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Your Membership Makes a Real Difference

Through your membership in the Historical Society of Baltimore County, you make a significant contribution to the success of our mission. Membership rates and options are summarized below. In addition to the value you as a member bring to the Society, the benefits returned to you are many.

Your membership dues & donations account for nearly 50% of our operating budget. With that in mind, please consider selecting the option to make an additional donation with your membership when you join or renew. Thank you! 

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2024 Annual Membership Fee

  • Individual = $40
  • Household, for up to two adults and two children = $60
  • Individual HSBC and MCHC, discounted joint membership in Maryland Center for History and Culture = $75*
  • Household HSBC and MCHC, discounted joint family membership in Maryland Center for History and Culture = $110*
  • History Lover’s Individual = $120**
  • Educational, for students and K-University teachers only, with all publications sent in digital form via email (current ID may be requested) = $12

*A savings of $15 vs. the normal rates.
**Details available upon request; please contact us with any questions

Premium memberships

Individual and Household Memberships, Basic Benefits of HSBC Membership

Individual (1 adult) and Household ( 2 adults + resident children) memberships will enjoy:

  • Free unlimited admission to the History Resource Center.
  • 10% discount on Society publications and all purchases.
  • Society public history journal, History Trails, delivered.
  • Discounts on staff-conducted research.
  • Free or discount admission to Society sponsored events, exhibits, and lectures.
  • The chance to meet and connect with other individuals interested in the history of Baltimore County.
  • The knowledge that your membership is helping to preserve and celebrate the heritage and culture of Baltimore County.

Purchase an Individual Membership or a Household Membership

History Lover’s Membership

History Lover’s Individual Memberships include all of the above basic benefits plus access to the Greater Baltimore History Alliance and provides two free admissions to Alliance institutions.

Purchase a History Lovers Membership

Student/Teacher Membership

Student/Teacher Memberships include only digital copies of our History Trails,  and other notices via email. Current student or teacher ID may be requested prior to completion of the enrollment process.
We hope that returning members will renew at our previous rate during our membership price transition. ( Individual  + $25)

Benefits of Premium HSBC Membership

All of the above basic Household benefits plus:
  • GBHA (2 free admissions) & MCHC access (discounted joint membership)
  • Name recognition – on website, in History Trails, sign in Almshouse
  • Free photocopies of research file materials
  • Members only preview to exhibits or events

Purchase a Steward Membership


All of the above benefits plus:

  • Framed 8×10 print from our photo collection
  • 5 hours of free research by HSBC staff

Purchase a Patron Membership

1659 Founders

All of the above benefits plus:

  • 2 Free books – 350th Anniversary of Baltimore County – One for you and one to share!
  • Behind-the-scenes tour for you and a guest with Executive Director
Purchase a 1659 Founders Membership