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News and Upcoming Events

INTRODUCING a monthly virtual series presenting our show house designers addressing the design challenges that YOU have in YOUR home!

To be held every third Thursday from March to July, 2021 starting at 5:30 pm.

You can join the sessions by just watching and listening, or have your room considered to hear how a design professional would handle your space!

HEC is pleased to announce gift items now for sale: Custom designed puzzles, a welcome to Ellicott City door mat and more.  Items are available for purchase at our

November 21, 2020 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
at 3480 St Johns Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

or for sale at:

The B & O Ellicott City Station Museum
3711 Maryland Avenue
Ellicott City MD 21043

Clarks ACE Hardware
10325 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Click Read More below for more information.

With funds raised during HEC’s 2019 Decorator Show House, HEC created the 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program—grants aimed at funding improvements of properties within the Ellicott City Historic District.

The first grant has been approved and is for the HEC Camera Network, LLC, a project to expand the early warning camera system in Old Ellicott City. While the installation of this network of cameras serves a variety of purposes in the town, HEC is pleased with this project’s focus on providing an alert system for residence and business owners so that they can make informed decisions in the event of heavy rain that has proven to be damaging to many of the historic structures, as well as a threat to the lives of those there.

In May, HEC announced a 2020 Historic Ellicott City Revitalization Grant Program, through which the organization has committed funds to provide direct assistance for the rehabilitation, sustainment, and preservation of properties within the Ellicott City National Historic District boundaries.

During the past 3 months, HEC has considered several applications. In reviewing them, we would like to make grant applicants aware that HEC has a limited amount of funds to support this program and that the award of these funds will be determined on a competitive basis.  For more information on what makes the best applications, click Read More below and read the information under the July 2020 Update.

Please feel free to contact HEC should you need any further explanation of the grant applications requirements.

HEC was pleased to receive confirmation last week that the Howard County Historical Society completed restoration of the front porch to the Quaker School House, also known as the Weir Building. Funding for the grant was provided by HEC through fundraising from our Decorator Show House event–as part of HEC’s grant partnership with Preservation Maryland.