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Miller House Museum

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135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US

April 2024

Genealogy Research Consultations (April 17)

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

Have you hit a brick wall? Are you just starting out and don't know how to begin? From beginner to expert, our genealogist can help you out! A staff genealogy researcher will be onsite for one-on-one genealogy consultations. From beginner to expert, our genealogist can help you out! The kinship Family Heritage Research Center is the only dedicated genealogy center in Washington County and is a “go-to” spot to learn more about the rich history of the area’s founding, industrial roots, and family ties. Consultations are Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and are geared for a full range of research experience. If you are a kinship member, your consultation is free. Walk-ins are welcomed, and you may pay at the door. Call 301-797-8782 or email info@washcohistory.org for more information about our genealogical services.

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Washington County Roots: Mary Schurz

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$50

For fans of the popular PBS program “Who Do You Think You Are?” join genealogists Carol Miller-Schultz and Jean Conte for an exciting presentation as they dig up Mary Schurz’s fascinating ancestry, from her time in Williamsport, to her childhood and home of her ancestors. It will be an afternoon of food, drinks, and fascinating genealogical stories! Roots is a kinship Family Heritage Research Center fundraiser, which supports the ongoing preservation of the rich family histories of Washington County. kinship is Washington County's only dedicated genealogical research center. Your support through attending this event allows our staff and volunteers to connect families from across the country to their roots. This event will have light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar featuring favorites of Mary Schurz. Call us with questions or to reserve your ticket at 301-797-8782 or email at info@washcohistory.org.

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May 2024

Culture & Cocktails: Past, Present, Future: Get to Know Your Art Museum

May 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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$15

Do you know the fasinating history of the Washington County Fine Arts Museum? On Friday, May 10, Executive Director of the WCMFA Sarah Hall will touch on key aspects of the museum’s history, while sharing the museum’s vision for expansion, hosting ambitious exhibitions, and creating an arts campus in City Park. This month’s cocktail is the French 75, a refreshing and sparkling drink made from gin, champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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June 2024

Culture & Cocktails: Historical Distilling Practices

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$15 – $20

Learn more about what is in your glass! On Friday, June 14, join the owner of Pathfinder Distillery, Nate Kraft, as he shares the history of Maryland Rye Whiskey and local distilleries before and after the prohibition era. This month’s cocktail will be a drink featuring Pathfinder Whiskey! Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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July 2024

Culture & Cocktails: The Battle of Falling Waters

July 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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$15 – $25

Hear the story of miscalculation, bravery, tragedy, and a cover-up! On Friday, July 12, join local author and historian George Franks as he shares the history of the July 14, 1863, battle fought in Maryland that ended the Gettysburg Campaign during the Civil War. This month’s cocktail is the Brandy Alexander, a Civil War era drink. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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Patsy Cline Cover Concert

July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$25 – $30

Attention all Patsy Cline fans! Join us Friday, July 19 at 6:00 PM to enjoy an unforgettable night filled with music at the beautiful Miller House Garden! A legendary country singer, Patsy Cline has often been called one of the most influential vocalists of all time, and cover artist Liz Ruffner will perform your favorite classic Cline hits, including "Crazy," "I Fall To Pieces," and more. This popular concert sells out nearly every year, so get your tickets while they last! Don't miss your chance to witness an amazing tribute to one of music's all-time greatest stars. This event will have a cash bar, and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and other food. We also encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs, as patio seating is limited. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

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August 2024

Culture & Cocktails: The Historic Saylor House

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$15 – $25

Hear the history and preservation of the circa 1800s Saylor House located at Kiwanis Park. On Friday, August 9, join Dr. Steve Hatleberg, MD of the Washington County Historical Trust as he shares the efforts of the Trust over the last several years to preserve the Saylor House for generations to come! This month’s cocktail is the Negroni Sbagliato, a bubbly twist on the classic Negroni--with prosecco in it! Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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October 2024

Culture & Cocktails: “A Tiny Piece of Sky” and Becks’ Tavern

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$15 – $25

“A Tiny Piece of Sky,” the story of three sisters, one restaurant, and a (possible) German spy. On Friday, October 11, join author Shawn K. Stout as she discusses the subject of her book and its inspiration in the real-life Becks' Tavern that was located in Hagerstown, MD. This month’s drink is the Märzen, a German style beer. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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November 2024

Culture & Cocktails: Halfway African American Cemetery

November 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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$15 – $25

Washington County, Maryland has a rich African American history with much of it just now being shared to the public. On Friday, November 8, join Dr. Emilie Amt, PhD and Elizabeth Paul of Friends of Halfway MD African American Cemetery as they share updates regarding recent improvements and restorations at the cemetery. This month’s drink is the Gibson Cocktail from the Ideal Bartender by Tom Bullock. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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December 2024

Culture & Cocktails: Adam Hildebrand Stocks His Store

December 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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$15 – $25

On Friday, December 13, join Jefferson Boyer of the Smithsburg Historical Society and learn how a Smithsburg storekeeper's advertising poster from 1856 leads to understanding how general stores were community "hubs" in the pre-Civil War era. This month’s cocktail is the Hot Apple Toddy, the perfect drink to keep you warm during the holiday season. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d'oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2024 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation.

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