About Howard County Historical Society

Founded in 1958, the Howard County Historical Society is 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.

Our Flag

Howard County’s rich military history, our Maryland heritage, and the Society’s mission of community outreach arethe essential elements in the Official Howard County Historical Society Flag.

Formally adopted by the Board of Directors on July 9, 2002, our flag was inspired by the headquarters banner of General Bradley T. Johnson – a unique burgee (swallowtail flag) – with a white field and red border. In the center is a large cross bottony in red – an original symbol of Maryland and one that appears the state seal. It’s the same symbol is used in the Howard County flag.

Surrounding the cross is an elliptical circle of 12 stars with a thirteenth star in the center replicating the star pattern of the Third Maryland Regiment’s colors. One of the Continental Army’s most reliable units, the Third Maryland played a major role in the victory by American forces at the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina in 1781. It was commanded by Colonel John Eager Howard, for whom the county is named.

The white stars on the regimental color are gold with black fimbration – representing our state colors: white, red, black, and gold. The stars are arranged so that a point on the star reaches out in all directions – symbolizing the society’s desire to reach out to future generations.

Over the cross bottony is the steeple of the Howard County Historical Society Museum, where the flag is flown. We invite you to view the flag, which was designed for the Society by Richard T. Clark, by visiting the Howard County Historical Society Museum.

Staff

Shawn Gladden

Shawn Gladden

Executive Director

Bio
Mary Sanphilipo

Mary Sanphilipo

Museum Manager

Bio
Becca Dobbs

Becca Dobbs

Assistant Museum Manager

Bio
Mike Radinsky

Mike Radinsky

Museum Employee & Civil War Curator

Bio
Henry Fitzer

Henry Fitzer

HCHS Volunteer

Bio
Charlie Jennings

Charlie Jennings

HCHS Volunteer

Bio
Taylor Murphy

Taylor Murphy

Museum Employee & Social Media Coordinator

Bio
Kaitlyn McKay

Kaitlyn McKay

Museum Employee & Social Media Coordinator

Bio

Board of Directors

Board Members Name
Director 2018-2021 Richard T. Clark
Director 2018-2021 Leonora Hoenes
Director 2018-2021 Judith Draper
Director 2018-2021 Ken Wireman
Director 2018-2021 Rita Hamlet
Director 2019-2022 Kimberly Eggborn
Director 2019-2022 George Tolen
Director 2019-2022 Tom Goss
Director 2019-2022 Mae Beale
Director 2019-2022 Martha Clark
Director 2020-2023 Gail Bates
Director 2020-2023 Fred Campbell
Director 2020-2023 Roger Caplan
Director 2020-2023 Tara Simpson
Director 2020-2023 Lela Sewell-Williams
Director 2020-2023 John Slack
Director 2020-2023 Bob Glascock

Officers

Executive Officers Name
President Thomas E. Bower
1st Vice President Patricia Greenwald
Recording Secretary Ellen Flynn Giles
Corresponding Secretary Anne Schoenhut
Past President Steve Castro

Honorary Board Members

  • Betty Adams
  • Charles Coles
  • Doris Fredericks
  • W. Henry Griffith
  • Paul L. Miller
  • Consuelo Regan-Alexander
  • Phil Stackhouse
  • Gladys H. Wahlhapter

Presidents of the Howard County Historical Society

Alda Hopkins Clark 1958-1964
Louis D. Clark 1964-?
S. Tracey Stackhouse ?
Charles Wehland ?-1973
Aelred D. Geis 1973-1975
Roberta Adams 1975-1977
Shirley Hobbs 1978-1980
Granville W. Wehland 1980-1982
Helen S. Jones 1982-1984
C. Edward Walter 1984-1987
Jim Holway 1987-1988
Barbara Warfield 1988-1990
Doris S. Thompson 1990-1991
Ann H. Ryder 1991-1993
Paul L. Miller 1993-1995
James Clark, Jr. 1995-1996
William A. Fralic 1996-1997
Charles M. Coles, Jr. 1997-1999
W. Henry Griffith, Jr. 1999-2003
Richard T. Clark 2003-2005
Constance Wehland 2005-2007
Philip Stackhouse 2007-2009
Shelley Wygant 2009-2011
Leonora Hoenes 2011-2013
Paulette Kelly Lutz 2013-2016
Theodore Mariani 2016-2017
Steve Castro 2017-2019
Tom Bower 2019-Present
About HCHS

About Howard County Historical Society

Founded in 1958, the Howard County Historical Society is 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.

Our Flag

Howard County’s rich military history, our Maryland heritage, and the Society’s mission of community outreach arethe essential elements in the Official Howard County Historical Society Flag.

Formally adopted by the Board of Directors on July 9, 2002, our flag was inspired by the headquarters banner of General Bradley T. Johnson – a unique burgee (swallowtail flag) – with a white field and red border. In the center is a large cross bottony in red – an original symbol of Maryland and one that appears the state seal. It’s the same symbol is used in the Howard County flag.

Surrounding the cross is an elliptical circle of 12 stars with a thirteenth star in the center replicating the star pattern of the Third Maryland Regiment’s colors. One of the Continental Army’s most reliable units, the Third Maryland played a major role in the victory by American forces at the Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina in 1781. It was commanded by Colonel John Eager Howard, for whom the county is named.

The white stars on the regimental color are gold with black fimbration – representing our state colors: white, red, black, and gold. The stars are arranged so that a point on the star reaches out in all directions – symbolizing the society’s desire to reach out to future generations.

Over the cross bottony is the steeple of the Howard County Historical Society Museum, where the flag is flown. We invite you to view the flag, which was designed for the Society by Richard T. Clark, by visiting the Howard County Historical Society Museum.

Staff

Staff

Shawn Gladden

Shawn Gladden

Executive Director

Bio
Mary Sanphilipo

Mary Sanphilipo

Museum Manager

Bio
Becca Dobbs

Becca Dobbs

Assistant Museum Manager

Bio
Mike Radinsky

Mike Radinsky

Museum Employee & Civil War Curator

Bio
Henry Fitzer

Henry Fitzer

HCHS Volunteer

Bio
Charlie Jennings

Charlie Jennings

HCHS Volunteer

Bio
Taylor Murphy

Taylor Murphy

Museum Employee & Social Media Coordinator

Bio
Kaitlyn McKay

Kaitlyn McKay

Museum Employee & Social Media Coordinator

Bio
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board Members Name
Director 2018-2021 Richard T. Clark
Director 2018-2021 Leonora Hoenes
Director 2018-2021 Judith Draper
Director 2018-2021 Ken Wireman
Director 2018-2021 Rita Hamlet
Director 2019-2022 Kimberly Eggborn
Director 2019-2022 George Tolen
Director 2019-2022 Tom Goss
Director 2019-2022 Mae Beale
Director 2019-2022 Martha Clark
Director 2020-2023 Gail Bates
Director 2020-2023 Fred Campbell
Director 2020-2023 Roger Caplan
Director 2020-2023 Tara Simpson
Director 2020-2023 Lela Sewell-Williams
Director 2020-2023 John Slack
Director 2020-2023 Bob Glascock
Officers

Officers

Executive Officers Name
President Thomas E. Bower
1st Vice President Patricia Greenwald
Recording Secretary Ellen Flynn Giles
Corresponding Secretary Anne Schoenhut
Past President Steve Castro
Honorary Members

Honorary Board Members

  • Betty Adams
  • Charles Coles
  • Doris Fredericks
  • W. Henry Griffith
  • Paul L. Miller
  • Consuelo Regan-Alexander
  • Phil Stackhouse
  • Gladys H. Wahlhapter
Past Presidents

Presidents of the Howard County Historical Society

Alda Hopkins Clark 1958-1964
Louis D. Clark 1964-?
S. Tracey Stackhouse ?
Charles Wehland ?-1973
Aelred D. Geis 1973-1975
Roberta Adams 1975-1977
Shirley Hobbs 1978-1980
Granville W. Wehland 1980-1982
Helen S. Jones 1982-1984
C. Edward Walter 1984-1987
Jim Holway 1987-1988
Barbara Warfield 1988-1990
Doris S. Thompson 1990-1991
Ann H. Ryder 1991-1993
Paul L. Miller 1993-1995
James Clark, Jr. 1995-1996
William A. Fralic 1996-1997
Charles M. Coles, Jr. 1997-1999
W. Henry Griffith, Jr. 1999-2003
Richard T. Clark 2003-2005
Constance Wehland 2005-2007
Philip Stackhouse 2007-2009
Shelley Wygant 2009-2011
Leonora Hoenes 2011-2013
Paulette Kelly Lutz 2013-2016
Theodore Mariani 2016-2017
Steve Castro 2017-2019
Tom Bower 2019-Present
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