What's Going On
Porch Talks -- 2021 -- we're back!
We're hosting eight more free talks this summer. Talks are on Sundays and begin at 2pm. The next is July 25. Everyone is welcome.
There's no need to let us know you're coming, but it would be helpful if you RSVP. We have chairs, but you might want to bring your own.
- Sun, Aug 08Gate House MuseumIt 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.
- Sun, Aug 15Gate House MuseumThe Carroll County Coalition of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project speaks of June, 1885, when 50 armed men in masks broke into the Westminster jail, pulled out a 21-year-old black man named Townsend Cook, drove him away, put a bullet in his head, and left him hanging from a white oak tree.
- Sun, Aug 22Gate House MuseumOn 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.
- Sun, Sep 05Gate House MuseumE. 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.
- Sun, Sep 19Gate House MuseumJoin Gate House volunteer and educator, Adrienne Smith, as she tells the story of Daisy Dorsey, who began her career as a Springfield nurse in 1903, then moved on to Montevue Asylum in Frederick, where she radically changed standards and oversaw the removal of patients with mental health problems.
- Sun, Sep 26Gate House MuseumFrank Brown, Jr., it seems, was nothing like his father, the governor. Rich, wild, funny, a great horseman and reckless driver, he killed a man with his car, sprang a friend from an asylum, stole his best friend's beautiful wife (twice), drank heavily, and died before he turned 40.
- Sun, Jul 25Gate House MuseumShe 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.