Current Exhibits

  • Made By Hand

    The Hays-Heighe House looks good for its 200 years of age, thanks in large part to the “good bones” provided by the skilled craftsmen who constructed the building by hand. Come explore the House and view our current exhibit, Made by Hand, to learn more about its construction and careful renovation.

Past Exhibits

  • Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963

    This exhibit explores the historical context, the limitations, and the impact of these two pivotal achievements in liberty and civil rights. Although they were 100 years apart, they both grew out of people demanding justice, resisting, and organizing.

    Presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.

    On view from February 17 through March 25, 2016.

  • Voices of Change

    Voices of Change explores the intersection of the arts and humanities with social protest in the modern era. The exhibit will be available from November 18, 2015 through April 22, 2016.

    See the Voices of Change student projects!

  • Pierre Bellocq Exhibit

    This exhibit featured more than 50 cartoons, with topics ranging from horse racing to politics to civil rights. Included in the exhibit were program covers, sketches never before published, and original artwork. Pierre Bellocq was honored with the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism at Harford Community College.

  • Unclassified: The Military Kid Art Show

    The contemporary art exhibit explored the American Military B.R.A.T., an invisible subculture.

  • The Racehorse, the Royals, and the Writer: The Legacy of Herman B. Duryea

    This exhibit told the intriguing story of American racehorse Durbar II and his victory over the horse of King George V at the Epsom Derby in 1914—just at the outbreak of World War I. Owned by Herman B. Duryea, uncle of Robert Heighe, Durbar II lived at Prospect Hill Farm (now the Hays-Heighe House) and is interred on the property. The exhibit also related information about the British Royal Family’s passion for all equestrian sports, then and now, the use of horses in World War I, and the activity of British suffragettes at the start of the 20th century.

  • War of 1812: Bicentennial Observance Exhibit

  • Faces of Freedom: The Upper Chesapeake, Maryland, and Beyond

    What does freedom mean to you? This exhibit brought to life the stories of documented individuals who sought or fought for freedom and whose lives engaged and inspired. The Faces of Freedom initiative commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Maryland Constitution of 1864, which ended slavery in the state.

    Faces of Freedom was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

  • Beauty in Sport: Celebrating Black Jockeys in Harford County, Maryland and Beyond

  • House and Home

    This National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibition explored the concept of what makes a house a home. Complete with one hundred objects and interactive components.

  • Made by Hand