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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2011
It took a year to dry the birdhouse gourds for children to paint at Saturday's Living History Day at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. But it only took a few hours Saturday for visitors to claim all 35 of the shells made from the hollowed-out fruit harvested from the Washington County Master Gardeners' plot last year at the Agricultural Education Center. "It was just a huge success," said Karen Greeley, who lamented not having enough birdhouses for the demand at the second year of the event, which demonstrated life in Washington County from the early to mid-1800s.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
On the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a small group of local history enthusiasts gathers at the Conococheague Institute's Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa. The group delves into informal discussions of local history, moderated by the Conococheague Institute's historian, Calvin Bricker Jr. Bricker's concept of “History Hippies” stems from his personal experience with learning history....
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by STACEY DANZUSO | November 7, 2002
chambersburg@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro resident Bob Ringer, known for his collection of thousands of local historical photos, died Tuesday. Ringer, 81, spent his life in Waynesboro and as early as age 15, he began assuming the role of local historian by collecting photos of the area in its early days. Ruth Gembe didn't meet Ringer until later in life when he sought out her help in researching the history of some of the photos that came into his possession.
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by LAURA ERNDE | July 22, 2002
laurae@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Did you know that the oldest building in Chambersburg is now occupied by Sellers Funeral Home? Or that Nellie Fox is the Franklin County native inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Those were just some of the local history tidbits fifth-graders were asked about Sunday at a contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chambersburg. "I asked these questions to grown-ups at my house and none of them knew the answers," said master of ceremonies Bob Harrison.
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by TRISH RUDDER | March 20, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Betty Lou Harmison celebrated her 81st birthday Monday, and earlier this month she was named the 2007 History Hero by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission. Nominated by the Museum of the Berkeley Springs, Harmison has served on the board of directors and help found the organization in 1984. "The history here is so compelling. I had to know about this town," she said. Born in Bridgewater, Va., Betty Lou Lambert moved to Berkeley Springs with her mother in 1943.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | June 6, 2004
WAYNESBORO, PA. Jackie Barlup doesn't understand why anyone would want to write a newspaper story about her life. "What's newsworthy about me?" she said. Barlup's name often shows up as the author of some historical research document or pamphlet about Waynesboro, its architecture or its people. Barlup, 73, and her husband, Louis Barlup Jr., Waynesboro's mayor, were married in August 1949. She retired as a teacher in the Waynesboro Area School District in 1993. She also taught at Shippensburg (Pa.)
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | January 27, 2003
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you like history - local history? You can find both in "Legends," a program that will premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. on Antietam Cable Television channel 65. The 90-minute piece presents several local legends - colorful tales that have been handed down through years of Washington County history. Dave Dull, who produced, wrote, photographed and edited "Legends," says he's always been interested in history - especially local history.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2012
For more than 50 years, Don C. Wood had two passions - his roses and collecting and writing the history of Berkeley County, W.Va., its people, its historic properties and its way of life. Wood, who died Sunday after a brief illness, was born in Berkeley County in 1933 and, except for brief periods, rarely left the county, or for that matter, West Virginia, said Todd Funkhouser, president of the Berkeley County Historical Society. Wood belonged to the society for 40 years, including 20 years as its president.
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b ERIN CUNNINGHAM | October 17, 2005
WILLIAMSPORT erinc@herald-mail.com Jack Myers wanted his children to know about his life. Instead of sitting down and telling his story, shortly before his 80th birthday, Myers wrote them a book. He wrote 65 short stories by hand about growing up in Williamsport during the Depression, battles during World War II, friends and family. His sons helped him type and eventually publish the 98-page book, "Memories to Cherish," which was released in April, Myers said.
NEWS
March 19, 1997
Hagerstown City Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein made local history Tuesday by becoming the first woman ever to chair a City Council meeting. The two-term council member described the experience as "neat. " Mayor Steven T. Sager regularly chairs council meetings, but was late to Tuesday's special meeting and work session because of a meeting in Baltimore. When Sager is absent, usually Councilman William Breichner takes over, but Breichner also was absent on Tuesday. Sager said he usually taps Breichner for the job because of seniority and because he was the top vote-getter among council members in 1989.
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August 18, 2013
Name: Susan Fair Age: 51 City in which you reside:   Boonsboro Day job: I work in the materials management department of Carroll County Public Library, and at the Boonsboro Museum of History. Book title: “Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland: Snallygasters, Dogmen and Other Mountain Tales” Genre: Local legends Synopsis of book: “Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland” rounds up the bizarre beasts, odd characters, and unsolved mysteries that color the legends and lore of Western Maryland.
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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts | July 11, 2013
By Rebecca Massie Lane Special to The Herald-Mail    On June 16, 2012, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened “Valley of the Shadow,” a landmark exhibition of authentic art and artifacts of regional, national, and international importance to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  Focused on objects telling stories of the Maryland Campaign, particularly Antietam and concluding with the...
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | November 5, 2012
Jim Price, Shepherdstown's official historian laureate, has self-published a book titled “And so I did stories of Shepherdstown.” It comes out Nov. 11. Jim Price, Shepherdstown's official historian laureate, finally finished his book after years of being encouraged to do so by his wife and son, now both deceased. “I promised my wife and son that I would write it one day, and now, I did,” he said of his book, titled “And So I Did Stories of Shepherdstown.” For years, Price, 82, because of his passion for storytelling, writing and researching local history about people, places and events, has been the resource residents, newcomers, amateur historians, genealogists and journalists turn to for obscure or long-forgotten bits of town history or lore.
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By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com | September 15, 2012
Washington County has deep Civil War roots, and learning about it is only a remote control click away. On Monday, Sept. 17, Antietam Cable will premiere the seven-part "The Civil War in Washington County" series. The show airs at 8 p.m. on Antietam Cable's Channel 30. Producer David Dull said the series will begin before the war with John Brown's Raid and follow the history into the post-war years. Dull said the project started last year. He said he had lunch in November with local historians Ted Alexander, Tom Clemens and Dennis Frye, to discuss a way to bring local Civil War history to the TV screen.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2012
For more than 50 years, Don C. Wood had two passions - his roses and collecting and writing the history of Berkeley County, W.Va., its people, its historic properties and its way of life. Wood, who died Sunday after a brief illness, was born in Berkeley County in 1933 and, except for brief periods, rarely left the county, or for that matter, West Virginia, said Todd Funkhouser, president of the Berkeley County Historical Society. Wood belonged to the society for 40 years, including 20 years as its president.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2012
Before a Sunday afternoon thunderstorm caused Fort Frederick State Park to cancel the remainder of its French and Indian War Muster weekend, visitors got to witness one battle re-enactment outside the stone fort. Musket fire volleyed back and forth between the French and British sides of the re-enacted battle. Some French could be heard among the re-enactors portraying French Marines and Milice, or French militia. That French came in handy Sunday, as the state park had visitors from France among its tourists, said Park Ranger Bob Study with the Maryland Park Service.
OBITUARIES
April 11, 2012
David Preston "Kip" Koontz, 48, of Frederick, Md., a former member of the city's board of aldermen, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 8, 2012, at his home. He is survived by his devoted spouse of 19 years, J.D. Hulse. Born June 11, 1963, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late Harry E. and Karen Ann Stouffer Koontz. He was a 1981 graduate of South Hagerstown High and received his bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in Westminster, Md. He was a history buff who shared his tremendous love of local history, especially of Washington and Frederick counties.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
On the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a small group of local history enthusiasts gathers at the Conococheague Institute's Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa. The group delves into informal discussions of local history, moderated by the Conococheague Institute's historian, Calvin Bricker Jr. Bricker's concept of “History Hippies” stems from his personal experience with learning history....
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2012
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.
OBITUARIES
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | October 29, 2011
James "Jim" Reeder grew up on a farm near Boonsboro on Amos Reeder Road, named for his father who was a Washington County commissioner. History was important to Jim, known as James by his mother, sister and sister's family. So much so that he invested a lot of time in preserving local history through the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. Jim also became known as "Pappy" once his first grandchild, Tara, was born. Jim's grandfather was called "Pap," and when Jim's daughter, Vicki, asked what he would like to be called, Jim chose Pappy.
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