Dear Members, Family and Friends,
As 2021 draws to a close, we are eager to extend our most heartfelt thanks for your generous and ongoing support. Your monetary gifts, donations to our collections, and involvement with our virtual programs have helped keep us up and running through a year of challenge, change and exciting opportunities ahead.
Although circumstances have kept our doors closed this year, we have continued to maintain and develop programming for our online formats. Through our series of virtual lectures, our online bookstore and virtual yard sale, we have been able to engage our loyal membership, as well as reach out and welcome new audiences. Our Facebook posts continue to be viewed and shared at increasing rates. And this year’s annual meeting/family picnic at Harford Glen (our first in-person event since February of 2020) was so successful that we plan on holding more outdoor events moving forward—simply as a matter of course.
And just because our facilities were locked down this year, it didn’t mean they or we were sitting idle. Building renovations are and have been ongoing. To date, restoration of our headquarter’s original twenty-six windows is steadily proceeding. HVAC re-routing is almost complete. And the removal of a 1960s era drop ceiling and a false wall in the lobby has revealed original 1936 architectural features—long-hidden and newly re-emerged. Plasterers and painters are now proceeding with the finishing touches to the lobby, and installation of museum fixtures will soon follow. Each step in the process has brought us closer to completion, and we can hardly wait to invite all of you to the grand unveiling next spring. But as many of you know, in preservation projects, patience is a virtue and vigilance is required. That’s why ongoing and much needed TLC is also underway at our Hays House Museum, with porch repairs slated to begin in November and wall repair efforts to follow.
And so, as you can see, we’ve been busy. And now more than ever, we need your help–to keep preserving our history and growing our mission: to provide edification and enjoyment to current and future generations of Harford Countians.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this year’s Annual Giving Campaign. Your donation of any amount will help us thrive and grow, and keep the lights on while we’re at it.
We at the Historical Society of Harford County house and hold the memories and stories, records and photographs of our whole Harford County family. It’s fascinating work and an honorable endeavor, but we can’t do it alone.
So please give what you can this year, and know that your contribution is highly valued and always appreciated.
Thank you for your support and stay well.