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Western Maryland Room preserves history

September 24, 2006

The Western Maryland Room at Washington County Free Library is a regional historical research center, Director John Frye said.

The Western Maryland Room is on the second floor of the library, which is at 100 S. Potomac St., one block south of Public Square. It has local history books, printed in the area or written by local people, Frye said.

Books in the room cover subjects from the Revolutionary and Civil wars to families.

The room has hundreds of family histories for genealogical research, Frye said.

There are yearbooks for Washington County high schools dating, in some cases, to 1921, city directories dating back to the 1890s and phone books dating to 1907, Frye said.

The Western Maryland Room is home to the county historical inventory of historical properties, with more than 1,400 properties inventoried, Frye said.

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Historical property inventories for all of the county's incorporated towns, except Hagerstown, are kept by the research center as well, Frye said.

The collection also includes videos of historical interest, such as lectures, and maps dating to 1754, Frye said.

With rare exceptions, the room's material is to be used in the library, Frye said.

To reach Frye, call 301-739-3250, ext. 158.

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