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Sam Riley made comparisons between today's contentious politics and those of the 1800's, including the parties of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, pictured, as he spoke during a celebration of Carroll's 180th birthday at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Jan. 21, 2017.
Sam Riley made comparisons between today's contentious politics and those of the 1800's, including the parties of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, pictured, as he spoke during a celebration of Carroll's 180th birthday at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Jan. 21, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

The Historical Society of Carroll County will host Carroll County’s 181st Birthday Party on Saturday, Jan. 20. The event, which promises cupcakes and good company, will begin at 2 p.m. in Grace Hall at the Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster.

David and Ginger Hildebrand will recreate the patriotic songs, ballads, marches, dance tunes and theater songs popular in early Maryland while wearing appropriate period costumes. Authentic and reproduction instruments, including the violin, Baroque guitar, English guitar, hammered dulcimer, harpsichord and the English flute, will be featured at the event.

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“It will be a very entertaining way to celebrate our history,” said Executive Director Gainor Davis. “People generally think of history as documents and three-dimensional artifacts, but history is much more than that.

“We want people to realize that visual and performing arts are also a part of history and tell us how people felt about their own issues. This event demonstrates the breadth of history and how we as a historical society can tell full, rich and more complete stories about people, places and things.”

Davis said the Hildebrands are “major scholars on early Maryland music” and “terrific ambassadors of history.”

“Their performance is a form of living history and I think it’s one of the best ways for people to become interested in history,” Davis said. “Just listening sometimes isn’t enough. Seeing it and feeling it is important. Activities like this help catch the color, flavor and vibrancy of the period.”

Davis said the program is part of the county’s Celebrating America initiative. Funding comes from the county, both through that initiative and the Office of Tourism.

Ann Horvath of Sykesville and William Hollifield of Lutherville look at an original letter penned by Francis Shriver during the Historical Society of Carroll County's celebration of Carroll's 180th birthday at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
Ann Horvath of Sykesville and William Hollifield of Lutherville look at an original letter penned by Francis Shriver during the Historical Society of Carroll County's celebration of Carroll's 180th birthday at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)
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