad Week

Train enthusiasts, mark your calendar for Historic Railroad Week, November 8-12.  Five historical societies in the area and the Carroll County Public Library have  formed a partnership to offer 5 different talks on the history of the railroad: Monday, November 8, 7:00 pm – Rail Industry Workers in Cumberland County, PA, presented by the Cumberland County [...]

November 16 – Box Lunch Talk: Cultural Influences on the Development of U.S. Army Insignia of the Great War

Grace Lutheran Church 21 Carroll St, Westminster, MD

On Tuesday, November 16, Jay Graybeal will be presenting the Box Lunch Talk Cultural Influences on the Development of US Insignia of the Great War. Jay Graybeal examines the American, foreign, mythological, and other influences on the development of shoulder sleeve insignia (patches) of the U.S. Army during World War I. This event will be in [...]


November 20 – Past Times for Children: The Peddler & Salesman

Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main St., Westminster, Maryland

The arrival of the peddler (a.k.a. traveling salesman) was an exciting event for the farmer during the 1800’s. Instead of having to travel to a general store that was miles away, the peddler brought wares to sell, news and gossip from nearby towns, and merchandise that was new to the farmer’s family. Children will learn about these peddlers through stories, imaginative play, and games. They will decorate one of the items the peddler sold. For each class, there is a $6.00 charge which includes materials. Pre- registration is required; registration closes the Monday before the class.


December 4 – Holiday Open House Celebration

Cockey’s Koontz-Yingling Learning Center

Enjoy the opportunity to see seasonal displays and exhibits. Check out the Shellman Gift shop for charming stocking stuffers and ornaments. Books make perfect holiday gifts.  Local authors will be selling and signing books. Stop by and meet: Beth Sansbury - author of The Strawbridge Shrine: Its Role in Methodist History & a Tour of the Site Libby Fuss - author of A Faithful Soldier Writes Home Meet author Brenda Marie Black, The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby - come get your book signed while you are here! HSCC's Holiday Open House is Free to all!


December 4 – Historic Marker Unveiling

Join us for a holiday reception with the Maryland Women's Heritage Center and the W.G. Pomeroy Foundation for an unveiling of a Historic Marker honoring the life of Suffragist, Mary Shellman.

December 11, Historic Houses of Worship Tour

December 11, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Historic Houses of Worship Tour - A Joint Fundraiser for the Historic Society of Carroll County Maryland and the Shepherd's Staff.  The following churches are participating: Benjamin's-Krider's United Church of Christ, 208 Kriders Church Road, Westminster Church of the Ascension Episcopal, 23 N. Court Street, Westminster Grace Evangelical Lutheran [...]


December 21 – Box Lunch Talk: Here comes the Lutherans! A Study of Early Places of Faith in Carroll County

Grace Lutheran Church 21 Carroll St, Westminster, MD

Faith has always been an important part of life in Carroll County, and so it’s not a surprise that when the early settlers of what we now know as Carroll County began to form towns in the 1700s; one of the first priorities was to facilitate the practice of religion.  This talk will present some of [...]

HSCC Holiday Hours

HSCC Administrative Office CLOSED: December 24 - 28, 2021 December 31, 2021 - January 4, 2022 Open Dec. 29 - Dec. 30, 2021 Library Holiday Hours: Closed December 22 through January 4, 2022 All Offices Open on January 5, 2022

January 15, 2022 – Carroll County’s Birthday


Each year, HSCC hosts an event to celebrate the establishment of Carroll County on January 19, 1837. The commemoration of Carroll County’s “birthday” began in the 1920s with a group called the Carroll County Society of Baltimore County. These descendants of Carroll Countians organized to promote “an appreciation of the history, traditions and pleasant memories of Carroll County.”

January 18, 2022 – Box Lunch Talk: Icons of American Animation


Speaker:  Prof. Robert Lemieux Caption for featured Image:  Robert Lemieux, an associate professor of communication and cinema at McDaniel College, places a title card under a 1989 cel setup from ÒThe SimpsonsÓ by Klasky Csupo as he prepares the Icons of American Animation exhibit at McDaniel College's Rice Gallery Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)