Meet Jack Gilden, Author of “Collison of Wills”

October 29th, 2018

Collision of WillsBefore the Baltimore Ravens, Maryland’s national football team was the Colts, which was a reference to the region’s long-standing history of horse breeding and racing, named specifically after the annual “Preakness Stakes.”

In the 1980s, the city of Indianapolis, Indiana was interested in moving the Colts there. When Colts owner Irsay was given permission to move the team, the city of Baltimore tried to keep them, by attempting to legally seize ownership. Before the governor could sign the bill into law, on March 28, 1984, moving trucks arrived at the Colts’ facility in Owings Mills at 10 PM, and the team moved to Indianapolis in the dead of night. Baltimore fans were heartbroken, and the decision is still contentious decades later.

If sports history is of interest to you, you may enjoy Jack Gilden’s new release, “Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL.” Gilden’s book is focused on the famous relationship between quarterback Johnny Unitas and head coach Don Shula, and how the Colts were integral to shaping American culture.

Gilden, who has written articles for numerous outlets, including the Orioles Magazine and the Baltimore Sun, will present on his book at the Elkton Central Library on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 PM.

Books will be available for purchase, and Jack Gilden will be signing after the program. If you have any football fans in your family, this would be a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.

To register for the program, visit or call (410) 996-5600 x481

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“Old Line Plate” Blogger to Visit Library

October 5th, 2018

eggs whisk and cookbookIt’s no wonder that cookbooks are one of the most highly checked out subjects at the library—food is incredibly important to our daily life, culture, and history. We attribute cookbooks with nourishment, comfort, and for creating events and memories.

Kara Mae Harris, originally from the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., provides a remarkable service: archiving Maryland cookbooks. Initially, she started reading cookbooks because she was interested in food, but then started learning about the recipes unique to Maryland, and she was inspired to learn more about the foodways of the state.

On her blog, Old Line Plate, she documents her progress, tries out recipes, and interviews authors of recently published cookbooks. Some of her most recent posts talk about blackberry pie, gumbo, and Baltimore Peach Cake. She’s also mapped out the 512 recipes found in “Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Maryland” online, which you can view through her website.

On Friday, October 12, the Elkton Central Library will be hosting Harris for a special After Hours program, where she will present on her research and the history of Maryland through cookbooks. After her presentation, attendees will be able to find new cookbooks and other books to enjoy. Doors open at 6:15 PM, and the event starts at 6:30 PM.

We asked Harris a few questions:

What inspired you to start archiving cookbooks?
“I was inspired to start archiving cookbooks when I realized just how many Maryland cookbooks there are. Some of them have the same or related recipes so I wanted to compare and contrast.”

What’s the most surprising, or interesting, thing you’ve discovered since starting this project?
“The most surprising thing at first was how vague cookbooks were. Sometimes they have no measurements or cooking times at all. They’d assume that the cook already had some experience.”

Do you have a favorite recipe?
“Aside from anything with crab in it, some of my favorite recipes have been shrubs – a berry syrup made with vinegar, and shad roe – I love that it is so seasonal you can only get it a few weeks a year.

To learn more about Maryland’s history through cookbooks, be sure to stop by the Elkton Central Library on Friday, October 12 at 6:30 PM. Register for the Library After Hours program by calling 410-996-5600 x 481, or by visiting

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