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By SHADAE PAUL | Special to The Herald-Mail | April 14, 2012
Appreciating the history of Washington County is more than a passing hobby for some. It is a passion. Roger Fairbourn, 52, shares his passion for the architecture and historic landmarks of Washington County with the community while serving as the president of the Board of Directors at the Washington County Historical Society. Fairbourn's interest in the history of the county began at a young age. As a child growing up in Hagers-town, he said his parents always inspired him to be involved.
September 2, 2010
Kelsey McCullough steps into the federal armory building Thursday in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. It is near the site where abolitionist John Brown led an unsuccesful attempt to arm and free slaves in 1859. McCullough is visiting Civil War sites across the region. He lives near Palm Springs, Calif.
Linda Irvin-Craig | May 23, 2013
History is for old fogeys, right? Well, then, what are all these young people doing volunteering at the Washington County Historical Society? And, why are high and middle school students engaged with in-depth historical research projects? Interns and volunteers find hidden surprises and projects In the last two years, WCHS has had some amazing work from young people deeply interested in aspects of history. Janina Wiles came on board about two years ago to develop job skills for a career in history.
By ALLAN POWELL | April 27, 2011
Sometimes, for unknown reasons, we overlook an object year after year. When we finally show interest, we wonder how such neglect was possible. This was the case when I paused to take a closer look at a book that had been on one of my bookshelves for more than 40 years. "The Lessons of History," coauthored by Will and Ariel Durant, turned out to be a most delightful treasure chest of history and wisdom. Yet it was packaged into a series of essays requiring only 102 pages. This is amazing when it is realized that these two tireless writers have published two volumes about philosophy and more than a dozen volumes of world history.
June 20, 2012
This summer, the Continuing Education and Community Services Division at Hagerstown Community College will offer two new history courses. The first course, “1862: All Hell Breaks Loose,” will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning July 18 and ending Aug. 1. Taught by historian Joe Mieczkowski, the course will explore the Civil War campaigns on both the eastern and western fronts. Discussion topics include the Union Army's defeat by Gen. Robert E. Lee; Gen. George McClellan's command of the Union Army of the Potomac; the Battle of Antietam; the capture of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson; the defeat of the Confederate Army in Tennessee; the capture of the Union naval forces at New Orleans; and the attempted invasion of Kentucky by Confederate forces.
By CHRIS COPLEY | May 8, 2009
A teacher enters a classroom, walks among students, touches or picks up objects, looks out the window and then leaves, closing the door behind her. What just happened? That little episode was history teacher Evelyn Williams' first lesson in how history is alive and personal. This was how she introduced history to a new class of students. After the walk-through, she had students write about what they saw. "The results were amazing. No two reports were alike," said Williams, now. "Some kids saw an angry expression on my face.
By TAYLOR ECKEL | | June 30, 2011
Every year, the Fourth of July brings a celebration of the red, white and blue, and an occasion to celebrate this nation’s birth. But in the midst of cook-outs and fireworks, do people really think it is important to remember this nation’s history? In honor of the upcoming Independence Day, the Herald-Mail asked a number of local residents if they think it is important for citizens to understand the founding of the United States and the general structure of American government.
By BOB PARASILITI | June 24, 2012
History is allegedly a thing of the past. Many people don't like living back there. In some cases, reliving and honoring days gone by softens the drive for future achievements. But in other ways, it also defines those times. The fact is, everything starts somewhere. Some sort of history - albeit personal, family, ancient or contemporary - always allows yesterday the avenue to affect what happened today. Maybe, that's why history is known to repeat itself. A new page in history opened this weekend as many of Washington County's 9- and 10-year-old baseball players got their first real taste of playoff pressure with the start of the Maryland District 1 Little League All-Star Tournament.
By JOHN LEAGUE | July 17, 2010
I loved having school-age children because it was an excellent excuse to visit the museums that I missed seeing when I was a kid. So when they were in elementary and middle school, our children were dragged by my wife and me to museums and attractions locally and up and down the East Coast. Some of the best attractions are close to home. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is one of our community's precious assets. The county also is blessed with dozens of other museums highlighting local agriculture, railroads, aviation and African-American history, to name but a few. Down the road a bit, The Smithsonian museums in Washington are without peer.
June 13, 2011
I’m getting sick and tired of these liberals like Leonard Pitts telling us Tea Party types that we don’t know anything about history. In the first place, many of these historical references of ours that he ridicules are the product of “gotcha” journalism, in which reporters catch us off guard by asking questions like, “What does Paul Revere’s ride mean to you?” Well, of course, if they’re going to back us into a corner like that, we can hardly be responsible for what appears to be an occasional gaffe, at least until we have time to change the Wikipedia entry.
By CALEB CALHOUN | | August 30, 2013
From holding classes in a building at Hagerstown High School, to moving to the grounds of South Hagerstown High School, and finally settling at its Robinwood Drive location in 1966, Hagerstown Community College has come a long way since 1946. HCC officials ruminated on the school's evolution Tuesday when a book detailing the school's history was unveiled in the Kepler Center. The 339-page book, titled “The Community's College: The Remarkable Journey of Hagerstown Community College 1946-2012,” was written by Diane Weaver, a former HCC professor, coordinator and adviser.
August 20, 2013
During the month of August, the American Alliance of Museums encourages member organizations to invite their representatives and senators to visit.  On Aug. 15, representatives from U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney's 6th District office; Maryland U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin's office; and Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office were hosted by Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane and Board of Trustees Member Al Martin. A behind-the-scenes tour included the museum's founding, history, educational programs, permanent collections and marketing.
August 14, 2013
Potomac River Artists' Guild Members of the Potomac River Artist Guild exhibit their paintings. Exhibit concludes Sunday, Aug. 18. Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Go to . 'Let's See ...' Paintings by Council for the Arts students are on display. The works will include a variety of media. Exhibit continues through Friday, Aug. 30. Council for the Arts, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-6883. Juried exhibition Twenty-two works by 15 regional artists are on display through Friday, Aug. 30. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. Hood College's Hodson Gallery in Tatem Arts Center, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, Md. Email . Photography Exhibit featuring the works of photographer Stefanie Boss.
August 3, 2013
Age: 82 City : Chambersburg, Pa. Day job: Retired Book title: “Only Echoes Remain” Genre: Historical fiction Synopsis: One woman's painful yet triumphant journey toward self-discovery. A powerful tale of love and choices as two strong-willed people, deeply in love, must overcome the mores of 19th-century America to accommodate their future while their echoing past directs their decisions. Publisher: BellaRosa Books, Rock Hill, S.C. Price: $14.95 Website:   This is the third in the Echoes trilogy, set in Chambersburg in the 1890s.
July 31, 2013
The Antietam Exchange Club recently welcomed Sue Hall, president of the Washington County Agricultural Organization Inc., the group that puts on the annual Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.  Hall gave a brief history of the local fair, which was originally held at what is now City Park. The livestock drank from the pond there, she said. It was then moved to the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, and is now held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike. The ag organization consists of 15 volunteer members.
July 14, 2013
Benjamin Seibert, a senior at Williamsport High School, was recognized as the recipient of the 47th annual E. Russell Hicks-Louis E. Tuckerman American History Award Scholarship by the Hagerstown Civil War Round Table at its May 23 meeting. Seibert's essay was chosen from six that were submitted. He received a $1,500 check and a scholarship certificate from John Munday, scholarship chairman. Benjamin will attend the University of Maryland this fall, where he will major in civil engineering.
July 8, 2013
July is National Ice Cream Month.  Many people like me will invent reasons to eat ice cream. This is the month the mercury flirts with 100, so why not eat ice cream? I am sure in our hurried work-a-day world, few people take time to make their own ice cream anymore. I am also sure if you asked someone if they have an ice cream freezer, they would look puzzled and say “no,” but they have them in the grocery store. So where did ice cream come from? Sit back and learn the story or lore, if you will.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | July 4, 2013
Christ Reformed Church at 117 W. Main St., in Sharpsburg, will host a program of special music and history of Sharpsburg's churches Sunday at 3:30 p.m.  Kathleen Boyer, organist at Christ Reformed, will play on the 1946 M.P. Moller pipe organ and has selected favorite hymns, including “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” and “God of the Ages, Who with Sure Command.”  Joining her will be musicians Richard Gross and Lyndell Clipp performing duets...
By JESSICA MANUEL | Special to The Herald-Mail | June 26, 2013
 To celebrate operating the C&O Canal along its 184.5 miles for almost 100 years, the town of Hancock brings the canal back into action.  The 11th annual Barge Bash, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council with cooperation from the National Park Service, rocks the boat on Saturday, June 29, starting at 10 a.m. with events lasting throughout the day. “(The bash) is designed to be a fun day along the water,” said Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy, chair of event. “It's designed to allow creativity and challenge.” Though the bash itself doesn't start until later, the day really kicks off with the Barge Bash Dash at 8 a.m., a short run beginning in the parking lot of Hancock High School.
By JULIE E. GREENE | | June 23, 2013
It's been almost 250 years since Joseph Chapline founded the town of Sharpsburg, after following his father to Western Maryland and leading a militia unit in the French and Indian War. It was in the following year, 1764, that Chapline started selling the 187 lots among the eight streets he laid out for the town around a spring. Two-and-a-half centuries later, the boundaries are basically the same and the town consists of the same eight streets, although some of their names have changed, according to Sharpsburg Historical Society President Vernell Doyle.
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