As we head into the tail end of an unseasonably cold and windy March, I am reminded of the old adage: In like a lion, out like a lamb. This March, however, seems to be lionesque in its coming and going. Which is somehow fitting for the month in which we most celebrate women. March serves not only as Women’s History Month, but also hosts International Women’s Day. And as we near the centennial anniversary of American women’s suffrage, it is wonderful to see that women’s rights and women’s issues are again having a big moment in the public spotlight. History is full of lionesses masquerading as lambs, and in the spirit of the month, I’d like to shine a little light on some of the local lions who roared. Mary Lemist Titcomb is a name which should be familiar to local book lovers. For those unfamiliar with Titcomb, she was the elemental force behind the Washington County Free Library, credited with bringing the bookmobile to the area and setting up a lasting legacy for the library’s success. But not many people know just how hard she had to work for her accomplishments. In contemporary times, the county library often […]
Did you receive a DNA genealogy testing kit for the holidays? Now that you’ve spit into your tube, sent it away, and found out that you are a whole 4% Scandinavian, what next? Sure the results can help locate the places you came from, but they do not tell you a whole lot about those people responsible for getting you here. That’s where we come in! Our kinship Family Heritage Research Center provides a wide variety of services that can help connect you to your past, whether you’re an experienced researcher or just starting out. For those within visiting distance of the center, the library’s helpful staff can connect you to documents from published family histories to local city directories. From within the library, you can connect to services like Ancestry, Fold3, and digitized newspaper collections. Trained staff can also help you navigate local land record databases. For more information on our holdings, check out the kinship Page. If you can’t make it into kinship, consider using our Research Service! For a reasonable fee, one of our experienced genealogical researchers will work closely with you to uncover your family history! This option is perfect for those without the time or […]
Eagle-eyed visitors to the Miller House Museum will notice something missing from the front hallway: our iconic portrait of William Price! Created circa 1835 by noted Early American portrait artist John Beale Bordley, the portrait of the stately Price-Miller House builder greets all who enter through the doors of the museum. So where is William? He’s away on vacation, getting some much-needed TLC! The portrait of William Price and its traveling companion, the portrait of Major Peter Seibert, are currently resting in the conservation studio of Barry Bauman, in scenic River Forest, Illinois! Both portraits will receive cleaning and minor repairs, compliments of some grant funding from the Delaplaine Foundation of Frederick, Maryland. We’re extremely grateful to the foundation for helping to preserve these important pieces of Maryland artwork. William Price was a prominent Maryland attorney who was born and raised in Hagerstown. He moved his young family into the West Washington Street townhouse shortly after its construction in 1825. It served as the family home and his office. He would have been in his early 40s when this portrait was painted. William Price served as the United States District Attorney for the State of Maryland from 1862 to his […]
In 2016, the Washington County Historical Society was given the wonderful opportunity to participate in a reality series entitled “Fireball Run!” The series, which takes teams on a scavenger hunt-style journey across the United States, featured the Miller House Museum in a segment that highlights some of the special pieces located in our collection. You can watch it below!