The amazing tale of a Civil War Diary belonging to Sgt. Charles H. Pitcock, lost and found by a Confederate Officer, Lt. W. Ashley, and later returned to the Pitcock Family. At the Havre de Grace History MuZeum in Bahoukas Antiques.
Jane Currier shares an interesting family story about her “Great Uncle Willy,” William Nicholson Jeffers, sent to bring John Surratt back to the U.S. after the Lincoln Assassination.
We honor ALL veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We especially remember good friend and local resident, Lt. Col. Juanita Warman at our Havre de Grace History MuZeum in Bahoukas Antique Mall.
Another episode featuring local Veterans over Memorial Day, our Havre de Grace MuZeum ‘casual historian’ shares the military uniform of John D. Franko, WWI
Continuing our focus on Memorial Day and Veterans, enjoy this interview with the late Phil Barker of Havre de Grace, who was in the Army during the Cold War/Korea.
Sharing Havre de Grace military history during Memorial Day at the Havre de Grace History MuZeum at Bahoukas Antiques. This blogpost is the War of 1812.
The Bayou Hotel was quite a luxury back in the 1920s with a heated swimming pool, 60 rooms with private baths and hot water, several dining areas, parking, miniature golf course, and more. Learn about this amazing piece of local history!
His love of this city shines through his commitment to the community. Joe "K" Kochenderferb: 5/8/1934 interviewed 2016 Joe Kochenderfer with his wife, Sara, moved to the area in 1959 for Joe’s new job at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Within the first year, they ended...
The 80s Ladies are my informal Friday morning research group at Java by the Bay Coffee Shop in Havre de Grace.
Promotions for businesses and organizations are nothing new. Here are a few from our Havre de Grace MuZeum collection at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.
Charlie Mike shares fond memories of growing up in Havre de Grace and shares stories about his mom, Kay Mike.
McLhinney’s News Depot still brings a lot of memories to mind for may Havre de Gracians. Now, thanks to Annie and her mom, Mary McLhinney, we can share their collection of memorabilia. Join us!
This featured image is of the crew of Stancill's Inc. of Havre de Grace, contracted to remove the old railroad track from 'the CUT' on St. Clair St. in Havre de Grace. DID YOU KNOW? April 1836: The first operational railroad ferry was the Havre de Grace/Perryville...
Our interview with Jeanne Preston Hawtin was so much fun. She remembers chasing the milkman as well as joining her mom in the Spot Tower! Listen in to our interview.
Many residents today still remember Leithiser’s Men’s Shop of Havre de Grace. It was well known and respected for quality merchandise.
What’s the connection between Don, the Italian Greyhound owned by Anne Kelly of Havre de Grace, and Prof. Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian Institution in D.C. in 1881? Check the story from our ‘casual historian.’
Leon Grimes b. 3/30/1942 interviewed 2016: Leon has a wonderful sense of humor and tells of growing up Black in Havre de Grace with fondness. His grandmother was a key influence in his life. He remembers at the age of 23, while training to be a nurse, he came home...
Sometimes dates and ownership can be a challenge. The history of Havre Iron Co. and A.P. McCombs is a good example. We’ll try to explain!
With City of Havre de Grace elections coming up this May, we thought it was the perfect time to share a bit of the political campaign memorabilia of our ‘casual historian’
Cecil Hill, Sr. (b) 8/10/1940 interviewed 2016: One of the exciting aspects of getting these interviews is that you always learn something unique about a person. Cecil loved growing up in Havre de Grace and really enjoys sharing the highlights from his childhood. His...
Col. Hebditch, J. Cecil Sale, Sr. and the Coca-Cola plant have a long history in Havre de Grace. But do you know about Capt. Hiram Stanley? Read a little more and enjoy local history with our ‘Casual Historian.’
Smoking Ephemera can actually give us details about local businesses. Advertising on matchbook covers and ashtrays was very popular for decades.
The first of the Havre de Grace Stories podcasts is now on our Bahoukas History MuZeum site. Our first interview is with the late Noble Mentzer.
The Havre de Grace Hi-Steppers was a Drum and Majorette Corps sponsored by the Havre de Grace American Legion – Jos. L. Davis Post 47. We’re still gathering information. Do you have any to share?
Our ‘casual historian’ shares a few items from his funeral home collections. It’s interesting how many people are intrigued by such items. Visit George at Bahoukas and browse his Havre de Grace History MuZeum section.
Did you know that First National Bank of Havre de Grace printed its own currency for 53 years? Did you ever receive a bank when you opened an account at a local bank as a youngster? Listen to our ‘casual historian’ share a bit of his collection.
Our episode looks at the measure of Havre de Grace through yardsticks and rulers – a fun collectible offering a bit of local history. Join our ‘casual historian’ at Bahoukas!
Havre de Grace’s First Responders play a most important role in our city’s safety. Our ‘casual historian’ shares the beginnings of his collection of patches and badges.
Gathering local history is much more interesting when we receive surprise packages in the mail. See what Harry Jones sent us from Florida recently!
The use of canning and merchant tokens has a long history. In Havre de Grace, canneries gave tokens to their workers that could be used to buy goods or receive pay. Merchants also used them to encourage your return to their store.
Many love collecting canning labels. Our casual historian talks about Havre de Grace labels and stencils used for painting boxes. Check us out!
The Hatem Store in Havre de Grace (later called the House of Bargains) offered some interesting game machines from the 1930s to the early 1960s.
Havre de Grace has offered great food and music at her Seafood Festivals since 1980. Learn a bit more from our HdG casual historian!
When researching local history, one doesn’t usually think too much about collector plates. But intriguing info can often be found on these. Listen to George, our ‘causual historian’
A good deal can be learned about industries of old when studying vintage bottles of Havre de Grace. Dairies, distilleries, breweries, and pharmacies are just a few mentioned in this post.
In our final post of Eps 12, we share the ;unique places you might find details for your local history search. Join our ‘casual historian’ of Havre de Grace!
Part 2 shares resources like Phone Directories, various books about Havre de Grace, and more. The more resources the better the details…usually! Sometimes it adds confusion!
Gathering the details of local history is a challenge with many twists and turns. Addresses for the same building may change. Dates confused. Enjoy Part 1 of 3 as our ‘casual historian’ shares his adventures.
Vintage postcards can give us a wonderful view of history. Our ‘casual historian’ at Bahoukas has an amazing collection of Havre de Grace postcards to share our story.
Postal service in Havre de Grace began with Stage Stop service while we were still colonies in 1774. In 1777 John Rodgers was recognized as our Postmaster. Read more in our blog post.
Burns Bros. Co. and their respected carriage manufacturing is well known in Havre de Grace history. Enjoy this brief video and details from Havre de Grace’s casual historian.
Ice on the Susquehanna River at Havre de Grace could be treacherous with ice jams, could offer recreation when it frozen over (skating/horse drawn sleighs), and created a major industry – ice houses and Ice distribution!
The Havre de Grace Race Track, affectionaltely known as “The Graw,” operated from 1912-1950. Many famous horses ran here including Man ‘O War, War Admiral, Seabiscuit, Citation, Sun Beau, and Exterminator – to name a few!
73 years of Havre de Grace History from the Bayou Restaurant perspective! Listen to the casual historian of HdG tell of his treasured collection.
Learn a cute story as you read the history of pharmacies/drug stores in Havre de Grace from our ‘casual historian.’
1940s Card Table with advertising This card table has 75+ businesses mentioned on the top. George, the 'casual historian' of Havre de Grace has used it many times to find business names no one knew about. He also has a similar table from the 1950s....
As the ‘casual historian,’ I especially enjoy finding and studying old maps of Havre de Grace and Harford County. I have a decent collection and have been able to glean a lot of info from them.
Sometimes we learn to be careful what we ask for. Enjoy this humorous tale of how “Banana Girl’ – the monkey – became part of the Grubb family at the Chesapeake Hotel!
Meet George Wagner and join him as he shares the stories he’s gathered as the “Casual Historian of Havre de Grace” and builds his Havre de Grace Museum at Bahoukas Antique Mall.
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