About the Havre de Grace Mosaic Project
The Havre de Grace Mosaic Project is an arts-based expression of the personal stories of people, places, circumstances, milestones and objects that have contributed to the unique personality of the City of Havre de Grace. Supported by a grant from the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, the Mosaic Project is all about YOU.
Here's a little sneak peek of our 2022 multi-media performance. This video is four of the stories we hope to include. The video was recorded "In the Studio," casually, with scripts and actors in everyday dress. The stories were interpreted, created, and directed by Irmgarde Brown and recorded by JimmyO Burril. Incidental music is provided by Sylke Bargsten at the piano and soloist, Jackie Brandon. Local actors are Dickie Mahoney, Joey Tramontana, Lexi Newberry, Tom and Barbara Hartzell, Bob Willenbrink, Al, Kathy, and Natasha Herlinger, Jess Hutchinson, and Lilli Burril.
We want you to share your family genealogies and the stories of your parents and grandparents. We want to capture these narratives, pictures, and anecdotes, and bring them to life. But we need your help.
This project's strengths are its collaborative nature with existing organizations within the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, and how it utilizes and highlights the unique history and resources of the area, particularly within Havre de Grace and its environs. The Mosaic Project will enhance people's awareness and appreciation of this area through the arts. These performances and displays will provide both entertainment and information to visitors and locals alike.
Due to the delays caused by Covid 19, the research part of our project, which began in the Fall of 2019, will continue through 2021. This research will be conducted in partnership with several existing organziations. Havre de Grace history has already been documented in a veriety of arenas via taped and transcribed interviews for the Harford Living Treasures Project; displays and primary sources housed in area museums (Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, Maritime Museum, Decory Museum, Concord Point Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keeper's House, the Colored School Foundation and Cultural Center, Steppingstone Farm Museum and Havre de Grace Historical Preservation), local antique stores, Mary L. Martin Ltd Antique Postcards, Harford County Public Library, Maryland Collection, Historical Society of Harford County; and, private collections held by local historians, genealogists, storytellers, and librarians. Several representatives from these organizations have already been invited and have agreed to participate in the research and collection module of the Mosaic Project.
We Want Your Story!
September, 2019: Receive grant early phases of the Havre de Grace Mosaic Project from the Lower Susquehanna Greenway
October 2019: Begin building Mosaic Project Team for research, discovery and initial vignettes
November 2019: Review existing oral histories at DigitalMaryland.org, Living Treasures, Ellie Mencer’s Stories of Havre de Grace, HdG Colored School Museum oral histories, Harford Community College Civil Rights Project, Havre de Grace Alliance Distrix Project, and Marita O’Connell’s HdG historic district’s house stories.
January 2020: Begin collecting stories from “new” people recommended by team and partners and launch web page. Due to Covid 19, continue research and story collection through 2021 and into the first half of 2022.
March-April 2020: Begin work on printing and collecting Havre de Grace Mosaic Historic Photographs for 2022 Exhibit.
March 2021: Begin virtual and in-person presentations (when possible) of some of the Mosaic vignettes and interpretations through June 2022. These will be called “The Mosaic Project: Behind the Scenes” and are sneak peeks into the full-length production.
March 2021: Invitation to artists to participate in collaborative discovery of the stories for the full production of the First Annual Havre de Grace Mosaic 2022 to be performed in late July and early August in celebration of the Opera House anniversary.
March 2021: Begin preparation for “Dawn’s Early Light” production for May 1, 2021 performance in conjunction with Defender’s Day at Tydings Park. This performance will be live.
May 2021: Live production of Dawn’s Early Light.
June – August 2021: Live vignettes performed in conjunction with First Fridays (if venues are open).
September 2021: Fundraiser for Havre de Grace Mosaic Project (tentative).
September – March 2022: Ongoing virtual or in person presentation of pieces of the Mosaic Project.
August 2022: Live Performance Weekend for HdG Mosaic Project.
Project Team and Contact Info
All HdG Mosaic Team Members can be contacted through the Havre de Grace Arts Collective, 443-502-2005 or by email, HdGMosaicProject@hdgartscollective.org
• Irmgarde Brown, Havre de Grace Arts Collective Board, overall project coordinator
• Ron Browning, Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission
• Susan Deeney, retired librarian, research and discovery
• Tom Fitzpatrick, local citizen, history buff, original founder of HdG Main Street
• Rebecca Jessop, Executive Director of Havre de Grace Arts Collective, grant coordinator
• Bob Lackey, historian and writer, consultant
• GayLynn Price, retired HCPS teacher, costumer
• William Price III, Havre de Grace Arts Collective Board Chair, project artistic director
• Erika Quesenbery, City of Havre de Grace, Directory of Economic Development, historian
• Julie Ruhnke, Havre de Grace Alliance, Lafayette Trail Distrix Project, research and discovery
• Thurl Snell, Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation and Museum, research and discovery
• Deb Stathes , Chair, Havre de Grace Twinning Association.
• George Wagner, Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, Casual Historian and Images
• Colleen Webster, Professor, Harford Community College, poet
• Edie White, retired librarian, research and discovery
• Bob Willenbrink, retired professor and department head, Missouri Western State University, research and discovery, artistic direction