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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1996
Joetta M. Cramm has turned her interest in Howard County history into a cottage industry."I never intended for it to happen, but there's a market," said Ms. Cramm, 63, an Ellicott City resident and former County Council legislative assistant who retired in 1989 to dedicate herself to her "hobby."Ms. Cramm now is widely considered the county's unofficial historian.She has contracts with Howard Community College to teach history courses and with the county's Recreation and Parks Department to conduct bus and walking tours.
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September 3, 2006
For those inclined to the philosophy of "that government is best which governs least," consider the example of the Howard County commissioners in the mid-19th century. Historian Joetta M. Cramm writes that "if the old minutes are any indications, the meetings were brief and possibly quite dull." The meeting of Sept. 7, 1857, would have been hard to beat - "there was simply no business," writes Cramm. [Source: Howard County, A Pictorial History, Joetta M. Cramm]
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September 3, 2006
For those inclined to the philosophy of "that government is best which governs least," consider the example of the Howard County commissioners in the mid-19th century. Historian Joetta M. Cramm writes that "if the old minutes are any indications, the meetings were brief and possibly quite dull." The meeting of Sept. 7, 1857, would have been hard to beat - "there was simply no business," writes Cramm. [Source: Howard County, A Pictorial History, Joetta M. Cramm]
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June 10, 2005
Seventy years ago this month, Ellicott City, which had been an independently chartered town since 1867, had its charter revoked by the state legislature at the request of local residents, according to Howard County: A Pictorial Historyby Joetta M. Cramm. Blame it on liquor, at least indirectly. "Before Prohibition, due to a high license fee for saloons, the town charged a very small real estate tax," Cramm writes. "With Prohibition, the tax increase led to the many bitter protests that finally brought about the surrender of the town charter."
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2004
A noted local historian renowned for her knowledge and love of Howard County is publishing an update of her first work. Joetta M. Cramm has completed a 10th chapter for Howard County: A Pictorial History, which shows ways the county has developed since the book was originally released in 1987. People still call her for copies of Howard County, which has been reprinted three times. It begins with the first land grants in the early 1700s and chronicles the creation of mills, roads and the new town of Columbia.
NEWS
June 10, 2005
Seventy years ago this month, Ellicott City, which had been an independently chartered town since 1867, had its charter revoked by the state legislature at the request of local residents, according to Howard County: A Pictorial Historyby Joetta M. Cramm. Blame it on liquor, at least indirectly. "Before Prohibition, due to a high license fee for saloons, the town charged a very small real estate tax," Cramm writes. "With Prohibition, the tax increase led to the many bitter protests that finally brought about the surrender of the town charter."
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | January 11, 1993
Howard County residents can relive the history of Ellicott City this winter in a six-week course taught by local historian and author Joetta Cramm.Using slides, photographs, maps and sketches, Ms. Cramm charts the growth of Ellicott City from its beginnings as an 18th century mill town to its rebirth as an antiques center."
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 27, 2000
Joetta Cramm's interest in Howard County history began in 1972, when she was president of the Howard branch of the American Association of University Women. To raise money for Ellicott City's bicentennial celebration, she helped the AAUW organize walking tours that would explore the town's past. "To do that, we had to do some studying," she recalled. Today, Cramm, who lives in Ellicott City and gives her age as "past 65," is considered an expert on Howard County's past. She teaches local history at Howard Community College and speaks frequently on the topic.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | August 23, 1993
In the market for a historic mansion, complete with smokehouse, watchtower -- and a history of resident ghosts? Lilburn may be the place for you.The seven-bedroom, seven-fireplace estate on College Avenue in Ellicott City, on eight acres backing up to Patapsco Valley State Park, is for sale.Built in 1850, the mansion is for sale for $740,000."It's always been one of the showcases of Ellicott City," said Joetta Cramm, a local historian and author."It's one of the larger fine houses, and being situated on a hill overlooking the town gives it status," Ms. Cramm said.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 6, 1997
WORTHINGTON Elementary School students and faculty submitted their idea of a " 'Net Weekend at School" to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, and the school was one of several to receive two MacIntosh computers from the state as a reward.Worthington Elementary held its first 'Net Weekend on Sept. 26 to teach students and parents how using the Internet can provide information for real-life situations.Parents and business partners from the Worthington Elementary community discussed their careers and presented information about their fields using Web pages from the Internet.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 29, 2004
At one time, Dan Wecker thought he wanted to be a history teacher. Instead, he became chef and owner of the Elkridge Furnace Inn, one of Howard County's top dining destinations. But history still fascinates Wecker. His lovingly restored inn, which dates to 1744, is a showcase for that passion. And so is his cooking. Wecker has created a lecture and lunch series that allows him to share his interest in local history, which he illustrates through food. The lectures attract between 20 and 45 people, many of them regulars.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2004
A noted local historian renowned for her knowledge and love of Howard County is publishing an update of her first work. Joetta M. Cramm has completed a 10th chapter for Howard County: A Pictorial History, which shows ways the county has developed since the book was originally released in 1987. People still call her for copies of Howard County, which has been reprinted three times. It begins with the first land grants in the early 1700s and chronicles the creation of mills, roads and the new town of Columbia.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 27, 2000
Joetta Cramm's interest in Howard County history began in 1972, when she was president of the Howard branch of the American Association of University Women. To raise money for Ellicott City's bicentennial celebration, she helped the AAUW organize walking tours that would explore the town's past. "To do that, we had to do some studying," she recalled. Today, Cramm, who lives in Ellicott City and gives her age as "past 65," is considered an expert on Howard County's past. She teaches local history at Howard Community College and speaks frequently on the topic.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 6, 1997
WORTHINGTON Elementary School students and faculty submitted their idea of a " 'Net Weekend at School" to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, and the school was one of several to receive two MacIntosh computers from the state as a reward.Worthington Elementary held its first 'Net Weekend on Sept. 26 to teach students and parents how using the Internet can provide information for real-life situations.Parents and business partners from the Worthington Elementary community discussed their careers and presented information about their fields using Web pages from the Internet.
NEWS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1996
Joetta M. Cramm has turned her interest in Howard County history into a cottage industry."I never intended for it to happen, but there's a market," said Ms. Cramm, 63, an Ellicott City resident and former County Council legislative assistant who retired in 1989 to dedicate herself to her "hobby."Ms. Cramm now is widely considered the county's unofficial historian.She has contracts with Howard Community College to teach history courses and with the county's Recreation and Parks Department to conduct bus and walking tours.
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | August 23, 1993
In the market for a historic mansion, complete with smokehouse, watchtower -- and a history of resident ghosts? Lilburn may be the place for you.The seven-bedroom, seven-fireplace estate on College Avenue in Ellicott City, on eight acres backing up to Patapsco Valley State Park, is for sale.Built in 1850, the mansion is for sale for $740,000."It's always been one of the showcases of Ellicott City," said Joetta Cramm, a local historian and author."It's one of the larger fine houses, and being situated on a hill overlooking the town gives it status," Ms. Cramm said.
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