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.
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.
From September 2019 to January 2020, the project team will focus on research and discovery of content. 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.
Become Part of the Havre de Grace Mosaic
There’s always room for another story!
Send us a true-life story. Click on the link below to access our input form. Give us a brief description of your story here.
Send your completed form to: HdGMosaicProject@hdgartscollective.org or mail to (or drop off at): HdG Mosaic Project; 121 N Union Avenue, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
A Mosaic Project Team member will follow up.
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; launch web page and Facebook page; begin soliciting stories from the community; distribute press release.
February-March 2020: Begin writing/producing vignettes for spring “street” performances, casting and rehearsing. . Begin work on 1813 Presentation Dawn’s Early Light casting and rehearsals for Defenders’ Weekend; Promote HdG Mosaic Project with brochures and invite more stories from the community.
March-April 2020: Begin work on Havre de Grace Mosaic Historic Photo Exhibit.
April-Sept 2020: Begin performing vignettes at First Fridays and other local venues and organizations.
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
• Kerry Kneisley, Executive Director for Decoy Museum, research and discovery
• 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