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Camp DavidCamp David, the Presidential Retreat, is located in the Catoctin Mountains of Frederick County, near Thurmont. Camp David became the official Presidential Retreat in 1942, when President Franklin Roosevelt approved the site which he named Shangri-La. Among the important historical events that have occurred here were the 1979 meetings that resulted in the Camp David Accords.

 

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 
ONGOING ACTIVITIES & TEMPORARY EXHIBITS

Our Events Straight to You!
Check our calendar listings regularly to stay up-to-date on all our activities, educational program, exhibit openings, tours, and special events. You also can have our monthly Historical Society Happenings calendar delivered directly to your inbox by requesting it at ddoxzen@frederickhistory.org.

Treasured Heirloom Event
Mark your calendar! The HSFC’s 16th annual Treasured Heirloom Event will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Delaplaine Center in Frederick. Watch this space for more information coming in late 2013. Click here for a peek at last spring’s event program.

Weekend Walking Tours of Historic Frederick
Click here for a complete schedule and more information about the various tours.

Historical Society Book Club
Fall 2013
Download the book club flyer. Register online or by mailing in the form at the bottom of the flyer.

Annual Contests:
John J. Markell Memorial Art Contest for high school students. Click here for 2013 guidelines.
Richard Markey Memorial Poster Contest for middle school students. Click here for 2013 guidelines.
Harry L. Decker Historical Essay Contest for fourth graders. Click here for 2013 guidelines.
Bylerly-Rothwell Photography Contest for amateur and professional photographers of all ages. Follow these links for the guidelines and information and for the contest entry form.

 

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

Learning Lunch: Conservation of Art on Paper
Thursday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Conservator Nancy Purinton will discuss the materials used for art on paper and provide examples of conservation treatment for them. Information is available at 301-663-1188 x102 or rcrago@frederickhistory.org. Admission is FREE!

HSFC Book Club: Every Home a Distillery (Session 1)
Thursday, September 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Join us as we examine Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake by Sarah Meacham. The book examines the role alcohol played in early America, when settlers used it to drink, in cooking, as a cleaning agent, in beauty products, and as medicine. In a time when the region’s water was dirty, milk often unavailable, and coffee and tea expensive, alcohol in its many forms was vital. Download the book club flyer and register online or by mailing in the form. Participation is FREE!

Lecture: Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 p.m.
C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick

Historian Christopher T. George, author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, will draw from his book to provide an illustrated overview of major events in the region in 1812-1815 and how they affected the standing of the United States in the world. FREE and open to all. Please note the time and place change from the usual Lecture Series programs.

Pints and the Past: Civil War Spies in Frederick County
Friday, September 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Beans in the Belfry, 122 W. Potomac St., Brunswick
This series is for anyone interested in getting together to chat about history. For this gathering, cosponsored by the Brunswick Heritage Museum, National Park Service historian Matt Borders will lead a discussion about the harrowing experiences of spies in the county during the Civil War. Participation is FREE, and drinks, dinner, and treats can be purchased at Beans in the Belfry. For more information, call 301-663-1188 x105 or email kbutler@frederickhistory.org.

Byerly-Rothwell Photography Contest Reception
Tuesday, September 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Awards in the second annual Byerly-Rothwell Photography Contest will be presented and all entries will be on display. All are invited to attend, and admission is FREE.

Hands-On History with Guess & Friends!
Wednesday, September 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts, 15 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Guess the Iron Dog visits Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts every third Wednesday to explore how people lived in the past with kids ages three and up, using hands-on activities and historic and reproduction objects. Registration is required and can be done online at http://dbeartoys.com/fun-times. Contact Kristen Butler at kbutler@frederickhistory.org for more information. The registration fee covers the cost of craft supplies.

HSFC Book Club: Every Home a Distillery (Session 2)
Thursday, September 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Join us as we examine Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake by Sarah Meacham. The book examines the role alcohol played in early America, when settlers used it to drink, in cooking, as a cleaning agent, in beauty products, and as medicine. In a time when the region’s water was dirty, milk often unavailable, and coffee and tea expensive, alcohol in its many forms was vital. Download the book club flyer and register online or by mailing in the form. Participation is FREE!

History Symposium: From Fibers to Fashion
Friday, September 20, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church Trunk Hall, 35 E. Church St., Frederick

The HSFC’s annual History Symposium will focus on aspects of textile history this year, featuring seminars with several historians and experts in the field. For detailed information about the day’s schedule, programs, and speakers’ bios, and a registration form, click here. For further information, contact Carrie Blough at cblough@frederickhistory.org or 301-663-1188 x109.

 

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

Murder & Mayhem Walking Tours
Every Friday & Saturday, Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Start at the Museum of Frederick County History
Explore some of the most scandalous, nefarious, and outrageous (but true!) stories from Frederick’s past on this downtown guided walking tour. Tickets are available in advance and at the door at the MFCH. General and group tour information is available at 301-663-1188 x105 or kbutler@frederickhistory.org.

Learning Lunch: Historic Home Preservation Tips
Thursday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Join HSFC curator Carrie Blough for an informative presentation on the best methods for cleaning and storing large flat textiles such as quilts and bedding. Information is available at 301-663-1188 x102 or rcrago@frederickhistory.org. Admission is FREE!

Lecture: The Gettysburg Campaign in Frederick County
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
D. Scott Hartwig, Supervising Historian at NPS Gettysburg National Military Park, will present a program on the role and impact of the Civil War’s 1863 Gettysburg Campaign on the county and its residents. Admission is FREE!

Hands-On History with Guess & Friends!
Wednesday, October 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts, 15 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Guess the Iron Dog visits Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts every third Wednesday to explore how people lived in the past with kids ages three and up, using hands-on activities and historic and reproduction objects. Registration is required and can be done online at http://dbeartoys.com/fun-times. Contact Kristen Butler at kbutler@frederickhistory.org for more information. The registration fee covers the cost of craft supplies.

Goods from the Hearth
Saturday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Roger Brooke Taney House
Mmmm… Smell the aromas and see the bounty of the harvest as you explore 18th and 19th century methods of food preparation and preservation. Hearth cooking demonstrations and activities for younger visitors will be ongoing throughout the day. Tours and activities are included with regular museum admission.

 

NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES

Learning Lunch: Identifying Architecture
Thursday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
HSFC program coordinator Kristin Butler will guide participants through features that indentify architectural styles typical to Frederick County. Participants are welcome to bring photos of structures whose styles they would like to have identified. Information is available at 301-663-1188 x102 or rcrago@frederickhistory.org. Admission is FREE!

HSFC Book Club: Book TBD (Session 1)
Thursday, November 7, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Download the book club flyer and register online or by mailing in the form. Participation is FREE!

Band Box Workshop
Friday, November 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Roger Brooke Taney House
Learn how band boxes popular in the 19th century were created and create one of your own at this introductory workshop. A $25 fee payable at the door covers the cost of materials for your first box. Information is available and registration is required at 301-663-1188 x104 or jwinter@frederickhistory.org.

P. Newman Lecture
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick
Dr. Sarah Meacham will join us to discuss the subject of her book, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake. Watch for more information coming soon. Admission is FREE!

Hands-On History with Guess & Friends!
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts, 15 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD
Guess the Iron Dog visits Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts every third Wednesday to explore how people lived in the past with kids ages three and up, using hands-on activities and historic and reproduction objects. Registration is required and can be done online at http://dbeartoys.com/fun-times. Contact Kristen Butler at kbutler@frederickhistory.org for more information. The registration fee covers the cost of craft supplies.

HSFC Book Club: Book TBD (Session 2)
Thursday, November 21, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Download the book club flyer and register online or by mailing in the form. Participation is FREE!

All facilities are closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

DECEMBER 2013 ACTIVITIES

Cocoa with Santa
Sunday, December 1, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History
Santa Claus is coming to the museum and eager to meet our young visitors! The jolly old elf will spend the afternoon meeting kids, listing to lists, and spreading Christmas cheer. The afternoon also features a take-home activity for kids and light seasonal goodies. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available. Admission is FREE!

Museums by Candlelight
Saturday, December 14, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History & Roger Brooke Taney House
The HSFC’s museums are joining with other sites in the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium for this annual family event. At the MFCH, visitors can explore the history of county winter holidays past through decorations and traditions. Holiday goodies and a take-home craft for kids also will be offered. At the RBTH, a 1820s Christmas will be celebrated through holiday décor, crafts, traditions, and seasonal food. Visitors can observe hearth cooking, a seasonal craft, and refreshments. Admission is FREE!

Please note: The Museum of Frederick County History and Frederick County Archives and Research Center will be closed to the public Sunday, December 15, 2013 - Friday, January 31, 2014 for the installation of a major new exhibition. Both will reopen on Saturday, February 1. Business offices will remain open during the closure. For more information, call 301-663-1188 or email staff.

 

OUR EVENTS STRAIGHT TO YOU!

Check our calendar listing regularly to stay up-to-date on all our activities, educational program, exhibit openings, tours, and special events. You also can have our monthly Historical Society Happenings calendar delivered straight to your inbox by requesting it at ddoxzen@hsfcinfo.org.

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Events

Lecture: The Gettysburg Campaign in Frederick County
Tuesday, October 8
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History

Goods from the Hearth
Saturday, October 26
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Roger Brooke Taney House

Learning Lunch: Identifying Architecture
Thursday, November 7
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History

P. Newman Lecture
Tuesday, November 12
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

 

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