The Society’s Offices, Archives & Reading Room at the Miller Branch Library & Historical Center at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will
be CLOSED Thursday, October 5th, as all branches of the HC Library System will be closed for Profession Staff Development. We will reopen on Friday, October 6th at 10 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Preservation. Education. Fascination

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

2023 Program and Activities Schedule

Experience History with our Lunch Lectures, Children’s Classes, and Partnership Events

View the Video Exhibit, "Milltown to City" of the Evolution of Ellicott Mills to Ellicott City

Sponsored by EC250 Committee, 2022. Currently on view at Howard County Visitor’s Center

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?
The first Clarksville High School building opened in 1914.

In Memory of Barbara Warfield Feaga

The Society is saddened to hear of the recent death of Barbara Warfield Feaga on Sunday, September 24th. Barbara was a genuine Howard County treasure: a respected researcher; gifted storyteller; and beloved Society Member. We extend our sincere condolences to her family, friends, and all who were privileged to know her.
Visitation for friends and family will be held in the annex building at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD 21794 on Thursday, September 28 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michael’s Road, Mount Airy, Maryland. Addition information can be found at

Howard County History Articles

More on the Eldridge Furnace

More on the Elk Ridge Furnace This article is a follow up to the article “A Short History of the Elkridge Furnace,” by Ellen Kwan Lewis. By Lee Preston and Mark Stout Elk Ridge Landing was one of the first industrial towns in America. Situated on the edge of the...

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The Early Life of Decatur Dorsey

The Early Life of Decatur Dorsey By Gerald W. Ueckermann, Jr. October 19, 2021 By the early summer of 1864 the Union Army’s offensive to finish off the Confederate Army of Robert E. Lee had stalled on the outskirts of Petersburg, Virginia. There, Union soldiers...

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Desegregation and Racial Equality in Howard County

The History of Desegregation in Howard County Mark J. Stout, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Howard County Historical Society   In commemoration of Black History Month, the following piece explores the county’s history as it relates to school desegregation...

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