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October 9, 2005
Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute will hold its fall cleanup at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the institute, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Volunteers should take work gloves, a shovel, a rake and garden tools if available. They should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The group will meet at Mount Ida, the visitor center. Information: 410-465-8500. Business group plans arts festival The Ellicott City Business Association will present its fourth annual Ellicott City Fall Arts Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
At the start of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula," a London lawyer named Harker visits Transylvania to facilitate a real estate deal for a mysterious count who desires new digs in England. Not anything freshly built, or even modestly rehabbed, mind you. Something old and crumbling will do fine, along the lines of the count's longtime castle, with its "dark window openings" and "frowning walls" that form "a jagged line against the sky. " Harker has found just the thing, he tells the count, an "ancient structure, built of heavy stones," a property that "has not been repaired for a large number of years" and has many trees that "make it in places gloomy.
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By William Lowe and William Lowe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 7, 2000
NOT EVEN a rain shower could dampen the spirit of Almira's Afternoon at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. On the lawn by the institute ruins, women in period dress continued their game of croquet in the rain. Beneath the lawn tent, Helen Mitchell began her lecture on the history of Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps and the Patapsco Female Institute. Like her subject, Mitchell is a woman of broad knowledge and interests. She teaches philosophy and is the director of Women's Studies at Howard Community College.
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By Mike Giuliano | June 28, 2012
Although Jane Austen lived nearly 200 years after William Shakespeare, they shared a literary sensitivity to the social rituals that make courtship such a trying experience. That's why it isn't much of a stretch for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to do a theatrical adaptation of Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice" at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. "Pride and Prejudice" is a comedy of manners that resembles some of Shakespeare's comedies. A strong-minded young woman, Elizabeth Bennet, seems to enjoy fending off any romantic overtures made by the eligible bachelors swirling around her. Equally proud, Fitzwilliam Darcy seems to enjoy being rude to Elizabeth.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 1995
Tonight, two events involving Ellicott City history compete for your attention.You can grab your flashlight and head for the Upper Patuxent Archaeology Group's presentation, Dr. Charles B. Clark on "Maryland's Pride in Young Ladies' Schools."This free program, part of the "Flashlight Walk-Scholar Talk" series, will offer a walk around the grounds of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Then, at 8:15 p.m., there will be a discussion of the girls who went to the school.
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By JEAN LESLIE | November 14, 1994
One recent crisp day, Sally Bright and I spent a morning together on the grounds of Historic Ellicott City's Patapsco Female Institute. Sally, my neighbor from years back, now heads the Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute, which promotes the development of the institute as a historic landmark.Howard County government is stabilizing the ruins, which will allow the institute to be used once again. Amid the construction vehicles and hard hats, Sally shared with me her visions for the institute.
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By Mary Ellen Graybill and Mary Ellen Graybill,Special to The Sun | March 18, 2007
Ann Harrison Ryder, information and referral coordinator for Howard County government, and Frances Mason, a retired society page writer, are two modern women with lives connected by a common thread. They both had ancestors who attended the Patapsco Female Institute, built on the highest hill in Ellicott City in 1837 as a school for well-to-do young women. "The female academy was in existence from 1837 to 1891, and, therefore, experienced not only the growth and expansion of the new democracy, but the rise of controversy and sectional disputes, culminating in the Civil War," wrote M. Lee Preston Jr., president of Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute Inc. When the school was founded, American women typically were busy sewing and cooking.
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By Vikki Valentine and Vikki Valentine,Contributing Writer | June 26, 1995
After serving as an easel for local graffiti artists for almost three decades, the Patapsco Female Institute is reclaiming its position as one of the classiest places on the East Coast."
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By Sally Voris and Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 26, 1998
FEW PLACES ARE spookier on Halloween than the ruins that sit atop Mount Misery in Ellicott City.A large, imposing granite structure, the Patapsco Female Institute ruins are open to the sky. On Halloween, mists rise from the depths of the structure, and the air is filled with an eerie light.In fact, when ghost hunters came to town last summer, they found evidence of ghosts at the site. Tales have been told about Annie, an apparition of a young girl dressed in white seen lingering in the ruins.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Staff Writer | November 30, 1992
After eight years, county volunteers are realizing a long-hel dream to transform the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute into a garden park and education center.Under the auspices of the National Park Service, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is putting the finishing touches on plans to stabilize the former school's collapsing walls, wooden decks and walkways. The county could begin seeking bids next month."It's a big thrill for me," said Sally Bright, a member of Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute, which is working with the county to steady the building and plant a garden on the institute grounds.
NEWS
November 2, 2008
Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute Inc. will sponsor a Victorian tea and 19th-century fashion show at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Mount Ida Visitor Center, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City. Clothing from the 1800s will be featured in the fashion show. Tea will be served in the early Victorian parlors of the center, built about 1828. The halls and parlors display furnishings, art and garments appropriate to the institute, a once-famous school for girls that closed in 1891.
NEWS
March 9, 2008
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a camp during the county school system's spring break at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Historic Ellicott City. "Victorian Dreams Living History Half-Day Camp" will be held March 17-20 from 9 a.m. to noon for students in grades four, five and six. The cost is $95 per camper. Participants will travel in time to the 1850s and will dress in camp-adapted pinafores as they make authentic crafts, play games and sports of the time period and learn Victorian dancing.
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By Jessica Dexheimer and Jessica Dexheimer,SUN REPORTER | June 1, 2007
The mention of Shakespeare usually brings to mind drama, death, and lurid romance -- not fun family outings. This year, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is hoping to change that perception. In addition to alternating performances of the romantic comedy As You Like It and the historical drama Henry V, the company will offer activities designed to introduce children to The Bard. Performances of As You Like It begin the season this weekend at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City.
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By Mary Ellen Graybill and Mary Ellen Graybill,Special to The Sun | March 18, 2007
Ann Harrison Ryder, information and referral coordinator for Howard County government, and Frances Mason, a retired society page writer, are two modern women with lives connected by a common thread. They both had ancestors who attended the Patapsco Female Institute, built on the highest hill in Ellicott City in 1837 as a school for well-to-do young women. "The female academy was in existence from 1837 to 1891, and, therefore, experienced not only the growth and expansion of the new democracy, but the rise of controversy and sectional disputes, culminating in the Civil War," wrote M. Lee Preston Jr., president of Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute Inc. When the school was founded, American women typically were busy sewing and cooking.
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By Janet Gilbert | February 16, 2007
A tiny footnote in a family-tree document inexorably linked Ann Harrison Ryder's volunteer work with Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute to her family, five generations back: "He educated his children, his daughters in Patapsco ... Patapsco Institute, near Baltimore, Maryland." Ryder was stunned to discover the uncanny connection while going through papers with her brother after the deaths of their parents. "Not too many schools at the time were academic - and the family wanted academic training for their young ladies, as well as their men," Ryder said.
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By Amanda Walter and Amanda Walter,sun reporter | November 17, 2006
Candlelight Night in Ellicott City typically is a chance for the historic district's shops and businesses to show off just in time for the holiday season. But tonight's event - the 15th Annual Candlelight Night - offers visitors an opportunity to tour a number of Main Street's historic attractions free. Among them are the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, Emory United Methodist Church, Mount Ida and Patapsco Female Institute, which generally are open only at certain times. The expanded Candlelight Night is "a chance for all the historical places in historic Ellicott City to be able to open their doors and for people to get a taste of our culture at one time," said Jacquelyn Galke, director of Patapsco Female Institute.
NEWS
September 10, 2006
The Patapsco Female Institute will sponsor a presentation by M. Lee Preston Jr. on the historic women's school at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Ida, the institute's visitor center and museum. "The Patapsco Female Institute: The School, the Staff, the Students, and the 19th-Century Values Found Therein" will include material from letters, personal accounts, annual reports and artifacts found at the site. The lecture is to begin at 8 p.m. Hands-on activities are also planned. The cost is $10. Reservations are required.
NEWS
February 12, 2006
Registration is open for three sessions of SAT prep courses, to be held from Feb. 22 through May 2 at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City. The classes, which are sponsored by the school's booster club, the Mount Hebron Viking Backers, will prepare students for the mathematics and critical reading (formerly known as verbal) portions of the May SAT I test. Students who take the test in May will have their test booklets and answer sheets returned to them; those who take the test at other times might not receive this information.
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