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August 2021

Walking Tour of Jonathan Street

August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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On Saturday, August 7th, join us for an in-person walking tour of the Jonathan Street Neighborhood!Described by author Lynn Bowman as “a story of America in miniature,” Hagerstown’s Jonathan Street Neighborhood is a historic African-American community.On Saturday, August 7th, join us for an in-person walking tour of the Jonathan Street Neighborhood! The tour will begin at the Miller House Museum. Sites will include Asbury United Methodist Church, Medal of Honor Triangle, the cabin at 417 Jonathan Street, and more.

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Culture & Cocktails: Spotlight on the C&O Canal

August 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, August 13th at 6:00 P.M., join us as we welcome Mary Rubin for an exploration into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal! Also called the "Grand Old Ditch,” the 184 mile C&O Canal operated from 1831 until 1924. After the event, Mary will be on hand to sign copies of her book, Images of America: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Maryland). The featured cocktail will be: Dusk on the wharf! A smooth, fresh concoction, this cocktail is a new take on the classic dark and stormy.For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Culture & Cocktails 2021 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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Family Workshop: Fraktur Art

August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Indulge your inner artist!This month's activity is fraktur art! In the 1730s and 40s, many German immigrants began to settle in the area. Fraktur art was heavily Germanic, and was done primarily in ink or watercolor. Frakturs were often done to commemorate births, baptisms, and marriages. Common artistic motifs in Fraktur art included birds, hearts, and tulips.Each family workshop is held open-house style. This craft typically takes 30 minutes to complete, so feel free to drop by at any point during the session.

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Walking Tour of Four Locks

August 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
11122 4 Locks Rd, 11122 4 Locks Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722
Clear Spring, MD 21722 US
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Join us for another walking tour of the C&O Canal!On Sunday August 15th at 2:00 pm, join us for another walking tour of the C&O Canal! This time, we’re going to explore the Four Locks! Built between 1836 and 1839, unlike other canal towns, Four Locks developed into a town after the canal came through. Named for the four locks that make up this quarter-mile section of the C&O Canal, over 30 buildings once stood in Four Locks, including residences, warehouses, stores, a post office, and a one-room schoolhouse. During this tour, you’ll learn about Four Locks explosive history, and have the opportunity to tour the interior of Lockhouse 49!

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WCHS Book Club

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Join us for good books and great conversations!On Tuesday, August 17th, join us for a meeting of the WCHS Book Club! The club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month to discuss a chosen work of fiction or nonfiction focusing on history, art, culture, or politics. This program is an exciting way to get involved with WCHS, and participate in a series of casual, yet thought-provoking conversations. For more information, contact the Washington County Historical Society at (301) 797-8782 or info@washcohistory.org.

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Family Workshop: Fraktur Art

August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Indulge your inner artist!This month's activity is fraktur art! In the 1730s and 40s, many German immigrants began to settle in the area. Fraktur art was heavily Germanic, and was done primarily in ink or watercolor. Frakturs were often done to commemorate births, baptisms, and marriages. Common artistic motifs in Fraktur art included birds, hearts, and tulips.Each family workshop is held open-house style. This craft typically takes 30 minutes to complete, so feel free to drop by at any point during the session.

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Family Workshop: Fraktur Art

August 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Indulge your inner artist!This month's activity is fraktur art! In the 1730s and 40s, many German immigrants began to settle in the area. Fraktur art was heavily Germanic, and was done primarily in ink or watercolor. Frakturs were often done to commemorate births, baptisms, and marriages. Common artistic motifs in Fraktur art included birds, hearts, and tulips.Each family workshop is held open-house style. This craft typically takes 30 minutes to complete, so feel free to drop by at any point during the session.

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September 2021

Family Workshop: Soap Making

September 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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What makes soap, soap?What makes soap, well, soap? Learn more about traditional soap making and make your own signature bar. Each participant will receive enough materials to create one large bar or 3 hand soaps.

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Culture & Cocktails: John Brown and the Raid on Harpers Ferry

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, September 10th at 6:00 P.M., join us in welcoming renowned historian Dennis Frye for a look at John Brown and his infamous, ill-fated raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Beginning on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown's raid ended in his capture and the death of two of his sons.The featured cocktail will be: The Man o’ War! This boozy bourbon concoction is a new take on the classic Manhattan.For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Culture & Cocktails 2021 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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Family Workshop: Soap Making

September 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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What makes soap, well, soap?What makes soap, well, soap? Learn more about traditional soap making and make your own signature bar. Each participant will receive enough materials to create one large bar or 3 hand soaps.

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Family Workshop: Soap Making

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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What makes soap, well, soap?What makes soap, well, soap? Learn more about traditional soap making and make your own signature bar. Each participant will receive enough materials to create one large bar or 3 hand soaps.

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Antique Treasure Show

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beaver Creek School Museum, 9702 Beaver Creek Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Join us for an afternoon in the style of 'The Antiques Roadshow' and have your pottery evaluated by local appraisers!Curious about the old stoneware jug you found in your attic? How about the pottery sherds you found buried in your backyard? On Sunday, June 27th, join us for a WCHS-style Antiques Roadshow! Starting at 2:00, local appraisers will be on-hand at the Beaver Creek School to examine your treasures and share their knowledge. Appraisals are limited to 20 applicants. Priority given to Washington County Historical Society members.Spectators are welcome!

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Family Workshop: Soap Making

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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What makes soap, well, soap?What makes soap, well, soap? Learn more about traditional soap making and make your own signature bar. Each participant will receive enough materials to create one large bar or 3 hand soaps.

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October 2021

Culture & Cocktails: 1955 Fairchild National Sports Car Races

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, October 8th at 6:00 P.M., join us for a deep-drive into the 1955 Fairchild National Sports Car Races! Featuring Frederick W. Schroeder VI, a vintage sports car enthusiast and amateur racer, the Fairchild National Sports Car Races occurred at the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sunday, October 16, 1955. The featured cocktail will be: the Le Mans! Named for the site of the world's oldest active endurance sports car race, this sweet, tangy, orange flavored concoction is sure to get your engine revving!For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!Culture & Cocktails 2021 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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November 2021

Culture & Cocktails: The Bridges of Washington County

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. Do you know that Washington County has more stone arch bridges than any other place in the mid-Atlantic? Featuring Paula Reed of the Washington County Historical Society, on Friday, November 12th at 6:00 P.M., join us for an architectural exploration and history of the stone bridges of Washington County! The featured cocktail will be: Water Under the Bridge! Named for the water that flows under Washington County’s historic bridges, this watermelon and lemon infused cocktail is sweet, fresh, and delicious!For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Culture & Cocktails 2021 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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December 2021

Culture and Cocktails: Washington County and the Crossroads of the American Revolution

December 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. Did you know Washington County is famous for having had at least one participant in every major American military conflict? The American Revolution was no exception, with 87 Washington Countonians enlisting in the famed German Battalion at the beginning of the war. These men saw service in the disastrous New York Campaign, as well as the Ten Crucial Days Campaign that followed. Featuring Brett Peters, Curator of the Washington County Historical Society, join us on Friday, December 10th at 6:00 P.M. for an exploration into Washington County’s role in the campaign that changed the trajectory of American history! The featured cocktail will be: The cherry bounce! This colonial drink was a favorite of many of America’s Founding Fathers, including George Washington. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Culture & Cocktails 2021 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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