Gathering local history details can be found in some unexpected places. Small booklets written by local folks, information on the back of a collector plate, pamphlets celebrating local events, and even historical fiction. Listen to George, our Havre de Grace casual historian:
A Variety of Books and Magazines
Harford County Bottle Book
by Micah Dolina, 2021
A great resource that includes a variety of bottles from Havre de Grace. Not only are the bottles themselves interesting, but it also gives us a glimpse into the industries and economy of our city over the years.
Magazines like The Canvasback, published by the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, are great sources for local history. Museum newsletters, as well as a visit to your local museums, offer details often difficult to find elsewhere.
Jack L. Shagena, Jr. and Henry C. Peden, Jr
These two men have researched, gleaned, and published a great deal about Havre de Grace and Harford County. They have even given their information to our Harford County Public Library – a rich resource and much-appreciated gift to our citizens.
Unique Finds for Resources
1984 Masonic Lodge pamphlet and a Bicentennial Sketch of Havre de Grace 1776-1976.
History of Havre de Grace
“The Town We Live In” by Elias W. Kidwiler
Quote mentioned in video:
“The quaintness of Havre de Grace could be its demise.”
What do you think? We think the city has survived and thrived.
1926 Book by Ladies of the Library
The pamphlets offer interesting tidbits that add unique insight into our community!
The Pulaski Saga is an amazing series by Robert Lackey. He’s done an excellent job of writing a beautiful story of the fictional Pulaski family while sharing an amazing amount of detail about Havre de Grace history and life in those times. He writes from the days of the canal through the Civil War.
Pulaski Saga Walking Tour
George and Ellie gathered photos of locations and scenes that represent real locations in Pulaski’s Canal back in 2018. A local resident, Bob Woods, helped us in the Lapidum area. Author Bob Lackey then added his words creating an interesting tour you might enjoy discovering on your own. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF. (NOTE: references to a website for Havre de Grace Magazine – this site no longer exists)
Again, this is all just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of research and discovery. Certainly fun!
Remember that our ‘casual historian’ is always looking for materials for his Havre de Grace MuZeum that’s located within his store, Bahoukas Antique Mall. Before you toss out old papers, advertising, and other memorabilia of Havre de Grace, give George a call. Don’t make him cry!
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