From Railroad Tracks to Housing: The Liriodendron’s Historical Links to Bel Air

From Railroad Tracks to Housing: The Liriodendron’s Historical Links to Bel Air

Development in the Town of Bel Air exploded after the Baltimore and Delta Railway (later the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad or “Ma & Pa”) was completed through town in 1883. The railroad influenced Dr. Howard Kelly’s purchase of the Liriodendron Estate, and the Kelly family would later influence the growth of the Town of Bel Air with the Howard Park subdivision, the US 1 Bel Air Bypass/MD 24 intersection, and Heavenly Waters Park.

Join us at the Liriodendron on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 to learn about Dr. Kelly and the Kelly family’s connection to the growth of transportation and housing in Bel Air in this free talk by Laura Bianca-Pruett – Planner II for the Town of Bel Air.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Visit https://bit.ly/LirioBelAir for reservations.

Event is fully accessible.

This special presentation is part of Dr. Kelly’s Liriodendron: Life, Legacy & Community – a year-long series of programs, supported by The Dresher Foundation, which explores the interests and influences of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly – world-renowned surgeon, naturalist, philanthropist, and author, and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital.

Holiday Open House at the Liriodendron Mansion

Holiday Open House at the Liriodendron Mansion

Visit us from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, December 3 for a beloved holiday tradition!

Tour our beautifully decorated historic mansion and enjoy holiday favorites including:

  • Art and craft vendors selling one-of-a-kind gifts and decorations
  • Greenery and arrangements for purchase
  • Live music throughout the day
  • Refreshments for sale from Waffle’n Joe Food Truck
  • Activities for kids
  • Visits with Santa
  • A holiday basket raffle with lots of goodies

And more!

Suggested donation – $5 per family

Please note: Due to the historic nature of our venue, our 2nd floor gallery space has limited accessibility. 

Funding for the Liriodendron Mansion and this event is provided, in part, by a grant from Harford County.

New Date: From Reptiles to Radium: Howard Kelly’s Life through Artifacts and Archives

New Date: From Reptiles to Radium: Howard Kelly’s Life through Artifacts and Archives

Please note: This event, originally scheduled for September 27, has been moved to November 1. If you registered prior to 9/25, your reservation will automatically be transferred to the new date.

Known for his wide-ranging interests, Howard Kelly lived a life full of passion for the natural world, dedication to the medical care of women, and interests and hobbies that covered everything from mushrooms to women’s suffrage to uranium ore. Natalie Elder will share details on this fascinating man, including artifacts, photographs, and papers from Kelly’s life and career during this special program. After her presentation, you’ll be invited up close to see things large and small, reptilian and mineral, and strange and familiar, that highlight pivotal moments in Kelly’s development and practice as a preeminent doctor.

Natalie is the curator of cultural properties at the Chesney Medical Archives, where she works with the surgical instruments, medical equipment, personal effects, and other artifacts related to the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. She has previously been the collections manager at History Colorado, and collections manager and curator at the National Museum of American History, in military history and numismatics.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Visit https://bit.ly/ReptilestoRadiumTix for reservations. 

Event is fully accessible.

This special presentation is part of Dr. Kelly’s Liriodendron: Life, Legacy & Community – a year-long series of programs, supported by The Dresher Foundation, which explores the interests and influences of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly – world-renowned surgeon, naturalist, philanthropist, and author, and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital.

Exhibit: 6 Women Paint

Exhibit: 6 Women Paint

6 Women Paint is an exhibit featuring works by a group of six women who have painted together every Wednesday for the past eight years. Some met originally through classes at Harford Community College, and most are members of the Harford Artists’ Association. They are a close-knit group sharing and critiquing their art in a friendly atmosphere. Come enjoy their blend of medium, style, technique, and artistic expression!

Opening on Sunday, August 14 from 11 am to 3 pm, the exhibit will be available for viewing most Wednesdays through September 14 (visit https://liriodendron.com/events-2/ for specific dates and times), and on Sunday, September 11 from 11 am to 3 pm.

6 Women Paint is:
Carol Benck
Sylvia Hutt
Nancy Kerfoot
Jill Plaisted
Kathleen McGraw Scott
Saundra Warner

Please note that, due to the historic nature of our venue, the 2nd Floor Gallery Space is not wheelchair accessible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Healing Power of Nature – Outdoor Exploration with Nature Worx

The Healing Power of Nature – Outdoor Exploration with Nature Worx

Intentional time spent in nature benefits our mental and emotional health by reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood. Led in partnership with Nature Worx, we will take a saunter around the Liriodendron grounds and discover ways to connect with nature using all of our senses.  We will explore several natural elements that are available to us as resources and allies to help us manage the challenges that we face in our daily lives. Participants will learn simple ways to mindfully access the healing properties of the natural world anytime and anywhere outdoors.

We will have two sessions – one for all ages, and one just for adults.

Event is free, but reservations are required. Appropriate for all ages. Some light hiking is required. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Event will happen rain or shine.

For reservations for the ALL AGES session (9:30 – 10:30 am), please visit https://bit.ly/LirioNatureWorxAllAges

For reservations for the ADULTS ONLY session (10:00 – 11:30 am) please visit https://bit.ly/LirioNatureWorxAdults

This special presentation is part of Dr. Kelly’s Liriodendron: Life, Legacy & Community – a year-long series of programs, supported by The Dresher Foundation, which explores the interests and influences of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly – world-renowned surgeon, naturalist, philanthropist, and author, and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital.

The Street Preacher Surgeon: Dr. Kelly and His Anti-Vice Activism

The Street Preacher Surgeon: Dr. Kelly and His Anti-Vice Activism

Baltimore, like many American cities in the 1910s, had a thriving prostitution trade. Dr. Howard A. Kelly, renowned Johns Hopkins surgeon and original owner of the Liriodendron Mansion, was a prominent figure in the statewide movement to end that trade and shutter Baltimore’s red-light districts.

Come to the Liriodendron on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 to learn about Dr. Kelly’s anti-vice activism and Baltimore’s bawdy past in this free talk by Dr. Katie M. Hemphill – Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona and the author of Bawdy City: Commercial Sex and Regulation in Baltimore, 1790-1915

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required as seating is limited. Visit https://bit.ly/DrKellyTix for reservations. 

Event is fully accessible.

This special presentation is part of Dr. Kelly’s Liriodendron: Life, Legacy & Community – a year-long series of programs, supported by The Dresher Foundation, which explores the interests and influences of Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly – world-renowned surgeon, naturalist, philanthropist, and author, and one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital.