Nov 1 Salon CANCELED

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the November 1 Salon with County Executive David Craig has been canceled. We will reschedule in the future.

Beauty In Sport: The History of Horse Racing in Harford County

It's coming down the home stretch! The Hays-Heighe House is excited to announce its new exhibit, "Beauty in Sport", which debuts October 20.

In addition to open hours, the House is hosting an author's luncheon and book signing on October 19.

Got kids who love horses? Bring them out to our Kids' Day on October 20 from 11 to 3. For more information, click here.

Hope to see you at the races!

One Maryland One Boook: Author Meet-and-Greet and Book Discussion

Meet the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway, on October 1 at the "Roni" Chenowith Activity Center in Fallston Hall. Then join us for a book discussion on October 11 at the Hays-Heighe House. For more information and to see the event flier, click here.

"Heroes and Villains of 1812" on Sept. 6

Please join us at the Hays-Heighe House on Thursday, September 6th at 3 p.m. for "Heroes and Villains of 1812" by David Healey, author of "1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay's Forgotten War." Healey is the author of Civil War novels and other nonfiction works, including a soon-to-be-released book "Great Storms of the Chesapeake."
This event is the first of the fall semester at the Hays-Heighe House and continues our 1812 programming in support of our exhibit, which will run until December 2012.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so come early to view the exhibit and save a seat!

US Declares War!!

 200 years ago, that is!

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. Find out all about the declaration of war, the local militia, and daily life in the early Republic at our exhibit! We are open Tuesdays 1-3 and Fridays 10-12, or other times by appointment.

May is National Preservation Month!

May is National Preservation Month, and this year's theme is Discovering America's Hidden Gems.

What are the hidden gems in your community? There is one in your own backyard - the Hays-Heighe House!

Find out more information on the national program:
Preservation Month 2012

A Special Guest

The Hays-Heighe House welcomed Dr. William Beanes on May 1st, for his recounting of the defense of Baltimore, the bombardment of Fort McHenry, and the poem that become our national anthem!

The War of 1812: Bicentennial Observance Exhibit runs until December, with Saturday hours on May 12 and 19, from 1-4 p.m.

Civil War presentation

"Harford County and the Fugitive Slave," lecture by Jim Chrismer, with discussion by Stephen Whitman, Ph.D. and Christine Tolbert.  Sponsored by Hays-Heighe House with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities.  The event takes place twice:
    April 23, 12:30 pm, SC 243
    April 23,   6:30 pm, E132.
Free and open to the general public.  Part of the "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" series.

Dr. Beanes comes to Hays-Heighe!

War of 1812 speaker and guided tour of the exhibit
Tues, May 1, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Come to the Hays-Heighe House to see Dr. William Beanes (aka Ranger Paul Plamann from Fort McHenry) recount his experience on board ship in Baltimore harbor as Fort McHenry was attacked. Guided tours of the 1812 exhibit will take place during the open hours until 3 p.m.

Family History at the Hays-Heighe

Celebrate Library Preservation Week (April 22-19) and learn more about the Hays family on Wednesday, April 25th at the Hays-Heighe House.

Want to get started preserving your own family history? We'll talk about that too! 

Chris Smithson, a professional genealogist and HCC alumnus, will discuss the history of the Hays family, as well as the basics of genealogical research.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
1-2 p.m.
Room 201
Free and open to the public!

Celebrate Archaeology Month at HCC!

The annual Paul Cresthull Memorial Lecture will take place on Friday, April 13th in Edgewood 132. This event is held each year in honor of one of the founders of the Archeological Society of the Northern Chesapeake, and celebrates Archaeology Month in Maryland.

Join us!

April Salon Session features Persian Poetry

The late spring session of our Salon at Hays-Heighe series will take place on Wednesday, April 11th. Join us for a conversation on Persian poetry and culture, led by HCC Professor Yussef Noorisa.

We are an Official Partner!

The Hays-Heighe House has partnered with the Maryland state bicentennial commission to link programming and build awareness of the great upcoming events related to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Be sure to attend the Sail-abration, June 13-19, 2012:

And don't forget to view the exhibit in your own backyard! War of 1812: Bicentennial Observance Exhibit runs at the House through December.

Civil War programming at HCC

Join us for two upcoming presentations on the Civil War!

“In a Stranger Place: Louisa May Alcott and other Concordians Respond to the Civil War,”
presented by Professor Colleen Webster.

March 6, 2012    
 1:00-2:00 p.m.   
Student Center, room 243.
Event sponsor: HCC Library and Hays-Heighe House

This event is part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” series, made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Participation is free and open to all.  Light refreshments will be served.


“Marching Through Maryland: Lee’s Campaign of 1862,”
by Dr. Thomas Clemens, Professor of History at Hagerstown Community College.

March 8, 2012  
6:30-8:00 p.m.    
Bel Air Branch, Harford County Public Library
Event sponsor: HCC Library and Hays-Heighe House

This event is part of the “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” series, made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association, and the Maryland Humanities Council.

Participation is free and open to all.

Salon canceled, but see us on Saturdays!!

The Salon at Hays-Heighe for Feb. 23rd has been canceled. I will incoroporate their research into the annual Showcase of Student Projects, to be held later in the spring. Check back for more information!

Be sure to stop by on the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays during March, April, and May, from 1-4 p.m., to view the War of 1812 exhibit.

Salon at Hays-Heighe continues

The salon series will continue in the spring!

On February 23rd, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. we will have our first student-led salon, featuring the history and archaeology of the War of 1812 in Maryland. Students from Dr. James Karmel's history class will present their findings on their primary document research.

We will also discuss the upcoming Maryland state archaeological field school, which will take place in Cecil County this spring.

Light refreshments and free to all.

Join us!

Visitors to the House

Our exhibit opening was a success!

Visitors enjoyed the lecture by Mike Dixon on lesser know stories of the War, including many people associated with the Upper Bay area.

Also joining us were Judge Sample and Miss Kitty Knight - you can see them posing with our exhibit banner.

Missed the opening? We are open Tuesdays 1-3 and Fridays 10-12. We are also starting up our Saturday hours again: 1-4 pm on the second and third Saturdays in March, April, and May.

War of 1812 exhibit coming soon!

War of 1812: Bicentennial Observance Exhibit will open on Wednesday, Feb. 1st. The opening is from 3:00- 6:30 p.m. and will feature at lecture by local historian Mike Dixon at 4:30. Mr. Dixon will speak on the lesser known stories of life in the Upper Bay.

Be sure to stop by before and after the lecture to hear period music, and skits by costumed performers!

The exhibit will showcase the local history as it relates to the War of 1812, as well as daily life in the early Republic period. New displays and updated information will be added throughout the exhibit run, which will close in December 2012. 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.