Ben Franklin

Local historian David Fisher will bring to life the first public printer of the United States and father of modern scientific experimentation, Benjamin Franklin. The event, which is being held in conjunction with Constitution Day 2017, takes place on Monday, September 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM, in the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia.

A box lunch will be available. Admission is free, but seats are limited and reservations are required. RSVP by September 11 to 443-412-2042 or

The Hays-Heighe House is wheelchair accessible. Patrons requiring other accommodations should contact at least two weeks prior to the event.

Participants will also have the opportunity to view the new exhibit at the Hays-Heigh House, which is titled “APG Tech Revolution.” Previously on view at the Harford County Public Library, the exhibit now includes additional panels and artifacts. It will be in place through October 27, 2017.

50th Anniversary as a Federal Depository Library
The College has another reason to celebrate! Join us in the HCC Library, Room 326, at 1:45 PM to celebrate our 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library. The Honorable Davita Vance-Cooks, Director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office, will present a golden anniversary award to HCC to recognize the Library’s 50-year commitment to providing the public with access to Federal Government information. The recognition program is open to all; following the award presentation – which will include remarks by Ms. Vance-Cooks and HCC President Dr. Dianna Phillips – cake will be served.

Ms. Vance-Cooks was nominated by then-President Barack Obama to serve in May 2013 and the U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment in August 2014. She is the first woman and first African American to lead the Government Publihing Office. She held a succession of senior management positions at the GPO since joining the agency in 2004. Under her leadership, the GPO has earned several digital Government achievement awards and has been rated as a “best place to work” by the GPO’s employees and as an “innovative agency” by the Partnership for Public Service.

The HCC Library was designated as a selective Federal Depository Library in June 1967 – when the College was only 10 years old – thanks to the efforts of then-Congressman Clarence D. Long. Congressman Long sought this designation for the HCC Library because he saw a need for closer access to government information due to the rapid growth in population resulting from the U.S. government installations at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, and Edgewood Arsenal and from the overall expansion of industry in the area. The HCC Library is one of only three community college libraries designated as Federal Depository Libraries within the region of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.

“We are glad to provide all residents of Harford County and other nearby Maryland counties with free access to our collection of print, nonprint, and digital government publications,” stated Carol Allen, Director for the Library. “We invite the community to join us in celebrating this milestone anniversary and to sign up for a community borrowing card while you are here.”

Other Constitution Day Activities on Campus
The HCC Office of Student Activities (OSA) has organized a voter registration drive on campus on Constitution Day. The Harford County Board of Elections will staff a registration table in the Student Center Lower Lobby from 10 AM to 1 PM on September 18, 2017. Information about voting, registration forms, and cookies will be available. OSA encourages everyone to “respect your right to vote and get registered!”

Members of HCC’s Paralegal Student Association will be distributing free copies of the U.S. Constitution throughout the campus during the day and copies will also be available in the Library and the Student Center.