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Hays-Heighe House

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Hays-Heighe House
Phone: 443-412-2539
Email: haysheighe@harford.edu



HOURS:
TUESDAY | 1 — 3 PM
THURSDAY | 3 — 5 PM
FRIDAY | 10 AM — 12 PM

HISTORY

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Click HERE or on the picture to learn more about the history of the Hays-Heighe House.

HAYS-HEIGHE HOUSE EVENTS & EXHIBITS

Blending modern with historic, the Hays-Heighe House connects the past to the present, and the future.

Come for an exhibit or an event, stay for the architecture! The rooms encourage more familiarity and intimacy than a lecture hall, and the fine historical structure provides more gravitas than a classroom. Peer up the old staircase, find the half-moon windows, and count the fireplaces. Imagine life a century ago, when the house became headquarters for a thoroughbred horse breeding and training operation, or two centuries ago, when a large family-and the enslaved people they held—lived and worked here. The architecture and the way people lived in it are part of Harford County’s history and culture, and we welcome you to experience it.

We offer a variety of events each semester to complement our current exhibit. Program types often include teas, living history portrayals, book discussions, debates, musical performances. We also hold lectures on a wide range of topics, including art, history, ethics, literature, technology, medicine, the environment, political movements, and journalism. These events are all free, unless otherwise noted.

Click HERE to see all of our upcoming events.

Pre-registration required for all events.
To reserve your seat today, or to be added to our mailing list, call 443-412-2539 or email haysheighe@harford.edu.


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NEW EXHIBIT - MADE BY HAND: CONTINUING THE STORY

ON VIEW September 26, 2022 – December 23, 2022

Our very first exhibit at the Hays-Heighe House examined the dual processes of the House’s construction in 1808 and the rehabilitation work that began in 2008. Revisit the architectural history in that exhibit, and learn new information about the people who have called the House home over the last two hundred years.

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THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND HARFORD COUNTY

LECTURE – The Underground Railroad and Harford County

Monday, September 26, 2022 | 1 to 2 PM | HHH 201

Presented by Iris Leigh Barnes

As one of the counties along the northern edge of Maryland, Harford County was, even in the years before the Civil War, a border state. Hear some of the courageous local stories of freedom seekers.

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WALKING TOUR

Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 3:15 to 4 PM | HHH

Led by Julie Mancine

Explore the Hays-Heighe House and learn about its changing uses, and see some of its less-visited nooks and crannies.

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LECTURE - REMODEL OF THE HAYS-HEIGHE HOUSE

LECTURE – Unpacking the 2008 Remodel of the Hays-Heighe House

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 | 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM | HHH 201

Presented by Sharon Stowers

In rehabbing any building, there is a planning process, and then compromises and decisions to be made. Hear from someone who was involved as Hays-Heighe was transformed into a public history site.

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TEA

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 12:30 to 2 | HHH 101

As refrigerators became more common in homes in the 1920s and 1930s, they changed not just what was eaten, but how it was prepared and what happened with the leftovers. Join us to learn more!

ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED

COST $20 per person

(443) 412-2539 or HaysHeighe@harford.edu

LECTURE – A HOME FOR HARFORD JUNIOR COLLEGE

LECTURE – A HOME FOR HARFORD JUNIOR COLLEGE

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 12:30 to 1:30 | HHH 201

Presented by Julie Mancine

In 1962, when the Harford County Board of Education bought Prospect Hill, it was a working farm. Learn how they repurposed it into a college campus in just two years.

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WALKING TOUR

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 3:15 to 4 PM | HHH

Led by Julie Mancine

Explore the Hays-Heighe House and learn about its changing uses, and see some of its less-visited nooks and crannies.

Old picture of the Hays-Heighe House

LECTURE - THE HEIGHE HOME MOVIES

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 | 12:30 to 1:30 | HHH 201

Presented by Julie Mancine

Robert & Anne Heighe turned Prospect Hill Farm into a headquarters for thoroughbred horse breeding and training. Learn more about them and the property through their home movies.

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TEA

Thursday, November 10, 2022 | 12:30 to 2 | HHH 101

As refrigerators became more common in homes in the 1920s and 1930s, they changed not just what was eaten, but how it was prepared and what happened with the leftovers. Join us to learn more!

ADVANCED TICKET PURCHASE REQUIRED

COST $20 per person

(443) 412-2539 or HaysHeighe@harford.edu

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WALKING TOUR

Tuesday, November 15, 2022| 3:15 to 4 PM | HHH

Led by Julie Mancine

Explore the Hays-Heighe House and learn about its changing uses, and see some of its less-visited nooks and crannies.

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LECTURE - SAM ARCHER & THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

LECTURE – “Tired of Rough Treatment:” Sam Archer and the Underground Railroad

Thursday, November 17, 2022 | 12:30 to 1:30 | HHH 201

Presented by Iris Leigh Barnes

The Hays-Heighe House is listed on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom; learn why. Hear about the Hays family’s involvement in the slave economy.

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LECTURE - THE HAYS FAMILY - A DEEPER DIVE

Presented by Julie Mancine

Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 12:30 to 1:30 | HHH 201

The story of the Hays family is deeply intertwined with the growth and development of Harford County, and with other prominent families in the area.

PAST EXHIBITS

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“A TERRIBLE BEAUTY: REVOLUTION & IRISH NATIONAL IDENTITY”

ON VIEW Thursday, February 17 | 12:30-3 PM

1922 was a revolutionary year for Irish and Irish-American national identities. It was the culmination of a six-year-long guerilla war to win Irish freedom from British rule and the start of a civil war. It was also the year that Irish writer James Joyce’s controversial masterpiece, Ulysses, turned literary conventions upside down. Both reflected battles being fought worldwide, and both left deep and lasting marks on Irish and Irish-American society.

CURATOR WALK
Thursday, February 17 | 1:00 PM

Presentation by Dr. Andrew Kellett, exhibit curator and Associate Professor of History at Harford Community College


ON VIEW MARCH 3-MAY 29, 2020 | September 8 – December 17, 2021

Take an agro-environmental look at the particulars of our local geology and ecology that have shaped our growth, and how our growth in turn has remade our landscape. To face the coming challenges of climate change, we look back to explore northern Maryland’s history of innovative responses, and forward to the changes we can all make today. Join us for poetry readings, science talks, nature walks, discussions about agricultural and environmental preservation and regional planning, and practical demonstrations of household and community preparation projects. Look forward to a full week of activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

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WOMEN OF THE TURF

ON VIEW October 4 – December 20, 2019

Our Women of the Turf exhibit pays homage to the many women in Maryland and beyond who have left their marks in a wide variety of equestrian disciplines. Curated by Maryanna Skowronski, director of the Historical Society of Harford County, the exhibit highlights the lives and careers of many prominent and often overlooked horsewomen. It also features an historical overview of women’s participation in equestrian sports. Images by photojournalists Cappy Jackson and Lydia Williams, the 2019 recipients of the Robert & Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism, will be on display in galleries that focus on their lives and work.
ON VIEW February 7 – June 1, 2019

This exhibit was inspired by the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United States, the 100th anniversary of the final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the ratification nationally of women’s right to vote. Alliances formed for and against women’s suffrage reveal important divisions in American society in the first part of the 20th century, with roots before the Civil War, and branches that
continue to this day. Votes for Women explores women’s sphere as it expands to include political office, considers the changing understandings of civic virtue, and reveals difficult choices that political movements must make in pursuit of their goals. Throughout, it highlights topics with a contemporary resonance: women’s position in society, social protest, racial divisions, and political engagement.
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WORLD WAR I'S LONG SHADOW

ON VIEW August 23 – December 21, 2018

The “war to end all wars” cast a long shadow across the twentieth century, serving as cause, catalyst, or key moment in all manner of modern messes. This exhibit will take us through the resulting seismic shifts in the global balance of power, including World War II and the Cold War. It will also highlight dislocations of borders and people—for example, in the Middle East and the countries that formerly comprised Yugoslavia—some of which continue to present day. Movements and ideologies in both politics and the arts that grew out of World War I will be explored as well.
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CULTURES AND DISEASE: EPIDEMICS AND THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

ON VIEW March 1 – June 2, 2018

A century ago, Spanish flu swept across the world and killed 50 million people—more people than the infamous Black Death in the fourteenth century. Epidemic diseases have been with humans about as long as we have had organized societies. Although today we are better armed against them—with vaccines and antibiotics, respirators and IV fluids—our sense of a more interconnected world (the global village) stokes our fears of the next pandemic.

We don’t just die from epidemic diseases; we live with the knowledge of them, we try to prevent them, we care for those who have fallen ill with them, we live through them, and we face the difficult decisions that arise from them. The Hays-Heighe House will explore aspects of that wide-ranging experience both through its exhibit and through related programming.

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THE WIDER WORLD OF JIM MCKAY: CELEBRATING HIS LIFE & WORK

ON VIEW November 10, 2017 – January 30, 2018

This exhibit chronicles sports broadcaster Jim McKay’s life from his Philadelphia childhood through his early journalism career and into his national and international work. It focuses particularly on his reporting on equestrian sports, and will include photos, memorabilia, and personal stories of his life and of his career. McKay hosted ABC’s iconic "Wide World of Sports" and also anchored the international broadcasts of 12 Olympic Games. His dignified coverage of the 1972 Munich Games, which included the massacre of Israeli athletes, was emblematic of his style and professionalism.
ON VIEW September 11 – October 27, 2017

From its beginning as a small night college in the local high school, Harford Community College has grown tremendously. Flip through yearbooks, learn about the theater in the barn, and relive the glory of our champion football team. While much has changed on campus, the students have always been at the center of what we do.
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APG TECH REVOLUTION

ON VIEW September 7 – October 27, 2017

Over its 100 years of history, Aberdeen Proving Ground has seen and been part of numerous technological advances. Much technology originally developed for the military eventually finds its way into everyday civilian life. Learn about the surprising origins of a host of innovations, from computers to jeeps.
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APG AS CATALYST: HARFORD COUNTY'S CHANGING LANDSCAPE

ON VIEW February 7 – June 30, 2017

For a full century, Aberdeen Proving Ground has contributed mightily to national defense, testing ordnance and training soldiers in its use, studying chemical weapons and developing protections from them, and much more. It has also contributed mightily to growth and change in Harford County, employing local residents, altering the environment, and stimulating construction of housing, schools, and roads. This exhibit offers a scholarly and humanistic exploration of how APG’s presence has shaped the lives, histories, economy and culture of Harford Countians.
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