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

August 2023

Genealogy Research Consultations

August 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 10 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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October 2023

Genealogy Research Consultations

October 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 10 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Culture & Cocktails: Artifacts of Black History from the WCHS Collection

October 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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On Friday, October 13, join local historian and author Dr. Emilie Amt for a lecture highlighting artifacts and treasures of black history from the WCHS collection, including church records, artwork, nineteenth-century photographs, and stories from the Miller House's past.  This month’s drink is the Sherry Cobbler, an American cocktail of sherry, sugar and citrus, shaken, served over ice and sipped through a straw. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d' oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2023 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation of Williamsport, MD. Photo: The A.M.C. Ebenezer Church Sabbath School Union Hymn Book. Hagerstown, MD. J.N.S. (Note: the church was founded June, 1839) (Note: this event was originally listed as "Victorian Spirit Photography" and has changed due to a scheduling conflict. For questions, please contact us at info@washcohistory.org or call 301-797-8782.)

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Genealogy Research Consultations

October 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Fort Ritchie & Catoctin History Bus Trip

October 21, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$100 – $130

Join the Washington County Historical Society on Saturday, October 21 for our Fort Ritchie & Catoctin History Bus Trip, where we’ll explore a few of the Catoctin Mountain’s historic treasures.  WCHS Executive Director, Andy Stout, will serve as our tour guide as we traverse Catoctin history and meet up with local scholars along the way. It should also be the perfect time to enjoy our region’s lovely fall foliage. We'll start off by meeting at the JC Penney parking lot at the Valley Mall where we'll depart Hagerstown from this location by bus at 9:00 AM. Guests should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.  Our group will first head east and drive by the Mt. Aetna Iron Furnace where we’ll hear from Dr. Paula Reed about this site’s significance. From here, we’ll continue on the bus for a driving survey of the Catoctin landscape, noting other nearby sites in the area. Guests will see Cave Hill in Cavetown, and hear about the former Great Cave’s archaeological past.  Next, we’ll make our way to Fort Ritchie, where guests will have a walking tour of the site and learn about the fort’s fascinating history. While at Fort Ritchie, guests will…

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Genealogy Research Consultations

October 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Walking Tour of Rose Hill Cemetery

October 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$15 – $20

Our October Cemetery tours are back! Join us for a unique walking tour of Rose Hill Cemetery on October 21, 27 and November 4 at 7:00 PM.  Cemetery Director, Colleen Rafferty, will share spine-chilling stories of unsolved mysteries, front-page tragedies, and other untimely deaths of those buried at Rose Hill.  Tours will last from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and we will gather inside the cemetery's front gate. As parking is limited, it's best to park on Potomac Street.  Please note that only 50 tickets are available for each date, so register early if you're interested. This is an event you won't want to miss!

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November 2023

Genealogy Research Consultations

November 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Genealogy Research Consultations

November 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Culture & Cocktails: 18th-Century Holiday Decorating

November 10, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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Are you interested in decorating your home for the holidays in a festive colonial or early Federal period style? If so, this is the Culture & Cocktails for you! On Friday, November 10, join Master Gardener Denny Warrenfeltz of Roostervane Gardens as he shares festive holiday and winter decorating demonstrations of the late 18th century, including techniques to spruce up your hearth and home. This month’s cocktail is the Wassail, the name meaning "be in good health,"and is made from hot mulled cider. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d' oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2023 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation of Williamsport, MD.

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Genealogy Research Consultations

November 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Genealogy Research Consultations

November 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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Genealogy Research Consultations

November 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$5

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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December 2023

Culture & Cocktails: George Swearingen: Husband, Sheriff, Murderer

December 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$10 – $15

Did you know that one of Washington County's earliest notorious murders was committed by a young sheriff of Hagerstown? Learn all about it in this exciting true crime tale of murder most foul!  On Friday, December 8, join WCHS Curator and Programs Manager Abigail Koontz as she shares a true crime tale from 1828, when Hagerstown’s sheriff, George Swearingen, became a murderer. This month’s cocktail is the Bloody Poinsettia, a refreshing and sparkling (and dare we say bloody good) drink that is perfect for the holiday season. Doors open at 5:30 PM and light hors d' oeuvres will be served! Culture & Cocktails 2023 has been made possible by the generous support of the James and Mary Schurz Foundation of Williamsport, MD.

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January 2024

Genealogy Research Consultations

January 10 @ 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

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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Culture & Cocktails: Archaeology of the Jonathan Street Cabin

January 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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From an archaeological site, the subject of a museum exhibit, and a documentary--the Jonathan Street Cabin has had much-deserved buzz over the last several years. On Friday, January 12, join Senior Archaeologist Aaron Levinthal from the Maryland Department of Transportation as he explores the fascinating discoveries uncovered during the archaeological excavation at the historic Jonathan Street cabin. This month’s cocktail is the Cabin Fever, a bourbon forward drink sure to give you all those warm cabin feels. 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. $15 – $20

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Genealogy Research Consultations

January 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

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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February 2024

Genealogy Research Consultations

February 7 @ 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

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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Culture & Cocktails: History of Fort Ritchie

February 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 – $20

Do you know where Fort Ritchie is? On Friday, February 9, Director and Curator of the Fort Ritchie History Museum Katy Self shares the history of the Fort as a Maryland National Guard post, World War II POW camp, and today’s history museum; learn about the many lives of the sight. This month’s cocktail is the Lucius Beebe’s Stork Club Manhattan, a 1946 recipe for this classic 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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Genealogy Research Consultations

February 21 @ 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

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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March 2024

Unraveling Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

March 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$30

Join us for an introductory class on genealogy and the kinship Family Heritage Research Center led by two local genealogy experts! In the Miller House parlor, Carol Miller-Schultz will offer an introduction to genealogy research and resources, including her favorite genealogy resources. In kinship, staff genealogist Jean Conte will offer a tour of kinship, its resources, and our archives, along with her genealogy services. This will be followed by questions and workshop time in kinship. Guests will rotate between the two stations, each 45 mintues, and the event will feature light light hors d'oeuvres with cookies, coffee, and iced tea. This event makes an excellent precurser to our Washington County Roots fundraiser on April 20! (Photo: kinship committee meeting)

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Culture & Cocktails: 18th-Century Surgery and Medicine

March 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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Discover the intriguing world of 18th-century medicine with Matt Wedd, Executive Director of the Conococheague Institute. On Friday, March 8, join us as Wedd delves into the techniques and practices employed in the medical field during this historical era. This month’s cocktail is the Painkiller, a tropical drink that's certainly painless. 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. $15 – $20

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Genealogy Research Consultations (Mar 13)

March 13 @ 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

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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Genealogy Research Consultations (Mar 20)

March 20 @ 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

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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Shirley Temple Black: “From Child Star to Diplomat” by JoAnn Peterson

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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On March 22 at 6:00 PM, JoAnn Peterson of Frostburg, MD, a professional actor of stage and film, will be doing a first-person portrayal of Shirley Temple Black titled “From Child Star to Diplomat” at the Miller House. As a child star, Shirley Temple was the top box office draw from 1935-1938 in the world. She grew up to become a diplomat, author, and loving mother. The presentation is in the Chautauqua-style format, beginning with a monologue which JoAnn wrote based on extensive research using primary and secondary sources, articles, books, films, and interviews, followed by Q&A of Shirley, and then a Q&A of JoAnn after she breaks character. The earrings and blouse worn by JoAnn during her portrayal actually belonged to Shirley. The blouse was worn at her first reception in Prague as Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. JoAnn owns and will display Shirley’s iconic ensemble worn when she received the Screen Actor’s Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, purchased from Shirley’s estate. This is very appropriate since JoAnn’s portrayal is a tribute to the achievements of Shirley Temple Black’s whole life, not just her years as a child star. Doing first person portrayals combines JoAnn’s love of acting and history. Her research…

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Culture & Cocktails: Flags of the Civil War

March 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Miller House Museum, 135 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Hagerstown, MD 21740 US
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$15 – $25

Each flag of the Civil War has a story to tell, and at this month's Culture & Cocktails you'll get to hear the meaning behind some! On Friday, September 13, join WCHS Board Member and Civil War Reenactor Sandy Andrews as he shares highlights from his handmade collection of flags. This month’s drink is the Brandy Sangaree, a classic cocktail dating from the early 1700s and enjoyed during the Civil War. 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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April 2024

Copy of Genealogy Research Consultations (April 3)

April 3 @ 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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