Preservation. Education. Fascination

The Howard County Historical Society is home to the county’s most complete collection of historical records and artifacts.

HCHS Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

As part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, HCHS received an operational grant from Maryland Humanities and the NEH that will help us to continue our mission of collecting, preserving, and providing access to artifacts, documents, images and ephemera front Howard County’s past.

Lunch Date With History Lecture Series

Free for HCHS Members | $5 per person for Non-Members

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We’re offering a limited time special promotion for family membership – includes free book! (while supplies last)

Ellicott Mills Children's Museum

OPENING April 2022 An Ellicott City 250th Anniversary Celebration Event Ellicott Mills
Children’s Museum History and Culture of a 19th Century Mill Town An interactive Children’s History Museum and Educational Program Center in Historic Ellicott City For more information or sponsorship opportunities please call 410-480-3250 or email

About Howard County Historical Society

Founded in 1958, the Howard County Historical Society is the primary private repository of historical records and artifacts related to Howard County’s rich history, the Howard County Historical Society provides access to materials that aid in historical exploration, research and discovery for all ages and cultural groups.

Throughout the year, the Howard County Historical Society presents a wide variety of engaging public programs, concerts, lectures, and other activities. The Society also welcomes school groups, scouts, home schoolers, adult groups, and the public to participate through field trips and outreach programs.


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Did You Know?
Hurricane Agnes swept through Howard County causing severe flooding that submerged much of Ellicott City in 1972.