Published: February 18, 2022
Stepping into the Past
Honoring Black History Month
The Havre de Grace Colored School
In 1910, Harford County Government acquired the parcel of land on Stokes and Alliance Streets for the purpose of establishing a grammar school for African American students in Havre de Grace (HdG), Maryland. The community raised $2,000 towards the construction of the school, which formally opened in 1912. Called the HdG Colored School, it would become one of more than 14 grammar schools for African American children in Harford County during the era of segregation.
Although public high schools existed in Harford County since 1896, Harford County policy provided education for African American children only through grade eight. As a result, African American students seeking a secondary education had to travel to Baltimore, Cecil County, Philadelphia, or other locations outside of the County to obtain a high school education.
In 1930, concerned citizens organized a county-wide Parent-Teacher Association (P.T.A.) and convinced the County to establish its first public high school for African American students. In 1930, the county selected HdG as the location for the school. To accommodate the high school students, the County expanded the former grammar and added a brick building to adjoin the existing 1912 white-framed primary school building. The high school addition was completed 1936. The last class to graduate from the Havre de Grace Colored School was the class of 1953, once the County completed the construction of Havre de Grace Consolidated School, which accommodated grades 1 through 12. The former Havre de Grace Colored School now serves a museum and cultural center. For more information on the Colored School, please visit www.hdgcoloredschool.net.
Images and History provided by Patricia D. Cole,
President of Havre de Grace Colored School Museum and Cultural Center, Inc.
Steppingstone Farm Museum is operated by the Steppingstone Museum Association, Inc., a
private non-profit with a long term lease of the previous Paul farm property in Susquehanna State Park. This land is part of the Land of Promise tract from the first land survey in 1684. The museum was established in 1970 with the collections of Mr. J.E. Bull. After his passing in 1976, the museum moved to the Land of Promise in Susquehanna State Park. The museum demonstrates historic trades to the public from 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays from
April-October. The office is open year-round from
9am-2pm Tuesday- Friday and the grounds are open to foot, paw, hoof, and bike traffic from 9am to sunset every day.
The museum offers many special events throughout the season, private and school tours, special programs, and site rentals. These programs, gift shop sales, grants, memberships, and private donations support the museum.
Calendar of Events
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. M. Strong
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. M. Strong
There is no such thing as a boring day on the Farm. This month has been filled with so many accomplishments that I could not be prouder of the Museum Team. We have kicked off planning events, a membership drive, a sponsorships drive, building a room in our studio and so much more. Though we have accomplished so much we still find time to laugh at ourselves. For example, some of you may have have noticed that our American Flag has been missing for some time. Our flag rope broke and it took a little bit of time to get the replacement in. I can personally attest to A) replacing a flag rope isn’t as easy as it seems, B) flag ropes can get really dirty and C) never ask me to tie a permanent knot! Though through the laughter of how hard this was, I am proud to say we eventually got the American Flag back up.
Steppingstone Wish List
The below items are needed at the museum. We will provide a donation letter for your tax deduction use.
Thank you for thinking of us!
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Keep in Step with the Steppingstone
Steppingstone's Volunteer Corner
Thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped out at or with past events!
-Volunteer Meeting: March 8th at 6:30, Location TBD
-Second Saturday Serve: (Clean up) March 12, 9 am - 12 pm
-Clean up day: March 26,
- 2022 Memberships are still available
@ The Museum
Our curator made some fun finds along the fallen trees just over the rock wall. A pair of bottles that date back to the 1950's! The smaller one is believed to be a beer bottle while the taller one is stamped with "Canada Dry" along the top which we believe is a used bottle of Canada Dry "Water" (club soda). Who knows what other treasures lie behind the rock wall!
The Steppingstone Grind
With 23+ Buildings and 23 acres, the museum is more than what a team of 5 can handle. While we do our best to maintain the cleanliness of the property, we can always use help. The Grind is the place to find our chore list for the month. If you, or a group you belong to, would like to work on one of these projects please email Stephanie, the Museum Manager at email@example.com
Trim trees around and over coop
Replace or fix siding door (bottom rows)
Paint picnic tables
Wire brush, prime and paint front sign
Patch and paint window sills
Re-nail corner board and battens
New and Renewing Members
Samantha Morter & Danney France
Rachel Sacrey & Travis Dunaway
Kapri & Geoff Stafford
Sarah Hewitt & James Mast
Wade Harvard & Chelsey Schreiber
Brendon Heroux & Courtney Reil
Sharon Comer & Ron Wickline
Alexandra Protos & Brandon Saraceno
John Boyer & Amand Harvey
Bailey Alampi & Mitchell Herzing
Congratulations to our new wedding members:
Welcome to the Family
Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.
Walter G Coale INC.
Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.
Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.
Hopkins Farm Brewery