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Linda Irvin-Craig | April 27, 2012
The society also lost its president of six years when Edward Tenney died in 1942. The previous president, Harvey Bomberger, had served for 25 years. The group was accustomed to great continuity. Mary Vernon Mish lived on the West Virginia shore of the Potomac River across from Williamsport. She was so involved in historic preservation on both sides of the river, in Berkeley County, W.Va., and Washington County, that she was the apparent choice to succeed Tenney. Interestingly, Mish was the first and only woman to serve as president of WCHS.
NEWS
July 24, 2008
The Jonathan Hager Houseand Museum staff is seeking a wide range of volunteers for its new "friends" program. Volunteer opportunities include gardening, guest service, special event guides and costumed guides for its Autumn arts festival, as well as many other opportunities to become involved with the original home of Hagerstown's founder. If any of these opportunities sound interesting to you, or you would like more information, please contact Historic Sites Facilitator John Bryan, at the Hager House.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Hager House to mark 275th birthday next year Next year will mark the 275th birthday of Hagerstown's historic landmark, the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park, a local tourism official told Hagerstown City Council members at City Hall on Tuesday. “This is going to be a big deal,” said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford and Washington County Historical Society Board President Roger Fairbourn went before the city council to ask for the city's continued support of the Hager House - a rare historical resource - that promotes “heritage” travelers and to urge the elected body to take steps to increase public accessibility.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | October 25, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com Hager House curator John Nelson is leading a project to collect and organize information on all houses in the nation used as private forts during the French and Indian War. The Mid-Atlantic Private Frontier Forts Archives will be unique because there is no nationwide archive of the forts, Nelson said. The project could bring attention - and potentially tourist dollars - to Hagerstown. Nelson has collected information on the location of all private forts.
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by Cheryl M. Keyser | August 5, 2004
With the strains of Appalachian-style music as a harmonious backdrop, the 32nd annual Jonathan Hager Frontier Craft Days will be celebrated this coming weekend, Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8. This is "Hagerstown's oldest and largest craft show," said Jonathan Hager House Curator John Nelson. The two-day event focuses on crafts and music that typified the time when the Hager House was built. "Many of the craft techniques demonstrated are ones which Hager himself would recognize," Nelson said.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
A teenage boy was struck with a handgun during an armed robbery near the Hager House in City Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman. Sgt. John Lehman of the Criminal Investigation Division said the robbery was not a random act. Lehman said the victim and at least two teenage boys involved knew each other. The victim was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, where he was treated and released, Lehman said. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the victim, Lehman said.
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 16, 2011
Summer Movie Express to start at Valley Mall Visit the Valley Mall Regal Theaters, get your ticket stamped and come aboard the Summer Movie Express. The event starts this month. Special admission prices will be offered through Aug. 10. Selected “G” or “PG” features will be shown every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a $1 admission. The following is a list of movies playing for the summer series:  June 21- 22 — “Alpha and Omega” and “Nanny McPhee Returns”  June 28-29 — “Despicable Me” and “How to Train Your Dragon”  July 5-6 — “Astro Boy” and “Marmaduke”  July 12-13 — “Barnyard” and “Shrek Forever After”  July 19-20 — “Karate Kid” and “Tale of Despereaux”  July 26-27 — “Chronicles of Narnia” and “Yogi Bear”  Aug.
NEWS
September 19, 2005
Hagerstown City Park has many features on which to play, relax, learn and gather. It is only a few blocks from downtown Hagerstown and minutes from local highways. The fish, ducks and geese that make the lake their home are a favorite with youngsters, and tend to be the subject of photographers and other artists who visit the picturesque park. Some park locales also have historic significance to the city and beyond. At the side of City Park is Jonathan Hager's first home in Western Maryland.
NEWS
By ABIGAIL YEAGER | August 6, 2009
Today's newspaper headlines talk about civil strife in Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya, Nigeria, Iraq and more than a dozen other countries. But more than 150 years ago, before the American Civil War, local newspapers published stories about civil strife in Maryland and West Virginia. The newspaper accounts caught the attention of John Bryan, historic sites facilitator for the City of Hagerstown. "During some research I'd done on Hagerstown, I had come across some ... interesting back and forth in the newspaper about the political feelings across the region," Bryan said.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | November 30, 1999
HAGERSTOWN A man who dresses in black, 19th-century clothing is said to have been spotted on the Hager House porch, and a woman wearing a veil over her face has been seen sitting on a tombstone in Rose Hill Cemetery. The man in black at the Hager House is one of two apparitions that people have said they have encountered at the home that Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown, presented to his bride in 1740, said John Bryan, historic sites facilitator for Hagerstown. People also have reported seeing a woman wearing Victorian-style dress in the upper hallway of the house in City Park, he said.
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April 10, 2013
A teenage boy was struck with a handgun during an armed robbery near the Hager House in City Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman. Sgt. John Lehman of the Criminal Investigation Division said the robbery was not a random act. Lehman said the victim and at least two teenage boys involved knew each other. The victim was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, where he was treated and released, Lehman said. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the victim, Lehman said.
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NEWS
April 9, 2013
The Jonathan Hager House and Museum opened Friday, April 5, and will remain open through December. This year, the home, in Hagerstown's City Park along Key Street, will be open for extended hours on the weekends. The Hager House is open for self-guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The home is also available for tour by appointment Sunday through Thursday. On June 5, 1739, Jonathan Hager purchased 200 acres of land and dubbed his tract “Hager's Fancy.” Placards throughout the home tell the story of Hager's family and their way of life during Hagerstown's earliest years.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
Hager House to mark 275th birthday next year Next year will mark the 275th birthday of Hagerstown's historic landmark, the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park, a local tourism official told Hagerstown City Council members at City Hall on Tuesday. “This is going to be a big deal,” said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford and Washington County Historical Society Board President Roger Fairbourn went before the city council to ask for the city's continued support of the Hager House - a rare historical resource - that promotes “heritage” travelers and to urge the elected body to take steps to increase public accessibility.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012
1. City lights There will be Christmas activities in City Park on Friday, Nov. 30, including the lighting of the Christmas tree and lighted features. Event is 7 to 9 p.m.; tree lighting at 7 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Mansion House and Hager House at City Park, off Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. 2. Bueller, Bueller, Bueller Hagerstown Children's Theater  presents "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," the musical, at  8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29,  and Friday, Nov. 30; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. The Academy Theater, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown.
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Linda Irvin-Craig | September 21, 2012
The annual meeting of the Washington County Historical Society in January 1967 featured a presentation on the Mason-Dixon Line, which described he hardships experienced by the surveyors as they passed through the mountainous portions of the terrain and encounters with the American Indians in the 1700s. This sparked a suggestion that the State of Maryland might be encouraged to establish a state park to recognize the Mason-Dixon Line. With Victor D. Miller III at the helm as president, and coupled with a renewed interest in establishing an Elizabeth Town village near the Hager House, the historical society board was looking at the possibility of adopting new projects as they went forward.  Judge Irvine Rutledge was appointed chair of a committee to look at potential locations in Washington County, which incorporates about 40 miles of the Mason-Dixon Line, more than any other county.
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Linda Irvin-Craig | August 24, 2012
Special to The Herald-Mail In 1966, family membership dues for the Washington County Historical Society bumped up to $5. The increase, however, did nothing to deter 84 new members from joining the historical society. The wonder of having a place to share county heritage, display the already large collection of historic artifacts and to hold congenial gatherings seemed to spark the mission onward.  The  additional funds helped to move the "House Committee" along with needed refurbishing of the Miller House, which was estimated at almost $3,000 for mechanical upgrades and basic interior decorating.
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Linda Irvin-Craig | April 27, 2012
The society also lost its president of six years when Edward Tenney died in 1942. The previous president, Harvey Bomberger, had served for 25 years. The group was accustomed to great continuity. Mary Vernon Mish lived on the West Virginia shore of the Potomac River across from Williamsport. She was so involved in historic preservation on both sides of the river, in Berkeley County, W.Va., and Washington County, that she was the apparent choice to succeed Tenney. Interestingly, Mish was the first and only woman to serve as president of WCHS.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2012
After some schedule tweaks, two museums in Hagerstown's City Park will be reopened to visitors this weekend. Both the Hager House and the Railroad Museum will open for the season on Saturday, city Recreation Coordinator Andy Hoffman said. “We're super excited that we're opening up, and summer is right around the corner,” Hoffman said. The museums will have regular hours every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made throughout the rest of the week.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | January 29, 2012
The City of Hagerstown's Parks and Recreation Department is going through some changes, and officials say the goal is to provide more interactive activities for people locally. The recreation department is planning to have six adult sports leagues this spring, but the operating details of other attractions, such as the historic Jonathan Hager House and Railroad Museum at City Park are still being ironed out, newly hired Recreation Services Coordinator Andy Hoffman said last week. Hoffman said the recreation department will host leagues for outdoor basketball, kickball, dodgeball, four-man flag football, Ultimate Frisbee and touch football, starting with kickball on March 12. Sign-up dates have not yet been decided, he said, but games will be held in the various parks around the city.
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Jamie Shekels | Around Halfway | June 16, 2011
Summer Movie Express to start at Valley Mall Visit the Valley Mall Regal Theaters, get your ticket stamped and come aboard the Summer Movie Express. The event starts this month. Special admission prices will be offered through Aug. 10. Selected “G” or “PG” features will be shown every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. for a $1 admission. The following is a list of movies playing for the summer series:  June 21- 22 — “Alpha and Omega” and “Nanny McPhee Returns”  June 28-29 — “Despicable Me” and “How to Train Your Dragon”  July 5-6 — “Astro Boy” and “Marmaduke”  July 12-13 — “Barnyard” and “Shrek Forever After”  July 19-20 — “Karate Kid” and “Tale of Despereaux”  July 26-27 — “Chronicles of Narnia” and “Yogi Bear”  Aug.
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