The Society’s Distinguished Service Award is presented to Helen S. Riley for her ongoing support of HSCC spanning five decades, including her time on staff. Her father, James M. Shriver, Sr., became President of the Board of Trustees in 1960 and held that position for nine years.  The Research Library is named after him and his good friend Victor Weybright. The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or couple that has exemplified extraordinary service to HSCC over an extended period of time. A transformative impact on the Society must be demonstrated.

HSCC’s Distinguished Historian Award recipient is Jay A. Graybeal for his impeccable research credentials, Board service, time as Executive Director, and commitment to the Society’s educational and preservation mission. The Distinguished Historian Award is presented to an individual or recognized group that has made outstanding contributions to advancing the appreciation, understanding, interpretation of Carroll County history by teaching, writing, publications, art, drama or preserving & restoring historical artifacts or architecture.

Both awards will be formally presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting on November 1st 12-2pm at the Westminster Riding Club. Highlights about their work for the Society will be shared at the event.  To secure your tickets visit

Ms. Emily Keith is awarded the Society’s Jay A. Graybeal Scholarship in partnership with the Community Foundation of Carroll County.  This scholarship is open to college- bound high school, undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of Carroll County for at least one year. Students must be majoring in history or any specialty area of study in history to include but not limited to; museums, archival, library, historic preservation, material culture, American studies, archaeology, anthropology, art of architectural history or preservation technology. HSCC will recognize Emily at the Annual Meeting and present to her the scholarship check at the luncheon.