Howard County Times
Howard County

Noted historian and appraiser coming to library [West Friendship]

How much is that antiquarian 1901 edition of Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery" really worth? Find out this and a whole lot more when esteemed historian Philip J. Merrill offers a lecture on the history of slavery in Howard County Maryland.

The free public program is scheduled for Feb. 16, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Miller Library in Ellicott City.


Merrill, an expert on African American history and material culture, is widely known for his role as an appraiser on the public television program Chesapeake Collectibles. He is the owner of an extensive collection of Black Memorabilia and has exhibited his collections at museums, schools, universities and national conferences.

Merrill has authored two books, including "The Black America Series: Baltimore and the Art of Collecting Black Memorabilia." Space is often limited at these events, so best to call and register at 410-313-1950.


Questions on this event? Call the Howard County Historical Society at 410-480-3250 or email

Speaking of history, the help desk on the second floor archive and research library section of the Miller branch library will offer free assistance with genealogical questions on Feb. 15,1-4 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Howard County Genealogical Society. Specialists invite you to explore your roots and "break down the brick wall" of family history puzzles.

Congratulations to Glenelg High School student Sungho Chong, who recently won an Honorable Mention during the 35th Annual University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition.

Mother nature continued her willful winter ways on Feb. 5 when West Friendship residents awoke to a glistening ice palace. As beautiful as the tree branches looked with icy confections of dripping sparkle, the sirens of Station 3 apparatus could already be heard as early as 5:30 a.m. Always at the ready, we as a community thank the volunteers of West Friendship Fire Department Station 3.

Up in Punxsutawney, Pa., the groundhog indicated six more weeks of winter. With that in mind, mark your calendar for Feb. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., and warm up, when the monthly home cooked dinner at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is a Chili Feast with all the fixings. The dinner, with a social justice cause as recipient of the proceeds, takes place at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood.

The West Friendship Livestock 4-H Club invites anyone interested in membership to the next meeting, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., in the fair activities building at the Howard County Fairgrounds.