With a love of history and architecture, Glenn Shindle has found the perfect niche for his interests: The Washington County Historical Society.
Membership gives him the opportunity to learn more about the area’s heritage, and he helps preserve it.
Shindle said a friend invited him to become a member of the group about seven years ago, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I really enjoy it,” the Hagerstown resident said. “Certainly, anyone who has an interest in historic properties would enjoy it.”
Shindle said he supports the local society by helping maintain several of its sites, including Beaver Creek School Museum, a two-room schoolhouse dating back to 1904.
“I do some construction work and address problems. Several years ago, for instance, we had to put in a new furnace,” he said.
“Glenn is a real treasure,” said Linda Irvin-Craig, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society. “He checks on our facilities on a regular basis and has been the lifeblood of keeping Beaver Creek School maintained, doing a weekly check there.”
The work is right in line with Shindle’s background. For about 25 years, he was an electrical contractor, he said. Now, he owns Colonial Realty Leasing.
“He has also helped to design improvements and worked with some of our technical contractors,” Irvin-Craig said. “He’s even paid for some of the repairs out of his own generosity. He has a real appreciation for our historic preservation efforts.”
Shindle said the Washington County Historical Society is a great source of information for everything from local history to genealogical research.
“But many people — even those who have lived here most of their lives — aren’t aware that it exists,” he said. “People drive by its headquarters (on West Washington Street) every day and probably don’t know it’s there. I don’t think our exposure is nearly enough.”
Shindle said he used to be involved in several volunteer organizations “but not so much anymore.”
However, he plans to continue working closely with the Washington County Historical Society.
“It’s a good match,” he said.