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.

An Evening With Florence Nightingale: A Reluctant Celebrity

An Evening With Florence Nightingale: A Reluctant Celebrity

Join the witty and wise Miss Florence Nightingale as she shows you a new way to think about healthcare – from the way you thought it was, to the way it may become. This character portrayal by award-winning actor and author Dr. Candy Campbell provides a delightful presentation of thought-provoking fun and poignant exploration of our current state of health, based on Nightingale’s writings.

This performance – presented in cooperation with Harford Community College – will take place at HCC’s Chesapeake Theater on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm. General admission is $5. HCC students admitted free. 

Visit HarfordEvents.com or call 443-412-2211 for tickets. 

For more information on Dr. Campbell, please visit https://www.florencenightingalelive.com/

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.

This performance – a collaboration between The Liriodendron Foundation and Harford Community College –  is made possible in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and The Dresher Foundation, and by the Hilton Garden Inn. 

 

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.

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.

Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day at the Liriodendron Mansion with The Harford County Master Gardeners and a special living history performance by Colleen Webster as Silent Spring author Rachel Carson.

The program begins at noon on Friday, April 22, with a special live portrayal of Rachel Carson – the scientist, author, and activist whose work ignited the modern environmental movement.

Afterward, the Harford County Master Gardeners will share their knowledge and expertise including:

1:00 pm  Tree planting with Bridges Montessori School

1:30 pm  Partner with the Pollinators presentation with Diane Mitchell

2:30 – 4:00 pm  Guided tours of the Larry Franz Woodland Walk with Anne Lee

Information tables and “Ask a Master Gardener” throughout the day.

All programming is free, but reservations are required for the Rachel Carson performance. Visit https://bit.ly/LirioRachelCarson for your free tickets.

All ages welcome. All activities are fully accessible. Light refreshments will be provided.

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. 

Special thanks to the Harford County Forestry Board for the tree donation.

 

Rosa Parks: One Person Can Change the World

Rosa Parks: One Person Can Change the World

Visit with Rosa Parks – The Mother of the Freedom Movement – at the historic Liriodendron Mansion, and learn how her quiet determination sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and inspired generations to continue the fight for civil rights.

On Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm, Janice Curtis Greene – award-winning Author, Master Storyteller, and American Griot – will bring Rosa Parks to life with her enthralling reenactment of the African American icon.

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

Event is appropriate for ages 12+ and 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. Dr. Kelly was a champion of women’s suffrage.

About the Performer

Ms. Greene has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 30 years. She is Past President and Life Member of both of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, Inc. and the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Janice Curtis Greene has delighted adult and student audiences at various venues throughout the United States and abroad. Janice mesmerizes her audiences with folktales, original and personal stories and Bible Stories set to syncopated Rap rhythms. Janice has narrated for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and is also known for her portrayals of historical African American women. Her poem “Black Women in Power” is featured in the newly released book, “Dear Kamala: Women Write to the New Vice President”.

In 2017 Commissioner Greene was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture.

For program and booking contact: www.janicethegriot.com