Published: March 11, 2022
Stepping into the Past
Throughout time history has been preserved and shared in a variety of ways. First through stories and songs, this verbal history passed down generation to generation. Then through writing, which has evolved from cave drawings to digital media. Now we find videos and interactive exhibition available worldwide. Through the digital age grows written history, which has always been the most utilized version. People all around the world utilize libraries and encyclopedias to help research topics and learn about our past. The oldest English language encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica, started in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768. The first set was three stout quarto volumes; each contain some 2,500 pages. Though this was not the first or the largest encyclopedia of this know time it was the most radical, with its plan to give systematic instruction on major subjects. Other encyclopedia’s aimed to deal with subjects in a more general way. The second edition of Britannica grew to 10 volumes with some contain 9,000 pages. In 2010, the 15th edition was printed, spanning 32 volumes and 32,640. It was announced on March 13, 2012 that after 244 year of print editions the Britannica was moving to strictly digital.
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.
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Haley I. M. Strong
From the Desk of the Director
Haley I. M. Strong
Last month I talked about making time to laugh at ourselves and mentioned how such a simple task can prove to be absurdly difficult. This month I had to ponder what to write about. I could go on about how we are always busy,, how events are coming along, or even our mile-long maintenance list. If I wanted to get personal I could talk about my dog or what book I am reading but, I am sure no one reads this column for that. Then I remembered that we just had a special day about a week ago. A day most people don’t know or recognize. A day as the director of the museum with a staff of 4, I take very seriously. March 4th (the only day that commands us) was Employee Appreciation Day. A day for us taskmasters to honor those who accomplish tasks. I try very hard through the year to always praise our staff and to let them wear their accomplishments as a badge of honor. Even with that manger mindset is still nice to remind them how much they are appreciated and how valuable they truly are. I for one am the first to say I could not do this job without them and if I tried I would have a full head of white hair before I even thought of children! So even though the day has passed if you see any of our staff please share the appreciation with them, they undoubtedly deserve it.
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!
Our Amazon Wishlist can
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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!
Stehanie Comer & kids
-Volunteer Meeting: April 12th at 6:30, Location TBD
-Clean up day: March 26,
- Opening Day: April 2, 11 am - 3pm
- 2022 Memberships are still available
@ The Museum
This year the Museum curated an extensive sponsorship program. If you know of a business that may be interest in sponsoring a facet of the Museum please let them know about this program. More information can be found HERE!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Volunteers who wish to share Harford County’s agricultural history and authentic experiences with the community. We are always seeking new volunteers who enjoy interacting with the public as well as helping with the behind the scenes work.
Welcome to the Family
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:
Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A.
Walter G Coale INC.
Kelly Mechanical Services, Inc.
Aimee O'Neill & Co., Inc.
Hopkins Farm Brewery
Peg & Bill Bossemeyer
Harford County Farm Bureau
Mahogany Marble-top Table from Gilman Paul:
This console table once adorned the front parlor of the Swallowfield estate, about a mile outside of Darlington, in the Berkeley area. It was loaned to the Waring family, who for multiple generations lived at Swallowfield and were acquainted with Gilman Paul, as their families had social connections. It is of an Italianate design with intricate carvings throughout, a dark mahogany wood and white marble top makes this a very eloquent piece of furniture. The provenance runs deep; between the upper class socialites that used to roam the streets of Blythewood in Baltimore to the rural estates that scattered across the Maryland countryside, these pieces may seem sedentary, but they give us a look into the past! We are very excited to see the table back in the farmhouse come Spring!