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Linda Irvin-Craig | September 23, 2011
Editor's note: This is the final column in a 12-part series about Washington County Historical Society's founders. The Washington County Historical Society has been celebrating its centennial year with special exhibits and lectures throughout 2011. An informational exhibit on the lives of the founders is currently on display, drawing attention to their county geographic roots, vocational choices and civic involvement. The exhibit, which is on display at the the society's headquaters, the Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown, also gives notice to the significant preservation efforts from the founders' time at the helm of the organization and of many of those who followed in leadership over the years.
NEWS
September 22, 2005
The Washington County Historical Society in downtown Hagerstown is home to the Simms B. Jamieson Genealogical Library and research materials about local history, old homes and past events. Genealogical information at the library includes church records, cemetery records and 900 files of individual family histories. The library's collection includes old city directories and census data for Washington County dating to 1790. There are maps, photographs, documents and vertical files on events, people and places.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2012
The Washington County Historical Society couldn't pass up using the 100th anniversary of the Titanic striking an iceberg as the theme of its fundraiser Saturday night at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. From gastronomic delights on the Titanic's menu to carved iceberg statues, the historical society spared no details to make the night as authentic as possible - without the loss of 1,522 lives, of course. Linda Irvin-Craig, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, said the Mad Hatters' Ball, as the annual fundraiser is called, generates the most revenue of all the organization's fundraising events.
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Linda Irvin-Craig | July 25, 2013
 There's a cherry tree growing in the Miller House garden. It sits among the gooseberry bushes, near the grape arbor and under an ancient black walnut tree that overhangs from a neighboring property.  There's a fig tree, a quince tree, a dogwood and several odd apple trees.   But the cherry tree has a plaque beneath it.  This tree was dedicated to the many years of hard work and accomplishments of Marge Peters as director of the Washington County Historical Society. Most of these plantings have overgrown their space and, of course, someone in the neighborhood regularly helps themselves to the fruit, removing them by way of whatever containers might be left out by those caring for the garden.
LIFESTYLE
July 22, 2013
The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation has issued a challenge grant to the Washington County Historical Society for repairs to the front of the Miller House. The Fletcher Foundation will match, dollar for dollar up to $6,000, money raised for a capital project concerning the brick sidewalk and building exterior foundation wall. The work needs to be done before cold weather returns. Those wishing to make a matching donation can make checks payable to Washington County Historical Society with Fletcher Challenge on the memo line.
NEWS
February 17, 1999
The Washington County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to assist the 1999 National Pike Festival and Wagon Train, which will come through the area May 14-16. The wagon train travels about 40 miles, going through several Washington County communities, starting with Clear Spring and ending with Boonsboro. Washington County has sponsored the event for the last 10 years. The Washington County Historical Society recommended the County Commissioners help again this year. The county will pay for a $50 to $100 insurance rider and mailings for the event, and provide two officers and vehicles to escort the wagon train.
NEWS
By GREG SIMMONS | August 21, 1999
Melinda "Mindy" Marsden calls her new work running the Washington County Historical Society "the perfect job. " Marsden became the executive director of the nonprofit organization three weeks ago. "This is a really interesting place. It's a treasure trove," Marsden said. The historical society owns and operates the Simms B. Jamieson Genealogy Library, the Beaver Creek School Museum and the Miller House Museum on West Washington Street, where the organization is headquartered.
NEWS
Linda Irvin-Craig | July 22, 2011
Editor's note: This is the 10th in a 12-part series about Washington County Historical Society's founders. In late August, the Washington County Historical Society plans to open a Founders' Exhibit on the many accomplishments of the 29 men and women, who came together from all over the county 100 years ago to establish the society. Jointly, the society began an extraordinary journey of preservation, saving some of the most important historic sites within the county. The Miller House, headquarters of the Society, currently hosts a special exhibit on Camp Ritchie, the Civil War Battle of Monterey Pass and ice harvesting from Lake Royer, all located in the northeast sector of the county.
NEWS
By ANDREA ROWLAND | February 12, 1999
After serving six months, the executive director of the Washington County Historical Society has been fired, according to Lee Stine, president of the organization. Linda J.M. Chatfield's last day on the job was Tuesday, Stine said. "Basically, in plain, simple English, it just didn't work out," Stine said. He said the board of directors conducted an extensive search to fill the position of executive director throughout the summer of 1998. "We thought we made the right decision, but we didn't," he said.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
More than 30 firms have successfully operated in Washington County for a half a century or longer.  Those firms, along with others, will be celebrated beginning Friday, June 21, and continuing through Saturday, July 27, at the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington St., in downtown Hagerstown. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.  “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage,” includes businesses such as Hagerstown Bookbinding and Printing, Crawford Bicycles and Automobiles, Holcim (Security Cement and Lime)
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Linda Irvin-Craig | July 25, 2013
 There's a cherry tree growing in the Miller House garden. It sits among the gooseberry bushes, near the grape arbor and under an ancient black walnut tree that overhangs from a neighboring property.  There's a fig tree, a quince tree, a dogwood and several odd apple trees.   But the cherry tree has a plaque beneath it.  This tree was dedicated to the many years of hard work and accomplishments of Marge Peters as director of the Washington County Historical Society. Most of these plantings have overgrown their space and, of course, someone in the neighborhood regularly helps themselves to the fruit, removing them by way of whatever containers might be left out by those caring for the garden.
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LIFESTYLE
July 22, 2013
The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation has issued a challenge grant to the Washington County Historical Society for repairs to the front of the Miller House. The Fletcher Foundation will match, dollar for dollar up to $6,000, money raised for a capital project concerning the brick sidewalk and building exterior foundation wall. The work needs to be done before cold weather returns. Those wishing to make a matching donation can make checks payable to Washington County Historical Society with Fletcher Challenge on the memo line.
OBITUARIES
July 22, 2013
Richard Eugene “Tom” Jones, 85, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his home. Born Aug. 3, 1927, in Fort Gibson, Okla., Richard was the son of the late Richard Mangus Jones and Dora Grigsby Jones. He was raised in Hope, Ark., and graduated from Hope Arkansas High School in 1945. He graduated from Shepherd College in 1953 and received a M.E. from Shippensburg State College in 1964. He was employed as a teacher at South Potomac Junior High School, a teacher-coordinator at North Hagerstown High School and as vice principal at Williamsport High School, retiring in 1988.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
The Washington County Historical Society will hold a free tour day Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller House Museum for employees, retirees and their families of the firms participating in the “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage” exhibit. A new item was added to the exhibit since its initial opening. A Marker rifle, made in Sharpsburg in the 1800s, was a late arrival and joined the many historic and current examples of industries that have been a part of the county's long economic success.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | July 9, 2013
The Washington County Living Well Coalition will hold the first of a series of Living Well workshops Friday, July 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center at Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown. The workshops help those with chronic diseases learn skills to manage their symptoms and get the most out of life. The workshops are designed for those who have a chronic disease such as diabetes, arthritis, depression, chronic lung disease and heart disease.
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Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown | July 8, 2013
The Girls On the Run organization, in conjunction with Girls Inc. of Washington County, will hold an obstacle course mud run. The unique thing about the event is that is it for women only. The event will be Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike. There are already more than 200 people signed up to participate, and there are still openings for more participants.  To register, go to www.muddymamasmudrun.com . Dodgeball tournament planned for Saturday A dodgeball tournament will be Saturday at Hagerstown Regional Airport.
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Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | July 4, 2013
An Out of School Splash will be held Saturday at the Robert W. Johnson Community Center, 109 W. North Ave., to recognize and congratulate all of the 2013 graduates. Music will be provided by djSupaDupa, starting at 3 p.m. The pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is open to all youth. Admission costs $2.50. A special attraction has been planned, so come out and see and hear a girl sing underwater. In addition, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers and water for sale for $1 each.
NEWS
Linda Irvin-Craig | June 27, 2013
The library of the Washington County Historical Society was so busy in May of 1979 that there was not enough seating for the combination of volunteers researching for those who could not come and for the patrons who did come to use the resources.    The majority of gifts during the late 1970s and 1980s coming to WCHS were books filled with local historical information, maps, documents, photos and other archival items.    Admittedly, the...
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | June 22, 2013
Times change, but some things stay the same. Such was the sentiment Friday as the Washington County Historical Society celebrated more than half a century of local industry. Exhibits representing artifacts from more than 30 firms that have operated in Washington County for 50 to 100 years and continue to operate today were showcased at the historic Miller House in downtown Hagerstown. The “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage” display will run through July 27. “We're trying to showcase the industries of Washington County, the history of industry here,” said Bob Savitt, vice president of the historical society's board of directors.
LIFESTYLE
By AMY DULEBOHN | amyc@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
More than 30 firms have successfully operated in Washington County for a half a century or longer.  Those firms, along with others, will be celebrated beginning Friday, June 21, and continuing through Saturday, July 27, at the Washington County Historical Society, 135 W. Washington St., in downtown Hagerstown. An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.  “Made in Washington County: Our Rich Industrial Heritage,” includes businesses such as Hagerstown Bookbinding and Printing, Crawford Bicycles and Automobiles, Holcim (Security Cement and Lime)
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