The Aegis (newspaper)

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The Aegis
Type Twice-weekly newspaper
Owner(s) Baltimore Sun Media Group
Founder(s) John Cox
Publisher John W. Worthington (1923-1964), Shield Press (1964-1986), tronc, inc. (1986-current)
Founded 1856
Language English
Headquarters Bel Air, Maryland
Sister newspapers The Baltimore Sun
OCLC number 20304891

For the former magazine, see The Aegis (magazine)

The Aegis is a local newspaper in Harford County, Maryland, United States. Its first issue was published on February 2, 1923. Before the Times Mirror Company, then-owners of The Baltimore Sun, purchased The Aegis in 1986, it was known as The Aegis & Intelligencer. In 1923, then-owner John D. Worthington, Sr. simplified its name to The Aegis.[1] The name "Aegis" originally derived from Greek mythology and is a reference to Zeus' shield, meant to "evoke protection for the interests of Harford residents" as well as the founding paper's Southern sympathies.[2]

Since 1923, The Aegis has gone through several name changes. From March 16, 1951 to January 9, 1964, the paper was known as The Aegis and Harford Gazette. From January 16, 1964 to September 18, 1969, it was named The Aegis, the Harford Gazette and the Democratic Ledger. Finally, on September 25, 1969, its original name of The Aegis was restored, and it is published under this name to this day as a sister paper to The Baltimore Sun.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

The first building built specifically to house The Aegis was constructed in 1871, at 119 S. Main Street in Bel Air, Maryland. In 1962 the paper moved to a larger facility on Hays Street.[9]

Harford County's only source for print news is based out of Bel Air and publishes twice a week. For more than 150 years The Aegis has been covering the area and providing citizens coverage spanning all corners of the county. High school sports, community events and local government are just some of the things featured in the publication.

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  1. ^ "The aegis, 1923-1951". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. 
  2. ^ "A Harford newspaper turns 140 The Aegis: In growing county, it's one of few community institutions bridging old and new". The Baltimore Sun. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "The aegis, 1969-current". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. 
  4. ^ Portrait and Biographical Record of Harford and Cecil Counties, Maryland: Containing Portraits and Bibliographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties. Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States. New York and Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co. 1897. 
  5. ^ Larew, Marilynn (1995). Bel Air: An Architectural and Cultural History, 1782-1945. Bel Air, MD: Town of Bel Air, Maryland. 
  6. ^ Penski, Elwin (2010). An American County Historical Chronology, Big Bang to 2009 Harford County, Maryland, USA. 125th Anniversary of the Historical Society of Harford County, Inc (Limited ed.). Harford County, MD: El's Research Studies. ISBN 978-0984121014. 
  7. ^ Deibel, Carol (2012). Bel Air Chronicles (Illustrated ed.). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-1614236740. 
  8. ^ Mason, Samuel (1955). Historical Sketches of Harford County, Maryland. Harford County, MD: Little Pines Farm. ISBN 978-0788437809. 
  9. ^ Larew, Marilynn (1979). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, Aegis Building, Bel Air" (PDF). Bel Air, MD.