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More than a museum...


Since 2016, the Gate House has been known locally for its yearly Porch Talk series.

Our 2022 Speaker Series will take place in the Town House Meeting Room.

Other special events locations are subject to change due to weather.

  • The Past in Your Backyard: What You Should Do When You Find an Artifact
    Thu, Jun 23
    Sykesville Town House
    The Gate House Presents Dr. Zachary Singer as he shares a presentation suitable for all ages on found objects like rocks, fossils, and artifacts of all kinds. Come early to take a closer look at excavated items from Sykesville's History from the Gate House's collections.
  • Thu, Oct 21
    Pop over to see how quill pens are made, and try your own hand at some basic calligraphy from different time periods!
  • Wed, Oct 13
    Pop by the Gate House to try your hand at marbling paper! Play clothes are recommended, as the dyes do stain. A handout on this history of this art, and an inexpensive diy version of this craft will be available for pickup.
  • Springfield's First Nurses, with Adrienne Smith
    Sun, Sep 19
    Gate House Museum
    Join the new Gate House curator, Adrienne Smith, as she discusses the beginnings of the Springfield Hospital Nursing School, and traces part of the story of Daisy Dorsey, a nurse who began her training there in 1903.
  • The Eldersburg that Was, Featuring Bill Conaway
    Sun, Sep 12
    online event
    **Please note that this event has been changed to online at the request of the speaker** Before it became macadam and convenience stores, Eldersburg was the wilderness, and then farmland, and then something just a bit more. Bill Conaway was born there in 1940. He remembers it the way it was.
  • The Small World of E. Francis Baldwin, with Mandy Bernard
    Sun, Sep 05
    Gate House Museum
    E. Francis Baldwin designed the 1884 Sykesville B&O Station and countless other stations and iconic buildings in the Baltimore–Washington metro area. Join Mandy Bernard of The Catholic University of America's library school, for the story of this great, nearly forgotten Baltimore architect.
  • John Wilkes Booth and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, featuring Bob Allen
    Sun, Aug 22
    Gate House Museum
    On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth slipped into Abraham Lincoln's box during a play at Ford's theater, and fired a single bullet into the back of the President's head. He leapt onto the stage, shouting, “Sic semper tyrannis!” Bob Allen has spent much of his life studying the story. Come hear it.
  • Elba: James Tyson's Furnace and Beyond, featuring Johnny Johnsson
    Sun, Aug 08
    Gate House Museum
    It resembles a pile of rocks now, somewhere between the crumbling Groveland Mansion, the railroad tracks, and the river. But once, Elba Furnace burned hot. Johnny Johnsson knows more about it than anyone. Come for the history, the technology, and the gossip from another era in Sykeville's history.
  • In Search of Helen from Two Locks, with Jack White and Sid Starliper
    Sun, Jul 25
    Gate House Museum
    She died in Springfield Hospital in 1951. Her son barely knew her, but one day in his seventies, Sid Starliper decided to find his mother. His search led him to Sykesville and the Gate House and Jack White and the discovery of a rare genetic disease that took both his mother and his sister.
  • Warren Dorsey at 100
    Sun, Jul 18
    Gate House Museum
    The grandson of a slave, Warren Dorsey is a scientist, educator, singer, story teller, and the oldest person alive who was born in Sykesville. Hear him talk and sing.
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