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New guide lists county's museums, historic sites

November 13, 2005

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that a new Washington County Museums and Historic Sites brochure is available.

The guide lists the more than 30 museums in Washington County as well as other sites, many which house significant historical collections. The brochure is available for visitors and residents.

The guide, produced in cooperation with the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, describes in detail the 37 museums and historic sites throughout Washington County

Bill Knode, the president of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites, noted in a prepared release that, "Washington County has a large number of museums. We are very proud of our heritage and history, as evidenced that we have more than 10 percent of the State of Maryland's total inventory of museums."

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Knode said the county has many private museums, and the guide shows how to schedule a museum visit to view a private collection and explains where a museum is and its hours of operation.

The brochure has been excerpted into a Web page, and can be found on the CVB's Web site: www.marylandmemories.org. To connect directly to the Web site, go to www.marylandmemries.org/museum.

The brochure and the Web page were designed by the Hagerstown design firm Icon Graphics. The project took several months to research, collect photographs, design, print, and convert to a Web site, the release said. It is available at the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown and is being distributed to CVB member businesses and to state Visitor Welcome Centers throughout the state.

The brochure also is being used to help market museums to groups and conventions that are interested in coming to Washington County.

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