Recurring Programs and Annual Events:
Box Lunch Talks
B.L.T.s are an afternoon monthly speaker series hosted by the Historical Society primarily focused on Carroll County’s fascinating history. Speakers range from local historians to professors and museum professionals.
Schedule – B.L.T.s take place the third Tuesday of every month.
Location – BLTs are held in Grace Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, Carroll Street, Westminster. Use the main entrance (at the crosswalk), go down the hall and take the stairs; or go right and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.
History: Shaken & Stirred
This quarterly event is a great way for everyone to hear untold stories of Carroll County told by local storytellers and neighbors. We meet at Covalent Spirits in Westminster in January, April, July, & October. Each speaker will talk for 3-5 minutes and there will be a 20 – 30 minute break between each. Light fare is provided free of charge and Jenn Yang, Covalent owner and mixologist extraordinaire, will create a signature cocktail each time.
Check our website for upcoming dates.
Carroll County Birthday
Each year, HSCC hosts an event to celebrate the anniversary of Carroll County’s founding on January 17, 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, sometime during the 1950s. We’ve been hosting it ever since and are proud to keep it going, even in these unusual times
Virtual Winter Wine Tasting
Each year in February the Historical Society hosts a virtual wine tasting event. Make sure to keep checking the Historical Society calendar of events!
The Celebrating America History Expo supports Carroll County Public School’s History Day competition for middle and high school students. Carroll County History Day is the first round of competition leading to Maryland History Day and National History Day. Celebrating America fosters a greater sense and understanding of Carroll County’s role within the great context of America’s history. Check our calendar for more details and specific event dates! Download brochure.
The Historical Society’s largest fundraiser hosted is annually hosted to support operations and special projects.
For April 2023, the Legacy Gala will feature an auction of exclusive items, dinner, dancing, and entertainment. Featuring a different theme every year, this event is essential to keeping the Historical Society thriving . Venue will be at the Antrim 1844 in Taneytown. Watch the calendar for more information.
Bluegrass, Bourbon, and Bocce
Enjoy music from the critically acclaimed Bluegrass Band Sideline during this annual September event. The price of a ticket also includes, gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries, and frozen custard by “The Cow” and bourbon tastings by Patapsco Distilling Company. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. As evening descends, play bocce under the stars on a lighted court! The event takes place at Rob’s Bluegrass Barn in Westminster.
This yearly members only meeting is when the Historical Society provides its members a business update. Board of Trustees are also nominated and selected. Typically this event includes dinner and presentations by the Executive Director, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Treasurer and other members Entertainment or guest speaker follows the business portion of the evening.