Current Exhibits 

  • Harford County: Our Land & Environment  

Tuesday, March 3 – Friday, May 29, 2020 (Postponed)

The spring exhibit at the Hays-Heighe House takes an agro-environmental look at the particulars of our local geology and ecology that have shaped our growth, and how our growth in turn has remade our landscape. To face the coming challenges of climate change, we look back to explore northern Maryland’s history of innovative responses, and forward to the changes we can all make today. Check out our Events Calendar for a full list of programs we are hosting in conjunction with the exhibit.

The online exhibit is now available!

Past Exhibits

  • Women of the Turf

Guest Curator: Maryanna Skowronski, Director, Historical Society of Harford County

The historic Hays-Heighe House was the headquarters for Prospect Hill Farm, where Robert and Anne Heighe bred, raised, and trained thoroughbred horses. Now surrounded by the campus of Harford Community College, the house is a public history site that showcases Harford County's diverse social and cultural history through exhibits, inclusive programming, and strategic partnerships. To honor the important equestrian history of the property, we instituted the Robert and Anne Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism, presented every other fall in conjunction with a related exhibit and reception. This year, our equestrian exhibit, Women of the Turf, honors women in Maryland and beyond who have excelled in all aspects of equestrian sport, including as thoroughbred farm owners, trainers, jockeys and journalists. This year's award will be presented to photojournalists Cappy Jackson and Lydia Williams at the exhibit opening event on Friday, October 4, 2019. Previous award recipients include Joseph Kelly, William Boniface, Humphrey Finney, Peb, and Jim McKay.

October 4, 2019 – December 20, 2019

  • Votes for Women: Taking our Place in Politics

Exhibit Curators: Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for Global Education & Engagement; Gina Calia-Lotz, Instructional Services Librarian

This exhibit was inspired by the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United States, the 100th anniversary of the final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the ratification nationally of women’s right to vote. Alliances formed for and against women’s suffrage reveal important divisions in American society in the first part of the 20th century, with roots before the Civil War, and branches that continue to this day. Votes for Women explores women’s sphere as it expands to include political office, considers the changing understandings of civic virtue, and reveals difficult choices that political movements must make in pursuit of their goals. Throughout, it highlights topics with a contemporary resonance: women’s position in society, social protest, racial divisions, and political engagement.

Spring 2019

  • World War I's Long Shadow

The "war to end all wars" cast a long shadow across the twentieth century, serving as cause, catalyst, or key moment for all manner of modern messes. This exhibit, curated by Dr. Andrew Kellett, Associate Professor of History at Harford Community College, will take us through both the seismic shifts in the global balance of power that result and the dislocations of borders, people, and cultures.

Come tour the exhibit on view in the historic Hays-Heighe House on the campus of Harford Community College, and learn about a host of related programs planned for Fall 2018. 

August 23 - December 21, 2018

  • Cultures & Disease: Epidemics and the Human Experience

A century ago, Spanish flu swept across the world and killed 50 million people – more people than the infamous Black Death in the fourteenth century. Epidemic diseases have been with humans about as long as we have had organized societies. Although today we are better armed against them – with vaccines and antibiotics, respirators and IV fluids - our sense of a more interconnected world (the global village) stokes our fears of the next pandemic.

We don’t just die from epidemic diseases; we live with the knowledge of them, we try to prevent them, we care those that have fallen ill with them, we live through them, and we face the difficult decisions that arise from them. The Hays-Heighe House explores aspects of that wide-ranging experience both through its exhibit and through its upcoming programming.

Fall 2017/ Sprint 2018

The late Jim McKay, host of ABC's Wide World of Sports from 1961 to 1998, is the 2017 recipient of the Robert and Ann Heighe Award for Excellence in Equestrian Journalism. Come view the exhibit chronicling his life and career, and join us for a reception and award presentation in his honor.

November 10 - January 12, 2018

  • Harford Community College's 60th Anniversary

From its beginning as a small night college in the local high school, Harford Community College has grown tremendously. Flip through yearbooks, learn about the theater in the barn, and relive the glory of our champion football team. While much has changed on campus, the students have always been at the center of what we do.

September 11 - December 22, 2017

  • APG Tech Revolution

Over its 100 years of history, Aberdeen Proving Ground has seen and been part of numerous technological advances. Much technology originally developed for the military eventually finds its way into everyday civilian life. Learn about the surprising origins of a host of innovations, from canning to blood banks to jeeps.

September 7 - October 27, 2017

  • APG as Catalyst: Harford County's Changing Landscape

For a full century, Aberdeen Proving Ground has contributed mightily to national defense, testing ordnance and training soldiers in its use, studying chemical weapons and developing protections from them, and much more. It has also contributed mightily to growth and change in Harford County, employing local residents, altering the environment, and stimulating construction of housing, schools, and roads. This exhibit adds to centennial commemorations a scholarly and humanistic exploration of how APG’s presence has shaped the lives, histories, economy and culture of Harford Countians. 

February 7, 2017 - May 31, 2017.

  • 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. Explore the House and learn more about its construction and careful renovation.

September 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017.

  • Voices of Change

Voices of Change explores the intersection of the arts and humanities with social protest in the modern era. On view from November 18, 2015 through April 22, 2016.

See the Voices of Change student projects!

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.

February 17 - March 25, 2016.

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.

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.

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