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Carroll County 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.” They held a meeting each year on January 19. They also sponsored lectures and published pamphlets on Carroll County history. Eventually, HSCC took over the birthday event, apparently in the 1950s. In 2021 the birthday event was a “virtual” party, complete with the singing of “Happy Birthday.” In 2022, the event will be held via ZOOM again. The guest speaker will be Diana Scott, author of The Forgotten Corner: A History of Oakland Mill. From early settlement to the growth of a textile mill on the bank of the Patapsco River, Diana examines the lives of those who worked in and around the Oakland Manufacturing Company, and the demolition of the town for the construction of Liberty Reservoir. Much of the story is based on oral histories with some of the last residents who gave a moving account of life in the town and the experience of watching their community disappear. This year all the participants who register will be enter a raffle to win a specialty cake from Starry Night Bakery! The event will be Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
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