Even if Hagerstown can't lure the National Museum of Civil War Medicine away from Frederick, give the city government points for being aggressive enough to go after it. And if the city's offer to house this aggregation of artifacts is rejected, maybe it will bring Hagerstown to the attention of another collector looking for a place to display his or her treasures.
Gordon Dammann, president of the medical museum board and the donor of a 4,000-item collection that makes up most of the exhibits, said the 13-member board considered and rejected Hagerstown's offer two weeks ago.
Hagerstown's bid did get a hearing, however, Dammann said, because some board members are unhappy because renovations at the Frederick site are proceeding so slowly. According to an Associated Press report, even though the museum has been open since June, only one of three floors is accessible to the public. Heating and humidity-control systems also need work.